Disney's Frozen

 

Walt Disney Studios

 

Rating: PG

 

Reason for the Rating: Some action and mild rude humor.

 

Plot Summary: A daring teenager faces treacherous mountains, glacial weather, trolls, and a very funny snowman in an effort to help her sister save their town from freezing.

 

PopFam Recommends: See this movie with your kids!

 

For many families, this spring marks a joyous return of winter—safely captured in the Blu-Ray packaging of Disney’s latest mega-hit, Frozen.

 

In just a few short months after its theatrical release last Thanksgiving, Frozen became a worldwide classic, setting box office records and winning both Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song at the 2014 Academy Awards. Why? Because Frozen is a movie everyone in your family can relate to.

 

Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) are sisters, princesses of the kingdom of Arendelle. They love playing together! They especially like when Elsa uses her magical abilities to turn the ballroom into a snowy wonderland. And it’s all fun and games—until Anna gets hurt and almost dies due to a magical spell. Afraid of hurting Anna, or others in the castle, Elsa closes herself in her bedroom, refusing to play or interact with anyone, until her parents die and she becomes Queen.

 

Having grown up alone, Anna is thrilled to have the castle gates opened when people from everywhere come to celebrate Elsa’s coronation. She is especially delighted when she meets Hans (Santino Fontana), a young prince who seems like her in every way. Being young and impetuous, they decide that very night to marry. Which seems like a great idea, until Elsa hears of it. Unable to control her emotions of fear and anger, she turns Arendelle into a winter wonderland, which not only freaks everyone out, but also isn’t very practical for things like growing food or allowing ships to enter the port for trade. Afraid of the reaction of the townspeople, Elsa runs to the mountains and builds herself a castle made of ice.

 

Anna loves her sister, and believing Elsa is the key to reversing their frozen situation, Anna sets off into the mountains to find her and solve the problem. Which is where she crosses paths with Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his reindeer, Sven, and Olaf the snowman (Josh Gad) who keep the audience in stitches throughout the movie.

 

As an adult, and as a parent, what I really appreciated about Frozen, wasn’t how spectacular the animation was or the catchy songs throughout the movie, but that the characters were dealing with real issues. OK, so no one I know can turn anything to ice, but they did learn about loyalty, even when everyone is against the person you love. Or that love doesn’t always turn out the way you think it will. And the importance of controlling your emotions. We can all get carried away with that one at times. Like The Lion King, which deals with death and betrayal, Frozen isn’t just a sweet story that tickles our fancy for an hour and a half, but it talks about some important things everyone experiences. Disney just did an amazing job of wrapping those themes up into music, memorable characters, and a great story.

 

Although Frozen is rated PG for action and mild rude humor, children of all ages, boys and girls alike, will love this movie. Believe me. My 17 year old niece and 16 year old nephew loved it, as did my 8 year old niece and 9 year old son. They talked about it and quoted lines for days.

 

Additionally, the short film included with Frozen is delightful. Called Get a Horse, it’s a fun-filled cartoon where Mickey, Minnie, Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar get the best of Peg-leg Pete. Starting out black and white, the animators found a creative and amusing way to bring color to old-time Mickey. It’s a great introduction to a fantastic Frozen experience.

 

Additional special features include two "Making of..." shorts, deleted scenes, and some background on the original Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale that inspired this movie. The only disappointment is that the music video of the Oscar-winning song, "Let It Go" is performed by pop star Demi Lovato instead of the stunning vocals of film star Idina Menzel. Ah well, small problem for an otherwise wonderful Blu-ray package. So go ahead...get Frozen with your kids today!

 

Let’s Talk About It

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:

 

• How might this story have been different if Elsa hadn’t been afraid of her ability, but instead was encouraged to be honest about what she could do from the beginning?

 

• We often think of “true love” as romantic, between a man and a woman. But Frozen showed us that true love can be between siblings, between parents and their kids, as well as between friends. Who would you describe as a “true love” among your family and friends?

 

• God is our greatest true love. How or when have you experienced God’s love for you? Describe it.

 

--JW

 

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