It's a Winter Wonderland of Sisterly In-Fighting in Disney's "Frozen"
|Anna spies Elsa in the Ice Palace. Nice reflection!|
Once again, audiences approve, critics approve, and Disney has had to back up the mouse-truck to accept all the awards.
|Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven.|
|Prince Hans and Princess Anna.|
|Elsa gets very excitable at times.|
|Olaf and Sven are always crowd favorites.|
|Kristoff and Sven to the rescue.|
|Marshmallow the Ice Monster.|
|Elsa's Ice Castle.|
|Elsa is so regal.|
|Anna and Kristoff.|
|There are some surprisingly risque scenes in "Frozen."|
|Anna, incredibly detailed.|
|The source story by Hans Christian Anderson.|
|The colors in "Frozen" are dazzling.|
|Anna and Elsa.|
Superior animation tends to have themes that are outside the ordinary, though with human interactions and reactions to which audiences can relate. "Frozen" fits the bill nicely.
|Kristoff and Anna.|
Whereas in, say, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" you have the truly creepy (and wickedly delicious) justice dispensed to the Evil Queen at the end, here you simply have poor Hans sent away, making him more pathetic than evil. Disney has, in a sense, gone soft. Furthermore, that the sisters are princesses is completely unnecessary and feels forced, and there is nothing particularly classic about a plot based upon petty rivalries and exaggerated emotional drama. This could more "believably" have been about ordinary people and their lives. Thus, "Frozen" is just a baby step by Disney into the future from its glorious princess past.
|The sunset in this shot is amazingly detailed.|
|Kristen Bell and her character, Anna.|
As you would expect from a top Disney animated feature film, the actors are superb and really embrace their roles. Jonathan Groff plays Kristoff, Santino Fontana plays Prince Hans, Alan Tudyk is the Duke of Weselton, and Josh Gad plays Olaf the Snowman. The score was composed by Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Disney veterans who previously composed the score for "Winnie the Pooh." The characters include the usual Disney sidekicks for funny relief and scary monsters that aren't really that dangerous. That is what audiences like, so that is what Disney gives them.
|Disney knows how to market an animated film.|
Just about everybody who has seen the film and commented upon it has had a positive reaction, and it will receive a lot of awards. Even if you don't get swept away by the mundane plot, the dazzling animation and usual funny bits, along with the sterling score, should make a visit to Arendelle a fun experience.
Below is the official trailer for "Frozen," and below that the "Elsa" trailer. You also might be interested in "Frozen" hidden treats, our collection of "Frozen" stills, and our first look at the "Frozen" trailer. You also may wish to listen to a couple of different versions of "Let It Go," the film's true show-stopper, here.