It's been far too long since we updated our thread about Elsa, the tragic protagonist/heroine of Disney's forthcoming film Frozen,
so we thought it worth sharing some of the fascinating media that has turned up in the interim.
First, the following is a well-executed fan dub of the international Frozen
trailer into English. An official English-language trailer is set to debut tomorrow, but word is that it is a disappointing comedy-based clip that minimizes Elsa's role in the film, whereas this trailer rightly features her as the central character and presents the film as an epic, action-adventure fantasy.
Next, a French Web site recently posted a widescreen version of the stunning poster showing Elsa atop a mountain, back turned to the viewer in the manner of Caspar David Friedrich's Wanderer Overlooking the Sea of Fog,
casting her snow-crystal magic above her and looming over her kingdom of Arendelle. This is the finest poster that Disney has created since the 1990s.
In Germany, the film goes by the title "The Ice Queen," and promotions have shown Elsa looking excitingly vain and alluring, gazing down from the balcony of her ice palace upon the mere mortals who worship her.
Elsa appears front and centre on the current issue of Disney Twenty-Three magazine, the company's official publication for fans, with a mischievous look in her eye.
A similar Disney graphic solely features Elsa and her sister Anna, with the less-interesting, less-attractive sister half-obscured by the diaphanous fabric of Elsa's dress overlay, betokening how a timeless beauty will always command the lion's share of interest over her lesser rivals.
Compare, if you will, that CG depiction of the sisters with this example of official Disney 2D art. Many will contend that Elsa is even more gorgeous in this more traditional style of animation. Here the younger sister is a tad out front, yet Elsa's gorgeous dress still dominates the image, just as Elsa dominates fan interest.
Perhaps the loveliest example of Elsa 2D art shows her looking over her shoulder with a gaze of gentle enticement, her magnificent blonde hair draping in a braid over her shoulder. Observe the snowflake-crystal pattern in the translucent overlay.
Yet Elsa has always been prettiest on the official Frozen book covers, such as this forthcoming publication, which crops close the 2D art shown above. The cover copy referring to "secrets" is quite clever, as in the film, the character of Elsa herself is hiding a great secret from the world: her magical ability to create snow and ice.
The other example of 2D art on a white background shown above provides the cover for the next publication. Here, Elsa looks gentle and vulnerable, appealingly feminine, with those beseeching blue eyes. Note the contrast in complexions between Elsa's exquisite fairness and her sister's darker skin tone.
But Elsa's most alluring image appears on the following cover, as she gazes with heavily lidded eyes in a steamy, seductive manner worthy of Katrina van Tassel. Notice the ice crystals in her blonde hair, like glittering diamonds--surely the loveliest of all hair accessories.
Yet another book cover shows her with an innocent, guileless sincerity, an openness and kindness that belie her reputation as the fearsome snow queen. She is rightly dominant in the image, with her sister relegated to a smaller role.
One final new book-cover picture, cropped from a larger composition, shows Elsa with a passive yet engaged expression, gazing at the viewer with wide-eyed interest, yet with wit glittering in her eyes.
Several interior pages of Frozen books have leaked, which we will refrain from sharing, to avoid disclosing spoilers, but the following picture is too good to pass up: a depiction of little Elsa and her baby sister creating a snowman in their youth. Elsa was surely the prettiest little girl since Georgiana Reed.
One further book illustration shows Elsa's plight in adulthood (she is 21 at the time of the events of the story): Because of her ice powers, which she cannot control and strives to keep secret, she is unable to touch anyone and must wear gloves at all times. Like Rogue in the X-Men films, Elsa is thus denied even the chance of love, condemning her to a life of celibacy and solitude--a pain that becomes all the more acute when, on the day of Princess Elsa's coronation as queen, her sister presents to Elsa her new love.
This example of official Frozen concept art shows the ice palace to which Elsa exiles herself, once her powers are revealed. It is a glittering, crystalline structure, fashioned in the style of a fabulous Gothic cathedral, like one of the dream-churches in the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich.
Before the gates of her ice palace stand terrifying snow creatures which Elsa has created via her snow magic, guarding the castle and preventing visitors from endangering themselves by approaching the queen.
This preview still, posted on Yahoo from the new trailer which will debut tomorrow, shows Elsa within her ice palace about to cast an icy spell upon an antagonist . . .
. . . yet pulling up a moment later, restraining herself from harming anyone, even in her own just defense.
At this point, it is worth providing another video as an interlude. The voice actor for Elsa is one Idina Menzel, a Broadway performer, whose high point in the film will be a song called "Let It Go." At a recent Disney fan convention, the singer previewed "Let It Go" for the audience, and a partial audio recording of the song leaked. Here it is as the soundtrack to a fan video. It gives eloquent voice to Elsa's tragic plight:
Speaking of fan material, an artist going by the username HK91 at deviatart.com (hky91.deviantart.com) recently created a poster for the film which highlights the role of the voice actress and the part of Elsa--sure to be the most exciting and popular character in the movie.
For those of you who are captivated by Elsa's gorgeous hairstyle, here is a (slightly blurry) panel of official Frozen concept art showing the many gorgeous variations through which her hairstyle went before the final look was settled. In fact, every one of these is a stunning 'do, and one wishes that she were able to wear each look, at least briefly, in the film. The sheer variety demonstrates yet again why goddesses should always wear their hair long, as long as possible, in order to have such stunning options available to them, to enhance their beauty.
And here are two sketches of official concept art showing the final hair design. In this pose, Elsa looks youthfully earnest, her big eyes almost childlike, even as her face exhibits the maturity of a young woman.
In this sketch, on the other hand, she looks more consciously seductive, as if batting her lashes at an admirer, a playful smile pressing her lips.
As one might expect, fan enthusiasm for Elsa has already been avid, giving rise the effusive expressions of devotion to the snow queen such as this:
For those who collect Disney merchandise, a wide variety of Frozen toys and clothing is already available at Disney stores and Toys 'R Us locations. This Disney doll of Elsa may be the prettiest doll created since the Victorian era. The doll's skin tone is just as exquisitely fair as that of her namesake.
Below is the latest official Frozen poster that is circulating internationally. Though it may not be quite as artistic as the French poster shown above (with Elsa standing atop the mountain in the twilight), it nevertheless presents Elsa as the largest figure in the composition, one with the mountains and the starry sky, her dress cloaking the land in winter. Yet her expression is not that of an antagonist, but a sweet, gentle, adorable young woman, feminine and vulnerable, completely bewitching.
And finally, to tease Elsa fans even further, Disney has released the following brief clip of CG Elsa sauntering across the screen, gently tracing whispers of her magic as she passes, then balling up her energy and letting loose a mighty blast of ice and snow.
It will forever be a regret that Disney did not create a fuller-figured heroine in Elsa, as it has not done since the lovely Katrina van Tassel. And as for the movie itself, we reserve judgment. Rumours say that the story will focus more on Elsa's plain-Jane sister Anna than on Elsa, and that Elsa will have something of a bittersweet ending, whereas her sister will be doubly blessed.
However, with her round facial features, blue eyes, and golden hair--the hallmarks of timeless beauty--and with her tragic storyline, Elsa herself is sure to captivate viewers of all ages. She is said to be the most compelling character in Disney history, more even than the Beast in Beauty and the Beast.
Fans who are interested in this film may wish to follow the Tumblr linked below, which focusses on the movie Frozen
with a specific focus on Elsa.
(Click images to view larger.)
- Elsa on Tumblr