After a time lost in the wilderness while its eventual corporate sibling Pixar reigned supreme in the cartoon universe, Disney Animation Studios has bounced back with some seriously big hits. First, they made the princess story 3-D with Tangled. Then, last winter, they tapped into millenial-Generation X love for video games and nostalgia in a big way with Wreck-It Ralph, which probably should have won an Oscar.
Now, they’re dropping the joystick and embracing nature. The studio’s next film, Frozen, features Kristen Bell as Anna, who sets out trying to find her sister Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), who has become the Snow Queen that keeps their land in eternal winter (obviously driving away all the retirees and exhausting tourism).
Instead of giving a glimpse at that story, though, the first teaser trailer for Frozen is a short featuring a snowman who loses his carrot nose and the struggle that ensues when a reindeer decides that it’s in the mood for a healthy snack (or does it?!). The good news is that you don’t have to say goodbye to these two lovable anthropomorphized characters: the snowman Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad) and reindeer will be in the main film, too.
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