I am a Gleek so it was amazing to meet my first actor from that show! Jonathan Groff related to us that growing up he used to sing Disney songs in his bedroom (starting at the age of 5!). His generation of actors, just like with Kristen Bell, grew up with such a rich amount of Disney movies that they truly appreciate being part of the Disney experience as young adults. Dream come true level of happiness you might say!
Jonathan mentioned that while he was a kid he used to act out Disney scenes in his room, and it was actually the same to be in a Disney animated movie!. He mentioned that until the press conferences he hadn’t met some of his co-stars. As I have learned from interviewing folks in animated movies over the years, they act and sing alone in a sound booth, almost never interacting with their fellow actors. Kristen and Idina mentioned doing some work together, but the majority is done alone.
Jonathan also mentioned how he was star struck, he had been at the stage door getting Idina Menzel’s autograph years ago when she was in Wicked, which he said he did mention when they were on Glee together. He also stood outside Book of Mormon to meet Josh Gad who voices Olaf. And then he gets to be in a movie with both of them. It was great to listen to his gratitude and to hear him admit that even though he is in a Disney movie as a co-star, he was still star struck!
You will see in the movie, Jonathan as Christoff also makes believe he is the voice of his reindeer, Sven: his comedic talent really shone in those scenes!
Lastly,the songs for Frozen were written and composed by the husband-and-wife songwriting team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, both of whom had previously worked with Walt Disney Animation Studios on Winnie the Pooh. And we got to meet them, talk to them, and be serenaded by them! Mr. Lopez took to the piano several times, and Mrs. Lopez sang snippets for us as they related how sometimes the song writing influenced the movie writing, and vice versa. “Story follows songs follows story. It is an incredible collaborative effort.” The most incredible results come from this type of organic process, where the piece is literally growing and changing as it is being worked on. Mr. Lopez also mentioned that there was a marriage that needed to occur as “a song needs a statement and a scene needs to evoke an idea.” That challenge has been met quite well in this movie!
And Robert Lopez’s resume is quite amazing, the man brought some incredible experience to the table. He did the lyrics for Avenue Q, and the Book of Mormon! Wow. He won several awards for that work, including 3 Tony’s!
And they are local folks, they live a borough away from me! They have 2 daughters, one voiced a little troll in the movie, the other was the voice of a young Anna. What a great experience for the kids to be in a Disney movie, and to work with mom and dad like that! These folks were amazing to hang with. And I say hang because it was really not an interview, it was like chatting with old friends!
Lastly, here’s a trailer to get you in the Frozen mood:
Frozen opens Wednesday, November 27. The perfect Thanksgiving weekend movie!
Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post. I did receive a Frozen gift bag for attending. All opinions are always 100% honest and my own.