"I was obsessed with The Little Mermaid when I was little" – hmv.com talks to Frozen's Kristen Bell
As Frozen, a hugely successful animated adventure about two very different sisters, is out on DVD and Blu-Ray today. To find out more about the film's making, we posed some questions to Kristen Bell, who voices Anna, the more sensible of the two sisters…
Tell us about your character in Frozen…
"I play a girl named Anna in the movie, and I’m so proud of this character. There are a lot of my characteristics in Anna, like her feistiness. I love the way she’s able to pick up a shovel, fend off wolves and save the day!"
How would you describe Anna?
"I think her charm is caught somewhere between her sincerity and her optimism. It’s really hard to dismiss someone who is genuine and sincere, especially when compounded with optimism. I think that’s exactly what Anna is like; she’s goofy, charming and fun. Being in a bad mood isn’t very attractive, but Anna is so positive and happy. She starts the movie without any friends, but she still smiles."
Why doesn’t Anna have any friends in the beginning of the story?
"Her lifestyle hasn’t allowed her to have a full kingdom or household, which is why she now talks to the paintings and the statues. She runs around the palace and she probably spends too much time in the kitchen bugging the staff because she wants some real friends in her life. To me, that’s what makes her so cute and loveable."
Who do you think is unique about Frozen?
"Everything is different and unique in this movie! The love story is unique because it’s about siblings and the love of family. A lot of Disney movies are adventures, but I feel like this adventure is even bigger than anything you’ve seen before."
What went through your mind when you discovered you were going to be the voice of a Disney character?
"I’d always wanted to be part of a Disney animated movie, so I was full of glee when I found out I was going to play Anna. I grew up watching Disney musicals, and I was especially obsessed with The Little Mermaid and Aladdin when I was little."
"As a young girl, it was always my dream to be a Disney princess – but I wanted to be a very specific Disney princess. I wanted to be one that I wanted to see, which was a princess who was way more awkward than the Disney princesses I’d seen on screen."
You mentioned that your favorite childhood Disney movies were The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. Is your favorite Disney princess Ariel or Jasmine?
"Ariel is my favorite. I really loved Aladdin when I was growing up because I went through a whole tomboy phase, but I think I identified more with Aladdin than I did with Jasmine. Jasmine is great; I’ve got nothing against her – but Ariel is a fantastic princess. She’s awesome."
What was it like to duet with Broadway star Idina Menzel in Frozen?
"It was nerve-wracking. Idina is the most intimidating singer, but the most un-intimidating person. She’s so gentle in real life, but there’s a real ferocity behind her voice. She can really sing. I’ve seen her sing on stage numerous times and she’s got one of the best voices on the planet, but I was really, really nervous about the duet."
Frozen is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday (March 31st).