The latest big-budget Disney Princess movie comes from the creative team behind the hugely popular Tangled, and it’s easy to see the similarities between the two films as a winning formula is tweaked and expanded upon on.
A pair of sisters are locked away from the world by their father and mother, the king and queen of Arendelle. Their actions are motivated by love, but turn out to be ill conceived. Elder sister Elsa is cursed with an ability to freeze everything she touches which prompts her parents to set her in isolation whilst she tries to learn to control her powers. Younger sister Anna pines for her once-close sibling after an accident that could have proven fatal were it not for the help of a group of Trolls.
In time Elsa is destined to become queen of the kingdom and must try to control the power that consumes her. When her secret is revealed in public she fleas and her extreme reaction sends the land into a perpetual deep winter. Meanwhile Anna is desperate for love and companionship having been starved of relationships for so long, she blames herself and her new-found exuberance for life for Elsa’s hurt.
Although comparison’s can be drawn between Tangled (Indeed there is much comment on the fact that Rupunzel and Anna share a striking resemblance – though this is dispelled when you actually see the film) and this latest release from the Disney stable, you’ll find that Frozen in many respects is a much darker prospect. Love, betrayal, fear and confusion run throughout. These elements are off-set by carefully placed humour which comes almost exclusively from the odd looking snowman, Olaf, who you’ve no doubt seen in the trailers and posters.
A musical element provides just the right level of sugar coating, beautiful animation sets the scene and protagonists you can actually root for form key ingredients for why this films is looking to be a huge success. Add to these a twist in the plot, moments of sadness never outstaying their welcome and hugely uplifting scenes of triumph and you’ve got quite the emotional roller-coaster. My six year old daughter in particular was so committed to what was happening on-screen that when the credits rolled she declared ” That was so lovely!” and promptly burst into tears, drained by the whole experience. Only the promise of a hot chocolate seemed to stem the emotional outpouring.
Frozen is in cinemas now, it’s perfect for girls, boys wouldn’t be bored and parents will leave feeling that they’ve had value for money as the feature presentation is preceded by a cute short featuring Mickey Mouse that bridges the gap between old and new. This is Disney doing what they do so well. Expect a merchandising barrage.
Fearless optimist Anna (voice of ‘Kristen Bell’ ) teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of ‘Jonathan Groff’ ) and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.