When Disney’s recent movie “Frozen” recently won an Oscar for best animated film, a former Oneonta resident and her family had a personal stake.
Rebecca “Becky” Wilson Bresee, a 1989 graduate from Oneonta High School, was the animation supervisor for one of the main characters, Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell. In the movie, Anna goes searching for her sister, Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.
Bresee said she had an Oscar party at her house in Burbank, Calif., to watch the show.
“We were over the moon” when the award was announced, she said. “We were shouting and hugging and tearing up a bit.”
Her sister Roselyn and her family were visiting from Vermont. “I am lucky to have shared that moment with her as well,” said Bresee, who also has two twin brothers.
Bresee also has a twin sister, Oneonta resident Rachel Hansen, and two daughters ages 9 and 11. She compared the movie’s main characters to herself and her twin sister.
“It is a powerful story that moves me,” Bresee said. “It is a story that many have grasped onto.”
Bresee said there were 70 animators in the group that worked on the character. Her job included making sure Anna looked and acted like she was supposed to.
“We had an amazing team,” she said.
Hansen said it is exciting to see her sister get the recognition she deserves. She said she watched the Oscars with her husband and children.
“We were screaming like crazy,” when the award was announced, she said, adding that it’s been something special to see her art progress from drawing as a girl in Oneonta to this, she said.
“It has always been her passion,” Hansen said of her sister.
Bresee’s father, Oneonta resident Eric Wilson, said he and his wife Virginia were also watching the show, and when “Frozen” won, “the text messages started flying,” between children and grandchildren.