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Princess Elsa (Menzel) can create snow, and as a child she accidentally injures her sister Anna (Bell). She tries to control her gift, but when her power is revealed at her coronation, she flees in panic — plunging the kingdom into eternal winter. Anna must go after her and find a way to undo the spell.


Disney has always taken a fast and loose approach to adapting classic fairy tales, adding dragons to Sleeping Beauty, talking crabs to The Little Mermaid and dancing teapots to Beauty And The Beast. But their adaptations also have distinct phases: there were the early, faintly Germanic fantasies; the lacklustre ’80s and the feisty ’90s princesses. Now we’re in the Tangled era, notable for big Broadway numbers, large quadrupeds that act like canines and adjectival titles that don’t mention the heroine.

The result here is that a story about two sisters — powerful, scared Elsa (Idina Menzel) and good-hearted Anna (Kristen Bell) — is planted in, and occasionally obscured by, an almost entirely male supporting cast. The emotional moments are powered by the bond between the manga-looking, wasp-waisted sisters — their eyes literally bigger than their stomachs — but the comedy comes largely from the buddy relationships between the guys, heroic ice-harvester Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), dog-like reindeer Sven and sentient snowman Olaf (Josh Gad). It’s a division of labour that leaves the very funny Anna playing second fiddle and Elsa’s struggle to either control her powers or revel in them sidelined for long stretches, undermining the finale.

Thankfully, the jokes consistently land, particularly those involving cheery, innocent snowman Olaf, and the snowy, icy animation is impeccable. The big songs are also appropriately stirring: Idina Menzel belts Let It Go like it insulted her mother and Gad’s In Summer is a cheery, comic ditty straight out of The Book Of Mormon’s playbook. There is even one plot turn that qualifies as radical in fairy tale terms and perhaps signals a more daring way to approach these films. Given how closely most of this entry resembles the beats and tone of Tangled, it feels like Disney Animation should take more such risks, to add more individual identity to the craft.

The plot’s all over the place, but there are a lot of laughs and some strong action beats along the way.

Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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RE: Frozen (2013)

L: Biggus It is no surprise to learn that Frozen has just become the most successful animated film of all time as it is a film which confidently plays to its strengths without ever feeling guilty or shameful. And nor should it. With Pixar now churning out lesser sequels (Cars 2, Monsters University, Planes etc.) and potentially running out of fresh ideas, for the first time in forever (I couldn’t resist!) Disney is back at the top of the tree. asn't Pixar but DisneyToon studios that made P... More

Posted by Chris Boomen at 20:08, 13 April 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Frozen (2013)

The song " Let It Go " is a song that must be true for many people........I like that song toooo ... More

Posted by shinning_like_me at 19:53, 11 April 2014 | Report This Post

Frozen (2013)

Nobody does this quite like Disney. Not even Pixar, whose monumental achievements in the past 20 years have revolutionised animated cinema and therefore certainly not to be sneezed at. Building on its current great run of modernised classic fairy tales i.e. The Princess and the Frog and Tangled, Disney once again gets us all singing, laughing and crying with their updated take on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. The plot concerns two princesses, Elsa and Anna, who are separated fr... More

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Posted by Biggus at 20:00, 10 April 2014 | Report This Post

I am extremely impressed with Frozen. From cheery Olaf to silly Sven, from complex Elsa to bubbly Anna, from the cuddly trolls to the humourous Kristoff, I was enthralled with the plot and invested in the characters from the moment little Anna coaxed Elsa to build a snowman. Amazing songs (really, I've listened to 'Let It Go' at least 97 times), great fun and really enjoyable. I hope Disney keep up the good- no, outstanding- work! ... More

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Posted by livapr99 at 21:54, 03 April 2014 | Report This Post

tp://]Froz enith everything in this film it looks like Disney really is back at its old level. From the first until the last minute I`ve enjoyed this fully. The animations in the winter wonderland are gorgeous, filled with cute (but typical Disney) characters. The songs were good as well. Although it doesn`t get to the level of real Disney classics like The Lion King, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, this is by far the best that they`ve produced i... More

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Posted by TheGodfather at 22:19, 04 March 2014 | Report This Post

After the success of "Bolt." Disney suddenly went on this role where their movies just got better and better. And with "Frozen," It looks like Disney Animation is ready to kick Pixar's fanny out of the park! it's well animated, well written, well voiced acted. I don't think Frozen is great, but I do think that movie by movie, Disney is getting better. but that doesn't there getting spectacular as they once were. But still, Frozen is a great comeback return to Disney Animation... More

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Posted by Darren47 at 03:11, 16 February 2014 | Report This Post

After the success of "Bolt." Disney suddenly went on this role where their movies just got better and better. And with "Frozen," It looks like Disney Animation is ready to kick Pixar's fanny out of the park! it's well animated, well written, well voiced acted. I don't think Frozen is great, but I do think that movie by movie, Disney is getting better. but that doesn't there getting spectacular as they once were. But still, Frozen is a great comeback return to Disney Animation... More

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Posted by Darren47 at 03:08, 16 February 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Frozen

Frozen' has both showtunes and darkness, but most satisfying is a formula-defying finale that successfully subverts the fairytale status quo. ... More

Posted by chang at 10:16, 28 December 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Frozen

For over seven decades, the adaptation process of classic fairy tales such as Snow White, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland has a never-ending tradition for Walt Disney Animation Studios and great work has come out of it. Following the Disney renaissance in the nineties, DreamWorks’ Animation put a post-modern stamp on fairy tales with Shrek, causing Disney to rethink their strategy into making family films. Following their 2011 take on Rapunzel, Tangled which was a CG mash-up of a traditional... More

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Posted by R W at 16:10, 21 December 2013 | Report This Post

Trailer better than film

The story ended much stronger than it started which gives it a better memory than it should. The character of Olaf was fantastic but that was about it in terms of superlatives and big adjectives. The rest was a rushed mish mash of ideas, themes and messages that seemed to leave any real space to want to spend time with any of the cast. There were too many songs and all squeezed in to the first and second act (I can't remember one in the third) with very little lead into them. All in all I... More

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Posted by pgmark at 15:53, 12 December 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Frozen was brilliant!

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen has obviously been a difficult tale for Disney to get their head round. They’ve been trying to adapt this story for decades, even back as far as 1943 when a planned biography of Andersen which would incorporate animated sequences of his stories was nixed because The Snow Queen proved problematic, even though there have been loads of versions of it made by other studios. Well, Disney have supposedly finally done it, though to be honest the terribly titled... More

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Posted by Dr Lenera at 21:02, 11 December 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Frozen was brilliant!

I thought this was great and the kids both loved it. They both rated it better than Tangled which was also great. It certainly captivated my attention. 4/5 ... More

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Posted by shool at 14:05, 11 December 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Frozen was brilliant!

Also, it's probably worth a trip to the cinema just to see the short film "Get a Horse." A really enjoyable mix of old fashioned Black and White, 2D, 4:3 ratio Disney magic, and modern 3D, widescreen CGI. A genuinely good use of 3D. Back to Frozen, the more I think about it the better it gets. I've never been that big a fan of The Lion King (aside from The Circle of Life) so, Tarzan aside, I think this is probably my favourite Disney-toon since Beauty and the Beast. It's great ... More

Posted by Hood_Man at 12:16, 10 December 2013 | Report This Post

Frozen was brilliant!

I think we were watching different films! The characters, dialogue, songs and animation were all classic Disney and echoed back to the glory days of Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. More importantly, my 3 year old daughter loved it. Plus Olaf - the snowman who is drawn towards heat, was hilarious. I've since purchased the soundtrack and The Art of Frozen book. Highly recommended. ... More

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Posted by mocfilms at 12:41, 09 December 2013 | Report This Post

Worst Disney animated film ever!

Absolutely terrible with the most forgettable, contrived songs yet. Disney are losing direction. Only given one star a '0' is not an option! ... More

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Posted by Tenacious P at 07:21, 09 December 2013 | Report This Post

RE: The newest Disney renaissance starts here... A masterpiece

Well, having just got back from seeing it, I don't think it's the best since The Lion King. That's more on account of me really really liking Tarzan (which I thought was the best Disney Animation since Beauty and the Beast as a matter of fact), but all that aside I really enjoyed this. Catchy songs, likeable characters, genuinely funny gags (and a few aimed at the parents), and it looks gorgeous! If I can find fault in anything though, it's that there are perhaps a few too many songs (t... More

Posted by Hood_Man at 20:58, 08 December 2013 | Report This Post

The newest Disney renaissance starts here... A masterpiece

Poor Helen O'Hara. Every time a Disney Film comes out, I imagine there's little discussion in the office about who's going to review it. Look back over all of the Disney reviews - it's always O' Hara. Never mind that the subject may not resonate, or it may not be a genre that she knows anything about or has any affinity for, she has a vagina and as we all know, only girls like Disney films. Maybe this is why O' Hara gave a solid five star film only three stars and the salivating manchild who w... More

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Posted by danielgmal at 12:55, 08 December 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Serve chilled.

Leaving my general view that a reference to Lion King is far from a compliment, I pretty much agree with the review and with the score. Voice cast were pretty good, but the songs at points tipped it over into operetta rather than musical. Given the slightness of writing that might be understandable but it was a bit too much for me (and not all were great - the whole troll stuff made me cringe). Storywise it is really for the kids - the muddled opening didn't really make much sense nor di... More

Posted by elab49 at 00:31, 08 December 2013 | Report This Post

Serve chilled.

As long as you're on-board with the whole Disney Princess / Power-ballad / Comic-relief / über-family-friendly methodology, there's plenty for you to enjoy. While Frozen won't change any opinions, it should keep fans of The Mouse Kingdom entertained and help to snare the next generation. Although it lacks the iconic appeal of Disney's tried and trusted favourites, the film has a classical feel which should ensure its longevity in the catalogue. ... More

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Posted by TheMightyBlackout at 23:31, 07 December 2013 | Report This Post

Helen has finally broken my heart :(

The first arrow was your review of Riddick which mainly consisted of judging a sci-fi action movie on how the main kick-ass female was treated (which has to be some new form of Presentism: _historical_analysis%29), and the second is that you are now judging an amazing and truly fun film almost solely on exactly how much of the movie was driven by whom based on gender? Sorry I didn't have my Bechdel-colored glasses on when I saw it bot... More

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Posted by rockpapernuke_orbit at 19:56, 06 December 2013 | Report This Post

Better than the review suggests

I agree with the sentiment that the film is the best Disney film since The Lion King. I don't think the plot is all over the place. It is fairly linear and has some surprises along the way as well. It was very easy for my 7 year old to follow and also keep my three year old entertained with the laughs and action. It also has the best Disney songs written since The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I would daresay it's a return to form for the House of Mouse for a non-Pixar film. ... More

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Posted by mojokola at 13:39, 05 December 2013 | Report This Post

Re: Frozen

I've been reading in a few places now that Frozen could be the best Disney animated movie since The Lion King (or at least the best since the end of the Disney Renaissance), but I would never have guessed based on the trailers. Hell, if I'd only seen trailers and not read anything on it I'd never have known it was even a musical. I'm looking forward to this, I hope it lives up to the word of mouth. ... More

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