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Frozen Rocks! - FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOREVER - 2014 Paloverde Dreamlights Show

By Bryan Greenwood, 01/22/2015

We knew everyone would be doing FROZEN this year so we made sure our show was a little different. We used rock versions of all the songs from the movie (except "In Summer"), with the two snow people singing the songs while the characters (Anna, Elsa, Olaf) danced to 'their' respective song.

Unfortunately the snowmen's faces are overexposed in the video (I need a better camera!). I have added the animation of the snow people singing to the upper right corner of the edited video to show you what the audience was seeing.

The snow people's faces each have 400 RGB pixels. The hexagon RGB screen in the center of the 22' snowflake is 5' across and made up of 900 pixels. I made the snow people animation in CRAZY TALK 7 and the dance moves for the Frozen characters in MIKU MIKU DANCE. The Frozen 3D models were ripped form the Disney Infinity game.

The snowflake was constructed in 6 pieces for easy storage. The flourishes (the "S" curves) are 20' long mental rods bent/twisted down to 10'.

The LED light controllers are from Light-O-Rama:



This version of the Disney song is by STELLAR KART:

Buy this song on iTunes!


The Intro piano music is by JERVY HOU:

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I hold no claim to the copyright of either song.

NOTE: No incandescent lights were harmed (or used) in this display!

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