A few posters for Disney's new film Frozen, has popped up on the internet and has people all heated up. First, Disney has said that they are fake.
They didn’t come from us, so I just know that they aren’t official. Everyone will definitely know when we send something that is.
However, the design does follow all the concept art that we have seen thus far and it appears that the models were leaked by someone who had access. Thus comes the point of contention that many people have brought up about the designs; how much Elsa looks like Rapunzel from Tangled, and the difference between the concept art of Elsa and what we are seeing now. First, the two characters are both blonde and fair skinned. Unfortunately the artists did not much leeway on that account as Rapunzel was specifically described as such in the original story and Anna, coming from Denmark (the setting of the Hans Christian Anderson story) are also typically fair skinned and blonde. Next up is that Anna's face is slightly rounder than Rapunzel's and Anna has a darker skin palette. While the base structure may be different, what people are really picking up on is the facial features of the two characters. They both have essentially the same eye shape/size/placement, nose, and mouth. That is though, a Disney style in how they draw their female characters from Ariel to Rapunzel. A Disney style that has been identified by Glen Keane throughout the many years.
The concept art that we see of the Snow Queen is more reflective of Pocahontas where the shapes are a lot harder instead of the soft roundness. It gives the character of a sense of strength and being regal. Instead, we now get a design that looks softer and with similar shapes with Anna, although a bit sharper, but not a lot of variation and contrast.
As Disney often does their own take on classic stories, it will be interesting in how they will be changing and telling the story from what we know and expect, and how they will fit everything in together. Plot summary: When Anna is cursed by her estranged sister, the cold-hearted Snow Queen, Anna’s only hope of reversing the curse is to survive a perilous but thrilling journey across an icy and unforgiving landscape. Joined by a rugged, thrill-seeking outdoorsman, his one-antlered reindeer and a hapless snowman, Anna must race against time, conquer the elements and battle an army of menacing snowmen if she ever hopes to melt her frozen heart.
Additionally, here is a video insight by two lovely young ladies, known as The Rotoscopers, on what they think of the character designs. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rAOLVkieEU?rel=0]