David Womersley illustrates the beauty and stillness of the mythical kingdom of Winter in Arendelle in this concept piece for Frozen. As one of the most influential artists working for Disney, Womersley draws the viewer in with his great gift for visual storytelling and design as the castle and landscape become characters themselves.
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Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 53rd Disney animated feature film. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen", the film tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on a journey alongside a rugged iceman, his loyal pet reindeer, and a naïve snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.
Frozen underwent several story treatments for years before being commissioned in 2011, with a screenplay written by Jennifer Lee, who also co-directed with Chris Buck. The film features the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, and Santino Fontana. Christophe Beck, who had worked on Disney's award-winning short Paperman(2012), was hired to compose the film's orchestral score, while husband-and-wife songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez wrote the songs.
Frozen premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, on November 19, 2013, and went into general theatrical release on November 27. It was met with strongly positive reviews from critics and audiences; some film critics consider Frozen to be the best Disney animated feature film since the studio's renaissance era. The film was also a massive commercial success; it raked in nearly $1.3 billion in worldwide box office revenue, $400 million of that in the United States and Canada and $247 million in Japan. It ranks as the highest-grossing animated film of all time, the third highest-grossing original film of all time, the ninth highest-grossing film of all time, the highest grossing film of 2013, and the third highest-grossing film in Japan. It was also the highest-earning film with a female director in terms of domestic earnings, until surpassed by Wonder Woman. With over 18 million home media sales in 2014, it became the best-selling film of the year in the United States. By January 2015, Frozen had become the all-time best-selling Blu-ray Disc in the United States.
About David Womersley:
We are honored to offer art by visual development artist David Womersley, who is one of the most influential designers working today for Walt Disney studios. He was the production designer for the international blockbuster Frozen, and therefore was responsible for the overall visual look and feel of the movie. He spent the 1980s in London and New York as an illustrator for numerous books, magazines, newspapers, and advertising campaigns, and his work even crossed over into the field of architecture. In the early 1990s his art career took another turn as he entered the Animation Industry as a Background Painter for Universal’s, An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. In 1996, he joined Walt Disney Animation Studios to supervise the creation of the first CGI Layout Department for the film Dinosaur. Since then he has worked as a Designer and Visual Development Artist on various short-subject and features length films for Disney including Chicken Little (as Production Designer), Bolt, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, and the Academy Award® winning short, Paperman. Most recently, he served as the Production Designer for Disney’s Frozen, which earned him, along with colleagues Mike Giaimo and Lisa Keene, the 2013 Annie Award for Production Design in an Animated Feature. For more information on animated films and shorts he's worked on please see his IMDB profile here.