The Disney movie Frozen is a vast improvement on the Hans Christian Anderson Faerie Tale The Snow Queen. The animation is the best of Disney. Rushed and somewhat confusing in places, it is much better than The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, the Lion King, or Beauty and the Beast.
It is entirely 3D without the massive limitations of Toy Story or Cars. It is a story of people and the people move and act like people. The clothing looks and moves with enough realism that it does not distract from the story, which is the way it should be. For anyone who has ever been frustrated with 3D clothing in programs such as Poser, Elsa’s gown transformation is more than astounding.
The building of the Ice Palace is a must see. Period. We are in our 50s without grandchildren and you do not need children to enjoy the snow queen’s abilities.
It is a musical. The music is much better than what passes for music on Broadway these days. Sadly, it is not based on Classic Themes like Beauty and the Beast. I think it is still better than the music in the Little Mermaid.
The story is better than anything Hans Christian Anderson or the Brothers Grimm ever wrote. With better music this might have been the best animated movie Disney/Pixar ever made.
The key is that the animation contributes to the story. In most animated movies, there are a few things which cannot be done in real life, such as crossing the Red Sea in Dreamworks’ Prince of Egypt, but the goal is normally to tell the story without the animation being too distracting. The size of the empty rooms, the way the parents’ ship vanishes, the ships freezing in the harbor, the incoming snow storm — all of these and more contribute to the story.
The important part is the story, not the music, not the animation. There is just the right amount of humor. Olaf, the snowman the sisters made as children, is brought to life. Sven the Reindeer, Oaken the shopkeeper, and the many cute trolls keep us smiling and lighten up a rather grim story.
If you truly understand the concepts of good and evil, Hans is one of more (most?) vile, evil villains in Disney’s collection of animated villains. Anna is simply naive and easily deceived She also loves with purity and sacrifices her life for her sister and her people.
Evil is portrayed as evil. Good is portrayed as good. The magical powers of Elsa, the Snow Queen, are consistently shown to be in need of control. When Elsa decides to be selfish and use powers for herself to build an Ice Palace, the results are disastrous for her entire kingdom. Enjoying the pleasures of sin for a season cause enormous misery for everyone, including Elsa, later on.
While there is romance, love is both stated and shown to be doing what is best for others. Greater love has no man than this, that a man would lay down his life for his friend.
The movie rating service, Rotten Tomatoes, gives Frozen an overall average of all reviewers professional and viewers, of 89%. It is very much a love/hate movie, with most people giving it a perfect or near perfect score. However, several people gave it nearly a zero score. These people noticed the same qualities I did. They simply hate what is good.