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In March 2012 a team from the media giant Disney was on a tour in Norway. The aim of the trip was to find inspiration for the new family film Frozen, or `Frost`, as it is called in Norwegian.
During the trip around Norway, which the directors have described as «overwhelming», they visited both Røros and Trondheim, and you will find several elements from both paces in the movie. One of the characters is even inspired by a “Trønder”, whom the delegation visited on their tour.
Trondheim was also visited during the Disney tour. What is most clearly reflected in terms of Trondheim elements in the film is the inside of the Nidaros Cathedral, but also elements of the Royal Residence – Stiftsgården – are included.
There are also several other Norwegian elements and references in the film, like Norwegian fjords, stave churches, trolls who speak Norwegian and a merchant selling “lutefisk”.
At Røros Disney visited Rørosrein, where they got to know both reindeers and people. The Disney team learned about what kind of equipment is used when Rørosrein offer sleigh rides with reindeers, and Magne Eggen Haugom also showed some traditional winter clothing, like “vadmelstrøye” and “skallesko”.
The reindeer character Sven and the mountain man Kristoff both have obvious features from this meeting. Winter landscape similar to what you find surrounding Røros is also seen in the movie.
After the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa, her sprightly sister Anna teams up with a rough-hewn mountaineer named Kristoff and his trusty reindeer Sven to break the icy spell. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee co-directed this Walt Disney Animation Studios production based on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tale The Snow Queen. (fandango.com)
Disney produce blockbusters almost every year. The films are shown worldwide, and seen by millions of both children and adults. Some of the successes they have come up with in recent years are The Lion King, Toy Story, Mulan, The Jungle Book and Alice in Wonderland.
Hopefully Frozen will be referred to as a Disney classic in the future.