Plot: What’s it about?
In the kingdom of Arendelle, a young girl named Elsa resides. She wants to be just like everyone else, but she is to be Queen when she grows up, so she faces more than the normal pressures. Elsa also happens to possess some incredible powers, as she is able to wield control over the elements of cold, even to the point of creating ice and freezing temperatures. It is decided she must keep her powers secret and since her sister Anna suffered memory loss, even she has forgotten. As time passes, Elsa isolates herself in order to maintain the shroud of secrecy, which takes a toll on her and Anna as well. But soon, she is old enough to be Queen and between her own anxieties and Anna’s desperation for social contact, Elsa loses control over her powers. The new Queen locks Arendelle into an eternal winter, with the entire land frozen and bathed in cold. Elsa runs away and leaves Anna behind, but Anna isn’t about to give up on her sister. With the help of an unusual crew of a mountain man, a reindeer, and a living snowman, can Anna help break the eternal winter and redeem Elsa in the process?
While Pixar’s films usually outshine Disney’s own recent animated output, Frozen became a smash hit and added not one, but two princesses into the fold. I found Frozen to be in the same vein as Tangled, taking a well known and well worn fairy tale and putting that special Disney spin on it. I admire that Disney is staying close to their own formula, rather than trying to duplicate Pixar’s work like they did with Wreck-It Ralph. I think Frozen introduces two new princesses that should be popular for a long while, but I wasn’t as in love with the movie as some. The story veers way off course from Hans Christian Andersen’s original work, choosing out of place songs instead of valuable plot elements. So the story comes off as halfhearted, as if details are missing that the audience could use to better appreciate the experience. While the song Let It Go has won over audiences, Frozen almost feels like a promotional video for the tune at times. A little more emphasis on plot and Frozen could have been one of the rare animated movies that entertains audiences of all ages. That said, Frozen is fun to watch at times and for younger audiences, it will remain a popular Disney release. So if you have younger Disney fans at home, be sure to add Frozen to your collection.
Video: How’s it look?
Frozen is presented in 2.24:1 widescreen. This is a gorgeous movie, with beautiful visuals and animation that you could get lost in. The world of Arrendelle is crafted with great attention to detail and for me personally, the visuals were the main attraction of Frozen. And in this presentation, the movie shines and fans will love the immense detail and depth on showcase. The colors are beautiful, with rich blues and crisp whites, just the kind of hues that you want to sit back and soak in. I can’t praise this transfer enough, as Frozen is truly a visual masterpiece.
Audio: How’s it sound?
A DTS HD 7.1 soundtrack ensures Frozen sounds almost as good as it looks. The movie has a number of musical segments and those scenes really spring to life here, with great overall presence. The mix is active, but doesn’t force the surround use, which leaves us with a natural audio experience. So the music sounds awesome, the sound effects deliver, and vocals are clear and never hard to understand. Just a terrific sound design and a terrific mix here. This release also includes Spanish and French language tracks, as well as subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Labeled as a “Collector’s Edition”, Frozen contains an array of supplements. Nothing too robust, but Disney knows they didn’t have to include anything on this and it’d still fly off the shelves.
- D’Frosted: Disney’s Journey from Hans Christian Andersen to Frozen – We get a look at the source material based off Hans Christian Andersen’s book and the rather arduous process it took to get the film made.
- The Making of Frozen – Running a scant three minutes, this doesn’t exactly offer a lot as to the actual making of the film. Mainly it’s a question asked to many of the cast. With no real answer in return. I guess we’ll never know how it actually got made, but whatever they did – it worked.
- Deleted Scenes – Four in all with an introduction by the directors.
- Music Videos – We get four different versions of the same song; in four different languages.
- Animated Short: Get a Horse! – He’s baaaaaaack! See Mickey in an all-new adventure!
- Original Teaser Trailer
- DVD/Digital Copy