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Frozen Splat by kuabci Frozen Splat by kuabci
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December 2013

Gosh, it's been a while since I posted any arts.  Tsk!  I have a few on deck, I just haven't followed through yet.  Soon, mayhap!

Anyway, like many of you I'm sure, last week we went to see the latest from Disney animation, Frozen.  While I'm sure I'll forever wish it were hand-drawn animation, as it was originally planned to be, when I finally saw it most of my misgivings gave way to enjoying it a lot overall, as basically predicted.  It's not perfect, but it's pretty good.  I didn't think it was the MOST original Disney movie, and there were shades of other films here and there, but it still had a lot of new delights to offer.  I generally try to avoid spoilers (including listening to the soundtrack beforehand, contrary to my lifelong practice), so it surprised me a few times, and I have not been able to get the music out of my head for days (though I would still would have loved to hear what Alan Menken would have done with this story...), and in fact I'm listening to the soundtrack right now, ha ha. Anyway, the next time I picked up pen and sketchbook, this was the inevitable result.  You can probably tell by sizing and placement who I consider to be the star, ha ha.  Also, there are some issues with costuming and off-model elements, but I was operating on having only seen it once.  I'm still not on board with Olaf.  There's something about his design that just bugs me... and also his voice.  So, that explains the various redesign concepts on the bottom right.  (C'mooon, Disney... those took me all of two minutes, and I'm just me.)

I would like to see this again.  And maybe again after that.
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ajshim Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love your art style. In particular I really love your expressions. Also I agree I would have loved to have seen a hand-drawn animation for Frozen.
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kuabci Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much!  I appreciate you sharing your thoughts, especially as regards the Frozen That Never Was (and Never Will Be, Alas).
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ajshim Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it would amazing if Disney made a mini sequel that isn't Frozen Fever, but rather a new mini sequel or a side story that was done completely in 2D hand drawn animation. That was we can get both the 3D Frozen look and 2D. I also heard rumors, but it most likely just that rumors that a Frozen spin off series was to be made and done in 2D. I haven't found anything to confirm this, but it's my wishful thinking. Keep posting your amazing work. I'm trying to emulate your style and incorporate it in my own. Hopefully I'll be able to make some just as awesome as yours.
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kuabci Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
That would be pretty interesting, but I don't think they would do that for a sequel, especially since they already have all the sets and character models done and waiting to be used again.  It wouldn't make much sense to recreate the entire world of Frozen in another art form. :/  The TV show I can see happening, though then I think that would be too much Frozen.  I'll just have to be satisfied by the snippets of rough 2D animation that show up here and there and my imagined version of it in that format!

I'll definitely keep posting art!  Art always improves with practice, so keep at it!
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DiscordantPrincess Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Ooh!
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kuabci Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yeah!
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maybelletea Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
About Olaf, I was surprised at how much I loved him seeing the movie bc he seemed so annoying from the promotional stuff and trailers- I think he did have a point of being in the narrative because of what he represented between Anna and Elsa and their past, which is explained really well here: counterpunches.tumblr.com/post…
I found Olaf so hilarious though omfG I died.

But his design totally could've been better although I'm used to it now.

Anyway.
Great drawings, I especially love the one of Anna! <3
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kuabci Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Filmographer
That's an interesting point, but I still think the characters and performances of Anna and Elsa definitely get those points across.  Sometimes people overanalyze and overinterpret things in their, erm... zeal for a movie, but it's still a valid point to consider.  But it's true, he seemed a lot more annoying in the trailers than he ended up being.  Maybe he'll grow on me as time goes by.

And thank you!  I would really like to draw these characters more, I don't know why I haven't yet.
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faiz333 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
woowClap 
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kuabci Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!  Thank you! Thank you! 
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AriellaMay Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Filmographer
Nice sketches!!
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kuabci Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks much!
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
Another thing, I couldn't help but feel some elements from Wicked in Frozen...and I've never even seen/don't even like Wicked!
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kuabci Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I agree!  I think we have Idina Menzel to blame thank for that, especially in the role of the misunderstood social outcast contrasted with the perky popular standing next to her.
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Yeah, only difference is that Elsa-sama's a whole lot cooler than Elphaba, no pun intended. That, and Anna kicks more ass than that perky popular chick from Wicked.
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kuabci Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'm inclined to agree, though Elsa wasn't even my favorite part of the movie.  And yes, of course Anna has a lot more going on than G(a)linda.
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
That's all right.:)


Anna also has a mean right hook!:D
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
Sure, Frozen's not perfect (what is?), though I still enjoyed it.:aww:


I liked Olaf-chwan.:love:
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kuabci Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer
There are quite a few Disney movies that I would consider perfect, actually (even if they're not literally perfect, as far as a film they're as good as they could be).  This isn't one of them. :)  There are just a few elements I think could have been tweaked to make it a little better (Olaf among them), though I did still like it.
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Yeah, I understand.:)


I still like Olaf-chwan.:aww:
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kuabci Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad.  Though I don't know what the -chwan business is all about.
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Blame Sanji.:iconlll-plz:
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kuabci Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Umm... okay, I blame Sanji (whoever/whatever that is).
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Thanks.:aww:
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kuabci Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
You're... welcome?
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful, you captured all the characters perfectly! I love these little sketch montages. ^^
I agree, something about Olaf's design doesn't appeal to me, it's like he doesn't fit in with the other characters. :P
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kuabci Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, there's something distinctly non-Disney about him to me... It's weird, there have been potentially annoying characters that still had a lot of appeal in some ways (Mater, Dory, and of course Ray, who completely won me over in a matter of moments), but Olaf seems off.  He also doesn't contribute a LOT to the plot, but oh well.  Thanks so much!  I'm glad you think I captured them so well, it was tricky since I don't know them that well yet.
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Most welcome. I usually warm up to the side characters, but not this time. I guess Olaf's there for comic relief, lol.
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kuabci Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, and not much else.  The key with successful and memorable side characters is whether or not the movie could function without them.  Take Olaf (and the trolls for that matter) out of this movie and the plot remains pretty solid.  He should have a more meaningful role in the story or what's the point??  Especially since they gave him a song and everything.
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Comical1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great doodles, and I just want to jump in here and :squee: at the Olaf song part, bc despite how annoying he is, that song made me laugh so hard and felt gave me the bubble "Im having a good day" kind of emotional turn
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kuabci Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Well, I guess that's a pretty positive reaction!
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree, it's a shame that they didn't develop him any better.
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kuabci Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Or develop his design any better...
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Limlight Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist
I would never let you finish my sandwich!!!!!!!
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kuabci Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer
And I would never ask you to!!!!!!!  But the point is that we COULD. :D
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Limlight Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist
You know who else would never let anyone finish their sandwich?  JOEY.
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kuabci Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
That's for sure.  He might let them have a bite though.  But JUST A BITE!!!
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Midnight-attractions Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely agree with your opinion with the movie. It was a Purdy good film (but I wouldn't go so far as some critics to say that it was the best Disney Film since "Beauty and the Beast" or "The Lion King"....)
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kuabci Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, I think one critic was a little over-emotive at one point, and then every news media outlet picked it up and ran screaming with it.  It was good, but people seem to forget that there were some REALLY great and popular movie since The Lion King (I mean, sure, The Princess and the Frog doesn't get the attention or praise it deserves, but EVERYone loved Tangled, didn't they?  It's like people have forgotten all about it and it's only been a couple years).
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Midnight-attractions Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I think Frozen has pretty much completely replaced Tangled in everyone's hearts.
And yeah, there have been a lot of good movies since then! What about Hercules, Mulan, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Lilo and Stitch, etc, etc. ? I love those a lot more than I did Frozen. I mean, Frozen was still a really good flick, but it was /not/ the best since The Lion King. I don't know if any Disney movie can claim to be the best.
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kuabci Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yes, it's very strange how people seem to have forgotten about Tangled.  It will be interesting to see how time treats Frozen, though it seems that it's just getting more and more popular as time goes by.  I guess calling something "the best" all just depends on how you actually define the best.
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