I’m a full time Floridian who would not normally have any interest in viewing the animated children’s movie called “Frozen.” And, in a theatre with lots of hyper kids on Black Friday. But my mission is to be an unbiased reviewer, even after dodging a spinning little girl (5-ish?) who was ruling the aisle after the movie. She was obviously still living the fantasy as the credits rolled.
Now for the reality: Disney always knows how to put out a great animated film. “Frozen” is based on “The Snow Queen,” a Hans Christian Andersen tale. It’s about two princesses, Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) and her sister Anna, (voiced by Kristen Bell). Talk about a new twist on the term “Ice Queen,” snow queen Elsa possesses this magical power to freeze everything in sight. When she chills out her castle kingdom, and later Anna, it becomes a wild adventure through snow and icy terrain. The story includes both boy-girl romance, sisterly love and a final twist that you don’t usually find in Disney cartoons. And, of course, there are amusing characters, such as Olaf the snowman who dreams about summer, oblivious to the fact that snowmen melt. My personal favorite was Sven the reindeer, whose puppy-ish antics were like a cross between Disney superstar Pluto and Bambi flailing on the ice. A long time ago.
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