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REVIEW: Disney’s “Frozen”

REVIEW: Disney's "Frozen"

Hotly
anticipated
this
year
(no
pun
intended)
is
Disney’s
latest
animated
feature
film,
Frozen (opening today in Los Angeles; Wednesday November 27th in the rest of the United States).
Long
in
development
and
delayed
multiple
times,
it
is
finally
seeing
the
light
of
day
as
a
3-D
CGI
extravaganza
that
has
become
the
standard
for
Disney’s
theatrical
releases.

This
contemporary
tale uses Hans
Christian
Andersen’s, The Snow Queen, as its inspiration but takes some liberties with that story, and instead sets off in new directions. Centering on royal sisters Elsa and Anna, Frozen focuses on their relationship and the strain a
childhood
accident
and subsequent cover up has placed on it.

Fast
forwarding
many
years,
the
problems
that
have
been
festering
can
no
longer
be
contained.
A
fateful
coronation
proves
to
be
the
breaking
point
and
thus
begins
a
race
against
time
to
save
not
only
the
sister’s
land
of
Arendelle,
but
also
themselves.
As
overly
cliché
as
all
that
sounds,
the
reality
is
quite
different
and
regrettably
can’t
be
explained
without
spoiling
the
film.
Rest
assured,
the
filmmakers
have
put
a
twist
on
the
usual
princess
tale
that
is
most
welcome.

Frozen
is
a
complex
film
in
more
ways
than
one.
The
animation
is
stunning,
as
if
you
would
expect
anything
less
from
Disney.
Snow
is
beautifully
animated,
characters
move
about
with
just
the
right
mixture
of
grace
and
liveliness,
and
the
beauty
of
snowy
Scandinavia
is
present
in
every
outdoor
shot.
A hint
of
cartoony
exuberance
is
present
however,
but
never
overwhelming.
In
any
case,
both
Sven
and
Olaf
readily
provide
the
necessary
comedic
relief
throughout.

While
Frozen
is
a
princess
film,
it
attempts
to
go
in
a
different
direction
than
say,
Tangled;
a
film
in
the
far
more
traditional
vein.
With
sisters
as
co-lead
protagonists,
things
revolve
around
them
in
a
different
manner
than
they
would
a
single
character.
They
are,
in
a
sense,
the
yin
and
yang
of
the
film,
and
it
it
is
only
when
they
fall
out
are
things
destabilised
within
their
universe. 

As
brilliant
an
animated
film
as
Frozen
is,
the
problems
that
a
long
gestation
period
can
produce
are
evident.
The
plot
comes
off
as
rough-hewn;
the
result
of
a
script
that
is
adequate
but
not
exemplary,
and
characters
with
little
sense
of
purpose
other
than
to
fill
specific
roles.
The
inspiring
songs
are
unfortunately
too
numerous
and
often
misplaced.
The
dialogue
is
also
remarkably
flat
for
a
film
containing
such
weighty themes
as
love,
bravery,
tenacity,
scorn
and
sorrow;
all
staples
and
trademarks
of
Disney
storytelling
it
should
be
noted.

Overall, Frozen
will commendably fulfill its role in the roster of legendary Disney animated
features. If
the
consistent
on-the-nose
gags
don’t
keep
you
enthralled,
the
stunning
animation
will.


Charles Kenny writes prolifically on his own blog, The Animation Anomaly.

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Comments

Olaf

Grab my butt! Who's my cute little reindeer? Yellow and snow? Don't go. HHHMMMM hmmm hmmmm! I'm an exterior decorator…

Floyd Norman

Olaf and Sven are gay?

bioo

Is this the first time 2 openly gay characters are leads in a Disney film?

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