10 Things You Didn't Know About Disney's Frozen

5. The Voice Actors Did More Acting Than Just Voices

Though far from motion-capture, Bell and Menzel weren€™t just lending their gorgeous vocals to the characters of Anna and Elsa. The pair was analyzed closely by animators while doing their voice recordings, who then applied some of their idiosyncrasies to the characters themselves. Kristen Bell€™s lip-biting, for example, became a hallmark of Anna€™s. Similarly, a very interesting facet of Elsa€™s body movement came about because of this technique. The animators had Idina Menzel, who is well-known for her tremendous belting in singing, demonstrate €œLet it Go€ in person so that they could better understand her breathing techniques. So, if you look closely during big notes in the number, you can see the movement of Elsa€™s diaphragm, and other body language, mimic that of Menzel€™s. Additionally, Bell and Menzel recorded the scenes that they had together in the same room at the same time to increase the chemistry in the dialogue between the two sisters (see a sample of their recording session below). This is rarely done in voice recording, but it looks like it paid off handsomely. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SET0DeKtHkc
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