Disney’s new animated film “Frozen” is heavily inspired by Norway. The film is characterized by Norwegian culture and nature, and to get inspiration a Disney delegation travelled to Norway and stayed for two weeks.
The result is a film filled with high mountains, fjords, snow and ice. Famous tourist attractions such as the mining town of Røros, Bryggen – the old Hanseatic wharf of Bergen and Akershus Fortress, are shown in the movie.
This also applies for traditional Norwegian stave churches, trolls, northern lights, lutefisk, gløgg (mulled wine), rose paintings and folk costumes, – and the main characters have got Norwegian sounding names like Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven and Olaf.
The music in the opening sequence is written by Frode Fjellheim, sung by the women’s choir Cantus and recorded in Øra Studio in Trondheim.
Architecture, costumes and most of the visuals are inspired by Norway, the filmmakers tell in the clip below.
Hoping for Growth in Tourism
The Norwegian tourist industry is going to surf on the market effects provided by the movie, and hopes for a growth in tourism. Travel Trade Director Per-Arne Tuftin believes it is good news that “Frozen” had a strong opening in the movie theaters.
– We have a partnership with Disney, which in all press materials tell that they are inspired by Norway. They spend millions of dollars to promote the movie, and we co-contribute, Tuftin tells.
Summer is peak season for Norwegian tourism, but he hopes the growing northern lights tourism can increase even more, in addition to having the ambition to increase the number of ski tourists.
“Frozen” premieres in Norway on Christmas Day.
Text modified by: Thor Lanesskog, ThorNews
Photos by: Disney