Friday, 27 December 2013

Film Review: "Frozen" (2013).

"’Now we just have to survive this blizzard.’ ‘That's no blizzard. That's my sister.’” Which is what is going down in the 53rd Disney animated film Frozen. This computer animated musical epic fantasy film, is produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen, the film tells the story of a fearless and optimistic princess, Anna, who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged, thrill-seeking mountain man, Kristoff, and his loyal pet reindeer, and a hapless snowman, encountering Everest-like conditions to find her estranged sister, Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

After many decades, particularly in the 1940s and 1990s, Frozen underwent many story treatments, before being commissioned in 2011. All attempts had faced the same problem - the character of the Snow Queen herself. Disney story artists and animators could find a way to make the title character relatable. Until in December, 2011, following the success of Tangled, Disney announced a new title for the film, Frozen, and a release date, November 27, 2013, and a different crew from the previous attempt in 2008. A month later, it was confirmed that the film would be a computer animated feature in stereoscopic 3D, instead of the intended hand drawn animation. It was also announced that Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee would be co-directing, with John Lasseter and Peter Del Vecho producing. After Disney decided to advance The Snow Queen into development again, one of the main challenges Buck and Del Vecho faced was the character of the Snow Queen, which in that earlier version of the story, was a villain. The production team then addressed the film's problems, drafting several different variations on the Snow Queen story until the characters and story felt relevant. Finally, the team decided to rewrite the film's protagonist, Anna (who was based on the Gerda character from The Snow Queen), as the younger sibling of Elsa, effectively establishing a family dynamic between the characters.

The film features the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk and Ciarán Hinds. The performances in the film were, by Disney standards, the best performances given by a cast. However, it's performances that could be outmatched by other cast ensembles of past and other present animated films.

By far Disney's the most cliched film since Tangled (2010), Frozen may be visually stunning, a thoroughly entertaining addition to the studio's classic animated canon for children. However, the 53rd animated feature's look and spirit may convey a modified, updated quality but nonetheless it is not as sincere and unmistakably classic as the old Disney films of the past. The so-called "gorgeous" computer-animated look that features rich landscapes and characters doesn't look any fuller nor more lifelike than they have in the past. To conclude, the film may be one of the least impressive Disney films of all time.

Simon says Frozen receives:

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