Frozen: A Film Full of Warmth (2013)

Disney’s Frozen (2013) is a one of a kind magical experience for the whole family.  A wonderful mix of humor, romance, and adventure, this movie is sure to bring something for everyone.  A very loose retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” (my personal favorite fairytale), the movie tells the story of two sisters, princesses of Arendelle Anna and Elsa, who lose their parents at a young age.  Elsa has magical powers that allow her to freeze anything she touches, make snow, etc.  Basically she can make winter.  Warned by her parents at a young age to conceal her powers, she isolates herself from the world.  On her coronation day, however, she must greet her people and interact with the sister she has shut out for years.  When Anna announces she’s ready to marry Prince Hans, a man she’s just met, Elsa forbids it and the sisters argue, ending in a display of Elsa’s powers that shocks and frightens the people of Arendelle.  Afraid of herself and the reactions of the people around her, Elsa flees to the mountains and in the process creates an endless winter.  To stop her, Anna sets out after her, leaving Hans in charge of Arendelle until she returns.  In the process she befriends Kristoff and his adorable reindeer Sven, as well as Olaf the snowman, and amazing comic relief.  Together they must calm down Elsa and end the perpetual winter that has fallen on the country.

With a soundtrack that will you bring you back to the Alan Menken days of Disney, as well as lovable characters and a strong sense of girl power, this movie proves that the Mouse House is moving in the right direction under the helm of John Lasseter.  Although this is technically a Disney princess film, it harkens more to Mulan, Tangled, or Brave and less to Cinderella.  The heroines are not sappy damsels in distress, they are just as brave, strong, and courageous as the men.  Although in the traditional story, the Snow Queen is the baddie, in this the villain changes shapes a few times.  There is fabulous comic relief in the form of Olaf and Sven.  And for once there is a strong sisterly bond in the movie–a new move for Disney, and one that is much appreciated.  The best part of the film, though, hands down is the music.  Idina Menzel voices Elsa, and the songs managed to squeeze in a double dose of heart and sass, with enough humor for a hearty laugh.  For an example, check out Olaf’s “In Summer”.  Some other toe-tapping tunes include “Let It Go”, and the adorable “Do You Want to Build a Snowman”.