Women need to be in leading roles and how these two sisters got starring roles in this year's cartoon musical hit “Frozen” is anyone's guess. Kidding. But they rock. And girls headlining cartoons is definitely a vote in the right direction.
“Frozen" combines great continuity and character development with visually arresting crystaline art, snowy vistas and hummable tunes.
Kirsten Bell, with a knack for comedic timing, is Anna and the voice of youthful exuberance, innocence and determination. Idina Kim Menzel (lately of 'Glee' fame and previously, a Tony Award for her role in "Rent") lends her astounding voice to the older sister, Elsa.
The audience is introduced to the close royal sisters as children. Bonding with playful exuberance in a large castle set in a Bavarian-type kingdom, one sister's sudden onset of a mysterious affliction causes her to distance herself from her younger, now hurt and confused baby sister.
Unlike most movies today, this Disney confection has none of the cartoon violence, double standards or sexism of its endless predecessors. Here the two girls are caring, selfless and determined to protect the other in spite of circumstances that might indicate a reason to act otherwise.
The bounders are men and the slight reference to the protagonist's faux "Prince Charming" is a great cautionary tale (think Queen Elizabeth) without a firm blow to the head. Other bad guys who would angle for the throne are easy to spot but given noisy machinations at best. Not reality, but again, this IS a cartoon.
"Frozen's" humor is gentle and chivalry is introduced in both guileless and manipulative flavors.
Youngsters will love it. Adults will be engaged and find the pace and entertainment value in keeping with the 'Shrek' and 'Despicable Me' franchises. Though here, the humor far more gentle yet at all times, with adult appeal.