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Review of "FROZEN"
By Jayne Waterford
Copyrighted © Jayne Waterford, 2014 First published 24th January 2014 Revised 24th January 2014
REVIEW: "FROZEN" by Jayne Waterford

I have never observed a Walt Disney animation to provoke children to ask so many questions in the theatre! Little kids or at least the ones who can articulate their thoughts are working so hard thinking about these characters. It's no wonder Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee's "FROZEN" (2013) has done so well in Australian cinemas, that and we're watching snow inside a cool theatre in the middle of a very hot summer.

"FROZEN" is about perspective and what happens when impulsive girls don't think about the consequences of their actions. But don't tell children that before you walk in. I told one group of ten year olds today and they walked out shaken. Well, at least their dad laughed.

Our story is a sum of many parts. Each part is a different perspective on life. Our principles are two sisters, Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel). They grow up together and become quite damaged as they choose to hide and suppress abilities that become distorted. They stumble through their problems, creating dilemmas as they go and realising self-actualisation. But ultimately, it's love that

is the answer to the Nordic kingdom's problems, Elsa's abilities and the girl's happiness. Love, not hiding and repression. Anna and Elsa had to work that out through very hard, thought-provoking lessons.

Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee are unafraid of difficult subject matter that would ring true to many. We are shocked as we watch Princess Elsa do very destructive things that are emotional and emancipating, without even realising they are killing her sister. We see impulse and its consequences, something like the life lessons of the less wise and more dangerous Tauriel (Evangeline Lily) in Peter Jackson's "THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG" (2013).

My only criticism is that there seems to be a point where the boyfriend must save the princess, the fake boyfriend is cast aside and the true, nice, poor, boyfriend is run after. What I do like and what little girls probably find rivetting is that Anna plays out flirting and falling in love with the wrong guy. The sequence is a critique of Prince Charming. She turns around and trusts him too fast, unwisely. He turns around and does horrible things that are not deserved, like horrible people do.

"FROZEN" is also a wake up to parents who either

shelter their children too much, or emotionally starve their children, creating emotional desperation and then there's Anna's damaged self-esteem generated by a stupid decision to withhold familial love and affection. Nicely, it turns out that it is her sister's true love that breaks the spell. No one saw this coming.

But now you do :D

Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee's "FROZEN" (2013) is a very successful, useful chick-flick to take your children to see. "FROZEN" does privilege girls. That's how it is. It's like a parent outheard their daughter admiring a drama-queen who was all impulse and wanting to feel, sometimes growing into an adolescent who made impulsive decisions about who to be with. "FROZEN" is a wake up! This is the emotional integrity of what really happens in a very digestible format set to music. The audience's mental machinations are churning at top speed. "FROZEN" is so thought provoking it should be compulsive viewing for all girls.

Boys feel on the outer of the action as all of the wild experiences are happening to the heroines. THE boy just helps. 9/10

Copyrighted © Jayne Waterford, 2014

Anticipation of: "FROZEN" by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Australasia

This animation adventure promises to be a fun romantic adventure for children with all of the smug features that children love! The girl is not just anyone, she is the sister of the white-witch-type character responsible for an endless winter (see C.S. Lewis). The reindeer character seems particularly enjoyable and I hope they have a soft toy version of him on sale at the kiosk. Plus, it gives us that special, wintery feeling we've always associated with Christmas and jingle bells even though we're celebrating on the verandah in high Summer.

Activies for Download

Frozen_BuildOlaf_Activity.pdf
Frozen_Colouring_Activity1.pdf
Frozen_Colouring_Activity2.pdf
Frozen_Colouring_Activity3.pdf
Frozen_Mazes_Activity1.pdf
Frozen_Mazes_Activity2.pdf
Frozen_Mazes_Activity3.pdf
Frozen_PaperSnowflakes_Activity.pdf
Frozen_SpotTheDiff_Activity.pdf

The opening short is reworked classic "GET A HORSE!"


Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee's
"FROZEN" (2013)
Release Date 26th December 2013
Category Animated Comedy/Adventure
Studio DISNEY
Running Time 102 minutes (1 hour, 42 minutes)
Rating PG
Origin USA
Format 2D & 3D
Director Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
Producers Peter Del Vecho
Stars Voice Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff
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Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Official Blurb "From the studio behind 2010’s "TANGLED" and this year’s "WRECK-IT RALPH", Walt Disney Animation Studios presents "FROZEN", the most daring comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, an amazing and comedic snowman named Olaf, Everest-like conditions and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

The film is directed by Chris Buck ("TARZAN", "SURF'S UP") and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, "WRECK-IT RALPH"), and produced by Peter Del Vecho ("WINNIE THE POOH", "THE PRINCCESS AND THE FROG"). Featuring music from Tony®-winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez ("IN TRANSIT"), "FROZEN" journeys into theaters December 26, 2013, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

In "FROZEN", Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his sidekick reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering mystical trolls, an amazing and comedic snowman named Olaf, Everest-like conditions and magic at every turn in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), the Snow Queen, and save their kingdom from eternal winter.

NOTES:

• Kristen Bell has starred in a variety of films, including the comedies "FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL" and "COUPLES RETREAT" and the upcoming films "HIT & RUN", "SOME GIRLS" and the Farrelly Brothers’ "MOVIE 43". On the small screen, Bell is currently starring in the Showtime series "HOURSE OF LIES" alongside Don Cheadle; she has also starred in "HEROES" and "VERONICA MARS". Broadway credits include “The Crucible” and “Tom Sawyer.”

• Idina Menzel, who won a Tony Award® as best actress in a musical for her role as Elphaba in Broadway’s “Wicked” (2004), landed her first role on Broadway in 1995 in the Tony Award-winning musical “Rent.” Film credits include "ENCHANTED" and the feature film "RENT". She has appeared in a recurring

role on TV’s “Glee” and recently released “Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony,” a live concert with an orchestra led by composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Menzel is currently on a North American concert tour.

• Jonathan Groff appears in "C.O.G.", which is part of 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Film credits include "TAKING WOODSTOCK", "TWELVE-THIRTY" and "THE CONSPIRATOR". TV credits include Fox's “Glee,” the Starz series “Boss” and CBS’ “The Good Wife.” Groff received a Tony® nomination for his performance in the the Tony Award®-winning musical “Spring Awakening,” and appeared in the Public Theater’s revival of “Hair” and off-Broadway plays “Prayer for My Enemy” and “The Submission,” among others. He made his West End debut in Ira Levin’s “Deathtrap,” and appeared in the 2010 Tony Award®-winning “Red” by John Logan at the Mark Taper Forum.

• Robert Lopez is a three-time Tony Award®-winning writer of the Tony and Grammy® Award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon,” which was co-written with Trey Parker and Matt Stone (“South Park”), and the musical “Avenue Q,” which ran for six years on Broadway and four years in London’s West End. Lopez teamed with wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, whose Drama Desk-winning show “In Transit” is

Broadway-bound, to write original songs for 2011’s "WINNIE THE POOH" a stage version of “Finding Nemo” and a new musical called “Up Here.”

• Director Chris Buck helmed the 1999 Disney classic "TARZAN" (with Kevin Lima) as well as the 2007 Oscar®-nominated "SURF'S UP (with Ash Brannon). His animation credits also include 1989’s "THE LITTLE MERMAID", "THE RESCUER'S DOWN UNDER" (1990) and "POCAHONTAS" (1995).

• Director/screenwriter Jennifer Lee is one of the screenplay writers of this year’s hit arcade-hopping comedy adventure "WRECK-IT RALPH". Her screen adaptation of John Steinbeck’s "THE ACTS OF KING ARTHUR AND HIS NOBLE KNIGHTS" is being produced by Troika Pictures. She has an original screenplay in development with Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way, and her original script “Lucid Dreams” was optioned by Wolfgang Peterson's Radiant Productions.

• Peter Del Vecho’s credits as producer include 2011’s "WINNIE THE POOH" and 2009’s "THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG". He served as associate producer for "CHICKEN LITTLE" and "TREASURE PLANET".

OFFICIAL BOILERPLATE:

From the studio behind 2010’s "TANGLED" and this year’s "WRECK-IT RALPH", Walt Disney Animation Studios presents "FROZEN", the most daring comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, an amazing and comedic snowman named Olaf, Everest-like conditions and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction. The film is directed by Chris Buck ("TARZAN", "SURF'S UP") and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, "WRECK-IT RALPH"), and produced by Peter Del Vecho ("WINNIE THE POOH" and "THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG"). Featuring music from Tony®-winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” "Avenue Q") and Kristen Anderson-Lopez ("In Transit"), "FROZEN" journeys into theaters 26th December 2013, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters." - Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Australia PR

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"FROZEN" (L-R) HANS and ANNA. ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved. Disney ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
"FROZEN" (Top to Bottom) ELSA and ANNA. ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

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"FROZEN" (L-R) ANNA, OLAF, KRISTOFF and SVEN. ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

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Fearless optimist Anna meets rugged—and snow-covered—mountain man Kristoff for the first time in Walt Disney Animation Studio's "FROZEN", which hits theaters nationwide Nov. 27, 2013. ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

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Director: Jennifer Lee
First look: "FROZEN"