A surprisingly realistic snow animation in Disney’s Frozen helped engineers solve the mystery of The Dyatlov Pass Incident.
In winter of 1959, nine Russian hikers died during the expedition in the Ural Mountains. The incident brought a lot of theories although in 2019 the researchers proves that the cause of death was the avalanche.
Engineers noticed the realism of the snow animation in Disney’s Frozen and used the animation code to prove the theory that the avalanche caused the death. The head of the Snow Avalanche Simulation Laboratory Johan Gaume teamed with the help of Frozen’s animators recreated the theory.
Following a trip to Hollywood to meet with the specialist who worked on Frozen’s snow effects, Gaume modified the film’s snow animation code for his avalanche simulation models, albeit with a decidedly less entertaining purpose: to simulate the impacts that avalanches would have on the human body.”
Via National Geographic
The simulation proved that the death was caused by the avalanche, the intensity of which could break the ribs and skulls. Find out the full research on the National Geographic website.