As a little gift for today, here's my review of Disney's newest animated film Frozen! Before you ask, I saw a 3D screening on Sunday at my cinema before the UK release on Friday which is why this review is out early! I would like to make a few points of the production of this movie because it is more complicated than you think! For those who don't know, Walt Disney had always planned to do an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen as far back as 1943 with Samuel Goldwyn. It initially started off as an animated segment in a biography about Hans' life alongside other stories like The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Emperor's New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling. However they scrapped it because they had trouble adapting the story and Snow Queen character into film, alongside other movies in production like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Disney tried again during the Disney Renaissance but Glen Keane, who would direct the film, decided to quit the project. Tarzan director Chris Buck tried again in 2008 under the new title Anna and the Snow Queen, which was put on hold until 2011 with him co-directing with Wreck-It Ralph writer Jennifer Lee and under the new title Frozen! Now after 70 long years of development hell, will this movie be able to thaw even the most cynical of hearts, or is too concealed to even think about it? Let's find out! I'll try not to use any puns and if I do, they're unintentional, it's just that so hard not to make a pun about a movie which has lots of snow in it!
The balance with the action, comedy, drama and romance is just perfect, with none overshadowing the other while focusing on the main theme: the sister relationship. There are loads of twists which I never saw coming, including Hans (SPOILERS) being the villain and only wanting to marry Anna to seize the throne! Also, it's finally a time when we have a Disney princess becoming a queen! Heck, she doesn't need to get married and doesn't have a love interest, that's rare! What I love most is the form of love that breaks Anna's frozen heart curse Elsa accidentally sets on her. (MAJOR SPOILERS) Instead of kissing Kristoff to break her curse, she sacrifices her life for her sister after she sees Hans about to kill her, therefore completing 'an act of true love'. I have to say, a very very smart move on the writers! When going into this, I never saw it coming at all! The motivation throughout is sister love, or rather platonic love rather than eros love like in past Disney films! The only issue I have which is a teeny tiny nitpick is I wanted to see more after the ending. But in a way, that's a good thing leaving people wanting more! The story is heartwarming, different yet not different (I know that sounds odd) and very well written! And, another reminder, THIS ISN'T TANGLED ON ICE!