FROZEN (2013)

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
NOVEMBER 30, 2013

Entering the annals of the Disney collection, “Frozen” takes the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Snow Queen” and gives it the classic Disney touch. Working in its favor are the strong female characters in Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) as they sing and dance their way through Elsa’s unwanted ability to freeze things. This was fine as she grew up in a closed-off castle, but when she is to become queen, her abilities frighten the townspeople and lead her into the mountains, where Anna must follow. Also, the living snowman Olaf, voiced perfectly by Josh Gad supplies almost the entire film’s comedic relief, as he bumbles alongside Anna and Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) as they attempt to locate Elsa and her new ice castle. The pacing of the film was a bit bothersome, as it flies through the different set pieces with little to no regard. Certain characters like the Duke (Alan Tudyk) feel extraneous and unneeded, while characters like Hans (Santino Fontana) are not properly labeled from the get-go, causing some much too late character twists that feel forced and blindsiding. The songs of the film are quite enjoyable, fitting the dialogue to song transitions quite nicely, but again, the majority of the songs are weighted on the front of the film, while the entire back end remains refrain-less. On the animation side of things, the visuals could not be any better, developing some of the best looking characters and settings from any Disney film to date, as it should be. “Frozen” will not land anywhere close to being one of favorite Disney films, with a lackluster villain and only a few strong characters, but does carry on the legacy of their installments like “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph” which deliver just enjoyable enough to keep from being average.

RELEASE DATE
November 22, 2013

DIRECTOR
Chris Buck
Jennifer Lee

WRITTEN BY
Jennifer Lee
Chris Buck (story)
Shane Morris (story)

STUDIO
Walt Disney Pictures

PG
(for some action and mild rude humor)

ANIMATION
ADVENTURE
COMEDY
FAMILY
FANTASY
MUSICAL

102 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Scott Beattie (layout)
Mohit Kallianpur (lighting)

COMPOSER
Christophe Beck

EDITOR
Jeff Draheim

CAST
Kristen Bell
Idina Menzel
Jonathan Groff
Josh Gad
Santino Fontana
Alan Tudyk
Ciarán Hinds

PRODUCED BY
Peter Del Vecho

BUDGET
$150 million

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