Frozen contains all of the timeless ingredients of Disney’s wildly successful past: royalty, magical powers, familial drama, and visual splendor. All of these elements feel familiar, but Frozen puts enough energy and witty spin on them to create something new and memorable. It won’t get any bonus points for breaking new ground, but it does for being very entertaining.
The story concerns two sisters, Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), and Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel). From a very early age Elsa has had the power to freeze basically anything she touches. She seems to have very little control over the power and her parents, the King and Queen, decide to isolate her from Anna for her entire upbringing. Now a teenager and set to inherit the throne, Elsa accidentally freezes the entire countryside – in the middle of summer. She takes off and hides deep within the forest, leading Anna and her new friends, Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff), and a wisecracking snowman named Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad) on an adventure to find her and bring summer back.
Jennifer Lee’s screenplay is fantastic. Filled with lively musical numbers and spot-on comedic timing, the film’s energy and pacing never let up. It even has a few refreshing and truthful insights about teenage crushes and that loving feeling. The animation is also breathtaking; easily up there on the Pixar scale and a true sight to behold. Though not truly original or particularly groundbreaking, Frozen is nevertheless an energetic, fun-filled adventure that is an easy recommendation with so few choices for kids at the movies these days.
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Length: 108 Minutes
Rating: PG for some action and mild rude humor.
Theatrical Release: November 27, 2013
Directed by: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
Written by: Jennifer Lee. Inspired by “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen.
Cast: Kristen Bell (voice), Idina Menzel (voice), Jonathan Groff (voice), Josh Gad (voice), Santino Fontana (voice)