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Disney offers something close to genuine enchantment with this sparkling reworking of The Snow Queen

It's that time of year again. The time when our guardians turn to the moral education of the nation's young, raising vexed questions about the ideological agenda that drives their role models, the benefits of their educational texts, and the acute balance that must be struck between pedagogical substance and the public's eternal desire to see talking chipmunks. In other words: it's time for a new Disney movie.

It's a really good one, too, whose humming industry and multi-pixelated craft come lit by a spark of something close to genuine enchantment.

Loosely based on The Snow Queen, Frozen extracts from Hans Christian Andersen's 1845 tale the Nordic setting, some trolls and the basic idea of sub-zero sorcery but gives the powers of wintry transmogrification not to an evil queen, but to the elder of two sisters – blonde, »

- Tom Shone

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