Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell doing the voices for Elsa and Anna
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How did I never realize Idina is standing exactly like Elsa here?!?? And damn Anna looks just like Kristen in that last one.
Did you know they film them recording voices, because animators often go back and look at the film and try to put some of the actors movements/faces in there? I’m not 100% sure on this but I’m pretty sure they do!
^ yes, that is accurate. Even before the BTS video came out I thought a lot of Elsa’s animation looked like Idina. Among other things, filming the actors when they record their lines is extremely useful in placing the blinking of the eyes so that it looks natural. Blinking, while not something we actively think about doing, is often not just the function of keeping your eyes hydrated, but is often a physical punctuation to a thought. And there’s a lot of psychology behind when and how often you blink, not to mention the science of where you place your eyes when you’re thinking about, or remembering certain things. Being an animator is such an under-appreciated job, because not only do you have to be an artist, but you have to be a costume designer, mechanic, architect, physicist, psychologist, actor, athlete, historian, etc. You can’t realistically (and by that I mean animate is such a way that is not distracting to your suspension of disblief) animate a person if you don’t understand how and why your own body moves. While each scene of the film is meticulously storyboarded before voice acting ever takes place, filming the actors helps take a lot of the guess work out of a lot of the little details that you’re not supposed to notice. Because the only time your brain will register when someone does something so minute as blinking is when it looks unnatural and out of place. And that’s what a lot of people never really understand. All of the magic that happens with animation is in the things you’ll never notice.