Walt Disney Animation has been on a hot streak since 2010. With hits like Tangled, Winnie the Pooh and Wreck-It Ralph, the studio has figured out the same formula that Pixar used to produce movies that are not only successful at the box office, but also of the highest quality. Frozen, the 53rd animated feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios, continues the trend by being the best Disney musical since Beauty and the Beast.
Frozen tells the story of two sisters, Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), the passionate and fearless younger sibling to Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), the future queen who was born with a ‘chilling’ magical gift. Elsa flees to the mountains after accidentally freezing the kingdom of Arendelle, putting it in an eternal winter. Anna sets off on a quest to find and help her sister with the assistance of Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff), a mountaineer who specializes in selling ice, his reindeer companion Sven and the lovable snowman Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad).
Frozen packs a big punch with the very talented voice cast featuring Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell and Josh Gad, but the stand-out part of the the film comes down to the music by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Most Disney fans will be familiar with the song-writing pair from their work on Finding Nemo: The Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the 2011 film Winnie the Pooh. However, the duo was also behind the Broadway hits The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q. Disney Animation fans knew they were in for a treat after Idina Menzel took the stage at the 2013 D23 Expo in Anaheim, California to perform the first released song from the film, “Let It Go,” but the thing that really elevates the music in Frozen to another level is the fact that it is written as a musical instead of a movie with musical numbers in it. Frozen delivers in other ways as well, specifically with a focus on true love that always doesn’t come from the places you expect it. The 3-D computer animation is some of the finest Disney has done and the story is heart-warming and unique, providing another fresh-take on the Disney Princess formula.
Frozen hits theaters on Wednesday, November 27 in Disney Digital 3-D. Be sure to watch for our review and other Frozen blogs in the upcoming weeks!