Disney’s ‘Frozen’: The Acting and Performance Analysis

Disney’s Frozen will soon merit its own chapter in the entertainment industry Big Book. The 2014 Oscar winner for best animated feature has earned over US$1 billion at the box office, currently the second highest-grossing animated feature in history, behind “Toy Story 3.” The movie’s phenomenal financial success has obscured under-the-hood examination of its performance engine. As an acting teacher, I am an artistic purist; grosses and popularity awards don’t mean much to me. My standard of measurement is the emotional impact a movie has on its audience and its elegance as a work of art. “Frozen” is beautiful to see, fun to sing along with and is a modern day marketing marvel, but the script has structural and performance issues that are worth examining because they impact directly on acting.

Listen to Phil Tippett’s Great Tip To Artists At the Annie Awards

Hands down the most entertaining speech at the Annie Awards tonight was delievered by animator and director Phil Tippett (“Return of the Jedi,” “RoboCop,” “Jurassic Park”) who received a Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement. After telling stories of a Steven Spielberg vomiting episode and warning audiences that he himself might projectile vomit on them due to a bad batch of hummus at the pre-award ceremony, he ended his speech with this modest but resonant piece of advice.

Pixar Makes Painterly CG: New Research Could Change The Look of Their Films

Last summer at SIGGRAPH, Pixar presented a paper offering some clues about one of the major new directions that CG feature animation is headed. The paper, “Stylizing Animation By Example,” explored how filmmakers could achieve more expressive rendering styles that disregard the perfect boundaries of computer graphics rendering and mimic traditional painting techniques.

Walt Disney Was No ‘Gender Bigot’

While we’ve already debunked Meryl Streep’s accusations that Walt Disney was a “gender bigot,” let us use her commetns as an opportunity to dig even deeper and find out what actions Disney actually undertook to encourage the advancement of women at his studio.