Frozen 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… Frozen 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… 2013-11-27 PG PT102M Animation Kristen Bell Josh Gad Jonathan Groff Idina Menzel Pixar Walt Disney Pictures
Movie Review

Frozen (2013)

MPAA Rating: PG
WARMING UP Frozen is delightfully entertaining in the way that only Disney moves can be.
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WARMING UP Frozen is delightfully entertaining in the way that only Disney moves can be.
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 27, 2013; Rated: PG; Length: 102 Minutes; Genre: Animation; With: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff and Idina Menzel; Distributors: Pixar and 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 Nov 26, 2013 Published in issue #1288 Dec 06, 2013 Order article reprints
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