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Kristoff
Frozen character
Kristoff Bjorgman.png
Kristoff, the male lead in Frozen
First appearance Frozen
Created by Chris Buck
Jennifer Lee
Voiced by Jonathan Groff
Tyree Brown (as a child)
Information
Full name Kristoff Bjorgman[1]
Occupation Iceman
Title Royal Ice Master and Deliverer
Family Sven (companion)
Bulda (adoptive mother)
Grand Pabbie (adoptive grandfather)
Rock Trolls (adoptive family)

Kristoff Bjorgman[1] is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Animation Studios' 53rd animated feature Frozen (2013). He is voiced primarily by actor Jonathan Groff.

Kristoff is a Sami iceman living together with his reindeer companion Sven. Albeit preferring a solitary life, he helps Princess Anna of Arendelle to find her older sister Elsa in the North Mountain.

Development

Origins and conception

In the early development, Kristoff was originally Kai as in Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen", but later he was designed as combination of Kai and the robber girl.

Voice

He is primarily voiced by Jonathan Groff.

Physical appearance

Kristoff is tall, rugged, handsome, and in his early twenties. His build is a distinct variation on most Disney heroes. He has broad shoulders, large hands and feet, and a muscular build. He is significantly larger than Princess Anna and over 6' tall when he stands up straight (as shown by the fact that he bends over to get through the front door of Wandering Oaken's Trading Post & Sauna). His build is a realistic consequence of his rough life as a mountain-dwelling ice harvester.

Appearance

Frozen

Kristoff is the first major character to appear in the movie, and is introduced during "Frozen Heart", as an eight-year-old orphan boy with his baby reindeer, Sven, who becomes his best friend. He is trying to mimic the harvest ice like grown-up icemen do. Later that night, Sven is pulling him through the woods when the two horses belonging to the royal family of Arendelle ride past him at speed while transporting Anna to the trolls. Kristoff becomes intrigued as one of them is leaving behind a trail of ice (as that horse is carrying a distraught Elsa). From a distance, Kristoff watches as Pabbie, leader of the trolls, heals Anna's head. At the same time, one of the female trolls Bulda adopts Kristoff as her own child.

13 years later, Kristoff grows to be an ice harvester who lives in the mountains near Arendelle. He is briefly seen in Arendelle selling ice while the camera tracks through Arendelle prior to Elsa's coronation. Kristoff is not seen again until Anna shows up at Wandering Oaken's Trading Post & Sauna on her search for Elsa. Kristoff arrives moments after Anna shows up, covered in snow, seeking to purchase carrots for Sven and climbing rope. From him, Anna knows that the blizzard in Arendelle comes from the North Mountain. Anna assumes that is where Elsa is hiding. However, he is thrown out of the store for calling Oaken a crook. Anna buys all of Kristoff's items and urges him to take her on a trip up the North Mountain. Kristoff is reluctant to help her at first but eventually gives in.

As Anna and Kristoff head for the North Mountain, Kristoff is incredulous learning about her whirlwind engagement to Hans. The conversation is cut short when their sled is attacked by hungry wolves. Although Anna, Kristoff and Sven escape by jumping over a chasm, the sled falls to the bottom of the ravine and explodes (much to Kristoff's sadness and dismay, as he just paid it off). The next day, they meet Olaf, an anthropomorphic snowman unknowingly created by Elsa, who leads them the rest of the way to Elsa's ice castle. Kristoff waits outside while Anna tries to persuade Elsa to go back to Arendelle in order to put an end to the winter inadvertently created by Elsa but fails, and accidentally gets hit in the heart. Kristoff manages to rush Anna to Pabbie, but Pabbie says only "an act of true love" can save her. Thinking it is a "true love's kiss" from Hans, they head back to Arendelle. At the castle gate, he sadly hands Anna over to Hans.

On the way back into the mountains, Sven attempts to push him back to Arendelle, but he refuses, thinking it is selfish to fulfill his love instead of letting Anna be saved by Hans. However, a giant snowstorm appears over Arendelle, prompting him to return. There he eventually finds Anna, but then he has to watch Anna freeze solid as she chooses to sacrifice herself, saving Elsa from being killed by Hans. Moments later Anna revives, as self-sacrifice counts as "an act of true love" which he is overjoyed by.

In the end, he gets a new sleigh from Anna, and the two share a kiss.

Frozen Fever

In the short film Frozen Fever Kristoff helps Elsa plan a surprise birthday party for Anna. While taking Anna on a birthday treasure hunt throughout the kingdom, Elsa comes down with a cold and unknowingly creates little snowmen called "snowgies" with each sneeze, which create trouble for Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf.

Olaf's Frozen Adventure

Kristoff appeared in a 21-minute holiday film along with Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Sven, which debuted in theaters for a limited time engagement[2] with Disney·Pixar's Coco on November 22, 2017.[3] It made its television debut on ABC on December 14, 2017.[4]

Disney theme parks

From July 5 to September 1, 2014, as part of 'Frozen' Summer Fun show at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Anna and Elsa will appear in a horse-drawn sleigh making their way down Hollywood Boulevard, alongside Kristoff and skaters, skiers and ice cutters in the Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome section. The sisters will also make appearances in For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, where they are joined by royal historians to retell the history of Arendelle; and "Frozen" Fireworks Spectacular alongside Kristoff and Olaf, a fireworks display set to the music of Frozen.[5][6] Officially starting January 7, 2014, Kristoff began making appearances alongside Anna and Elsa at Disney California Adventure in "For the First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration" in Hollywood Land as part of the park's "Frozen Fun" event.[7][8]

Reception

Collider writer Matt Goldberg commented that Kristoff was "slightly less interesting than his love-interest (Anna)", but the cuteness of Anna and Kristoff’s relationship compensates the defect.[9]

References

  1. ^ a b Bazaldua, Barbara (October 1, 2013). Frozen: The Essential Guide. DK Children. p. 32. ISBN 978-1-4654-1404-5. 
  2. ^ Booth, Kaitlyn (June 13, 2017). "Olaf's Frozen Adventure Trailer For The 21-Minute Featurette In Front Of Coco". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  3. ^ Snetiker, Marc (June 13, 2017). "John Lasseter talks Olaf's Frozen Adventure, debuts first look". 'Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  4. ^ "OLAF'S FROZEN ADVENTURE Makes Broadcast Television Debut on ABC, 12/14". broadwayworld.com. December 8, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017. 
  5. ^ Slater, Shawn (June 26, 2014). "Get Ready to Experience 'Frozen' Summer Fun – Live at Disney's Hollywood Studios". Disney Parks Blog. The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  6. ^ Brigante, Ricky (June 26, 2014). "Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! coming to Walt Disney World with royal welcome, stage show, fireworks, and park wide party". Inside the Magic. Distant Creations Group, LLC. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  7. ^ Slater, Shawn (December 5, 2014). "New 'Frozen Fun' Opens at Disneyland Resort January 7". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ Graser, Marc (December 5, 2014). "Disney Adds 'Frozen' Experiences to Disneyland, California Adventure Theme Parks". Variety. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Matt (November 28, 2013). "FROZEN Review". Collider.com. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 

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