UPDATE: Before you read on, I want to tell you that if you click through on this image, you can make it big enough to get a really, really good look at the characters.
Linda Ge writes for Bleeding Cool.
They're calling it a First Look at their newest animated feature, but here's where it gets interesting. Back in October we posted some art from wintery adventure Frozen that first appeared at Disney's D23 convention, and no one seemed to have a problem with it.
But then Disney themselves put online this new image (perhaps tellingly named with the URL director_approved_first_look.jpg) and subsequently asked that the previous pieces from October be taken down. We of course obliged. We don't want to step on anybody's toes and didn't know we were out of line.
So it seems that the film may have evolved since those initial concept pieces were shown to a D23 audience and picked up byus, and this new image probably more closely represents the finished product.
What hasn't changed is the plot itself, which is Disney's retelling of The Snow Queen and follows Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, as she journeys with an "extreme mountain man" to find her sister Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel, the Snow Queen herself, to put an end to the eternal freeze their kingdom lies in under Elsa's spell.
Frozen will be released on November 27, 2013 and the official synopsis follows:
From the studio behind 2010's Tangled and this year's Wreck-It Ralph, Walt Disney Animation Studios presents Frozen, the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), 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 (voice of Idina Menzel), 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. The film is directed by Chris Buck (Tarzan, Surf's Up) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, Wreck-It Ralph), and produced by Peter Del Vecho (Winnie the Pooh, The Princess and the Frog). Featuring music from Tony®-winner Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit), Frozen journeys into theaters November 27, 2013, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.