By Jack Rico
The “1-4-0″: #Frozen is one of the better animated films of the year. It’s a throwback to the Disney musical animations of the 90’s like Aladdin, but in 3D and with great CGI.
The Gist: Based on Hans Christen Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” Elsa, one of two sisters, has the power to freeze whatever she touches and accidentally freezes her kingdom. It is now the mission of other sister, Anna, to bring her back and return the kingdom to normal.
The Highlights: The story, the delightful vocal performances, the amiable characters and the brisk pace it carries. This movie is not from Pixar, it’s a Walt Disney Animation Studios project that feels very reminiscent of some of the previous 2D films Disney did 2 decades ago. It possesses all the classic trademark elements from the Mouse: Happy/funny dialogue, music that puts a bounce in your step and the visually bright and colorful cinematography and even has a surprise plot twist that is very rare in the Disney universe. Most of the characters are fun and well crafted, which is exactly how I feel about the rest of the movie experience.
The Lowlights: As good as the film, Frozen is not a seminal work from Disney. It lacks originality. Nevertheless, it is better than Pixar’s Brave, which I found to be irritating in almost every way.
To 3D or Not 3D: You cannot miss the Disney 3D short Get A Horse. It is the BEST 3D I have ever seen implemented on film and it should be a lock for Best Short Film at the Oscars this coming year. Frozen is also given a fantastic 3D treatment that enhances the experience, specially with snow flurries that feel like they’re falling on your seat.
Pay or Nay?: Pay for it. Frozen has Oscar potential in a weak year for animated films. Kids, teens and adults should have a blast with it specially entering the Thanksgiving weekend. Look for it to be #1 at the box office on Monday.
Release Date: Nov 27, 2013
Screenplay: Jennifer Lee
Director(s): Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck
Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana
Distributor: Walt Disney Animations
Film Genre: Animation