Every now and again, there comes a time when you can and see a film at your local cinema and it turns out to be so good that you want to see it again and again and yet you are still never satisfied. I can certainly say that is the case with Walt Disney’s Frozen, a tale of two sisters torn apart by a powerful force that threatens to literally encase everything they know and love in ice.
Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, Walt Disney’s Frozen focuses on the lives of Elsa and Anna, 1st and 2nd in line for the throne of Arendelle. When the two sisters are young (and not to mention cute), they rely on Elsa’s ability to freeze things for their amusement but things get out of hand when Elsa accidentally injures her younger sister with this power. On advice from Grand Pabbie the Troll King (Ciaran Hinds) who revives Anna, the King and Queen of Arendelle (Maurice la Marche and Jennifer Lee) keep their daughters isolated from each other and the outside world until Elsa’s power is contained.
Thirteen years later, the King and Queen of Arendelle are no more and Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel) is about to be crowned the new Queen, despite failing to contain her power. At her sister’s coronation, Princess Anna (Kristen Bell) is relieved at no longer having to be isolated from her sister or other people and is seemingly courted by the visiting Prince Hans of the Southern Lands (Santino Fontana) and the Duke of Weselton (Alan Tudyk). The former asks for Anna’s hand in marriage but the newly crowned Queen Elsa refuses to allow it and in the ensuing disagreement, Elsa unleashes her power upon the entire kingdom and runs away.
Realising she has pushed her sister too far, Anna goes after Elsa despite the added limitation of venturing through the deep snow and ice that has engulfed everything in sight. Along the way, Anna runs into hapless ice-merchant Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his pet reindeer Sven, who reluctantly agrees to help her to find her sister. They also meet the irrepressible enchanted snowman Olaf (Josh Gad) who hopes to one day experience summer.
The journey to find Elsa is fraught with danger as Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven encounter wolves and a ferocious snow monster whom Elsa has created to warn off anyone who dares to come near the magnificent ice palace she has fashioned for herself. Indeed when the two sisters are reunited, Elsa injures Anna with her freezing ability again, this time potentially fatally and who is to say Prince Hans and the Duke of Weselton back at Arendelle can be trusted? Soon enough, the prospect of an eternal winter becomes the least of our heroes’ worries.
Following on the success of the similarly animated Tangled (2010), Frozen certainly builds upon that with its spectacular animation and memorable songs and characters. The film also goes on to emphasise how much Anna cares about her sister and the other characters for her as Olaf for instance is willing to allow himself to melt for Anna’s good. It also goes to show how being different from other people need not be a cause for isolation no matter how unfairly prejudiced those people may be. Believe me, I know just how that feels! To prove just spectacularly good this film really is, it has recently won an Academy Award for the Best Animated Feature Film!