How Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Helped Solve a 62-Year-Old Cold Case

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Did you know Disney’s animated feature Frozen helped researchers solve a 62-year-old cold case? Researchers used Frozen to help them solve one of Russia’s greatest mysteries, the Dyaltov Pass Incident — here is how.

This story will detail the theory of what took place during the Dyaltov Pass Incident and may not be suitable for little ones. 

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Before we dive into how Frozen helped solve this mystery, here is a quick backstory on the Dyaltov Pass Incident from

In January 1959, a group of nine young hikers — seven men and two women — trudged through Russia’s snowy Ural Mountains toward a peak locally known as “Dead Mountain.” The hikers pitched their tents at the base of a small slope, as an intensifying blizzard chilled the night air to minus 19 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 25 degrees Celsius). They never made it to their next waypoint.

LiveScience goes on to explain that by the time the hikers were all found, all nine had already passed away. It took a month for all of their bodies to be recovered from the snow. But their deaths remained a mystery for 62 years as no conclusive cause could be found. The Dyaltov Pass Incident became one of Russia’s most famous cold cases and mysteries.

Recently, one theory by Johan Guame of the Snow Avalanche Simulation Laboratory used technology from Disney’s animated feature film Frozen to come up with a theory that may have solved this cold case. According to a report, Joahn Guame was watching Frozen when he wondered how Disney was able to make such realistic looking snow in the film.

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The technology to simulate that movement was unparalleled. So, Guame emailed the animators to inquiry. From there, he traveled to Los Angeles to meet with the specialist responsible for the movement on-screen. The researcher obtained a version of the snow animation code for his avalanche simulations. Gaume intended to figure out how avalanches would affect the human body.

Guame used the technology that he received from Disney in his efforts and was able to show that an avalanche was the most likely cause of the Dyaltov Pass Incident.

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It is truly incredible that a Disney movie could help solve such an infamous cold case and a testament to the talent of the Disney animators’ dedication to having things like this be depicted as realistically as possible in their films.

So there you go — that is how Frozen helped solve a 62-year-old mystery!

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