Frozen

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.

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Awards

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

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Studio

Disney

Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Kids & Family

95mins

Rating: G

USA

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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.

Dissolve (USA)

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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.

Empire (UK)

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

Guardian (UK)

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Glorious family entertainment.

Hollywood Reporter

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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.

Sydney Morning Herald

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

Time Out London

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

Total Film (UK)

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

Variety (USA)

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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.

Melts Your Heart

Disney is back on song with an animated film for the ages filled with catchy songs, cute characters, and a great yarn.


Headline...

I don't really watch that many animation films, but really enjoyed this one!


Magical

Loved this move.


Mind bogglingly destructive to the brain...

Please do not watch this movie if you value your sanity. You will be farting out rainbows as soon as the movie starts... no joke, t still happens to me all the time. I have to watch Marvel Avengers to cease the disease.

Simeon

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Wonderful

I thoroughly enjoyed this, a fair bit more serious than the other Disney movies and not a movie if you like your movies spoon fed to you.

I'd recommend it to anyone and have been listening to the soundtrack happily until I can go see it again (oh and I'm not a Demi Lovato fan either, her version of "Let it Go" in the credits is inferior to the version done by Idina Menzel in the main movie).


Fabulously Frozen

This movie was surprisingly better than expected. It touched on many deep themes in a simple child-friendly manner such as self acceptance and the fact that "you can not marry someone you just met" which ironicly goes against everthing stated in previous Disney movies from when Walt Disney himself was still alive eg. Snow White, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid...

The Frozen soundtrack was superb and with classic humorous characters and great songs like "Let it go" and "Do You Want to build a snowman?" I felt it was a truly excellent movie.


the most boring times

If you like classic Walt Disney than you must go but if it reminds you like me on the most boring times of your childhood, where I hoped this scenes filled with howling voices seem never to end and when they do I am “frozen” stiff in fear for the next to come stay as far away from this 50th style BS as you possibly can.


Frozen in Fear

In a word I thought this film was APPALLING. Not the word I’d like to use but I’ll keep it civil for Flicks.

In fact it was so appalling that 15 minutes into it my four year old daughter walked out. I hoped she was fed up with the movie but secretly feared that she just needed to go to the toilet. But to my dismay she marched out to the foyer of the cinema and started reviewing the giant LED movie menu above the counter. I nearly cried with pride until she pointed at the poster for About Time. ‘No, no’ I said. ‘That’s the sequel to the movie we just walked out of’ I lied. She gave me a look like she had just found a squashed tomato in her pocket. But after I spent 10 minutes explaining that the cinema would not give us a refund or a ticket to another film just because we, I mean she, didn’t like the one we paid to see. She eventually gave in and we went back to finish watching Frozen. And by 'watching' I mean spending the remainder of the film desperately trying to pre-occupy my daughter with my phone and games of pea-knuckle. I even grudgingly let her win a couple of games.

All in all Frozen should have been derailed at the conception stage however it’s clear that Disney are running out of money (and ideas) and dog legged this one out.

A deserving 1/5 from me.


Classic Disney

I've a soft spot for Disney movies, having loved them as a kid. This is one of the good ones. A fun story, bearable songs and a few laughs. Kids will love it.

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The fantastic frozen

Really liked this movie. It was great. Loved the music, you will too.