Frozen (2013) Dir. Chris Buck, Jennifer Bell – Out 6th Dec
Who’s in it? Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad
What’s it about? Based on the Hans Christian Anderson story the Snow Queen, Frozen is another worthy entry in the obligatory pre-Christmas seasonal cinema canon, with Disney-brand humour and heart-warming magic as standard. Frozen sees Anna (Bell), a plucky optimist and Kristoff (Groff), a seasoned Van Damme-esque mountain man, team up to save their chilly kingdom, trapped in an endless winter, from the frosty clutches of Elsa the snow queen (Menzel). Provided the best bits weren’t reserved for the trailer, Frozen should have enough quirky characterisation and set-piece silliness to keep kids pre-occupied and obliging chaperones entertained in a fun and funny winter warmer.
Memorable Moments? When Anna and Kristoff team up with nice but dim enchanted snowman Olaf and reindeer sidekick Sven, hilarity ensues. In one scene, after landing in a snowdrift, Olaf jumps up saying: “I can’t feel my legs!”, to which an exasperated Kristoff exclaims: “Those are my legs!”, to which Olaf replies, as his ice-cold undercarriage makes a bid for freedom, “Oooh do me a favour, grab my butt. Ah, that feels better!”.
Look Who’s Talking: ‘Frozen’ has both showtunes and darkness, but most satisfying is a formula-defying finale that successfully subverts the fairytale status quo.’ – Catherine Bray, Time Out
Like that? Try this: Tangled (2010) stars Mandy Moore as a spirited spontaneous-song-and-dance-number prone lost princess and could be the warm and sunny b-side to Frozen’s melt-your-heart-with-its-magical-warmth winter feel. Both involve a traditional fairy tale given a modern makeover; a charmingly innocent and head-strong heroine in search of her estranged family and herself [cue cheesy inspirational music], some unforgettable animal accompaniment for comic relief and genuine enchantment with a hint of high-school cool.
Trivia Pursuit: With Frozen, Co-director Jennifer Lee, who wrote the screenplay for Wreck-it-Ralph (2012), became the first woman to direct a full-length Disney film.