“Frozen” wins Oscar, a win for CCS


Frozen, the Disney film that has garnered both critical acclaim and box office success, won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature—following up on the promise of earlier wins in the same category at this year’s Golden Globe and BAFTA awards.

Two CCS alumni were a part of the creative teams that worked on the award winning animation. Chuck Tappan, who currently works as a studio department leader for look development at Walt Disney Animation Studios, worked as a pre-production supervisor on the film. Angela McBride, who is a CGI artist at Armstrong White, worked as a lighting artist on the movie.

“Congratulations to the amazing people of WDAS on the Frozen Oscar win,” said Tappan. “I work at the most amazing place on earth.” Tappan has also worked on the Disney films Bolt, Wreck-It Ralph, Meet the Robinsons and Tangled.

Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, Frozen is loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen story, The Snow Queen and centers on the relationship between two sister princesses and what happens when one of them, born with the power to create

Chuck Tappan1CCS alumnus, Chuck Tappan
ice and snow, accidentally unleashes an eternal winter upon their kingdom.

Tappan is not the first CCS alum to work on an Oscar-winning film: Avedis Ekmekjian, ’02 Entertainment Arts, lead lighter at DreamWorks Animation, worked on 2007’s The Golden Compass, which won the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects.