Frozen: A Chilling Masterpiece

by Rachael Wang, Staff Writer

Frozen, the very first Disney animated feature co-directed by a women, is undoubtedly one of the very best. It was nominated and won Oscars for the best Animated Feature Film of 2014. Sources for tells us that, “Frozen looks set to overtake Toy Story 3 as the highest grossing animated feature film of all time…” I’d have to agree with Sophie Miskiw that the film has been so popular since its release in November 2013 you’d have to have been living under a rock to not have at least heard about it.

Not only is it a thrilling story about the bonds of friendship and sisterhood, but it also reveals valuable lessons about human nature and fear. The music in this musical is captivating and touching. Critics are raving about its unique themes and perspectives. “Frozen has both show tunes and darkness, but most satisfying is a formula-defying finale that successfully subverts the fairytale status quo,” Rotten Tomatoes notes. Richard Roeper for Chicago Sun-Times says, “Disney’s Frozen works beautifully as a timeless fairy tale with a modern twist.” And Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic writes that “‘Frozen is fabulous. Its thrills and chills are brought to life by an excellent ensemble of voices led by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel.”

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Frozen contains a passionate and unique, but very close twist on the old legend of the snow queen. Although it has been adopted in many versions the original story of the Snow Queen story was this:

-About an evil hobgoblin who creates a magic mirror that distorts reality by taking everything good and making viewers see things as worthless.

-Kai and Gerda are neighbors and the best of friends. They both loved roses and and grow vegetables together in little window boxes they shared on their roof. One evening While Kai and Gerda were playing one day with roses, a piece of the mirror struck Kai’s heart, froze it and he became wicked.

-Then the Snow Queen comes into town on a magnificent winter sled and Kai goes with her to her castle. Gerda sets out to rescue Kai with the help of a reindeer and a Lapland women. At the end of the story, Gerda melts Kai’s cold heart with a kiss and together they complete the task of writing the word “eternity” in ice. Spring comes and the snow queen disappears.

The directors reveal in an interview during the premiere of the film that they worked hard to create Disney princesses unlike any other Disney princess with their own flaws, Jennifer Lee, the female director, says, “To us the characters were what were going to drive the more modern element. It was through their choices and them being wonderfully messy and flawed like we all are in real life. Anna is fearless and inspirational but she sometimes makes wrong choices – albeit with a lot of heart.”

Frozen offers us not one, but two beautifully different princess. One, Anna, (voiced by the amazingly amazing Kristen Bell) ; the other, Elsa, (voiced by the ultimately talented Idina Menzel) is cursed with the ability to freeze whatever she touches.

The movie begins one evening while the children were playing, Elsa’s powers discharge, and she ends hit Anna freezing her heart with an ice blast. Their parents rush to a group of trolls within the kingdom’s mountainous territory and begs for their help, the trolls save Anna and advises the family not to let Elsa use her powers around Anna, says she is a danger.

The girl’s parents begin limiting Elsa’s interaction with people. They dismiss many of the servants and close the gates to the city, turning the Kingdom of Arendelle into an isolated and foreign place. While Anna’s life is rather normal, Elsa has to contend with her powers growing stronger as she matures. The girls grow apart and soon their parents are lost at sea.

3 years after the death of their parents, the castle is in preparations to crown her as the Kingdom’s Queen. During the coronation an incident occurs that reveals Elsa’s powers to the town. Elsa flees town.

And Anna, teams up with Kristoff, a mountain man who sells ice, and his reindeer Sven attempt to find Elsa and bring her back to Arendelle. On their adventure they encounter mystical trolls and everyone’s favorite snowman Olaf.

At the end of the film, Elsa saves Anna from the deceptions of love and realizes her powers are a blessing and not a curse.

The two stories contain the same emotions, and the similar events.

Now it’s your turn to find a thing or person that melts your heart away.

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