In the 1980s & ’90s, Disney was considered as the powerhouse of animated musicals. Over the years, the charm started to fizzle out. But this year, Disney is back in the game to make the holiday season more Christmassy, snowier and fun-filled with their latest release, Frozen.
Frozen follows the story of two beautiful princesses – the elder one, Elsa, born with magical powers that she can’t control and the younger sister, Anna, a bit clumsy but very loving and caring; a cute buck-toothed snowman who has a carrot nose; a rugged ice-dealer whose best buddy is a reindeer named Sven and a picture-perfect prince who is revealed to be a scheming, opportunistic lad.
This beautifully-animated 3D-adventure unfolds in the mythical Scandinavian kingdom of Arendelle following the lives of two sisters – Elsa and Anna. Elsa, is born with a magical power to create ice and snow but unfortunately, she hasn’t mastered her ability. This leads to an almost fatal accident that leads to Elsa locking herself away for years in order to avoid hurting people, and gradually, the sisters become estranged. After the death of their parents, Elsa is declared the new Queen. On the coronation day, a series of events triggers Elsa’s spontaneous ice-creation ability leaving a descent of eternal winter over Arendelle. Elsa flees amid accusations of witchcraft. The rest of the movie follows Anna setting out to find her sister and get her back home. The co-adventurers in her quest is rugged Kristoff, his best buddy reindeer, Sven, and an adorable talking snowman, Olaf (Elsa’s creation). At the heart of the film, is the battle between love and fear. Will Anna succeed in bringing Elsa home? Will Elsa be able to melt the permafrost? Will Arendelle enjoy summers gain? Who wins – Love or Fear?
Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s "The Snow Queen", Frozen is the first animated movie that is the perfect choice for a Broadway adaptation. Nearly every musical number leaves you thinking about how it would be re-created on stage.
As one of the best Disney musicals, Frozen’s songs soar with eight originals by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez that are a perfect match for the story. Co-director’s Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee have done a fantastic job of creating a fairy-tale atmosphere, balancing tragedy and comedy, and making room for another song, exactly when needed. Lee, who co-wrote Wreck-It Ralph (with Phil Johnston) is also the first female director of a Disney animation movie.
Another reason to watch the movie is the visually-captivating environment created in the feature film. A gleaming dream world of snow and ice, forming into incredible shapes, from lethal shards to towering ice castles.
The film has an excellent ensemble of characters who spend a great deal of time-teasing and playing pranks on one another. Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel as Anna and Elsa respectively; Jonathan Groff as Kristoff and Josh Gad, who voices Olaf have done a superb job at the underrated art of voice acting.
Yet another highlight of Frozen is the first 10-minutes are a total ‘no-no’ missing. The movie opens with Get a Horse!, a new short Mickey Mouse movie that uses the old audio of Walt Disney’s voice for Mickey Mouse’s.
If the movie is so brilliant, then why only 3.5 star? Movie Spoiler Time:
- Technically 3D was not upto mark.
- Awesome movie but a little too long for the little ones to sit through.
- After back-to-back family tragedies, Elsa stays locked away for 10 years, without explaining anything to Anna. This make it a bit tough for the kids to understand.
The movie closes with a rather surprising end, which subverts several fairy-tale stereotypes, cancelling out the movie’s small flaws and dragging moments. Wear your mittens, pull up your boots, take some hot chocolate and set out on an icy journey of fun with Frozen from the very first flake in the winter wonderland.