FROZEN: A Cool New Disney Animation That Will Melt Our Hearts
Get ready to strap on your snow boots and don your best scarf, because Disney’s new animated film, Frozen, will surely be an avalanche of action and adventure that will be sweeping the theatres this Thanksgiving. Packing a snowball of talent, beautiful animation and some well-placed slapstick comedy, Frozen will hopefully deliver an experience that will really fire us up.
The Epic Journey
Based loosely on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, The Snow Queen, the kingdom of Arendelle has been trapped in an eternal winter by the icy powers of Elsa. Her sister, Anna, journeys with a mountain man, Kristoff, a moose named Sven and snowman, Olaf, to find her sister and save the kingdom. They trudge through an endless snow tundra and encounter numerous perils in an effort to restore their world.
From Broadway to the Big Screen
In this animated film, the vocal talents stream straight from Broadway. Known for her stage roles in Wicked, Rent, and Aida, Idina Menzel brings us her belting vocal stylings as Elsa, the Snow Queen. Her song, “Let It Go,” is haunting and beautiful; guaranteed to send chills up your spine.
Carrying witty puns and one-liners, Josh Gad of The Book of Mormon, plays Olaf, the ridiculous snowman. He has a raw talent for fusing his polished singing voice with satire. I’m excited to see how this translates to Frozen.
Additionally, Jonathan Groff who was nominated for a 2007 Tony Award for Broadway’s Spring Awakening, will be contributing his vocal pipes as Kristoff the mountain man. With his rock opera sound, I think he will not only have a fun speaking voice, but will give the film its modern, pop, musical sound.
In Anticipation: Unleashing the Storm
The trailer alone provides the viewer with an action-packed two minutes, complete with wolves, blizzards, snow monsters, icy magic, teeming cliffs and life-or-death predicaments. However, like all Disney movies, the action is juxtaposed nicely with witty banter and slapstick comedy. I even found myself laughing out loud during the preview when Olaf’s (Gad) nose is rearranged on his face as he says, “Oh, it’s like a little baby unicorn.” It looks like the kind of movie where someone will surely end up stepping on a mouse trap or getting hit in the head with a frying pan.
With Anna, another independent heroine who is voiced by Kristen Bell, Disney sets up the model that the man follows the lead of the female, similar to The Princess and the Frog, Brave and Tangled. Another classic Disney trait is the unlikely yet loyal friends the characters meet along the way.
Watch the Frozen Trailer:
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