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Walt Disney Animation Studios' Frozen, directed by Chris Buck (Tarzan) and Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph - screenplay by) and produced by Peter Del Vecho (Winnie the Pooh, The Princess and the Frog), was released in theaters on November 27th, 2013. Walt Disney Animation Studios presents Frozen, the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a »
- Pietro Filipponi
Before I saw “Frozen,” Disney’s altogether splendid new animated feature, I couldn’t remember the last time I’d emerged from such a movie actually humming the soundtrack. Forced to guess, I’d say it was 15 years ago with “Mulan,” a modest charmer whose catchy central number, “I’ll Make a Man Out of You,” has earned a permanent spot on my workout playlist. “Frozen” is an achievement of a different magnitude — a welcome throwback to the Mouse House musical tradition in which every tune and lyric is delivered with full-throated gusto and a glorious absence of irony. When the youthful queen Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) sings “Let It Go,” free at last to unleash the icy enchantments that have kept her locked up since childhood, the result is as thrilling an anthem of liberation as “Defying Gravity,” Menzel’s signature number from the stage tuner “Wicked.”
As many have pointed out, »
- Justin Chang
This week on The Collision, the release of Frozen has us looking back at the history of Disney Animation Studios. We discuss the studio's Golden Ages, growing up during the second golden age, the recent resurgence over the past several years, comparisons to other animation studios, the loss of 2D animation, and much more. As always, we finish up with our recommendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("State of the Oscar Race, November 2013”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Adam's Recommendation:Hercules Dave's Recommendation: An American Tail Matt's Recommendation: The Princess and the Frog »
- Matt Goldberg
Don’t let the name fool you… Disney’s Frozen will warm your heart.
Anna and Elsa are the closest of sisters until a childhood accident drives them apart. See, Elsa is not like other children. She has the ability to freeze things, and to manipulate ice. The only problem is, she hasn’t quite learned to control it. Instead, she learns to hide her powers away, which also means hiding herself.
That only works for so long… and soon she is forced out of hiding, only to accidentally freeze their kingdom in the process. Anna is now on a quest to find her icy sister and put an end to the cold. Along the way she meets some pretty interesting new friends including a mountain man named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), and his sidekick Sven, and Olaf (Josh Gadd), a snowman that Elsa and Anna made as children who has suddenly come to life. »
- Melissa Howland
I went into "Frozen" with tempered expectations -- Disney's last couple of attempts to revive the princess formula ("Tangled," "The Princess and the Frog") were, for me, pleasant but characterless, and this musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" looked to be in the same mold. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised: after a rushed, muddled first act, it settles into a touching, visually textured work of authentic Disney classicism, with a welcome feminist twist on the original fairytale and a pleasing lack of the smarmy, adult-targeted irony that permeates so many kids' films these days. I wouldn't go quite as far as »
- Guy Lodge
Disney's writers are clearly making efforts to produce less compliant female leads – so why are we still lumbered with hourglass figures, tiny feet and huge doe eyes?
With two strong sisters at the centre of the story, Disney's new animation Frozen seems like a winner for women. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, it sees the fearless Princess Anna travel the kingdom to find her misunderstood sister Elsa, who has fled after accidentally plunging the land into an icy winter with her magic powers. Sure, there are men along the way, but they're not the prize: this is about female bonding, self-awareness, independence. It's also a musical with cracking songs. Even the silly snowman sidekick is funny.
The snag is, both Elsa and Anna have the kind of proportions that would make Barbie look chunky: tiny nipped-in waists, no hips, long legs, skinny arms, pert breasts, »
Written by Jennifer Lee
Walt Disney Animation Studios has become, in its relative old age, both charmingly and cripplingly self-conscious. Each new entry seems to quiver in the shadow of the greats, the vaunted classics that have become untouchable for many. The studio just celebrated the 85th anniversary of Steamboat Willie, the short whose iconic image—Mickey whistling a happy tune while commandeering a rickety skiff—appears in its logo; however, Disney animation continues to remain at a creative crossroads. Once Pixar honcho John Lasseter was brought aboard as Disney’s chief creative consultant in the mid-2000s, he declared that hand-drawn animation was no longer dead and forgotten by the company that proved the form’s importance for so many decades. So, in 2009, Disney dipped into the well of fairy tales and princesses once more after what felt like an eternity, »
- Josh Spiegel
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Disney Animation Studios had a marvelous revival and created some of their best films with (in chronological order) The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King. Since then, the luster has faded but there have been bright spots like Mulan, The Emperor's New Groove, Lilo & Stitch, Tangled, and Winnie the Pooh. They even had terrific one with The Princess and the Frog, but as 2D animation dies and the 3D becomes default, the 2009 picture looked like the end of an era. But with Frozen, directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee have conjured up a film that is among the best in the studio's history. The movie gracefully glides around conventions, and combines magnificent music and lovable characters with an artistry and style rarely seen in 3D animated family films. It is a picture that recalls Disney's classic films, but »
- Matt Goldberg
Disney has done it again — adding to the industry’s list of all-time best per-screen averages, with “Frozen” grossing $237,606 from one location.
The 3D-animated musical, which launched Friday exclusively at the El Capitan in Hollywood, joins its toon brethren such as “Toy Story 2″ and “The Princess and the Frog” with one of the industry’s largest opening location averages. “Frozen” now has the seventh-largest per-screen average, behind “Hercules,” which averaged nearly $250,000 from one location in 1997.
See Also: Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Glides Into El Capitan for Exclusive Early Release
Though the average is an impressive one, there are a few factors to consider: Firstly, tickets for the El Cap exclusive cost $16 for adults and $13 for children (3-11), while auds wanting V.I.P. admission shelled out $26 per ticket. Also, Disney packaged the early release with an optional breakfast for an additional cost.
It is difficult to gauge the impact the »
- Andrew Stewart
Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.
- Movie Geeks
This holiday season, Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” and Fox’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” are testing the boundaries of what it means to be an all-audience film, as studios strive to strike the right balance between adult drama and family entertainment.
But the challenge in attracting parents, teens and kids, by no means an easy feat for any movie, is made even greater for these outliers, given that there are already some high-profile family films in the crowded Thanksgiving-to-Christmas corridor, including Disney’s animated musical, “Frozen” and Warner Bros.’ “Hobbit” sequel, “The Desolation of Smaug,” which has an added fanboy component driven by premium large formats, including Imax.
This year, there are seven movies with predominantly family appeal that will bow throughout this month and next, compared with only five in 2012, and 10 each in 2010 and 2006.
The preponderance of family product during those two years caused cannibalization at the box office. »
- Andrew Stewart
The World Premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ high-action comedy-adventure “Frozen,” which features the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, hit Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre tonight with an all-star, white-carpet event. The film was preceded by the all-new short, “Get A Horse!”—with the voice of Walt Disney as Mickey Mouse.
Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, and Livvy Stubenrauch were there to celebrate, along with director Chris Buck, director/screenplay writer Jennifer Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho, executive producer John Lasseter, songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, and Demi Lovato.
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- Melissa Howland
The showstopping central musical number is a glorious anthem to female power and ability… and so, in fact, is the whole wonderful movie. Disney is finally getting it. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m starved for stories about girls and women
I’m “biast” (con): the trailer was a bit a goofy
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Oh my goddess. Where did Frozen come from? It didn’t come from Hans Christian Andersen, that’s for certain; this bears so little resemblance to his “The Snow Queen” that I wonder why they even bothered with the connection. It did spring from the grand Disney tradition of full-on Broadway-style animated musicals, like we haven’t really seen since the 1990s. But unlike 2009’s throwback The Princess and the Frog, which felt like nothing more than a tired retread of the pursuit-of-romance motif that had long since been laid to rest, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Beyoncé could've been a Disney princess. Emphasis on could've. In an interview with the New York Post to plug her new book, Confessions of a Casting Director, author Jen Rudin revealed that Bey was once in the running for the lead voice role in The Princess and the Frog, but apparently her apparent refusal to try out cost her. "Beyoncé expected an offer, but wouldn't audition and so she didn't get one," Rudin told Page Six. The New York-based casting director noted that several of the singer's fellow R&B divas felt otherwise, but ultimately the part went to a lesser-known talent who was one of Beyoncé's costars in 2006's Dreamgirls. "Tyra »
Walt Disney Animation Studios' Frozen is directed by Chris Buck (Tarzan) and Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph - screenplay by), and produced by Peter Del Vecho (Winnie the Pooh, The Princess and the Frog). In theaters November 27th, 2013. From the studio behind 2010’s Tangled and this year’s Wreck-It Ralph, Walt Disney Animation Studios presents Frozen, the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at »
- Pietro Filipponi
Move over, Frosty. A quixotic snowman who longs to experience summer handily steals the show in “Frozen,” Disney’s 53rd in-house animated feature and one of its most classical, with a Hans Christian Andersen pedigree, a full-fledged showtune score and little of the ironic humor that has become the lingua franca of most contemporary toons. But this always enjoyable tale of mysterious magic, imperiled princesses and square-jawed men of action proves longer on striking visuals than on truly engaging or memorable characters. With the family crowd pretty much to itself this holiday season, “Frozen” should generate considerable box-office heat, if not quite the same level of critical and audience affection that attended the superior “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph.”
The result of a decade-long effort by the studio to fashion an animated feature from Andersen’s classic “The Snow Queen,” “Frozen” ultimately bears only the most superficial resemblance to its source, »
- Scott Foundas
To promote their new full length animated feature Frozen, Disney invited members of the press to Disney Animation Studios to check out how the film was made, and show us selected parts of the film before its November 27th release.
While there, we met with directors Chris Buck (Tarzan) and Jennifer Lee (co-writer Wreck-it Ralph), as well as producer Peter Del Vecho (The Princess & The Frog, Winnie The Pooh) in a small roundtable Q&A to learn just how they created this epic animated feature. Check it out below to find out how they brought this tale to life, as well as casting the film.
In “Frozen,” fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad)in »
- Melissa Howland
No cinematic topic in the last few years has instigated as much -- or as intense -- debate as 3D. The jury is still out on how it bridges the art and science of motion pictures, or whether it does so at all. In its own way, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is trying to settle the debate, or at least advance it. Academy member Robert Neuman conducted a Masterclass titled "Getting Perspective: The Art and Science of 3D" at the 15th Mumbai Film Festival. Neuman heads the Stereoscopic Division at Walt Disney Animation, one studio that has gone full force into the third dimension (their last non-3D theatrical release was four years ago with "The Princess and the Frog.") This Masterclass was compiled with the help of the Science and Technology Council at AMPAS, and will travel to other festivals and exhibitions soon. Here »
- Laya Maheshwari
Disney has released another trailer for their upcoming animated film, Frozen. It features a ton of new footage from the film and gives us a little more insight into the story. It also includes a little explanation of the origin of the snowman, Olaf, and shows off one of the main songs in the movie, "For the First Time in Forever," sung by Idina Menzel, who plays Elsa. It's a great trailer, and it looks like it's going to be a fantastic film! Frozen is set to be released on November 27th.
Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy »
- Joey Paur
It may not be released until Thanksgiving in the Us, but that isn’t going to stop Disney’s Frozen from capitalising on the horror related holiday. The latest TV Spot reveals a strong comedic tone to Disney’s latest computer animation, mostly in the form of amusing sidekick Olaf the snowman. The film sees a world covered in ice, all thanks to the Snowqueen. The Snowqueens much nicer sister attempts a journey in order to restore the land to its former glory.
Chris Buck returns to Disney after having directed the 1999 hit, Tarzan. In between those films he gave us the delightful penguin surf comedy Surf’S Up. Directing alongside Buck is Jennifer Lee, who makes her directing debut. Her credits include writing for Wreck-it Ralph. Personally, I’m still always unsure as to whether I’m going to enjoy a recent Disney film. Tangled did nothing for me »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
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