Saturday, February 1, 2014

Frozen: Sing-Along review

By Nico Beland
Movie Review: A (3 ½ stars)
Elsa the Snow Queen singing Let it Go in Disney’s Frozen

           Walt Disney Animation, the team behind Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph strike again with another CG animated fairy tale adventure, Frozen, loosely based on the Hans Christian Anderson story, The Snow Queen. Like most of their animated features, Frozen is jam packed with songs and musical numbers, beautiful animation, and of course magic, which shouldn’t come to a shock to anyone, that’s what Disney is best at.

            The best part is now you can sing-along to all the great songs performed in the film with Frozen: Sing-Along. Throughout the film subtitles with a bouncing snowflake whenever characters are singing a song.
            The story begins with two young sisters named Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), princesses of the kingdom Arendelle. Anna is an ordinary kind-hearted girl, while her sister, Elsa has an extraordinary gift; she has a magical ice powers and can freeze things.
            Unfortunately things get out of hand when Elsa is being crowned queen after the death of their parents, and she accidentally sends the kingdom into an eternal winter and flees into the woods. So it’s up to Anna to search for her and bring her back to the kingdom.
            Along the way, Anna meets a young ice seller named Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer, Sven, along with a talking snowman named Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad), who accompany Anna on her journey to bring summer back to the kingdom.
            Overall, Frozen is one of Disney’s best, but don’t get me wrong I still think Wreck-It Ralph is superior, but this is still a fantastic traditional Disney film. Most of the songs and musical numbers are upbeat and extremely catchy, especially Idina Menzel’s Let It Go, it’s a wonderful musical number and has stunning visuals to go along with it (and finally we get to sing-along to it!).
            Besides great animation and catchy musical numbers, the characters are very likable. Anna’s a very gentle and friendly character with a likable personality, Elsa is a lot of fun when she’s using her ice powers and her singing voice is amazing, Kristoff is charming and very witty, Sven the reindeer, like Max from Tangled is hilarious and has very funny facial expressions that’ll surely give the kids and adults a good laugh, and kids will adore Olaf, for his buffoonery and curiosity, he’s a cute companion for Anna and Kristoff.
            I’m not sure how this movie holds up compared to most of Disney’s traditionally drawn animated films like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, or The Lion King, but I think it’s one of their best 3D animated movies, alongside Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled, and Bolt. Frozen is great family entertainment and a perfect movie to see during the holiday season, it’s charming, funny, and of course, cool as ice, now it’s even cooler than ice with Frozen: Sing-Along.

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