David Attenborough travels to the end of the earth, taking viewers on an extraordinary journey across the polar regions of our planet.
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Frozen Planet - Sven (Frozen) - Netflix
Sven is a fictional character who appears in the animated film Frozen (2013) produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. He is a reindeer that lives together with his companion, Kristoff. Sven, alongside Kristoff, aids princess Anna in her search for her sister, queen Elsa, who has run away after placing the kingdom of Arendelle under an eternal winter. During their adventure, Sven also meets and befriends a living snowman, Olaf. Besides the original film, Sven is also present in the short film Frozen Fever (2015) and the featurette Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017). Sven was created by Frozen directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. In the making of Sven's character, the animation team brought a real-life reindeer into the Disney Studios in order to study its behavior and incorporate the observed elements in Sven's portrayal. Nonetheless, due to the reindeer's lack of motion, Sven's depiction was eventually developed based on the mannerisms of a dog. His appearance was designed to be realistic. Critical reception to Sven's character has generally been positive, with journalists commending his loyalty and describing him as friendly and lovable. Reviewers have also regarded Sven as a source of comic relief, and they have mainly praised his relationship with Kristoff. Merchandise based on the character has been released, including stuffed toys and action figures.
Frozen Planet - Conception and creation - Netflix
In order to study reindeer for the development of the film Frozen (2013) codirected by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the filmmakers went to a reindeer farm management in Roros, Norway, owned by the Sami people. The animation team also decided to bring a real-life reindeer into the Disney Studios to analyze its mannerisms and implement them into Sven's portrayal. The animators remarked how the reindeer scratched behind its ears using its back legs similarly to how dogs do, and they decided to make this one of Sven's habits as well. However, after realizing that the reindeer did not do much besides standing in the same place, the animators decided to depict Sven as “an excited dog” and “an inquisitive pooch that sniffs around the place”. Animator John Lasseter highlighted the resemblance between his labrador and Sven due to how both of them act. Filmmakers had initially planned to give the name “Thor” to the character, but the idea was discarded due to the excessive usage of this name among the company. Frozen director Jennifer Lee felt Sven is the character that differs the least from the way he had been conceptualized since the filmmakers had decided from the beginning that he would never speak; she mentioned the only change related to him in the making of the film was that his role in the story had become “bigger and bigger”. Chris Buck, the other Frozen director, said he had tried to make the characters including Sven “as interesting and entertaining as possible”. He further stated they had enjoyed deciding how Sven would be portrayed in the film. Buck commented that while Sven could have remained only a “pantomime character”, Lee had proposed the idea of having Kristoff talk for Sven since she also does this with her cats; Buck had immediately perceived this as a “great idea” due to acting with his dogs in the same manner, and as a result the concept was incorporated in the story. Lee stated that the way Kristoff expresses Sven's thoughts is “fun”. Buck further said he enjoyed how Kristoff pretended not to understand Sven when he tried to communicate with him through sounds. He described Sven and Kristoff as “best friends” and mentioned that Sven acts like his conscience. Lee commented that the filmmakers had tried to find similarities between Sven and the snowman Olaf in order to introduce the two of them in an intelligent manner during the teaser trailer for Frozen, and as a result they had decided to highlight their common interest in carrots. The sounds Sven makes were recorded by the voice actor Frank Welker. Jonathan Groff, who provides the English voice for Kristoff, mentioned that while Olaf and some animals from other Disney films have the ability to talk, Sven cannot do so. He added that he had recorded a duet with himself for one of the moments when Kristoff expressed Sven's replies. Groff stated the filmmakers had informed him when he had begun his work for the film that he would also provide a “reindeer voice”, adding that he had enjoyed recording it.
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