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DIRECTORS: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
VOICE CAST: Kristen Bell; Idina Menzel; Jonathan Groff; Josh Gad; Santino Fontana
RUNNING TIME: 103 min
RATING: 3 stars (out of 5)
ALTHOUGH its plot is set in a very cold environment Disney’s Frozen brings a warming tale of the power of love, family and sisterhood in the face of adversity to the big screen.
The animated adventure is told through the lives of sisters Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) and is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen.
Anna and her elder sister, Elsa, enjoy a happy existence as part of a royal family, but a special gift imparted to Elsa at birth threatens their close relationship. It later also threatens the safety of their kingdom when a prophecy sees the kingdom trapped in an eternal winter.
When their mother and father, the king and queen, die, these girls have only each other to look to. As they grow into young women, the kingdom has only Elsa to look to as successor to the throne.
But an unfortunate incident sees the sisters separate over the years, with Elsa establishing her own icy empire in the distant mountains.
Unknown to her, she has also set off a never-ending winter for her kingdom.
Ever the optimist, Anna sets off on an adventure to find her sister and set things right. Mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff), his sidekick reindeer, Sven, and a funny snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) are drawn into the adventure.
But with statesmen scheming against them and freezing conditions and snow monsters as their obstacles, can this lot save the kingdom from destruction?
Frozen is perfectly timed for the festive season (story by Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Shane Morris). Not only is it loaded with laughs and high adventure to keep young and old entertained, but themes of family, unconditional love, sisterhood and friendship are woven into the story.
The entire cast have done well in bringing these animated characters to life and helping them find a place in your heart.
Art director Michael Giaimo and his team deserve kudos on so many levels. Their attention to detail for each character adds to each personality. Their work on the setting is fantastic – especially in 3D. All this is complemented by appealing music (composed by Christophe Beck). Definitely a film for the family to see this festive season!
If you liked Tangled and Beauty and the Beast you’ll like this.