UPDATE: Frozen is warming up with three more actors joining the voice cast. Josh Gad (The Internship, "1600 Penn") will voice Olaf, the snowman (who is featured in a clip currently on KidsPickFlicks.com's home page) who accompanies Anna and Kristoff on their journey to save the kingdom. Broadway actor Santino Fontana will lend his voice to Hans, Anna's handsome suitor. And Alan Tudyk, the "Suburgatory" actor who brought King Candy to life in Wreck-It Ralph, will voice a duke visiting Arendelle for a coronation ceremony. This is a reunion for Tudyk and director Jennifer Lee, who worked on Wreck-It Ralph together. The Walt Disney Animation movie will be released at Thanksgiving, Nov. 27.
Dec. 19, 2012 - Broadway regular and "Glee" special guest star Jonathan Groff will join the voice cast of Disney Animation's Frozen. He'll voice Kristoff, the mountain man Kristen Bell's character teams up with to save her village. Groff is known for his "Glee" character Jesse St. James, Rachel Berry's evil boyfriend from Vocal Adrenaline who coldly used her to get info to beat New Directions.
Nov. 29, 2012 - Disney named Jennifer Lee as one of the directors of its animated film Frozen. What makes this notable is that there are very few women given the opportunity to direct animated feature films. She will co-direct with Chris Buck. Lee is one of the writers of Frozen as well as Disney Animation's current hit Wreck-It Ralph.
Here are the female directors of animated feature releases from major Hollywood studios: Brenda Chapman was the first with DreamWorks' Prince of Egypt; she was initially hired to direct Pixar's Brave before being replaced by Mark Andrews. Jennifer Yuh Nelson directed Kung Fu Panda 2 and is currently working on Kung Fu Panda 3. Jill Culton directed Open Season for Sony Pictures Animation. Lorna Cook helmed DreamWorks' Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.
June 11, 2012 - Kristin Bell (You Again) and Idina Menzel (Rachel's birth mom in "Glee") will voice the lead characters in Disney Animation's adventure-comedy epic Frozen. Bell will voice Anna, a dreamer who sets out to find the Elsa the Snow Queen (Menzel) to try and stop the evil spell that has kept her village in a state of eternal winter. She teams up with daring mountain man Kristoff (not yet cast) to battle extreme conditions like Everest-like mountains, magic and mythical creatures in an effort to save the kingdom from destruction.
Bell can identify with freezing cold conditions; while filming Big Miracle she had to film in 30 degrees below 0 conditions. Menzel can identify with being an animated character; in Enchanted, her character married an animated prince and becomes a cartoon herself.
Surf's Up director Chris Buck will helm the computer-animated film. Winnie the Pooh songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (who also voiced Kanga in Pooh Bear's recent reboot) will write original songs for Frozen.
Frozen is scheduled to open November 2013.