Walt Disney’s Frozen, an animated musical fantasy film featuring the ice queen Elsa, and her sister Anna as the main characters, was the most loved animated movie of 2013. Frozen is the 53rd Disney animated feature film based on Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Snow Queen’. It became the highest-grossing animated film of all time during its run earning $1.280 billion worldwide, surpassing Toy Story 3 (2010), but was soon taken over by The Lion King (2019). The review of the movie Frozen was astonishing, and the audience responded positively.
In this article, we will review the film which is about a sister’s love more than a typical Prince-princess love story by Disney. So let us begin our ride into the insights of the highest-grossing film of 2013, Frozen, and review it.
Frozen is a Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee-directed computer-animated movie produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 27, 2013. The growing popularity of the film resulted in a franchise giving Frozen Fever (an animated short in 2015), Olaf’s Frozen Adventure ( an animated featurette in 2017), and a feature-length sequel Frozen II, in 2019.
Characters and voice artists
The frozen movie revolves around bubbly Anna (Kristen Bell), an 18-year-old Princess and younger sister of 21-year-old Queen of Arendelle, Elsa (Idina Menzel). Hans (Santino Fontana), the prince of Southern Isles, accompanied by the Duke of Weselton (Alan Tudyk), wants to eliminate Elsa and Anna and capture the throne of Arendelle.
Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) is a 21-year-old iceman who accompanies Anna on her mission to find Elsa with his reindeer named Sven. Josh Gad plays Olaf, Elsa, and Anna’s childhood snowman, who wants to experience summers.
Elsa owns the magical powers of creating snow and ice. One day, she accidentally hurts Anna. Her parents take her to Grand Pabbie’s colony of trolls. They heal Anna but erase this accident’s memories from her mind, instructing Elsa to combat her fears and control her powers.
The King and Queen isolate Elsa from their subjects. Elsa’s growing unpredictable powers caused a rift between the sisters over time. Their parents die in a sea storm.
Elsa becomes the queen of Arendelle on her 21st birthday. For the first time castle’s gates opened to the public and visitors, including the scheming duo of Duke of Weselton and Prince Hans. Anna falls for Hans and decides to marry him.
When Elsa objects, upset Anna wants a reason for her fear and isolation. Stressed out Elsa accidentally unleashes her powers in public and the Duke calls her a monster. She flees to the North Mountain, builds an ice castle, and lives a hermit life unknown to the eternal winters she caused in Arendelle.
Anna on Mission
Giving Arendelle’s command to Hans, Anna sets a mission to find her sister along with Kristoff and his reindeer, Sven. She meets Elsa and tells her about Arendelle’s eternal winters. Helpless Elsa denies a solution and accidentally freezes Anna’s heart.
She creates an ice monster Marshmallow to chase Anna and Kristoff away. Kristoff takes Anna to trolls, who reveal that only “an act of true love” can reverse the spell. Knowing this, Kristoff rushes to Hans for help.
In the meantime, Hans captures Elsa. Instead of kissing and healing Anna, he reveals his true self, locks her in a dark room, and orders Elsa’s execution. But Elsa escapes his captive. Also, Olaf frees Anna by confessing Kristoff’s love for her.
They finally meet in a blizzard, where Hans is about to kill broke heart, Elsa. Anna leaps in their way and freezes solid. Shattered, Elsa hugs her sister in sorrow, thawing her out. This heroic act constitutes “an act of true love”.
In the end, the sisters reunite, Arendelle’s eternal winters end, and Hans is arrested and exiled from the kingdom.
The audiences and the critics positively remarked on this movie. Frozen has mesmerizing visuals and soothing music. The ice castle, Olaf, and the lead characters popularly induced the toy and merchandise market.
Unlike other Disney stories, Frozen is about two flawed princesses- a heroic yet confused Anna and a fearful queen, Elsa- and their journey in life. Frozen isn’t those cliche love stories of prince and princess but cherishes the warm bonding and the ‘true love between siblings.
Christophe Beck’s background scores and songs written by husband-wife team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez were an added charm. Especially, “Let It Go”, “For the First Time in Forever” and “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” became everyone’s favorite.
According to this review, Frozen is a unique, dazzling, and soothing adventure story.
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