Disney’s Frozen preview media screening was held recently at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. Making our way to the theatre, we joined a group of very excited children and adults, all talking about what to expect or look for during FROZEN. We checked in and quickly found our seats. Minutes slowly passed and finally the lights dimmed and the screen came alive. We started with the Disney cartoon “Get A Horse” which had the audience laughing at the antics of Mickey and Friends. “Get a Horse” has been nominated for an Annie award in this year’s best animated shorts category.
Finally the moment we had waited for…the start of FROZEN.
From the very first scene we are captivated by FROZEN’s story and special effects. The first beautiful snow scene shows the young Kristoff and his trusty sidekick Sven, working alongside several mountain men cutting and loading ice blocks. We are then transported to the beautiful town of Arendelle. In the castle, along with the King and Queen lives Elsa and Anna who worships her older sister Elsa. In the castle’s grand ball room see the sisters creating their own indoor winter wonderland. The young Elsa’s inexperience controlling her powers results in an accident and Anna is hurt. A visit to the magical trolls, shows the King Troll himself reviving Anna but in the process erases any memory of the accident. Although Anna recuperates the incident has huge repercussions. Elsa terrified of hurting anyone again, becomes a prisoner to her powers. As the years pass, we see the sisters growing up in the castle on each side of a closed door. Anna confused and missing the closeness of their youth, repeatedly goes up to Elsa’s bedroom door and sings “Do you want to build a snowman”.The song perfectly portrays the sadness and loneliness felt by the sisters. Behind the locked doors, Elsa in turn, misses her little sister but has learned how to control and direct her magical powers.
The death of the girl’s parents makes Elsa, next in line as Arendelle’s queen. The day of coronation, Anna meets Princes Hans and shares some unexpected news with a nervous Elsa leading to an argument and accidental unleashing of Elsa’s icy powers for all to see. Confused, scared and tired of being a prisoner, Elsa runs away, without realizing she is leaving behind a frozen kingdom. After leaving Arendelle, Elsa finds herself free of the need to hide her gift. With just a tap of her foot, a step here or there or a wave of her hand, singing her signature song “Let it Go”, Elsa sets off an explosion of ice, snow and frost creating a beautiful ice castle to live in.
Anna upon seeing the beautiful Arendelle in a frozen state, sets off to find Elsa and save the town. Along the way, Anna meets the rugged mountain man, Kristoff and his buddy Sven and together they travel to find Elsa. On the journey, the group meets the lovable, laughable, character of Olaf. Anna quickly realizes, Olaf was created by Elsa and remembers him from her childhood playing with Elsa. The four quickly bond and finally reach the ice castle. Anna unsuccessfully tries to convince Elsa to come back and save Arendelle from the eternal FROZEN state, but along with her companions is chased away by the ice monster. The adventures continue with Anna once again injured and requiring the help of the magical trolls. This time however, the magical trolls can’t help her and it will take the selfless act of true love to save Anna.
FROZEN includes the Disney tradition of princesses, beautiful dresses, tragedy, love at first sight and happily ever after in a beautiful setting. The addition of strong princess characters with a surprise ending, catchy songs, memorable characters, and the use of snow in every conceivable stage, guarantees FROZEN will become an overnight favorite for young and old.
FROZEN debuted on November 22, 2013 at El Capitan Theater and worldwide November 27, 2013.
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