5 Reasons You Should Be Excited for ‘FROZEN’

1 Sep

I’ve been following along with the production of Frozen, Disney’s 53rd animated film, since Idina Menzel posted on Facebook over a year ago that she had been cast as one of the leads. Based off of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen,” Frozen follows sisters Anna and Elsa who try to find each other. Here’s Disney’s plot summary:

In Frozen, fearless optimist Anna teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

Still not convinced? Here are 5 reasons why you’ll be headed to the theater to see Frozen when it comes to theaters November 27:

1) The Cast – I’ve already mentioned Idina Menzel (Wicked, Glee, Enchanted, RENT), who will be playing Snow Queen/Elsa. Broadway babies Jonathan Groff (Jesse St. James from Glee, original Broadway production of Spring Awakening) and Joshua Gad (Book of Mormon) also fill out this cast. Groff plays rugged Kristoff (potential love interest for Anna? We’ll see…) and Gad plays goofy Olaf the Snowman seen in the teaser trailer. Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) gives life to Anna. Alan Tudyk is listed as The Duke, who seems to be set as the film’s antagonist. If so, it’ll be Tudyk’s second time voicing a Disney villain; he voiced King Candy in 2012’s Wreck-it Ralph. Stage performer Sanito Fontana plays Prince Hans.

2) The Animation – “But it’s not the same as hand-drawn animation!” No, it’s not. It’s just as artistic and beautiful. If anything, the CG-style gives animators more versatility with character movements and adds visual depth. During the lantern scene in Tangled, I doubt anyone thought at that moment it would be more beautiful hand drawn. No, you sure didn’t because your mouth was agape taking in the scene. Looking at some of the film stills released, it appears that Frozen is on track with Tangled, set to wow audiences with gorgeous animation.

3) TWO Princess – This is an idea I’ve been hoping Disney would do for years now. With Disney presenting both Elsa and Anna as equal players in this film, it leaves the potential for TWO princesses being welcomed into the princess family (which they inevitably will be once movie ticket sales stats come in). This means kids get more options as to which princess they relate. (I didn’t get that option as a kid! The princess I best relate to didn’t come along until Tiana in 2009 with Princess and the Frog, and by that point it’s a little odd to admit your Disney ‘spirit-animal’ was one that debuted when you were 16…) It’s also brilliant for Disney’s marketing team: double the merchandise, double the princess dresses, double the movie posters, etc.

4) The Production – Jennifer Lee, the genius behind Wreck-it Ralph, penned the script, so no worries there. Lee is co-directing the film with Chris Buck, the man behind Tarzan.

5) The Music – It’s a Disney animated movie; you’ll like the music. Menzel premiered a snippet of the song “Let it Go” at D23. It’s not nearly enough for me, but it’ll have to tide me over until November.

If you’re still curious, don’t do what I did when I heard about the project and read the Hans Christian Anderson original story. Disney is pulling a “Little Mermaid” with this project as well and loosely basing the movie’s plotline on the story. If they tried to do this exactly like HCA’s fairy tale, it could easily be a repeat of The Black Cauldron in terrifying thousands of small children…

“Frozen” is currently set to be released Nov. 27, 2013.

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