Frozen

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Walt Disney comedy adventure based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, The Snow Queen and winner of the 2014 Best Animated Film Academy Award. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off - with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven - to find her sister, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

From directors Chris Buck (Surf’s Up) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter of Wreck-It Ralph). This is Disney’s 53rd feature-length animated movie.

Starring
Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Tom Kane, Santino Fontana

Directed by
Chris Buck ('Tarzan', 'Surf's Up'), Jennifer Lee (feature debut)

Written by
Jennifer Lee, Shane Morris

Studio
Disney

Festivals & Awards
Best Animated Film and Original Song, Academy Awards 2014; Best Animated Film, BAFTAs and Golden Globes 2014

(G) | Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Family, Kids | USA | Official Website


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Frozen weapon of mass distruction
5 Stars out of a possible 5 Stars

Elsa's powers are the opposite of a nuclear bomb. Instead of vaporising the entire kingdom, she can freeze it. Her destructive powers however are on the same scale. Don't get her angry! I very much enjoyed this film. I've read that some right wing Christian groups in the United States say this film has hidden agendas and is evil. What a load of rubbish! There is nothing sinister about this film. I would happily show it to kids at a church camp and expect nobody to complain.

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PRESS REVIEWS

Average rating 4 Stars out of a possible 5 Stars


Dissolve (USA)

Following closely in the footsteps of 2010's Tangled.. hits many of the same beats, and finds some of the same freshness in a complicated family dynamic.

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Empire (UK)

The plot's all over the place, but there are a lot of laughs and some strong action beats along the way.

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Guardian (UK)

Glorious family entertainment.

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Hollywood Reporter

This smartly dressed package injects a traditional fairy tale with enough contemporary attitudes and female empowerment touches to please both little girls and their moms.

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Sydney Morning Herald

A modern twist on a classic Disney formula with lashings of dry wit and old-school romance.

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Time Out London

Has both showtunes and darkness, but most satisfying is a formula-defying finale that successfully subverts the fairytale status quo.

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Total Film (UK)

A solid addition to the canon. Catchy tunes will have you humming, but the hunt for the next The Little Mermaid continues...

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Variety (USA)

This always enjoyable tale of mysterious magic, imperiled princesses and square-jawed men of action proves longer on striking visuals than on truly engaging or memorable characters.

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Flicks.co.nz "Frozen" Movie Review

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Liam Maguren, Flicks.co.nz

Opening with a superb working-class musical number that echoes the seven dwarfs’ Heigh Ho, Frozen outlines its desire to spellbind its audience in that ol’ “Disney magic” from scene one. It’s a comparison wholeheartedly earned with its loveable characters, gorgeous artistry and superb show tunes, but it’s the infusion of contemporary life lessons that ultimately make Frozen a family-friendly triumph.

Loosely based on the fantasy fable The Snow Queen, the story opens with a years-gone-by childhood prologue of Anna and her magical sibling Elsa, expressing their shared joy, sudden isolation and eventual misery through song – a Les Mis for kids. From there, the plot weaves together a romance triangle, political treachery and themes of self-acceptance – nothing we haven’t seen before – but when Frozen presents its ideals of ‘true love’, it becomes a work that holds significantly more value to growing girls than the Walt Disney classics of yore.

The script’s wit occasionally wobbles when the leads attempt to use modern social mannerisms (“That just happened,”) that feel distractingly out-of-character. And while Sven, the canine reindeer, has his appeal, he’s no Maximus (Tangled). Fortunately, Olaf, the blissfully ignorant snow man, proves a memorable kiddie comic relief in Disney’s extensive sidekick canon. Introduced halfway through the film, Olaf’s scenes are short-n-sweet with consistently funny acts of naivety that never run the risk of overexposure, with the excellent Josh Gad applying enough restraint to make his gullible innocence charming rather than annoying.

Following on from 2009’s bold The Princess and the Frog, 2010’s fantastic Tangled and last year’s awesome Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen is confirmation that we’ve entered a new Disney renaissance.


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