Into The Unknown is a brand new behind the scenes documentary series that takes a look at how Walt Disney Animation Studios created Frozen 2.
The series starts nearly a year before the premiere of the movie, and in this episode, we get to see how the early version of the film went down with some of the biggest creators at Disney, how the animation process works and how the team put together some of the most iconic songs from the movie.
Unlike the “Disney Gallery” series, which recently was released on Disney+, this show follows the crew making the animated series. At the same time, it has a few sit down interviews, it feels more like a traditional documentary. However, this series is much bigger than we would usually get since it would usually just be something thrown onto the extras of a DVD.
In the first episode, it focuses on a few main plots, the main one is the relationship between the two directors, Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, who must balance everything, while delivering a sequel to one of the biggest movies of all time, so the pressure is on them. Not only that, but Jennifer Lee is also the chief creative officer at the studios, so is now overseeing all the different projects going on.
Another major story of the first episode is following how the big songs “Show Yourself”, “Some Things Never Change” and “Into the Unknown” is created. We get to see the cast including Josh Gad and Kirsten Bell singing, along with footage from the orchestra recordings. It was also nice to see Idina Menzel visit the office to meet some of the people animating their movie, especially since they spend years working on a scene that is only just a few seconds of the film. This scene was one of the highlights from the first episode, while also showing how the idea of working on a major animated feature from Disney, isn’t as glamorous as people would believe.
We get to see the highs and lows of these processes; not everything is amazing straight away and requires lots of tinkering to make it perfect. You can see the frustration on their faces, while also the pure joy when it works out, especially during the orchestra recording.
If you’ve ever been interested in how animated movies are made, this series is going to be for you. It goes into lots of detail, following multiple different people and giving us some real insight into the film. But for casual fans, this series might be a little long-winded, it’s for die-hard Frozen 2 fans and fans of animation, especially as each episode is around 40 minutes long. But I’m hoping we see more series like this in the future.
Rating 4 out of 5