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12/18/2013 12:01:00 AM
Movie Review: Frozen
Cynthia Morse Zumbaugh


I love animated movies if they are done well and this one definitely falls into that category; this is one of the best that the Disney studios have produced in recent years. Based very loosely on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, this is the story of two sisters, Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel). Elsa has a problem, she sort of has the Midas touch, but with ice; everything she touches freezes and that includes her sister, so their relationship is kind of cold (pun intended). The two girls are very close as young children, but when Elsa inadvertently hurts her sister with this power, their parents separate them and Anna doesn't know why, she just knows that her sister is suddenly not her playmate and she is lonely. When Elsa runs away on the eve of her coronation, Anna follows, as does adventure.

The movie is fun, lots of laughs but many touching moments, too. Josh Gad's Olaf the Snowman (with a disturbing obsession with the sun) steals the movie, but little girls' will love their new princess. The songs are catchy and entertaining; I wasn't completely blown away by any of them, but they carried rather than stopped the plot and the kids all seemed to enjoy them.

I judge movies like this on how well the children in the audience sit instead of running back and forth and getting fidgety and using that scale, this movie is a success. It also kept my attention, not an easy feat at this time of the year.

I'm not sure why this is rated PG, there is really nothing objectionable. I suppose that the Ice Monster could be scary, but no more so than the Snowman in the Rudolf television show. There really isn't a villain; Elsa is a victim in her own right and doesn't hurt her sister maliciously. There is another "bad" guy, but they aren't on par with most Disney villains, scary wise. A beautifully animated production, a great movie for little ones that will keep the parents entertained, too.








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