Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale, The Snow Queen, Disney’s children’s animated film Frozen tells the tale of Arendelle princess Elsa, who is born with the power to manipulate ice. When she accidently harms her baby sister, Anna with them, her parents insist she repress them. Subsequently, Elsa secludes herself from everyone, including the heartbroken Anna. Their parents disappear while searching for a cure for Elsa’s powers, so Elsa is coronated as the queen. During the ceremony, her powers surface and she accidently freezes the city. Embarrassed, Elsa flees the city and constructs a secluded ice palace where she is free to be herself. Anna, along with iceman Kristoff, reindeer Sven, and talking snowman Olaf, pursues Elsa, who wants to tell her sister she accepts her for who she is. Much drama, misunderstanding, and mayhem occurs along the way and eventually they need to reclaim the frozen city from a duplicitous character.
Children will love the quirky characters, who offer them positive role models, and empathise with their predicaments, which mirror modern society’s oppression of letting people be who they really are. Frozen offers many songs, such as the hit single Let It Go, that will not only have children singing along during repeat viewings, but also deliver important, positive messages. The 3D animation is beautifully rendered, offering slightly exaggerated portrayals of the human characters.
While I have some reservations about Frozen, mostly that I don’t enjoy musicals (Sweeny Todd being the odd exception) and that, having encountered these characters in the TV series Once Upon a Time, I found this portrayal of them lacked the depth of the series, children, and most adults will love this wonderful fantasy-musical.