Starring Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad
I think I can say with a good amount of certainty that all of us out there have a favorite Disney movie. Whether it’s something like Fox and the Hound (which is one of mine), 101 Dalmatians or maybe’s it something of the Pixar variety (for which I am a big fan of The Incredibles). Point being, Disney is pretty ingrained in our lives, whether we like it or not. But Disney deserves a huge amount of credit for making animation not just something you see on a Saturday morning, or something you see as just for kids, even with those kids being their target demographic. And while Disney Animation may have taken a back seat for a bit of time after it’s boom of the 90’s and letting Pixar take the lead, they’ve seemed to find their 90’s groove again. Case in point: Frozen.
Truth be told I wasn’t expecting to like Frozen as much as I did. It actually took a good day and a second draft of this review to realize how much I enjoyed a movie that my 5 year old niece will probably flip out over. Frozen is unassuming in what it’s really presenting to the audience …a wolf in sheep’s clothing if you will. But beyond what my thoughts are the biggest questions for Frozen is will it play to its core audience? And does it play smartly to its audience (neither talking down nor completely abandoning moviegoers)? The answer to both questions is yes. But Disney, beyond the occasional moments of manipulating your emotions, has done a pretty good job with both questions. Frozen may never be recognized as being one of the best animated Disney films of all time, but it’s a film that can hold its head high.