In the seventy-six years since Walt Disney first released “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ all the way back in 1937 up until the more recently released ‘Tangled’, Disney Animation has long relied on European fairy tales for the basis of their films, and this year’s ‘Frozen’ is no different.
Based on “The Snow Queen” by Hans Cristian Andersen, ‘Frozen’ very much signals a triumphant return fro Disney to the fairy tale genre of animation that they have almost exclusively dominated for the history of film.
The animation is crisp and beautiful, clearly showing just how much of an impact that Pixar Animation has had on major animation features for the past decade or so. Despite primarily being set in a wintery landscape, the brightness of this film is undeniable.
Just as with the key Disney classics of the past, the other stand out part of ‘Frozen’ were the songs. The songs in this film are a return to the glory days of Disney Animation, and “Let It Go” will runaway with the Best Original Song and the film as a whole should win Best Original Score at the upcoming Academy Awards.
Some of the films that Disney released during late 90’s and early 2000’s could be classified as subpar, but the past few years has seen a rebound in quality with ‘Tangled’ and ‘Wreck-It Ralph’, and that trend definitely continues with ‘Frozen’. The quality of the story telling, the emotional impact and the visual quality of all three of these films have been raised and Disney lovers everywhere are the beneficiaries of this.
That being said, I found ‘Tangled’ to be a good mix of a film for both boys and girls, while ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ was aimed at boys, especially those who play video games, and as a result ‘Frozen’ is most definitely aimed at young girls as a main target audience, and at times it slowed the film down a touch for me.
In the end, ‘Frozen’ is probably the best animated film I have seen at the theatres this year. Yes, better than ‘Monsters University, Despicable Me 2, The Croods and all, and should wind up being Disney’s first winner of the Best Animated Feature Oscar this coming February.
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