After moving away from the musical genre in the 2000s, Disney has slowly returned to having their characters sing. They got their feet wet again with 2009’s The Princess And The Frog and 2010’s Tangled, but now they are back with a full-fledged musical, Frozen, that has the feel of such classics as Beauty And The Best, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King. And this new flick deserves to be included in a list of those films.
Frozen tells the story of 2 sisters, Anna and Elsa, who initially grew up inseparable. Elsa has magical powers that allow her to make ice and snow with her hands. It means the girls could have a ton of fun making snowman, building forts, and sliding down hills all inside. After an accident that almost kills Anna due to Elsa’s powers, Anna’s memory is erased and Elsa hides her powers. The two sisters become distant from each other as they grow up.
Years later, it’s time for Elsa to become Queen and expose herself to the public as she nervously tries to hide her powers, unbeknownst to Anna. It leads to a lot of adventure, fun, and great music. This is the strongest musical soundtrack a Disney film has had since The Lion King. The anthem, “Let It Go”, sung by Idina Menzel (who voices Elsa), will surely become a classic for musical lovers. I can already picture thousands of Broadway hopefuls auditioning with this song. Kristen Bell, who voices Anna, also has a great voice for her various numbers.
Voicing Olaf the Snowman, Josh Gad helps the character be the most scene-stealing sidekick since Robin Williams in Aladdin. He’s laugh out loud funny. The script is clever as it presents itself as a fairy tale with all the classic elements, but twists them enough for a modern audience, especially in the climatic moment where there must be an act of “true love” in order to save Anna. It turns the whole idea on its head.
Presenting in beautiful 3D (this is definitely one to go see in the format), this is a stunning animated film for everyone to go see. Easily the frontrunner for the Best Animated Feature Oscar.