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FROZEN (2013)

I don’t generally consider myself a big Disney fan. Other than the PIXAR Films, which I generally love, I’m only an admirer of a handful of their movies. Mostly the modern classics like THE LITTLE MERMAID and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and, of course WRECK-IT RALPH. So when I tell you that I absolutely loved and adored FROZEN you understand that it’s coming from a sincere place and not because I’m primed to like anything Disney releases.
 
Loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen,” FROZEN is a delight from start to finish and I was immediately charmed and held in its spell throughout. The story involves two sisters who are the daughters of the King of Arendelle, a seaside kingdom where life is good. Elsa (Idina Menzel) discovers that she has magical powers to create snow and ice, which she uses to entertain her younger sister Anna (Kristen Bell). But when she accidently hurts Anna, she locks herself away from the world so she won’t harm anyone ever again.
 
All Anna wants is a relationship with Elsa, but as the years go by it’s just not meant to be. Now young women, Elsa must step into the limelight for her coronation as Queen. She desperately attempts to hide her gift but things go from bad to worse when she loses control and she flees Arendelle, leaving it covered in an eternal frost. Unwilling to give up on her older sister, Anna sets out on an adventure to bring her home and reverse the damage.
 
The story is very unconventional and surprising, especially the resolution of the story. I found this extremely refreshing and incredibly satisfying. I also fell in love with all the characters, especially the snowman Olaf. Most “sidekick” characters can be grating or are just there to keep the children entertained. Olaf is so damn innocent and loveable that I was completely taken by him and his presence serves a purpose beyond just comic relief.
 
On top of the great story and characters, the music is exceptional. The enchanting songs are written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez who co-wrote the musicals AVENUE Q and THE BOOK OF MORMON. I found myself humming the standout “Let it go” even days after the screening and I will be shocked if it isn’t nominated for an Oscar for “Best Original Song.” (CHECK OUT the Demi Lovato Video I've included).
 
I cannot recommend FROZEN enough for the entire family. It’s an instant classic and one I will be purchasing as soon as it’s available on Blu-Ray.

NOVEMBER 20, 2013