Review of 'Frozen'

frozen.jpg Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel - known for her staring role as Elphaba in the Broadway musical Wicked) are two princesses in the kingdom of Arendelle. Elsa has the ability to conjure up ice and snow. An accident during childhood forces their parents to keep Elsa isolated to protect her and others from her unpredictable power. When they grow up their parents are killed at sea meaning that Elsa is to ascend to the throne and she will have to somehow control her powers. Things do not go according to plan and she sends the kingdom into the grip of an ice age so she is forced to flee to the mountains. It is up to her sister, with the help of Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), an ice harvester, with his reindeer Sven and Olaf an amusing, continually falling apart, but ever-optimistic snowman providing a bit of comedy relief in what is a fairly serious movie (perhaps a bit too serious at times…).

A great new-style Disney animation from the former Pixar group. The quality is amazing as is the music and story, loosely based on the Hans-Christan Anderson story “The Snow Queen”. The ice effects are amazing, in particular. I loved that the film-makers were not afraid to break new ground in Disney endings as well. Here's hoping there are many more like this to follow!

Rating: “Nearly perfect, but not quite”

Review Date: 2013-12-21

Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Studio: Walt Disney Animation Studios

Year: 2013

Length: 102 minutes

Genre: Animation