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Former Snellville resident a part of Disney's 'Frozen'

Mitchell Snary was an artist for the Look Development Department

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Former Snellville resident Mitchell Snary was in the Look Development Department for Disney's latest flick, 'Frozen.' The movie releases Nov. 27. (Photo: Courtesy of Disney)

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Former Snellville resident Mitchell Snary was in the Look Development Department for Disney's latest flick, 'Frozen.' mThe movie releases Nov. 27. (Photo: Courtesy of Disney)

Mitchell Snary grew up in Snellville and later graduated from Brookwood High School in 1995. Since then, he attended Savannah College of Art and Design, then moved out to California.

But now the artist works for Walt Disney Animation Studios. Recently, he was an artist with the Look Development Department for the studio’s latest movie, “Frozen.”

“It’s pretty epic. It’s a huge environment that’s Norwegian inspired,” Snary said. “There’s lots of effects with snow and ice. It’s an action adventure and comedy. It’s going to be a fun movie — and of course, it has a lot of heart.”

On the team, Snary created the CG look of characters and background to help establish the look of the final images of the film.

“That’s all aspects of the look of the film,” he said. “I get into visual development, paintings, drawing and such from art directors and I put it into the computer. Once it’s in the computer, I created the color. We also do the grass, trees, environments and characters.”

The story follows Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), who sets off on an epic journey with the rugged mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven. They are on a mission to find her sister Elsa (Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.

The group encountering Everest-like conditions, trolls and a snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad). Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

“I think I like the comedy (the most),” Snary said about “Frozen.” “The visuals are going to be awesome. Ultimately, I think those are the kinds of things you notice, but the heart is what makes it a good movie.”

Although the movie is debuting around Thanksgiving, Snary won’t be able to make it home to Snellville until Christmas.

“Frozen” releases on Wednesday.