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'Frozen' will skate into Albany: 12 cold facts about show

'Frozen' will skate into Albany: 12 cold facts about show

Based on 2013 animated Disney blockbuster
'Frozen' will skate into Albany: 12 cold facts about show
Anna and Elsa in "Disney on Ice: Frozen."
Photographer: Disney

A cold front is moving into the Capital Region.

Local princesses who appreciate ice, wind and a talking snowman can't wait for the weather to change.

"Disney On Ice: Frozen" will bring Anna, Queen Elsa, mountain man Kristoff, Sven the reindeer, nutty snowman Olaf and others to the Times Union Center in Albany for a four-day, seven-show visit.

The skating show is based on "Frozen," the 2013 animated Disney blockbuster that gave millions of kids and their parents sensational shivers.

In the movie — inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen — Anna and her friends search for the estranged Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.

The Albany shows will be held: Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 17, at noon and 4 p.m.

Tickets for the Saturday 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. shows and the Sunday noon show will range from $23 to $78.

Tickets for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. shows and Sunday 4 p.m. show will range from $18 to $63.

Children aged two and over will require tickets for admission.

Here are a dozen facts about the movie and the ice show:

1

Anna, Elsa and their pals will have plenty of company on the Times Union Center ice. Disney standard bearers Mickey and Minnie Mouse will host the show, and characters from movies "Toy Story," "Finding Dory" and "The Lion King" will also make appearances.

2

The Disney princesses will also lace up skates and join the fun.

3

Abby Kimmelman of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, will skate the role of Anna. Kimmelman has participated in the U.S. Nationals skating competition and has won medals at the U.S. Intercollegiate Nationals.

4

According to the Internet Movie Database, "Frozen" is the first Disney animated film to win an Academy Award since 1999's "Tarzan." The film won "Best Original Song" — "Let it Go" — and "Best Animated Feature Film" at the 2014 Oscars.

5

Characters of Hans, Kristoff, Anna and Sven are a homage to Hans Christian Andersen. When people say the names quickly in sequence, they will hear the similarity.

6

Produced for about $150 million, the film made $1.2 billion in movie theaters around the world.

7

Anna, Elsa and Olaf were among the most popular children's costumes for Halloween 2014.

8

According to Disney, animators held a "sister summit" to better understand the relationship between sisters.

9

Disney says the official crest of Arendelle is a crocus — a flower that is a symbol of rebirth and spring.

10

Disney artists learned meteorology to learn about snow. The animators recruited a professor from the California Institute of Technology to learn about the formation of snow crystals.

11

The "Frozen" skaters will go on holiday break after the Albany engagement. The team will be back on the ice Jan. 4 at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

12

The movie "Frozen 2" has been scheduled for release on Nov. 27, 2019.


Disney on Ice presents Frozen!

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 14 - Sunday, Dec. 17, various times
WHERE: Times Union Center, 51 S. Pearl St., Albany
HOW MUCH: $23-$78.
MORE INFO: www.disneyonice.com/frozen

Reach Gazette reporter Jeff Wilkin at 518-395-3124, wilkin@dailygazette.com or @jeffwilkin1 on Twitter.

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