I’ll be honest here – I LOVE Disney and Pixar movies. I knew I’d like Frozen, but I didn’t know just how much I’d like it until I actually saw it. A few months ago, right before I went on my graduation present trip to NYC, I found out that a main character, Hans, was played by Santino Fontana, who was going to play “my” Prince Topher in Cinderella. WOOT. (Yes, I got his autograph.) Moving on. Regardless of the insanely huuuuuge plot point I found out about due to those annoying junior novelizations, I still enjoyed the movie. Like, a lot.
“Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “ Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey-teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven-to find her 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 (voice of Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.” – From the official website.
This synopsis just barely scratches the surface of Frozen. My siblings and I were completely shocked and totally unprepared for the utter amazingness of the scope of this movie. Honestly. To borrow a line from the PluggedIn review, Frozen is “not so much about a princess falling in love as it is about learning to love.” Yes, Cosette – this is true. This is what sets Frozen apart from a lot of other Disney movies. It’s a refreshing return to the old classics such as The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. I’d better stop before I give away any more plot points, but let me just say that it was completely full of great songs, deep characters, and a pretty insane amount of plot twists.
The Characters and Cast
Anna, princess of Arendelle, is the main character and is voiced by Kristen Bell. She’s different from the other Disney princesses in that, while she’s not totally dependable on others, she’s the first to admit that she needs help. She’s strong and, for the most part, fearless. The instant Elsa’s powers are known, she tells everyone that it’s her fault and tries to make things right. She didn’t have any songs of her own, but I enjoyed ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman?’ and the story around the song, and her ‘For the First Time in Forever’ duets she has with Elsa.
Kristen Bell did a great job giving Anna little quirks and I really enjoyed the fact that she did Anna’s singing voice, too.
Elsa is the eldest princess of Arendelle, and has had to keep the powers she’s had since birth a secret from everyone – especially from Anna, since these powers have already hurt Anna in the past. All her life, she’s lived with the orders of her father – “Conceal; don’t feel. Don’t let anyone know.” She’s afraid she’ll let it out and, once she does, she runs away to the mountains, then lets it loose. My favorite song she sings is ‘Let It Go.’
Idina Menzel, who originated the role of Elphaba in Wicked, did a wonderful job with both Elsa’s singing and speaking voice. I loved the fact that she wasn’t the usual Disney voice actress – she took liberties with the notes and it ended up being just gorgeous.
HANS. Good gracious, the guy is nearly faultless. He falls in love with Anna within a few hours of meeting her, promising her after Elsa leaves that he’ll never shut her out or leave her. It’s just perfect. He also sings a great duet with Anna called ‘Love Is An Open Door,’ which is just as cute as it can be.
Santino. Fontana. He’s perfect, too. *nods* That is all.
Kristoff is an “icemaster” who has been alone since he was born. He’s Anna’s reluctant sidekick and helps her find Elsa. He’s got his faults, too, which is very bluntly made known in the song, ‘Fixer-Upper.’ (Also very cute!) He also has a reindeer friend who he talks to. (“He’s craaaaazyyyyy….”) I’ll be honest – I wasn’t rooting for him at first, but he had won me over by the end.
Jonathan Groff voices Kristoff and I enjoyed his voice. You didn’t hear much of his singing voice, but he did have a neat, one-minute song called ‘Reindeer(s) Are Better than People.’
Olaf. Ahh, yes. He provided much of the comic relief, as well as most of the lessons in disguise. Understanding how he came to be was really interesting, but I enjoyed his song about what he thinks summer is like called ‘In Summer.’ Reeeeally great, especially the line, “Winter’s a good time to stay in and cuddle, but put me in summer and I’ll be a… happy snowman!” (“I’m gonna tell him.”)
Josh Gad voiced Olaf, and I think he did a neat job of changing his voice to fit the mood. I like that in a voice actor.
In all honesty, there really wasn’t any objectionable content. Two characters kiss, a few light potty humor jokes were said (mostly told by Olaf), and Elsa’s powers get a little scary at times. My four-year-old brother didn’t see it, but I’m going to take him when I see the movie again (which, YES, of COURSE I’m going to do!).
Frozen was such a good movie – there’s not really any more to be said! Themes of love, fear, friendship, and true true love abound. It was deeper than I thought it was going to be. I’m definitely buying the soundtrack and will probably see it again in theaters before buying the special, three-disk edition. I honestly can’t recommend it enough!
Go watch it. If you like Disney classics, great singing, action, and animation, and movies that make you think, as well as enjoy, you won’t be disappointed!