Film review: Disney’s animated ‘Frozen’ warms the heart

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

By Emily Hardman

Special Contributor

“Frozen,” Walt Disney Pictures’ new computer animated film, takes a fairy tale plot and adds some uncommon characters to tell the story of two princesses who find out what love, friendship and family really mean.

Based loosely on “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christen Andersen, “Frozen” is a tale of two sisters who find their way back to each other. When Princess Anna (Kristen Bell) and Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel) are growing up, the two are the best of friends. After some unfortunate events, however, the sisters are driven apart.

Elsa discovers she can make snow and ice and accidentally plunges the world into an eternal winter. When the land is covered in ice, Princess Anna goes on a journey to find her sister. Along the way, she makes friends with a hilarious snowman, Olaf, played by Josh Gad, and a clumsy but good-hearted man, Kristoff, played by Jonathan Groff, and his reindeer, Sven.

Although made for children, “Frozen” adds the right amount of humor, lush settings and singalong music to make adults feel nostalgic for the Disney classics they grew up with, too. Bell does an impressive job as Princess Anna and gives dimension to a character that could easily have been dull.

I saw the movie with my family on Thanksgiving Day, one of the busiest movie going days of the year. When we arrived at the theater, there was already a line to the front door. The movie-goers were a mixture of parents with small children to middle-aged adults.

Throughout the movie, the theater was filled with laughter from the audience. When it was over, many people clapped along to the credits.

Disney has done a solid job of creating a winter princess movie that could turn into a classic of its own.

“Frozen” (****) currently is showing in both the regular version and 3-D version at the ShowBiz Cinemas in Granbury and the Cinemark in both Cleburne and Stephenville, as well as throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. Run time: 1 hour 48 minutes. Rating: PG

Emily Hardman is a student journalist at Tarleton State University.

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