The spaces within the castle intrigue me. By taking the Norwegian stave church design and turning it into a castle, Disney’s animators have created something fresh and totally unique. I wish this were a real building so I could take a tour. Instead, this is the best I’ve got. Ballroom (top), main parlor (top middle and middle), Anna’s bedroom (bottom middle), and dressing room (bottom). The dressing room is the site of the deleted scene between Anna and Elsa. It was situated between their bedrooms.
'Frozen' took place in Norway, 'Tangled' is actually set in Poland, and other theories from the Disney conspiracy set.
I’m famous! Not quite sure how I became part of a “conspiracy set,” though.
My Early Vis Dev concepts for Elsa and Anna’s Room. Back when Elsa looked pretty different
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Concept art of Elsa’s powers in the last act of Frozen.
* Note how, in the top frame, ice chandeliers like the one in Elsa’s palace have replaced the castle’s regular chandeliers and Elsa’s snowflake has replaced the Arendelle crocus on the ballroom floor and in the stained glass window. It’s like her powers become like a cursed version of the Midas touch, turning everything around her into ice – including Anna (middle frame). By being fearful of the world, the world becomes her greatest fears. But when she learns to let the world in, she amplifies the world’s beauty with her own. Just as the ice palace represented the beauty long repressed within Elsa finally expressed in solitude, her Arendelle castle (bottom frame) represents that beauty finally claimed without fear and shared with all.
New Hans concept art from Jin Kim’s blog. Brilliant, as always, Mr. Kim, though I never imagined Hans with a Eugene Fitzherbert-style “don’t freak out” face (bottom middle left).
New Anna concept art from Jin Kim’s blog. This is the one thing that Disney has that no other animation studio can touch: the legacy and the continuing brilliance of amazing pencil-and-paper artists. It’s why Disney is still miles in front of everyone else in its animation.
We never got a Kingdom Dance scene in Frozen to take us on a tour through Arendelle. But the town was inspired by Bryggen, the wharf district of Bergen, Norway. So this at least gives a hint.
Arendelle was inspired by the Norwegian city of Bergen. These are paintings of Bergen from the 1800s, the century in which Frozen was set.