In the late 80’s and early 90’s Disney went through a period known as the ‘Renaissance Era’, which included greats such as Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. Through the 00’s however the overall quality of Disney films dipped. However, with the release of Bolt in 2008 it seemed as though they might be finding their feet again. The Princess and the Frog, Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph confirmed this upward trend.
With Frozen they may just have reached a peak, creating their strongest animated musical in years. Not only that, but it is much more progressive from a female point of view and contains several surprises.
Disney Princesses have long remained an unattainable dream for many a child. Though their hair is still amazingly perfect Elsa and Anna are quirky, strong women who don’t need saving or to be carried off by Prince Charming. They are both extremely relatable and as an example of modern sensibilities (something Disney has struggled with), these characters should be held up as role models. They know what they want, and whilst they’d like a man, it isn’t what defines them.
I’m considering purchasing the soundtrack. That’s how good the songs are for this film. ‘Love is an Open Door’ made me wish that my wife and I could sing! When Disney films get too song heavy I tend to switch off. But here each track was so strong I eagerly awaited the next.
When Elsa fully unleashes her powers it really is quite a sight, with the animators study of Norway and how light interacts with snow and ice really coming to the fore. A film with so much white could easily be boring, but here is it vivid and lively.
From Timon and Pumba to Lumière, Disney films are renowned for their supporting characters. Frozen delivers with Olaf and Sven, a snowman and reindeer who are both are charming, highly amusing and help push the story along. A song detailing Olaf’s fascination with the sun was particularly funny and well directed.
With wondrous animation and songs that won’t leave your head (in a nice way) Frozen is a highly entertaining film fit for all ages. It fully deserves its place amongst the Disney classics.