My Thoughts: FROZEN (2013)

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Ok, here it is: the review you all have been waiting for and asking me to do for the longest while! The reason I took so long to see it was that I was waiting for it to come out on DVD. Why? Well, because I would be able to snip images from it for my review the way I usually do. And also because, I honestly had no idea what I thought about it when I saw it the first time, hence my need to see it again.

So now that I’ve re-watched it, what do I think of Disney’s billion-dollar grossing addition to the Disney Canon, “Frozen”? Well…..it’s ok.

"WHAT WAS THAT?!"
“WHAT WAS THAT?!!!!”

I’m sorry, but I don’t love this movie! Don’t get me wrong, I do like it, but I don’t LOVE it! I feel this movie is quite overrated and not deserving of its more-than-a-billion-dollar gross.

Ok, before you hate me even more, let’s get on with the review. Oh and I should warn, don’t read on if you don’t want the film spoiled for you!

"I think you've already gone and spoiled the film for us!"
“I think you’ve already gone and spoiled the film for us!”

For those of you who somehow don’t know the story, the film is about two princesses: Princess Anna and Princess Elsa.

"Shh....don't tell them who is who!"
“Shh….don’t tell them who is who!”

Princess Elsa was born with a nigh uncontrollable ability to create ice from her hands. It’s first seen as a charming power, until one day, she accidentally hurts her sister, Princess Anna, with it.

"Well, I guess they know who is who now!"
“Well, I guess they know who is who now!”

Princess Anna is cured, but remembers nothing of Elsa’s powers and Elsa spends the next few years staying locked up in her room so that she can’t do any more harm whilst Anna has no idea why they’re not close anymore.

Poor unfortunate soul! I'm not sure who I feel more sorry for.
Poor unfortunate soul! I’m not sure who I feel more sorry for.

One day when they’re grown, Elsa becomes the Queen of her kingdom and hopes for a normal life where her powers won’t get hurt anyone. But, she’s unable to control her powers, causing herself to be exposed and the people to be frightened of her and/or deem her a sorceress.

The Ice Sorceress? Or The Snow Queen? I prefer the former.
The Ice Sorceress? Or The Snow Queen? I prefer the former.

Frightened, she runs away into the mountains while accidentally causing perpetual winter to fall upon the kingdom. So it’s up to Anna to go find her sister and get her to end the winter with the help of different characters along the way including an ice salesman named Kristoff

Oh, and his canine-like reindeer, Sven.
Oh, and his canine-like reindeer, Sven.

and a snowman named Olaf.

Don't ask me how Elsa's powers can create live snowmen. And don't ask me how snowmen can impale themselves and still live.
Don’t ask me how Elsa’s powers can create live snowmen. And don’t ask me how snowmen can impale themselves and still live.

Ok, so what are the good things that this movie has to offer? Firstly, the animation is gorgeous and detailed! The snow and ice look so real that you can almost feel the coldness of it yourself. The best animation can be seen during the song, “Let it Go” in which Elsa constructs an ice castle for herself.

Secondly, the voice acting is good too. Kristen Bell as Anna is like Mandy Moore as Rapunzel in the sense that she surprised me with an enjoyable performance. Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, and Alan Tudyk give good performances also.

Thirdly, it’s nice to see a different type of love being shown in the film besides romantic love. Oh don’t get me wrong, I’m not a huge feminist in the sense that I’m offended by the idea of the traditional prince/princess story in which the prince rescues the princess or their love shines through. I honestly quite enjoy that!

"First you anger the fans of the film. Now you anger the feminists! You're digging your own grave, boy!"
“First you anger the fans of the film. Now you anger the feminists! You’re digging your own grave, boy!”

But it’s nice to see familial love being praised and shown to be something powerful too. This is something we don’t see much in films, especially not loving sibling relationships.

Ok, now for the bad aspects: filler and dragggggggg………..SOOOO much of the movie is filled with just random babbling by Princess Anna with the other characters that just goes nowhere. Many songs in the movie are there just for the sake of being there. Yes, I’m talking about you, “Fixer Upper”!

Another thing that I see as a bad thing is the fact that the movie seems to push the idea of “how can you marry someone you just met” down the audience’s throats! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with the message, but the WAY that they try to teach this message just seems so forced. Multiple times in the movie, they blatantly say that it’s wrong to marry someone you’ve just met, and the lines seem so forced as if the filmmakers have a gun to their heads while writing the script. I’d have loved it if they were able to teach this message with more subtleness.

These problems just totally distract from the viewing experience and make me merely like this film, instead of loving it.

Summing up, the answer to that infernal question is yes: Yes, I like “Tangled”Β better than “Frozen”.

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83 thoughts on “My Thoughts: FROZEN (2013)”

  1. By Mark. I agree wholeheartedly that this film is EXTREMELY overrated. How is the plot that is supposed to be so complex end up so simple and drag? I just feel like the relationships in this film is a bit contrived (especially Anna and Kristoff). There are plot holes too. The characters are still likeable, the music is nice for the most part, and the animation is BRILLIANT, I think it is the weakest out of the newer films.

      1. Yeah, i figured you meant “hi”, lol!

        Well, I like anthropomorphic animals and I like that it’s a whodunit kind of film. We haven’t had that ever as a Disney Canon film. I mean, yes, “The Great Mouse Detective” was a detective film, but we all knew who the bad guy was since the beginning.

  2. I don’t know if I would say “Frozen” is overrated, but calling it the “Best Disney Movie Ever?” That I can’t stand because it’s not in my opinion. I love the characters, especially Anna, many of the songs, the unconventional twists, and “true love” relating to family, but my main issue with “Frozen” was what you said…the blatant attempts to jam down our throats ideas and criticisms many people have said about Disney movies in the past. At the end of the movie, I didn’t have this feeling like “This was so amazing and so creative.” The storyline felt so similar to “Wicked” rather than “The Snow Queen” too. It didn’t feel like Disney’s version of anything, but rather, “Ok, we heard you. So, we’ll make a modern type of film and show a different interpretation.” And a lot of people keep saying how “Frozen” taught us that love means putting someone else’s needs before your own (Olaf said that) and how Disney finally gets it. Do people not remember “Beauty and the Beast,” when the Beast freed Belle? He puts her needs before his own, which made him finally learn about love. Sure, it was romantic love, but it just makes me think how easily people forget the classics or not really understand the messages presented.

      1. And that he turns out to be the bad guy. “True love” also was defined not by a kiss, but by actions. But, like we said, that’s been done in previous Disney films.

    1. Disney has subverted the “true love kiss” concept for years. Ariel: The kiss came to late. Belle: No kiss at all, a declaration of love was enough. Tiana: the important part of the kiss was not true love, instead any princess would have worked. Rapunzel: Again, no “True Love Kiss” (and considering how many people complained abut the healing tears in this movie I’m surprised that they let it slide in Frozen, where it make much less sense).

      1. Exactly! And the healing tears in “Tangled” can be both a nod to “Beauty and the Beast” (Belle cried when the Beast died, but came back to life when she said she loved him) and even the original fairy tale. Rapunzel’s tears healed the prince’s eyes after being blinded by the thorn bushes. At least, for me, it made way more sense in “Tangled” than “Frozen.” I almost thought at first Elsa saved Anna because she loved her as a sister and she was crying, not the other way around.

      2. I apologize in advance for commenting on a week-old statement, but in my opinion, the magical tears in Tangled made much less sense than those in Frozen. In Frozen, Elsa’s magic had always been portrayed as being tied to her emotions so when she saw what she had done to Anna, her sister and the only person who accepted her, her sadness and turmoil undid the spell she had inadvertently cast upon Anna. Whereas in Tangled, the only thing explained about Rapunzel’s magic was that her hair had healing properties and that if her hair was ever cut, the magic would fade. If I recall correctly, nowhere in the film was it ever implied that her tears are also magical and that their magic would persist through her hair being cut. I believe that that’s the reason many people complain about the magic in Tangled more so than in Frozen. Though, again, that’s only my opinion.

      3. Rapunzel was born with healing magic. It made sense that there might one last drop (or perhaps even more) of magic in her. Elsa’s magic has nothing to do with healing at all.
        There is also the original fairy tale to consider. In Rapunzel, the prince gets blind after falling into thorns, but searching for Rapunzel for years, he finally hears her singing. When she sees him again, she cries and the tears somehow heal his eye…this really random element of the original tale gets a working explanation in the movie.
        In the snow queen, there is a similar scene in which Gerda cries about Kay becoming cold to her after evil splinters set into his heart and eyes…the hot tears melt the splinters in his heart and flush out the ones in his eyes. That makes kind of sense. But in Frozen, this suddenly becomes a random act of crying…and I am honestly still not sure if it supposedly worked because Elsa felt something for Anna, or because Anna loved Elsa so much that she protected her in her last moment. Nowhere in the explanation of the troll are tears mentioned, so I have no idea why this actual worked.

      4. I took it as Elsa unfreezing Anna with her ice magic similar to when she undoes the eternal winter rather than her having general healing powers. Nor did I think that her tears had anything to do with curing Anna other than in a symbolic manner. To me, the issue with Rapunzel was simply that it was her tears and not her hair. I would have liked it better if there was some form of setup of her magic extending to her tears, even if it was just one line of dialogue. “Oh, by the way, her tears also have healing properties” or something of that sort.

        I didn’t know about the source material, though, that’s really interesting.

      5. Actually, Anna saved herself in the end. The ‘act of true love’ was saving Elsa from being killed by Hans. Elsa didn’t break the spell with a hug or tears like in Tangled. Also, Belle was crying over the Beast when he died, but it wasn’t the tears itself that saved the Beast. It was Belle’s love for him.

      6. ???? That was exactly what I was saying about BatB?

        I don’t think that they made it very clear what actually saved Anna…one of the countless flaws of the movie. I like your theory, though.

      7. First, It’s not a theory. It’s been confirmed and it’s on every summary I look at.

        Second, which do you think was the stronger act?: Anna jumping in the way of a sword to save Elsa, or Elsa merely hugging her in the end? Anna saved herself by saving her sister. Elsa didn’t do anything to bring her back to life.

        (P.S. Sorry for mentioning Beauty and the Beast)

      8. It’s not very clear in the movie. It’s nice when it is written somewhere else, but watching it, it looked like the tears were what rescued Anna.

  3. Dude, I sooooo share your feelings! I like this film, too, but it is soooo overrated.
    (BTW, love the Hades gifs! Also just watched “Home on the Range” and thought it was pretty bad.)

      1. I specifically chose “Home on the Range” because I’m starting my Disney Canon Scenes project and knew that I’d have to see it sooner or later, and the rest of the stinkers (“The Black Cauldron,” “Chicken Little,” “Atlantis: The Lost Empire,” etc.) So those are the ones I’m seeing first.
        Swanpride covers my issues with “Frozen,” although I still like it more than “Tangled.” If you’re wondering why, this Deviantart user’s least favorite Disney films post speaks for me (ignore the “Pocahontas” business at the beginning).
        http://kittengoo.deviantart.com/journal/Kitten-s-top-10-LEAST-favorite-Disney-films-308692113

  4. Yeah, I have a whole list of issues with this movie.
    1. Plot: The Plot makes NO sense at all. It starts with the parents misinterpreting the advice (which would be okay if they didn’t tell the trolls what they had planned), over the nonsensical idea to isolate not only Elsa but also Anna (what for? There is no logical reason why Anna shouldn’t leave the castle), over the question who actually ruled the kingdom for the three years after the dead of the parents and where this person was when everything went to hell, to Anna needing days to travel to the place Elsa reached to food in one day, to nobody looking after Anna (or wanting to prepare her funeral) when she comes back….the list of plot holes and contrivances is endless.
    2. Romance: Repeating the “don’t marry immediately” message doesn’t make the movie feminist (and god, was this one annoying…as if that was EVER a problem with Disney movies. Yes, we have the three day romance, but when was the last time we actually saw a princess marry immediately? The only ones who did this were Cinderella and Tiana, and they both had good reason to do so…one might make a case for Ariel…with all the others, we don’t even see the wedding, we just assume that they will eventually marry, which is exactly the kind of relationship Anna and Kristof have in the end. Which came out of nowhere. I was all “wait, WHEN exactly did they fall in love”? Also, the twist at the very end (which I saw coming from a mile away, but not because it was plotted so well) made no sense at all.
    3. Feminism: After all the strong females Disney created, they now presented us with two doormats. Elsa is a tortured soul (mostly because she tortures herself) who lacks any self-confidence for most of the movie and Anna is basically an idiot. To add insult to injury, this is based on one of the most feminist fairy tales out there. Disney normally improves the source text, but in this case they replace a lot of female character with an entirely male cast and turned a compelling heroine in and incompetent loudmouth!
    4. Characters: What an uncreative lot! Anna is basically Rapunzel without her strength, Elsa is truly “Wicked” and Kristof – I have actually no idea what Kristof is supposed to be. Olaf is basically useless (and how does he even know what a beach is?????) and everyone else is too boring to remember.
    5. Songs: I like the songs in the movie, but I don’t like the way they are used. First there is one song after another, then they only turn up sporadically. Let it go is great, but it makes no sense in the context of the movie, because Elsa DOESN’T let it go, she is just as unsure in the next scene (I actually got the impression that this was originally written to show a descend into villainy, which never happens in the movie). And later on there are only filler songs, Fixer upper being the worst offender. It’s officially the very first musical number in a Disney movie which made me think “please, don’t sing!!!!” – the placement and the text of this one is just grating.
    6. Animation: Very impressive, but (yeah, I have a but for very aspect of this movie) the character designs clash with the background. It is exactly the “cartoony characters, realistic background” combination I HATE in CGI movies….they should take a good look at Tangled, because there they did manage a good balance between cartoony and realistic in both, the characters and the background.

    I like the sister-relationship, but even that would have been stronger if the movie focussed on it instead of getting the idiotic “don’t marry immediately” message out.

    Wow…long rant…but yeah, I think like you. It is not a bad movie, but vastly overrated.

    1. Ooh, long comment! That’s awesome πŸ˜€ ! Ok so,

      1) Yes, the plot has too many holes and not enough sense and I too was wondering who the heck was running the kingdom for those 3 years!

      2) Yes, Anna takes the cake for the quickest marriage ever and they make it seem like every Disney princess has done that, which as you’ve pointed out, isn’t true at all!

      3) Yet somehow, this is the movie that I find feminists loving! And it seems to all fall around the “Oh, no prince saved her” point. I mean, is that really the most important thing to worry about feminism-related?! I’m sure there’s more to feminism than just not having men save you!

      4) Yes, where are the days of films like “Robin Hood” when every character had a personality and was enjoyed for who he/she was?

      5) Yes, “Fixer Upper” should go down in infamy for what it has done!

      6) I honestly had no problem with the animation, character designs included.

      Glad we think alike πŸ˜€ !

      1. Well, I do write a feminist blog, and I honestly have no idea what to do with this movie…thankfully there are still a lot of movies out there. You know, movies with really outstanding female characters. This frustrates me, though. Disney used to be so good with female leads, but since everyone and their dog is complaining about their work, they have just gotten worse in their efforts to please everyone.

      2. Oh, and I like Tangled better than Frozen too…MUCH better. Tangled is easily one of my top Disney movies…Frozen…I’m not sure where it will end up after I had the opportunity to watch it a few times, but certainly not higher than the top 20.

    2. In Anna and Elsa’s defense…

      With Elsa, although she is really similar to Elphaba, I like how “Let it Go” relates to her breaking free from concealment and finally being able to use her talents. The song was originally meant to be a villain song, but was changed to a song more about female empowerment when they realized the lyrics leaned more towards that direction.

      With Anna, I love how she is this ditzy girl, lol! She’s not perfect, she says odd things, even stupid things (Kristoff calls her out on it). And since she was born a princess, that’s nice to see. Yes, she’s completely idiotic by wanting to marry Hans after one day, and while I have issues with those blatant attempts at presenting the film’s message, I like how Anna then learns a thing or two from Kristoff when it comes to real romance.

      1. Honestly, the romance is the least of my worries…it’s more the fact that she rides out in the snow storm in her freaking ball gown, decides that climbing this ice wall is a good idea and then nearly gets herself and Kristof killed by the ice giant which bothers me. It’s never a good sign when I am thinking “what an idiot” about the heroine more or less the whole movie long. And the excuse for her being that way makes no sense at all. Okay, she couldn’t leave the palace, but it’s not like she wasn’t allowed to interact with the servant or to read.

      2. Lol, true. Other past princesses have been able to find ways to preoccupy their time. I agree that the story isn’t very well developed with those plot holes. But next to Elsa, I get why Anna had to be the more silly. It makes a striking contrast, while also brining some humor to the story, at least for kids. I’m not saying I love that choice, but I do like Anna’s silliness, which leads her to making mistakes.

      3. I don’t think that Anna had to be silly to be a contrast to Elsa…they could have made her the one, who is outgoing and free (and competent enough to make the journey alone). That would have worked way better.

      4. Yes and no, I think. And this is where I have other issues with the movie. They created this Wizard of Oz type story, where Anna meets people on her journey to find Elsa, but also grows. While I do like that idea, I don’t think it was the best choice. The way it was executed sometimes felt like a dumbed down version of the Wizard of Oz, and also ignoring The Snow Queen.

      5. Well, the thing with Tangled is that it’s less flashy…the animation is beautiful, but it doesn’t “scream” look what we can do (in fact, it’s so effortless, you mostly don’t notice how much work went into it), the songs are good, but there is no “Let it go” – but they are used perfectly and the focus of the plot is exactly where it should be, on Rapunzel discovering her true self in more than one sense. It also improves on the original fairy tale at every turn, while still leaving all the important elements in it.

      6. Agree with all of this! It’s a great blend of Disney nostalgia, adapting the fairy tale, and making it its own Disney movie.

  5. As much as you know I love this film. I agree with a lot of your opinions. Like I have said in the past, this may not be the best Disney film I know, but it still is a favorite to me.

    I did NOT like Fixer Upper when I heard it. I thought of it as the song in the Disney film that no one will remember in the end, and now to think of it, a lot of things in the film seemed a bit pointless. Like Hans…and his whole evilness thing.

    Couldn’t they have gone on without him? Did they HAVE to add a villain in? He didn’t do much in the film. Maybe if they did want to keep him in, did he HAVE to be evil? Then again, I still enjoyed the part where he gets punched in the face.

    Some call this film one of the best Disney films of all time, and I kind of agree with them. It isn’t as good as something like Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, but during a time where Disney was making bad film after bad film, it really is something to behold.

      1. It just amazes me how many people praise Frozen, but criticizes Princess and the Frog when Frozen has the exact same issues (but done worse) than the latter.

      2. @Anii Actually, Frozen got it’s fair share of criticisms for the story as well. I think that people were being tougher on The Princess and the Frog probably because it may have tried too hard to be a classic (it’s even hand drawn).

    1. I kind of feel like Hans was similar to Gaston in some ways. He’s not a big villain on the level of Ursula, Jafar, or Scar, but he causes conflict for the protagonist at some point for their own needs. I think that Disney included Hans to contrast with the example of a ‘perfect prince’ sterotype. Maybe he was meant to show that not every prince you first meet is the right one. Yeah, we got this from Enchanted, but this was in a much more negative way.

      1. Hmm. That’s a good point. My point was he wasn’t exactly “evil”. But your Gaston comparison is a good point. Gaston didn’t start as a villain. He developed the evil as the movie went on. Hans just kind of poofs his evil in.

  6. @Animation Commendation sorry that you didn’t like the film as much as the general crowd, but I’m wondering if it suffered from its own hype since you didn’t get a chance to see it until all the review came out! In any case, I share your opinion that Tangled is better than Frozen and that Frozen is probably a little overrated.

  7. Oh, for a little off-topic question, have you seen the “Divergent” movie, and if not, are you interested in seeing it?

  8. I also prefer Tangled, but Frozen would still make my top 15. And whenever people say that it uses non-romantic love, I like to point out Brother Bear.

  9. I enjoyed Frozen, but it’s not my favorite Disney movie nor do I see it as Disney’s best film ever. My favorite is still a Pixar movie: The Incredibles.

  10. The similarities to Wicked were so blatant and annoying that it was all I could do to force myself to sit through the entire movie. How depressing that Disney has stooped so low as to have a cutesy snowman say, “Bring me my butt.”.

    1. Well, they’ve done worse humor in the past. Look no further than “Home on the Range” for Disney at its worst comedy.

  11. My husband and I saw “Wicked” on Broadway the week before Idena Menzel received the Tony Award. We thoroughly enjoyed it, even though it was much lighter than the book. The changes in the story line made sense for a musical. Each song moved the story forward. Frozen seemed to us to be a poor attempt at adapting a story in the manner in which “Wicked” was successful. As for a movie version of “Wicked”, I hope dignity will prevail and it won’t be dumbed down.

  12. The main problem for me is Frozen’s plotline is a little choppy – similar to problems with Brave. It’s a good story, and the characters have great potential. However, the build-up is lacking because the film is trying to do too much.
    I preferred Tangled – which was much more focused, and less-self-conscious about its princessness.
    As a note, I’ve read that the movie rights to Wicked the Musical are really complicated, making the appearance of a film really tricky to do. It’s not impossible – the Hobbit took years to get off the ground after the LOTR in film – but it’s going to be difficult.

      1. It’s weird, but I felt that way with the characters from Tangled. Don’t get me wrong, I really REALLY like Tangled, but it seemed a bit to humorous in some situations. But then again, it was serious when it usually had to be, so it’s not that bad.

        Honestly, I feel like Frozen was only really humorous in the middle (or ‘second act’). The first act took things at a pretty serious spot and the third act was when things were really serious and not even Olaf was that funny. But anyway, it’s matter of opinion, right? πŸ˜‰

  13. I agree with you completely.
    And the little snow man guy was much more fun in the teaser than in the movie.
    The reindeer didn’t get enough time, and when they did use it, it was like the horse in Tangled.
    The story was very weak.

  14. Hi! That was a nice review – I agreed with a lot. Frozen is a good movie, I likeit very much and all, but it’s very overhyped. I have a Disney tumblr and the craze – oh my! You see it every five seconds in your dashboard.

    I love Anna and Elsa, Olaf is adorable and Let It Go is a great song, one of my Disney’s favorites (and Idina Menzel is a great singer) but that movie is filled with plotholes: Anna says she doesn’t have anyone to interact with, but the castle is full of servants. Why was Kristoff following these ice harvesters and were are his parents? Everyone freaks out at the idea of Elsa having ice powers, but trolls are completely normal. And most of all: where did Elsa get her powers?

    Also, the plot felt a bit cumply and your typical “two people go in an adventure and become a couple” type of story (Tangled had this plotline too, but it wasn’t as proeminent and obvious). Also, I didn’t like the message being shoved down our throats either.

    1. Eh. Admittedly, the message didn’t have to be so obvious, but since they only addressed it 2-3 times, it didn’t bother me immensely. But I see your complaint.

  15. Actually, ‘Wicked’ isn’t that similar to Frozen. The friendship of the two main characters in Wicked is more similar to Tod and Copper’s relationship then to Anna and Elsa’s.
    (You MUST watch Wicked eventually though, Defying Gravity is awesome!)
    I do like the film, but I think it’s overrated-a lot. I’m kinda sad about it being popular, actually. Don’t get me wrong, it sort of deserves it, but now nobody even TALKS about any other Disney movies. Which bugs me. A lot.
    If we had something with the animation of the Princess and the Frog, the story line of Tangled, and the music of Frozen, we could have the perfect animated movie.

    1. Yeah, I do want to see ‘Wicked’ sometime, either on stage or when they make the film of it.

      Yeah, those 3 elements would make the perfect animated movie…those along with the charm and timelessness of ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

      Thanks for commenting!

  16. What I loved about it is it gave young girls a character who felt uncomfortable in her skin and didn’t relate to the world. Then she figured out how to belong. Little Mermaid gave that to me and I needed that message as a young girl, and I think that is why young girls responded so well to Frozen.
    I love the music and I agree Fixer upper is filler but it was the only one for me. I think Olaf was in there just enough and I actually don’t think it drags. It’s prety hard to surprise an audience with a princess picture and this did several times. Not just in the ending but in the prince that turned bad. I didn’t see that coming.
    The animation was fun. I actually don’t think it is overrated. I’m glad girls have their anthem like we had Part of Your World. That’s a good thing.
    But I get it. Different strokes but I have a feeling Frozen will hold up quite well.
    I am a little bit of a feminist so I loved the sister ending touch (I don’t mind princess either and not all feminists do) but it was refreshing to have 2 interesting female characters. I mean a Disney film that passes the Bechdel test! Oh my!
    I feel like I’ve had to defend it of late because of the backlash. I guess that is silly. People like what they like . I loved it. You thought it was ok. Fair enough.

  17. I thought the movie was very strong personally. I loved Wreck-It Ralph from beginning to end. I felt it was a classic and it gave me new hope for Disney animation. It was to me what The Great Mouse Detective was in 1986 (before I was born). This is not on par with The Little Mermaid. Olaf felt a bit too much like Louis from Princess and the Frog, and The Little Mermaid was strong in that Sebastian, Flounder, and Scuttle all had a clear purpose and strong personality in addition to being comic relief.

    I loved the “Get a Horse!” short before the beginning and I honestly feel Disney is entering a resurgence. Meet the Robinsons was fun and sent that message at the end, Bolt was a letdown but a good throwback, but then I really had that impression watching Princess and the Frog, Winnie the Pooh, and Wreck-It Ralph.

    This is the pay-off definitely, with no Oliver & Company in the middle. It’s just that many will and do love it a lot more than I do, and different things will work for them. Also it’s not possible to beat The Little Mermaid. The Little Mermaid ran rings around the classics when it came out and Beauty & The Beast decimated them if there were any lingering doubts. This was very strong and signals complete confidence and self-realization from Disney itself, that it does still have a comfortable place in the modern day.

    I thought the “don’t marry someone you meet the same day” did a very good job emphasizing that actually. I was concerned when I heard you mention it before but I think they pulled it off well. Elsa and Kristoff were the only two who really brought it up and it made sense for them to do so in my opinion, particularly for Elsa.

    Enchanted did that message already in a more amusing manner, and Tangled had the very annoying progressive hat-tip at the end that made me roll my eyes: “After years and years of asking and asking….. I finally said yes.”

    I’m glad it was successful, this movie didn’t disappoint me, and I am sure it will be re-released in theaters many times.

  18. I don’t remember if I commented on this post before, but I agree with you. It was far from a perfect animated film. It is as though they focused so much on the message of sisterly love, the twist – the wonderful detailed imagery that they did not notice that much of the story does not make sense and some of it is superfluous. I also think the plot is thin – I even picture it as a nice 20-minute short animation.

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