Jennifer Lee joins Chris Buck to direct Disney’s Frozen

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Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios announced Thurs­day that it has tapped Jen­nifer Lee to join Chris Buck at the helm of its 53rd full-length ani­mated fea­ture, Frozen, which is slated for the big screen on Novem­ber 27, 2013.

Lee, who has con­tributed to the film’s screen­play, is one of the screen­play writ­ers of this year’s arcade-hopping adven­ture Wreck-It Ralph.

The comedy-adventure Frozen fea­tures the voices of Kris­ten Bell and Idina Menzel.

When a prophecy traps a king­dom in eter­nal win­ter, Anna, a fear­less opti­mist, teams up with extreme moun­tain man Kristoff and his side­kick rein­deer Sven on an epic jour­ney to find Anna’s sis­ter Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encoun­ter­ing mys­ti­cal trolls, a funny snow­man named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bat­tle the ele­ments in a race to save the king­dom from destruction.

Frozen pro­ducer Peter Del Vecho says that the match-up is per­fect: “Jenn has a real con­nec­tion to the film and cre­ates dynamic and relat­able char­ac­ters. Her sense of com­edy, adven­ture and story struc­ture, paired with Chris Buck’s vast expe­ri­ence and incred­i­ble instincts, cre­ate an ideal sit­u­a­tion for this film.”

Lee’s screen adap­ta­tion of John Steinbeck’s The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights is being pro­duced by Troika Pic­tures. She has an orig­i­nal screen­play in devel­op­ment with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, and her orig­i­nal script Lucid Dreams was optioned by Wolf­gang Peterson’s Radi­ant Pro­duc­tions. Lee holds an MFA in Film from Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity and a BA in Eng­lish from the Uni­ver­sity of New Hampshire.

Buck directed (with Kevin Lima) Disney’s 1999 high-swinging fea­ture Tarzan, which won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Music/Original Song (Phil Collins’ “You’ll Be in My Heart”). He directed (with Ash Bran­non) 2007’s Oscar-nominated Surf’s Up for Sony Pic­tures Ani­ma­tion. His cred­its within ani­ma­tion also include 1989’s The Lit­tle Mer­maid, The Res­cuers Down Under (1990) and Poc­a­hon­tas (1995).

With orig­i­nal songs by Tony Award win­ner Robert Lopez (The Book of Mor­mon, Avenue Q) and Kris­ten Anderson-Lopez (In Tran­sit), Frozen appears in Dis­ney Dig­i­tal 3D in select the­aters. For more infor­ma­tion, visit

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