Frozen

Frozen

Frozen

Theatrical Release Date (USA): November 27, 2013

Animation Studio: Walt Disney Animation Studios
Franchise: Snow Queen
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JTurner
said at 9:51 PM on Fri May 16 2014
I have to admit I almost feel a little embarrassed giving FROZEN my highest rating. However, in spite of my reservations about this retelling -- er, Disneyfication -- of Hans Christian Andersen's SNOW QUEEN -- being a CG film and not a traditional one (the latter format could have been used just as effectively for a film like this) -- FROZEN is surprisingly really good. Which is not something I was expecting to say given how disappointed I was with TANGLED. However, FROZEN earns my highest rating for the following reasons.

While this is a "Disneyfied" SNOW QUEEN, it's not done in the manner one would normally expect. This is arguably a darker, edgier re-imagining; the title queen in this story is Elsa, one of two sisters whose primary motivation for causing eternal winter is not out of outright evil, but for more complex issues. The whole conflict starts off because of an accident that traumatized her and her sister, Anna, in childhood, leading the girl to become emotionally distant. This lends a surprisingly more "adult" angle to the story.

But the best part about FROZEN is how Disney turns two of its tried and true cliches completely on its heels. There IS a handsome prince, yes, and he does romance Anna, but not for the reasons one would expect. Furthermore, the climactic "act of true love" needed to break Elsa's spell isn't romantic, but sister related. It's because of this that FROZEN emerges as one of Disney's best fairy tales in a long time.

The chemistry between the principal characters is also very well done, especially the sister dynamic between the more aloof, distant Elsa and the outgoing, socially awkward (but sweet-natured) Anna. Prince Hans, as mentioned, isn't the picture perfect figure you'd expect. If anything, the most interesting character has to be Kristoff, a somewhat grumpy ice hauler who grudgingly agrees to help Anna find her, but naturally he turns out to be a real soft-hearted gentleman. Naturally, this DOES give this film a "love triangle" angle, but to reveal how it is resolved would be the equivalent of giving spoilers.

The music is also great, especially Elsa's charged ballad "Let it Go." (The only exception is a gospel-flavored song involving trolls, which isn't BAD by any means, it just struck me as out of place with the tone of the story.) Even the occasional comic relief (from a snowman and a mute elk) doesn't overpower the dramatic depth of the story. There ARE a few places where I think Disney could have toned down the laughs, though, but it's nowhere nearly as grating as in TANGLED.

I'm not quite sure where FROZEN ranks in terms of Disney's all-time greatest films, but I WAS pleasantly charmed by it and it exceeded my expectations.
Ross123
said at 12:07 PM on Fri Apr 18 2014
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Best Disney Movie since the 90s. Loved Olaf as a character and his song was hilarious.

Let It Go was amazing to listen to. It truly deserved that award for Best Original Song just like the film deserved to win Best Animated Film.

Disney, you did a good job this time. You deserve the £7.00 that it takes to get into the cinema. Hell, my dad bought the dvd for £9.99 so that shows you deserve my money this time.

As I am typing this, my sister & her friends are watching it. What a coincidence, huh.
LongLiveTheLionKing
said at 10:04 AM on Wed Apr 16 2014
Now, let's see if Disney can keep the ball rolling with "Big Hero 6"
The Doctor
said at 10:45 AM on Fri Mar 7 2014
I feel so bad for not seeing this movie when I had the chance. Now I have to wait the dvd release -_-
GothamRed
said at 10:50 AM on Fri Mar 7 2014
@The Doctor I think it might be on iTunes now
IceElvenPrincess
said at 10:28 PM on Thu Mar 6 2014
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I saw this movie with my bestie Gavin over a month ago, AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT TO PIECES!!! Elsa and Anna, Olaf and Kristoff are my favorite characters. everything about this movie was right on point and wonderful. the singing, the humor, the voice acting just everything was perfection. plus, I found out that I have Norwegian in my family tree(that isn't the reason why I like the movie, it's because I've been a fan of Disney for a long time now since I was a young girl and since I saw the previews for this I had been just DYING to see it and I did get that wish.) anyway, my stupid brother just keeps on denying facts with that on us being Norwegian. I am a proud Disney freak, and if people don't like it. they can go screw off. I've seen quite a bit of movies from disney, but it would be hard to remember them all. The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Flubber, A Bugs Life, Mulan, Monsters Inc. are just a few of many movies I love. I'm next aiming to watch Tangled and Brave.
rephead
said at 1:49 PM on Sat Mar 1 2014
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I love Anna and Elsa.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:09 PM on Fri Feb 21 2014
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So after Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Winnie the Pooh, Wreck-It Ralph, and this masterpiece, are we having the Second Disney Renaissance?
DreamMaster08X (Probationary Moderator)
said at 7:12 PM on Fri Feb 21 2014
@NCZ I'm going to put all my chips into the center pot and say yes.
VctrBnsn
said at 2:32 PM on Sat Mar 1 2014
@NCZ Please, please, please, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!

Than again, the future animation lineup for Disney doesn't seem like anything special (no traditional animation) but I could be wrong. Let's see what Big Hero Six will be like.
Regomania
said at 5:58 PM on Tue Feb 4 2014
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Ok, so I made a comment back saying I wasn't excited for this movie. Now that i've seen it, that Comment can go screw itself. I really like this movie, and I find it funny how they easily transition from dialogue to a song.
DreamMaster08X (Probationary Moderator)
said at 10:22 AM on Fri Jan 24 2014
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Is it wrong to say that my favorite character of this movie is Olaf? Honestly, I think he's one of the best Disney sidekick characters I've seen since Russell from Up.
BlankSlate
said at 2:22 AM on Sat Jan 25 2014
@DreamMaster08X Yeah, he was cute and funny.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 11:18 PM on Sat Jan 25 2014
@DreamMaster08X actually, it's because of Olaf that I decided to go see it. All the reviews I read said his optimism and naivety coupled with Josh Gad's performance made him a standout part of the movie.
BlankSlate
said at 1:13 PM on Sat Feb 8 2014
@DreamMaster08X I like Kristoff, personally. He reminds me a bit of Sokka from 'Avatar', in that he communicates with something that doesn't talk back.

(However, he is the obligatory 'love interest' who is apparently, APPARENTLY Anna's "true love" because she knew him for a LITTLE longer than she knew Hans. Which is just stupid.)
DreamMaster08X (Probationary Moderator)
said at 1:55 PM on Sat Feb 8 2014
@BlankSlate I definitely wouldn't call their love 'stupid'. It's sort of like spitting in the face of previous Disney romances. It's not to say some of them AREN'T told as well (Sleeping Beauty is quite guilty of this), but I think they're better than most people might give credit for, such as Aladdin and Jasmine, Belle and the Beast (Adam I believe his actual name is), and yes, even Ana and Kristoff. They actually DO have chemistry.

The Ana/Hans relationship I also thought was pretty clever at first (even if it was a little obvious in its satirization).
BlankSlate
said at 8:37 AM on Fri Feb 14 2014
@DreamMaster08X Sorry for saying that. Yes, princesses in the past, in the renaissance HAVE had chemistry, I agree with that.
DreamMaster08X (Probationary Moderator)
said at 9:06 AM on Fri Feb 14 2014
@BlankSlate No worries. :)

With that aside, what's probably your FAVORITE Disney romance (and what you think was done the best)?
BlankSlate
said at 1:50 AM on Sun Feb 23 2014
@DreamMaster08X Aw man, I think... Naveen and Tiana. They're both great three-dimensional characters who both try to work out their differences as well as improve upon their respective flaws.
Troodon2
said at 11:36 PM on Wed Jan 22 2014
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Is it just me, or does Alan Tudyk sound kind'a like Maurice LaMarche?!
BlankSlate
said at 8:37 AM on Fri Feb 14 2014
@Troodon2 It's funny, because we have LaMarche in this movie, too.
Troodon2
said at 12:08 PM on Sun Mar 16 2014
@BlankSlate I know right, so should Maurice not reprise for a role or be unavailable for a role that his voice fits, perhaps Alan Tudyk can be a suitable substitute.
Spider RedNight
said at 7:37 PM on Mon Jan 20 2014
OKAY OKAY Idina Menzel had the best song but SERIOUSLY, is there nothing to say about how great Anna was? She was THE pushing point in the movie, without her, NOTHING would've gotten accomplished and the movie probably never would've happened.

Yes, Idina did amazingly but sheesh, can we hear about something ELSE cool about the movie? Like the animation, ALL of the songs being great and all the characters looking nice?
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 1:06 AM on Wed Jan 22 2014
@Spider RedNight Anna was actually my favorite part of the movie.

As for the songs, I thought First Time In Forever and Let It Go (the first half, not the belting back half) were the strongest and most memorable. Wanna Build A Snowman was a cute-to-sad song. I haven't had the urge to re-listen to The Intro, Hans/Anna and Trolls songs.
DreamMaster08X (Probationary Moderator)
said at 6:22 PM on Fri Jan 24 2014
@Foxwolf W-w-w-wait... ...you don't have a need to listen to the INTRO song again?

I'm shocked.

I think that it's JUST as good as Let It Go, especially when you listen to it again after you've seen the movie (pay attention to the lyrics, and it makes it even better).
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 10:37 PM on Fri Jan 24 2014
@DreamMaster08X so I just listened to it again and sure it's a hefty piece and fits the Norwegian setting but yeah, doesn't leave me humming the tune in the days that follow.
BlankSlate
said at 2:21 AM on Sat Jan 25 2014
@Foxwolf My favourite songs are Frozen Heart and Eatnemen Vuelie BECAUSE they fit the Norwegian setting. Everything else is just... Broadway.
BlankSlate
said at 2:24 AM on Sat Jan 25 2014
@Foxwolf Let it Go is sort of a guilty pleasure, even if "Elsaba"'s animation doesn't match the passion of Menzel's voice.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 2:17 PM on Sun Mar 9 2014
@Foxwolf No love for "In Summer"?
DreamMaster08X (Probationary Moderator)
said at 2:32 PM on Sun Mar 9 2014
@TheVengeanceKnight ^Ditto.

Forgot to mention that song. :)
DreamMaster08X (Probationary Moderator)
said at 8:11 PM on Wed Jan 15 2014
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If you are viewing this page and you haven't seen the movie... what are you waiting for? GO SEE THE MOVIE.

If you have seen it, though... SEE IT AGAIN.
RenoRebirth
said at 10:03 AM on Sun Jan 12 2014
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Really glad they didn't fall back on big Hollywood names for every character.
This is the best Disney film I've seen in years.
VocalChameleon
said at 11:10 AM on Sun Jan 12 2014
@RenoRebirth Agreed. Using Broadway actors helps breathe more life into this animated musical.
RenoRebirth
said at 1:45 PM on Mon Jan 13 2014
@VocalChameleon Just received word that Frozen might actually be coming to Broadway.
When that day comes, I had better see you there, good sir!
Solarista6222
said at 12:19 PM on Mon Dec 30 2013
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This film is absolutely fantastic! The perfect Disney musical. So glad Idina got to sing in this Disney film, her voice was magical as usual.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 6:03 AM on Sat Oct 19 2013
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This is worth a watch just to hear Idina Menzel!
TheAtticus
said at 10:44 PM on Fri Nov 1 2013
@OptimusSolo For me, though, the selling point is hearing Alan Tudyk as the villain... again.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 10:48 PM on Fri Nov 1 2013
@TheAtticus Correction: Alan Tudyk as A villain. ;)
TheAtticus
said at 10:53 PM on Fri Nov 1 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus That's good enough for me, seeing how big of a Browncoat I am.
ConfusedPhantom
said at 3:09 PM on Sat Nov 30 2013
@OptimusSolo She was wonderful!
Troodon2
said at 2:41 PM on Mon Dec 23 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus Not a villain per-say, infact he's not really "The Main" villain.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 12:12 PM on Sun Feb 23 2014
@Troodon2 That's why I corrected TheAtticus with "as A villains" instead of "Alan Tudyk as the villain."
Regomania
said at 10:39 PM on Fri Oct 18 2013
Seriously, Me and None of my friends are even excited for this movie. But I'll give it a tiny, Sliver of a chance.
Regomania
said at 11:36 PM on Fri Oct 18 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus If the bad guy is that f**king piece of yellow snow I'll kick a table....
TheAtticus
said at 10:46 PM on Fri Nov 1 2013
@Regomania Does the name "Gaston" ring a bell?
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 1:35 AM on Fri Mar 8 2013
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If Christopher Lloyd doesn't have a role in this movie, I'll be mildly disappointed.
BlankSlate
said at 9:53 AM on Sat Mar 9 2013
@CatsTuxedo "I was FROZEN today!"
thomwim
said at 1:50 PM on Sun Dec 1 2013
@BlankSlate Too bad none of the trailer used Madonna's song "Frozen".


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A favorite Movie
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"I really relate to Elsa and her emotional journey... apart from her freezing problem. The songs are great as well."

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Elsa
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Anna
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Gothi
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Oaken
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1.6% (1 votes)
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