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Frozen

Frozen
Starring:
voices of:  Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana and Alan Tudyk


Rated: PG for some action and mild rude humor.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: November 22, 2013 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures

Frozen, leans back a little to the style of Beauty and the Beast filled with music and personal relationships which must be connected or reconnected as the story moves on.  

Two sisters Anna and Elsa are the focus of the script which finds Elsa as a young women with a Midas ice touch.  Nearly everything she touches turns to ice or snow, when that includes her home town of Arendelle she leaves home to take up residence in the mountains where she builds an ice castle.  It becomes the mission of her sister Anna along with a comical snow man Olaf who constantly defends his nose made up of a carrot that the reindeer would enjoy eating.  He also regularly falls to pieces and reconstructs in differing forms.  His most serious problem is that he wants to spend time in the Sun not knowing that snow becomes water when it warms up. 

Olaf's comedy limits the somewhat serious story of the two sisters getting back together battling a greedy merchant and an ambitious cousin who wants to become the first in line to be King.  the bad guys can only succeed if the two girls disappear and that brings the tension and serious direction of the story to light. 

The animation here is just what it should be, it is filled with ice and snowscapes which are filled with beauty both as the backdrop and the interaction of the characters.  the 3D is used effectively and is worth seeing.  Too often 3D is is just a throw-a-way here it is part of the tale and makes the story even more interesting to follow.

The music may be a little too much for the little ones, but for most it adds to the drama and beauty of the film.  

 A true bonus trailer is added at the beginning of the film involving the early Disney animation of Mickey Mouse and other early Disney characters initially shown on a flat screen in black and white that suddenly allows the characters to jump from the screen on to a larger screen in color and 3D, they appear to be on a live stage in from of the screen, like the characters in The Purple Rose of Cairo, it's a neat use of the 3D process.  

All together this is a worthy Disney production.  

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