The Snow Queen is One of Disney's Next Hand-Drawn Films
Back in February, we reported that Disney wants to release a new hand-drawn animated movie every two years. The Princess and the Frog is already out in theaters, with an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and is set to expand nationwide this weekend. But what's next for Disney? We've heard rumblings of other projects in the works and, of course, the new Winnie the Pooh movie will be hand-drawn, but is there more? Brendon Connelly from SlashFilm got a small update on another new hand-drawn Disney project called The Snow Queen. It's apparently an old project that fell apart a few years back and has been dusted off again recently.
Here's the quote (via SlashFilm) from producer Peter Del Vecho talking about what's next for Disney:
"So right after The Princess and the Frog, the crew actually first goes onto Winnie the Pooh... After that, the next full-length feature is Snow Queen. Our [animators] are looking forward to getting started on that. And then of course Ron [Clements] and John [Musker] have another project coming up which they've asked me to produce, and we'll go into development on that one pretty much next spring."
Brendon also learned that apparently Alan Menken, the musical mastermind behind The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, is working on the music for The Snow Queen. They also have a bit of concept art on the site of the new queen, who looks much more like a villain than a hero (but maybe that's the twist in this story). The Snow Queen is a fairy tale by author Hans Christian Andersen that centers on the struggle between good and evil as experienced by a little boy and girl, Kai and Gerda. It looks like that's what Disney will be adapting for this animated film, which will follow Winnie the Pooh (currently set for release in 2011).
As for the other projects mentioned, Ron Clements and John Musker are the two directors who just finished The Princess and the Frog. They obviously already have another project lined up next, but they haven't yet revealed any details on it yet (as far as we know). I still haven't seen Princess and the Frog yet, but I am certainly excited to see more soon-to-be-classic Disney hand-drawn animated movies and I'm glad to know John Lasseter is making sure they stay true to that promise of delivering a new hand-drawn movie every two years. As for The Snow Queen, it sounds like it could be great. Stay tuned for updates on all things Disney!