‘Frozen 2′ animator Lee Hyun-min focuses on Anna’s inner power

November 25, 2019

South Korean Lee Hyun-min, an animation supervisor of Walt Disney’s box-office hit “Frozen 2,” said Monday she has focused on establishing Princess Anna as an inclusive leader.

“I think Anna is also a person of great capacity, compared to Elsa who is known to have magical power,” Lee said in a Seoul press conference. “Anna has extraordinary inner power, like the ability to empathize with others, love and embrace them.”

With the sequel of “Frozen” (2013) smashing the South Korean box office since its release Thursday, the creative minds behind the animated film visited the country as part of a promotional tour. “Frozen 2″ attracted more than 4.4 million moviegoers over its first four days, including 3.1 million on Saturday and Sunday.

It is about a journey beyond the kingdom of Arendelle three years after the events of the first film. As a mysterious voice calls out to Elsa, she, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf travel to discover the origin of Elsa’s magical power and save the endangered kingdom.

South Korean animator Lee Hyun-min (2nd from L) poses for photos at a press conference in Seoul on Nov. 25, 2019. (Yonhap)
South Korean animator Lee Hyun-min speaks at a press conference in Seoul on Nov. 25, 2019. (Yonhap)
This image provided by the Walt Disney Company Korea shows a scene from "Frozen 2." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

South Korean animator Lee Hyun-min (2nd from L) poses for photos at a press conference in Seoul on Nov. 25, 2019. (Yonhap)

Lee came to her home country, along with producer Peter Del Vecho and directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. She is the animation supervisor of the character Anna, who is fearless and faithful as she sets out on a dangerous adventure with her sister, Elsa.

“I tried to focus on this feature of Anna when I discovered her character. Thanks to Anna’s inclusive leadership, Elsa can hit her straps,” Lee said. “There are leaders who stand at the head of the group, while some leaders are patient and understanding of others. This is who Anna is.”

Lee, who joined Walt Disney about 10 years ago and has participated in a number of famous animated films, including “Zootopia” (2016) and “Moana” (2016), said all characters in the latest film grew and matured from the first series.

“In ‘Frozen 2,’ I wanted to show their multiple aspects and their inner being,” she said. “Elsa, Anna and other characters were family to me.”

Directors of the film also said Elsa and Anna, a typical Disney queen and princess, respectively, are different from the traditional image of a royal family and show their humanity and authenticity that catch the heart of people in the 21st century.

“They are the rulers of the kingdom and carry great responsibility, and I love that they take on their responsibility, and they show us their strength,” said director Jennifer Lee, who also wrote the screenplay of “Frozen 2.”

“They are flawed, and they are real, and they are human, and they are women. And they are very authentic,” she said. “We are filmmakers, and we make films in our time. We strive to make films better, timeless and timely.”

She said “Frozen 2″ pictures the characters’ growth as they accept the change and overcome obstacles of the scary outer world.

“Our characters are growing up. This is the story about growing up, and we know a lot of our audiences also have aged,” Lee said. “‘Frozen 1′ is about fear versus love, but when you are different, there is another fear versus love that isn’t a big struggle in life.”