After a series of CGI films, comes Frozen, the newest of Disney’s princess movies that will leave you jaw dropped. Directors Chris Buck (Tarzan) and Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It-Ralph) bring us a film that is truly spectacular.
I went to see this movie with my wife on our honeymoon. It made for an excellent date movie if you like animated films and especially Disney ones. It very VERY loosely based on the fairy tale The Snow Queen by Hans Christen Andersen.
The story goes that a princess named Elsa of Arendelle possesses magical abilities, especially the ability to control snow and ice, but she accidentally harms her sister Anna. After stone trolls save Anna, they also wipe her memory free of any knowledge of Elsa’s abilities. After growing up in isolation and the death of her parents, Elsa is about to be made Queen of Arendelle.
Anna reveals that she has instantly fallen in love with a prince from a neighboring kingdom. This prince is the youngest of twelve brothers, but is absolutely head over heals for Anna. This causes Elsa a great deal of stress and she accidentally reveals her powers. She flees the scene, but in the process, she causes an early winter storm that freezes the whole kingdom. Anna and a local boy named Kristoff team up with an enchanted snowman named Olaf to find Anna and reverse the spell before the people Arendelle freeze to death.
This is one of the best films to come from Disney. The music is incredible, especially the highly acclaimed song Let It Go. It is fun, delightful, magical, has a weird pet, all highlights of a Disney animated feature, however, it also has taken a different route. They make fun of the “love-at-first-sight” theme that encompasses many Disney films. There is not a super evil villain like in Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, or Cinderella. Do not fret though, it is a very charming family film.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Magic and Sorcery, mild violence
- Kristen Bell as Anna, princess of Arendelle and Elsa’s younger sister
- Livvy Stubenrauch as Young Anna
- Katie Lopez as Young Anna
- Agatha Lee Monn as 9-year-old Anna
- Idina Menzel as Elsa, the Snow Queen and Anna’s elder sister
- Eva Bella as Young Elsa
- Spencer Lacey Ganus as Teenage Elsa
- Jonathan Groff as Kristoff, a mountain man accompanied by a reindeer named Sven
- Josh Gad as Olaf, a comic-relief snowman who dreams of experiencing summer
- Santino Fontana as Hans, a prince from the Southern Isles
- Alan Tudyk as the Duke of Weselton
- Ciarán Hinds as Grand Pabbie the Troll King
- Maia Wilson as Bulda, a troll
- Maurice LaMarche as the King of Arendelle, Anna and Elsa’s father
- Jennifer Lee as the Queen of Arendelle, Anna and Elsa’s mother