Disney always could do Fairy Tales. Kill off the mom and dad, leave two sisters on their own, and have one born with a curse that chills the kingdom. And how many Disney movies are there where the kids don’t become orphans in some fashion? Off the top of my head, I can think of Bambi, Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and the Princess and the Frog. I know there are more. Nobody does tragedy better. With Frozen, all the bases are covered.
But, the animation team raises it to a new level as this is the best since Beauty and the Beast. Really, it’s the best effort for any Disney Studio. This includes the Pixar team. Better than Toy Story. Better than Monsters Inc., Even Better than Wall-E. Still, I’m partial to the captain standing up to the computer while the 2001 theme song blares in the background. Considering this is the studio built by a mouse, calling Frozen one of the best is meaningful. Creators of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (name all seven real fast if you can), Aladdin and the Little Mermaid, this movie stands tall right along side each of these classics.
I was surprised by the sheer number of songs in the movie. All are outstanding and there isn’t a weak link in any of them. Let it Go will be an instant classic and I expect the Ice Queen to be singing at the Oscars. Most likely, she will take home the award. I’m also ashamed to admit that I listen to this song on my morning run.
End to end, this movie delivers. The writing is solid, animation incredible. It reminds me of the day when Disney studios were the kings of family entertainment and the animated movie. Remember when Walt and Roy had weekly shows and pushed the envelope? Instead of doing a retread superhero movie, they took a chance. And delivered. That being said I am a bit partial to the Avengers.
Hans Christian Andersen would be proud of this effort. Take the kids. They will enjoy it. But there might be a chance you will enjoy it more.