by November 10th, 2013on
Norwegian Fjord horse fans the world over were thrilled and excited when Disney’s upcoming animated movie, Frozen, was announced. The reason for this excitement? This new movie is set in Norway and the prince, Hans, rides a Fjord horse. Oh my!!
Stefan and I, inspired by our own Fjord horses, have twice traveled to Norway and fallen in love with the indescribable countryside. As a result, in addition to loving their little yellow horses, we have become enamored of the Norwegian land and it’s people. These facts alone ought be enough to make us the biggest fan-boys of the upcoming Frozen movie ever.
But, wait! Just take a look at this design development board on display at the Production Gallery room inside “The Magic of Disney Animation” at Walt Disney World. The boards on display here come directly from the animation department in California where they make the movies.
Look right there, in the lower left hand corner of the design board for Sitron, Hans’ horse. That’s a photo of me riding my Fjord gelding Prisco at Palgrave! The text box beside Prisco reads, “ACTUAL horse coloring (NOTICE leg coloration/dark “socks”) for ENTIRE”. (Click on the photo if you want to see a bigger version where it’s easier to see the details.)
Here is the original picture from our web site that was used on the board. It was from a horse show we attended June 2-4, 2006 and I was showing Prisco in Third Level dressage. That season Prisco was a little plumper than I ideally would have liked him to be, and as you can see in the art work, they faithfully reproduced that round belly detail in Hans’ horse Sitron.
In this YouTube video we are walked through the Production Gallery room at Walt Disney World, and it zooms in and gives a close-up of the board with Prisco on it around the 3:00 to 3:14 minute mark.
With my new-found connection to Sitron, I have enjoyed searching the net to learn more about him. Some fans question his gender, saying he must be a female because of his eyes and lashes. Sitron the Fjord horse of course has been Disneyfied, with his “people eyes” that show the whites and are set too close together and not on the sides of his head. But the long full eye lashes are an authentic Fjord horse detail, and both genders have them. You can see this in the following detail of Prisco’s face on the left and Sitron’s on the right.
One fan-site puts Sitron’s age at 12 (qualifying that with, “in fictional Disney horse years, of course”). Prisco was 11 in 2006, the year that picture was taken, so maybe he was the real one-and-only inspiration for Sitron! Disney is all about imagination, and hope, love, and happiness, so that’s the story I am going to stay believing.
I am looking forward to Frozen’s release on November 27th, and seeing Prisco aka Sitron on the big screen! Join me and let me know your thoughts in the comments.
To learn more about Prisco, read my article Prisco : A Super-Star of the Fjord Breed.