Inside the Disney Recording Studio of Frozen

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When Kristen Bell visited the Roy E. Disney Animation Building to record her voice for Disney’s animated film Frozen, she spent three full 8-hour days in the recording studio; and then all 24 hours of the footage was scrapped. So, Kristen came again for a few 8-hour days, and again almost all of the footage was scrapped. Even towards the end of the filming, Kristen had to go back and re-record lines once she had given birth to her daughter, as footage she recorded when she was extremely pregnant had changed her voice, and they had to ‘fix’ it. Kristen Bell is one of the most talented stars in Hollywood, but it goes to show just how much work is required of voice actors.

In order to bring characters to life, Kirsten Bell and other voice actors are required to ‘speak’ life into their animated personas. Everything from smiling correctly when saying a line, to improvising how they assume their character would react in a situation, and countlessly recording ‘sighs,’ ‘snorts,’ and other mannerisms is required of talent in these demanding yet fun filming opportunities.

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To see first hand what goes into voice acting for a large-budget film, Surf and Sunshine was invited to visit the recording studio at the Roy E. Disney’s Animation Building and learn how to record our own voices for a fun scene from Frozen. Under the direction of Feature Animation’s Gabriel Guy, myself and other bloggers were able to watch two scenes from Frozen (one narrative and one requiring singing) and pick one to test out our skills!

Not having the best singing voice out there, I opted for the narrative choice where Olaf first meets Kristen Bell’s character Anna, along with Sven and Kristoff. With a quick 3-2-1 I had one chance to match Olaf’s facial expressions and get the timing correct. While the voice recordings are typically completed before animation begins, it was so much fun seeing my voice come out of Olaf’s mouth!

Overall, I absolutely loved the voice recording process but definitely have a new respect for anyone who has the opportunity to be a voice actor as it’s a lot of time and work! 

To watch the scenes as the real Olaf recorded them, you can view these and the rest of the film when Frozen is released on DVD/Blu-Ray March 18, 2014.

31 thoughts on “Inside the Disney Recording Studio of Frozen”

  1. This looks like so much fun!! I love seeing the processes behind movies like Frozen. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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  2. Wow! I bet that was a fun experience and it looks like it was so much fun! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. My son is obsessed with Frozen. Every time the commercial comes on he reminds me how much he loved the movie and wants his own!

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  4. This looks like it was so much fun. I would have loved to have had a chance to see this in person and try my voice talent LOL

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  5. Having your hard work scrapped over and over has to be frustrating! You look like you had fun though – I would love the chance to do a voiceover like that.

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  6. What a fun experience!! It does give new appreciation for voice over work. I would be very frustrated if several days of my work was scrapped. But I guess if someone paid me big bucks I wouldn’t mind as much. :)

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  7. How neat to go behind the scenes like that. It’s always fascinating to learn how every little detail comes together to make the big picture!

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  8. Thanks! What an awesome interview! I had no idea what kind of intense work is involved with voice actors. I loved the tidbit about Kristen Bell having to re-do her readings because her voice was different when she was pregnant. That’s something I have not read anywhere else – great “scoop!”

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  9. How fun! I can tell you were nervous. Wish I could have seen the film match up – you can slightly in the reflection of the character board!

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  10. I love behind the scenes things like this. It’s so cool to see how that stuff translates into what we see as the final product.

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