Frozen kingdom, frozen hearts, and a singing snowman: Frozen (2013) lives up to its name. Sisters Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) live enchanted lives. Princesses of Arendelle, they build snowmen and play in the snow and ice. Snow and ice that Elsa created, that is. She has a special power that quickly spirals out of control, and she accidentally injures Anna. Only with the help of mysterious rock trolls is Anna’s life saved, but her memories are altered in the process. Out of necessity, Elsa locks herself away in her room, nearly severing the bond between the sisters in order to keep Anna safe.
Over the years, Elsa’s power increases and Anna’s loneliness grows , and everything comes to a head on Elsa’s coronation day. Elsa accidentally reveals her power to the kingdom and flees to a faraway mountain, freezing all of Arendelle in the process.
Anna, refusing to let her sister stay in exile, embarks on a quest to save both Arendelle and Elsa. Joined by snowman Olaf (Josh Gad), ice merchant Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), and reindeer Sven, Anna must melt both Elsa’s heart and her own.
Disney steps away from traditional definitions of true love in Frozen, directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, which replaces Tangled (2010) as the newest Disney princess film. With gorgeous animation and an unforgettable soundtrack, some critics are calling Frozen the best Disney movie since The Lion King. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale “The Snow Queen”, Frozen blazes a new path.
The soundtrack features fun songs such as “For the First Time in Forever” and “In Summer”, but the most striking and poignant song, “Let It Go”, features Idina Menzel’s Broadway talent as Elsa breaks free from her self-imposed prison. The filmmakers paired “Let it Go” with some of the most beautiful animation in the movie, and the song has rightly won an Oscar. Frozen has also won the award for best animated feature.
In a twist ending, Frozen celebrates family and loyalty between sisters, thawing both Anna and Elsa’s hearts. Although the princesses suffer from the Disney trope of deceased parents, family is the center of this movie. A journey of self-discovery that ends with family brings a fresh, positive message to the big screen and captures the hearts of audiences worldwide.