Loosely based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, Disney’s Frozen is a great movie for all ages and a great rethinking of the classic. You can hardly recognize the original story besides the core elements: A Snow Queen, the trolls, and something about a frozen heart. Everything else is a completely a rethinking of the tale.
The first thing that caught my attention after watching the film, was how Disney had gradually changed the role of women in classic fairy tales beginning from Snow White, Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty; all of them princesses in distress waiting for Prince Charming to be rescued while later another kind of princesses breed arise. Strong heavy minded and independent women like Mulan, Tiana (The Princess and the Frog), Merida (Brave). Women who don’t have any intend of submission to the rules to find their own destiny and true love under their own terms. The rules of the game change again as we see Frozen’s Anna, who is considered by other characters in the story “stupid” because she decided to marry a stranger who just met, even if he’s “THE” prince charming. Compared to Sleeping beauty or Snow White, both rescued by a stranger prince who marries them and live “happily ever after” I would say that’s a change.
Also in this film, make sure you arrive early, as in the tradition of Disney’s theatrical releases, Frozen is preceded by an awesome Mickey Mouse short film directed by Lauren MacMullan called “Get a Horse”. Here’s the first minute of the short. Although the film starts in Black and White, soon it finds its way to 3D in a very old fashion classic chase. It is just a great short film in the spirit of the early cartoon classics.
Sinopsis (contain spoilers)
Frozen the Disney version tells the story of 2 princesses who live in the kingdom of Arendelle. Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel). Elsa was born with magical powers of creating Ice and snow while Anna her younger sister, is just an ordinary kid. Both used to be very close and play around the castle, until an accident makes the King and Queen realize that Elsa’s powers are too dangerous and people might take it the wrong way. Years pass and an accident kill their parents leaving the siblings alone and in confinement. As esla Elsa grows her powers too. Most dangerous, she doesn’t know how to control them. On the other hand, Anna grows in solitude. Wondering about her sister, locked away in her room while she’s alone dreaming that someone someday, will arrive and she will not alone anymore. That moment is finally here when it’s time for Elsa to take over the reign and become the Queen of Arendelle. Anna finds her charming prince and both decide to marry. Elsa disagrees and both sisters end up arguing but Elsa lose control of her powers and runs away to the North Mountains. It is now up to Anna to make amends with her sister and try to persuade her to come back to town as Arendelle is now covered in snow and in an eternal winter. On her way she meets Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) a young man who sells ice, and Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) a snowman created by Elsa on her way to the North Mountain. The trio sets up in the journey to find Elsa to ask her to come back and make things right for her and the people of Arendelle.
Frozen is a great and entertaining film to watch, with some great songs and moments, but I must say Olaf the snowman was my favorite character. Here’s Olaf’s song which by the way he steals the movie for a moment!