If you’ve seen Tangled you know what to expect from Disney’s Frozen: beautiful animation, a heartfelt story, lots of humor and likeable characters. One of the key elements that set Frozen apart from its spiritual predecessor is the quality of the songs, something Disney was once known for. By now you’ve probably heard ‘Let It Go’ and it’s probably stuck in your head. But another defining feature, one much more interesting, is the departure from something central to most films in the Disney catalog: the traditional fairy tale romance.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though. Frozen is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen and tells the story of a princess looking for her estranged sister who has accidentally trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Both women are defined well and have a strong arc that makes for an emotional and satisfying film. The supporting cast of characters in turn add levity, menace, warmth and complement the two main characters well, even though most of them stick to the familiar Disney templates.
While Frozen‘s message is still essentially about love, it’s a different kind of love this time around. It’s not about a girl pining for a man and feeling fulfilled once he answers her longing (even though that element gets cleverly introduced and deconstructed), but about the value of friendship, family and loyalty. Finding out who you really are and who you essentially want to be, not letting yourself be defined or held back by others, is another big aspect of Frozen‘s plot. While it’s not new material by any stretch of the imagination, it is a refreshing take for a Disney movie and an important point to get across to children.
Frozen is a modern classic. Its lessons are invaluable, more individualistic and contemporary, but in addition there’s plenty of fun to be had for the entire family. Its stunning looks and the wonderful songs make you want to see it again as soon as the credits roll. 9/10