When the Disney Studios came out with their 53rd animated motion picture in 2013 perhaps they didn't even expect how huge a success it would be. Frozen based loosely on the Hans Christian Anderson classic story The Snow Queen became such a hit that in 2013 and 2014 that the impact of it is still huge a year later.
One of the main changes from Anderson's story was taking the Snow Queen who now has a name Elsa and making her the older sister of the film's main protagonist Anna. The two sisters were quite close as children, till Elsa nearly killed Anna accidentally with her powers to freeze things. As a result Elsa closed herself off from Anna and their Kingdom of Arendale which she must eventually rule as an adult after her parents are lost in a shipwreck. But shortly after coronation Elsa's powers are discovered after she and Anna get into a fight over Anna wanting to marry Prince Hans whom she had just met. Elsa fled the kingdom and headed up to the mountains where she created an ice kingdom all her own. Only problem was, Arendale started freezing over as well-- realizing that her sister is responsible Anna sets out on a quest to find Elsa with the aid of a mountain man name Kristoff. Along the way they meet up with a talking snowman named Olaf, who was the same snowman Elsa and Anna made when they were children. Elsa and Anna reunite, but Elsa refuses to go back to Arendale with her sister. Anna tries to change her mind and Elsa accidentally strikes her again this time freezing her heart. Realizing that Anna's life is in danger Olaf and Kristoff take her to the Trolls who had raised Kristoff and are told that only an act of true love could save Anna's life. Olaf and Kristoff rush back to Arendale with Anna believing that Prince Hans could save her. Only when Anna encounters the prince once more he tells her that he never loved her and it was the kingdom he was after. Olaf helps Anna escape realizing that she and Kristoff love each other while a raging storm begins. In the mean time Hans sets out to kill Elsa and told her that she cursed her sister. Elsa is so devastated that she stops the storm long enough for Anna to see them and come between the two to prevent Hans from killing Elsa just as she became frozen solid. Elsa starts to grieve her sister only to have Anna start to thaw shortly after because her love and devotion for her sister saved her life. Elsa now with more control of her powers through love, thawed out Arendale and vanquished Hans.
At a glance there are many factors that made Frozen a winning formula in my opinion. First it is a story of special kind of love, the love between two sisters for one another. It also had all the elements that were found in other great Disney animated films of the past such as The Lion King and The Little Mermaid such as great seamless animation, romance, and adventure. There is also great comic relief usually done by Olaf who is a character that was quite popular in the film. Another thing that stands out great musical scores, such as the Academy Award Winning song Let it Go, which could be words to live by for most of us. Add to this that this movie was available in 3-D in theaters and you can see why this was just a winning formula. Frozen was a movie kids loved and so did adults. Is it any wonder that it became the first Disney animated Motion Picture to win the Best Animated Film award by the Academy in 2014 that wasn't put out by their sister studio Pixar. I guess Frozen was proof that Disney didn't necessarily need Pixar to again have a winning formula at the movie theaters, the studio still had a few tricks up their sleeve of their own.
Here’s the trailer
Some of the most memorable scenes in the movie:
Frozen--Big summer blowout!
Some people are worth melting for
Olaf’s “In Summer Song”
Elsa Battle’s the gaurds
Of course, there’s “Let it go”
An awesome cover of “Let it go”
A more honest version of Frozen’s trailer
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