The idyllic kingdom of Arendelle is prepared to celebrate the coronation of Elsa (Idina Menzel). Elsa has the power to create snow and ice, a power that has been hidden from the kingdom and her sister Anna (Kristen Bell). However, Elsa loses control and plunges the kingdom into perpetual winter.
Anna is optimistic that Elsa can make things right, and chases after her. She is joined by rugged loner Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his loyal reindeer Sven, and loveable snowman Olaf (Josh Gad). Can they find Elsa and save the kingdom in time?
Frozen is the 53rd film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The story is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen.” Disney tried to adapt the story multiple times, but due to various complications the project was shelved until 2011 when they decided to use computer animation, instead of traditional animation.
Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee (the first woman to direct a Disney animated feature film) also wrote the film. They brought on Tony Award winning songwriter Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to write all the original songs. The nine original songs are infectious and reminiscent of the classic age of Disney animation (check out the soundtrack). The songs and characters are brought to life by a strong cast. Bell (best known for TV’s “Veronica Mars”) makes Anna quirky and endearing and holds her own with her co-stars. The other four main characters (Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, and Hans) are voiced by Broadway veterans and Tony nominees / winners. Menzel brings down the house with her powerful vocals. Gad (from Broadway’s “Book of Mormon”) brings a lot of heart and humor to the role of Olaf and gets to perform the funniest song and the funniest lines. Groff gets a short, forgettable song, but is still an entertaining character. Santino Fontana is entertaining as Prince Hans, and gets a funny duet with Bell.
A wonderful addition to the Disney family!
Frozen (2013) 108 minutes
Director: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee