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Frozen

FrozenFrozen is a squarely enchanting fairy tale that shows you how the definition of what's fresh in animation can shift. With the full...FrozenAnimationPT102MPGFrozen is a squarely enchanting fairy tale that shows you how the definition of what's fresh in animation can shift. With the full...2013-12-14Pixar, Walt Disney Pictures
WARMING UP Frozen is delightfully entertaining in the way that only Disney moves can be.

WARMING UP Frozen is delightfully entertaining in the way that only Disney moves can be. (Disney)

B+

Frozen

Genre: Animation; Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Idina Menzel; Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee; Release Date Wide: 11/27/2013; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): In Season; MPAA Rating: In Season; Distributor: Pixar, Walt Disney Pictures

Frozen is a squarely enchanting fairy tale that shows you how the definition of what’s fresh in animation can shift. With the full-throttle emotionalism of its Broadway-style musical numbers and its two spunky-princess heroines, the movie is a throwback to the Disney cartoons of the pre-Pixar era. The surprise is that its wholesome spirit suddenly feels bolder than the compulsive cleverness that is Pixar’s stock-in-trade. Elsa (Idina Menzel), a royal heir, was born with a power that’s really a curse: Everything she touches turns to ice. Her secret is kept under wraps until a wintry tantrum gets her banished from the kingdom. It’s up to her sister, Anna (Kristen Bell), to trek into the frozen wilds and bring her back. The journey is a little generic — a motormouthed-snowman sidekick (Josh Gad), a studly guide (Jonathan Groff) — but the tale of these sisters, and what happens when one girl’s power exceeds her ability to control it, is touching in an original way. And the exploding-ice-crystal visuals are spectacular: You can almost feel them freeze-burning your fingers. B+

Originally posted December 14 2013 — 12:00 AM EST

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