Disney’s follow up to the fantastically geeky Wreck-It-Ralph is a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Snow Queen. The focus of the story rests on Anna, a young princess who has been alienated by her elder sister Elsa following a near-tragic accident involving Elsa’s magical gift of conjuring snow and ice. Elsa hides her powers from the world and shuts herself away for fear of hurting anybody again however upon the tragic death of her parents, she is forced to open the castle gates and engage with people once again.
The animation in Frozen is extremely modern but owes a debt to that of Disney past – Anna is most definitely a traditional Disney princess. The sister film to Frozen has to be Tangled. The animation is extremely similar, the songs are reminiscent and there are even nods to the character Maximus – it’s akin to taking place in the same universe, two towns over.
Like films of Disney past, the songs are memorable and catchy. Do You Want To Build a Snowman opens these in a wide-eyed optimistic way which introduces the audience to the world offered. This moves into Let It Go, the standout song in the film where actress Idina Menzel showcases her phenomenal vocal talent to the enchanting In Summer where snowman Olaf describes what he will do during the summer time – extremely witty and again, classic Disney territory.
The vocal talent on display is a wonder from the aforementioned musical performer Idina Menzel as Elsa and Kirsten Bell’s Anna – who demonstrates a great singing performance as well as the heart given to the character. Josh Gad’s Olad is also a delight as he plays the comic relief in the film.
Frozen sits in a catalogue of the top animated Disney films which are like a warm blanket, they’re familiar, comforting and warm with the ability to make you laugh and feel for the characters involved. Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee have managed to walk in the footsteps of well-trodden ground whilst forging their own path within it – maybe even leaving footprints for future.