Directed by Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
Written by Jennifer Lee
Story by Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, & Shane Morris
Starring the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, & Santino Fontana with Alan Tudyk & Ciarán Hinds
Release Date: November 22, 2013
Running Time: 1hr 42min
When Elsa, the newly crowned Queen of Arendelle, scares her subjects because of her abilities to control snow and ice, she runs away to the mountains to not cause harm. Unfortunately, her unchecked emotions have caused the kingdom to go into an eternal winter, even freezing the waters surrounding the kingdom.
Her younger sister, Anna, sets off to the mountains to bring her home and end the winter. She joined by ice salesman, Kristoff, and his reindeer companion, Sven. They’re also joined by Olaf, a happy-go-lucky snowman brought to life by Elsa’s magic, who dreams of seeing summer weather (unaware that snow melts in the heat). I’m guessing most know the plot, this movie came out in 2013 and the Internet exists (which is how you’re reading this), so I think I’ve given a sufficient summary.
Upon release the film was met with praise for its visuals, screenplay, themes, music, and voice acting; some film critics consider it to be the best Disney animated feature film since the studio’s renaissance era. The film also achieved significant commercial success, earning $1.276 billion in worldwide box office revenue.
It went on to surpass Toy Story 3 as the highest-grossing animated film at the time as well as the highest grossing musical film before being surpassed by the remake of The Lion King in 2019. It won numerous awards, including two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (“Let It Go“). An animated short sequel, Frozen Fever, premiered on March 13, 2015, an animated featurette titled Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, premiered on November 22, 2017, and a feature-length sequel, Frozen II, was released on November 22, 2019.
It’s very rare that I won’t go to see a Disney movie on the big screen; they’ve been a part of mine and most everyone else’s childhoods for several decades now. It’s easy to make the cynical jokes about them being a giant corporation that merchandises everything, but there’s no denying they have made some legitimately fantastic films that stand the test of time. This movie will definitely be one of those!
This is a beautifully animated film (as expected from the house of mouse), with great characters, a good story about family not giving up on each other, and that you shouldn’t repress your feelings. And yeah the songs are also amazing, although I did find the song “Fixer Upper” to be weak compared to the rest, but it’s still fun. While Idina Menzel in particular shines as the voice of Elsa, the rest of the cast is does a great job too; Kristen Bell is so adorable as Anna.
Absolutely see this movie if you haven’t yet.