Disney’s Frozen is probably my favorite Disney animated film since The Lion King (not counting the Pixar films). It is smart, cute, and funny, with strong lead female characters that can save themselves.
Frozen is based on the Hans Christian Andersen fable “The Snow Queen,” and tells the story of Anna (Kristen Bell), an optimistic princess who sets off on an epic journey to find her sister, Elsa the Snow Queen (Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have accidentally trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.
Along the way, she meet up with a rugged mountain man (Jonathan Groff), his loyal reindeer Sven, and a hapless snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad). Together, they battle the elements and others to save Elsa and the family kindgom of Arendelle.
Continuing the strong female lead of Brave, Disney has created two strong female leads with Elsa and Anna. While they are technically “princesses,” they’re not fussed-over royalty. They’re women who can take care of themselves, and ultimately save each other.
Olaf is probably one of the best Disney sidekicks ever. He reminds me a bit of if the great comedian Jerry Lewis were a snowman. He’s funny and warm-hearted, and watching a snowman sing “In Summer,” an ode to the pleasures of warm weather, was hilarious…as were the many snowman butt jokes (kid-friendly, of course). Sven, who doesn’t have a line of dialogue in the film (do snorts count?), was equally hilarious. And there are trolls, lots of cute trolls.
Speaking of songs, the music in Frozen is outstanding. Composed by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the husband-and-wife team who wrote the tunes for Winnie the Pooh and the Finding Nemo musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida, they remind me of the amazing tunes written for Disney films by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman years ago. They’re catchy and will quickly get stuck in your head. I can see “Let It Go” even getting an Oscar nod.
While I don’t say this often, try to see this film in 3D. The animation just pops and becomes so lifelike. Plus you’ll “Oooo” and “Ahhh” over the snow and ice animation, when seeing it in 3D. It’s one of the few films this year (Gravity is the other) that is worth the extra cost to see in 3D.
This is definitely a film to take the family to this Holiday season, but go even without kids. It’s a really good, funny, warm hearted movie that can be enjoyed by all.
If you do go, get there early, as there is a short Mickey Mouse film called, “Get a Horse,” that will play before Frozen. It, too, makes great use of the 3D technique as it features a classically illustrated Disney cartoon updated to modern technologies. Bonus: it features Walt Disney’s voice as Mickey.
Here is a trailer for Disney’s Frozen:
If you’ve seen Disney’s Frozen, let me know what you thought of it.