Disney’s “Frozen” warms hearts


The latest animated Disney movie, Frozen, is visually appealing and interesting. It may not be on the level of the Lion King, but it is certainly still worth watching.

It is always exciting when there’s a new original Disney movie in theaters, thinking about all the songs you’ll be sure to hum, the fine princes there are sure to be, and the flawless animation that can always be expected. It is the first time you see a movie that will be loved for generations. Also, if you live with young children or just babysit, it’s refreshing to get something new to replace the last movie you’ve been forced to watch over and over again.

Disney’s “Frozen” is now in theaters, attracting many families and general Disney lovers to experience the cinematic adventure.

Based off of an old German folk tale, the movie follows the tale of two sister princesses, one with the magical power of ice. In the beginning, these two sisters are close and enjoy the wonders of the magic powers but after an accident, the princess, Elsa is forced to conceal her powers and hide them from even her sister, Anna, whose memories of the magic are erased. Both sisters grow up in isolation until Elsa’s coronation to become queen in which their castle gates are opened for the whole kingdom. After being pushed and overwhelmed, Elsa accidentally reveals her powers and runs away in fear, accidentally creating an eternal winter in the process. Anna sets off on a quest to save the frozen kingdom and her sister and becomes the heroine of her own adventure.

The characters of Anna and Elsa added a refreshing reliability to the movie that you don’t always get from these kind of movies. Anna in the way that she is awkward, a bit naive, and just wants to be loved and be close with her sister the way they were when they were young. Elsa in the way she is overwhelmed by the pressures of her responsibilities and forced to be the “good girl” when she just really wants to be herself and be accepted for who she is and be free of her fears, anxiety, and insecurities. The average teenage girl can at least relate to one of them, if not both.

The male leads include Prince Hans, who Elsa falls in love with at her sister’s coronation and makes her his fiancé on the spot, and Kristoff who Elsa bribes into helping her on her quest through the harsh winter. There’s not much to say about Hans, he is similar to the average prince in the older Disney movies, when the princes had little character development other than looking pretty and applying the true love’s kiss (Not including Prince Philip, that guy was hardcore and fought a dragon. He earned his woman!), although that may just be how he seems at first. On the other hand, I think Kristoff is a very cute and interesting character that people will love throughout the whole movie.

Of course, as is tradition, there were also some animal and/or magical sidekicks. The first was a reindeer named Sven, whose role in the movie was Kristoff’s best and only friend his whole life. Sven was absolutely adorable in every scene he appeared and is probably the cutest animal sidekick Disney has created in a long time. The other was a snowman, brought to life by Elsa’s magic, named Olaf. After seeing him in the trailers, I was a bit skeptical and worried he was going to be super obnoxious and annoying in every scene. However, I was pleasantly surprised when he proved to be a genuinely humorous character who didn’t but into scenes when he clearly wasn’t needed and actually served a much deeper purpose than just keeping the younger or less intelligent kids entertained.

The animation was absolutely gorgeous, probably one of the only movies that can be compared to Brave. All the ice and snow in the movie gave Disney a chance to really show what they can do. They were able to use their special animation tricks to make every single snowflake different. If you don’t think that’s just the most impressive thing, I can’t even imagine how high your standards could possibly be. It is unbelievable how much detail they have the ability to create and that they actually take the time to make it even though kids will watch with or without it.

The beautiful voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel who play Anna and Elsa respectively, bring all the emotions out in the movie with songs such as “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Let it Go.” The scene in which Elsa sings “Let it Go” is the best scene in the whole movie, it has as much character development as is possible in a 3 minute scene, displays the best animation Disney has to offer, and the song itself is absolutely beautiful as is expected from a Tony winning Broadway star. Though the soundtrack is beautiful, it will most likely not become one as infamous as The Little Mermaid or Mulan, which just about every kid can sing every song from on the spot. Even though it’s hardly an instant classic, sing-along soundtrack, it is definitely worth downloading.

Something I really enjoyed was that it happened to be one of the only Disney movies to question the common motif of marrying someone you’ve just met. It started off as just a humorous jab at the concept but also served as real commentary that even people in real life could learn from. The movie questioned the cliques of “true love” in quite a few ways.

One critique though, was the lack of background knowledge the movie gives the audience, especially with Elsa’s powers. In a children’s movie, it is much better not to have over explained and over complicated back stories, but that doesn’t mean they had to leave out such a large part of the story. The whole movie I was hoping to get a little more understanding of why Elsa was born with her power and how magic and sorcery played into their society, however, it never came.

Overall, the movie was fantastic and brought many new elements into the whole Disney princess movie thing, including an ending that is actually a bit unexpected for a children’s movie. It may not go down in history with Aladdin and The Lion King as a most common favorite, but it is sure to be enjoyed for countless generations to come.