Frozen (2013) - Review
What better way to deal with cold of winter than to what a movie that is even colder…
Walt Disney’s Frozen
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures | Walt Disney Animation Studios
Genre: Animated Musical
Release: November 27, 2013
“Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.”
Frozen is Disney’s 53rd feature to be in the Disney Animated Classics. The story is lightly based off of “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Anderson. Unlike a lot of recent films by Disney this one retains the classic Disney formula of compelling narrative and being a Broadway like musical.
- Music is Classic Disney
- Funny moments natural (rather than forced)
- Feels like Classic Disney (of the 90’s)
- Voice acting
- Ending is a bit lack luster
- The two main characters (Elsa & Anna) Look like the same characters with different hair colors.
Plot / Story:
If you are familiar with the typical Disney story formula, then you will understand the inner working of Frozen right off the back. If you don’t know what I’m talking about I’ll try to break it down for you (without spoiling it too much)… Almost all of the major Disney films follow a similar narrative; where a parent dies (or not mentioned at all) early on in the film, if there is no clear antagonist in most of the film it will turn out to be a betrayal by another family member or someone close to the main protagonist, the outcast of the film normally turns out to be a hero in the end, and finally the ending is almost always left open-ended for a sequel. Honestly following this type of formula gets old but it always seems to work, and it has for decades. I guess it’s why they call it Disney Magic…
Disney Animation Studio seems to be on a roll here and, is trying to prove that Disney doesn’t have to rely on Pixar’s to handle all of the CG Animated films. It started with Wreck-It Ralph and now moved on to Frozen. Animation is near Pixar quality, and I’m sure it came at a much lesser cost. My main gripe here is that the two main characters Elsa and Anna look way too similar. I know that they are sisters but, it just seems very lazy of the animation team to basically make a carbon copy of one with different color hair…
Voice acting is good as usual even though while watching it I didn’t recognize any of the voices. Even after seeing the cast l afterwards I only really recognized Kristen Bell for her work in the Assassin’s Creed Series as Lucy. The music in Frozen is the typical classic Disney sing-a-long type stuff that we have grew up with.
I was a bit prejudice that the movie was going to be meh, but I was wrong… It was actually a lot better than I thought it was going to be. The pacing of the movie worked well even if the narrative was a bit predictable. The music was your typical Disney stuff even though it wasn’t written by your typical Disney writers (Alan cough… Menken…).
I recommend this film to anyone who loves Disney... or to people who have kids that they want to keep quiet and entertained for about 1 1/2 hours.
Rotten Tomatoes: 4.5