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Frozen (I) (2013)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  27 November 2013 (USA)
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When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna (voice)
Elsa (voice)
Kristoff (voice)
Olaf (voice)
Hans (voice)
Duke (voice)
Pabbie / Grandpa (voice)
Oaken (voice)
Kai (voice)
Bulda (voice)
Gerda (voice)
Bishop (voice)
King (voice)
Young Anna (voice)
Young Elsa (voice)


Anna, a fearless optimist, sets off on an epic journey - teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven - to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. From the outside Anna's sister, Elsa looks poised, regal and reserved, but in reality, she lives in fear as she wrestles with a mighty secret-she was born with the power to create ice and snow. It's a beautiful ability, but also extremely dangerous. Haunted by the moment her magic nearly killed her younger sister Anna, Elsa has isolated herself, spending every waking minute trying to suppress her growing powers. Her mounting emotions trigger the magic, accidentally setting off an eternal winter that she can't stop. She fears she's becoming a monster and that no one, not even her sister, can help her. Written by DeAlan Wilson for ComedyE.com

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some action and mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 November 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Snow Queen  »

Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$67,391,326 (USA) (29 November 2013)


$400,736,600 (USA) (11 July 2014)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.24 : 1
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Did You Know?


Grandpabbie is the only troll to wear a different colored crystal necklace: yellow. See more »


When Elsa is in the prison cell she freezes her shackles and bend's them, frozen metal does not bend it shatters. See more »


[first lines]
Young Kristoff: [pulling on the reins of his reindeer in a snowy land] Come on, Sven!
[the scene changes to the castle of Arendelle]
Young Anna: [approaching her little sister, who is sleeping soundly in bed] Elsa, psst! Elsa!
[Anna climbs on the bed and pushes on Elsa]
Young Anna: Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!
Young Elsa: Anna, go back to sleep!
Young Anna: [sighs and rolls around] I just can't! The *sky's* awake, so *I'm* awake, so we *have* to *play*!
Young Elsa: Go play by yourself!
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the credits the following disclaimer is included: "The views and opinions expressed by Kristoff in the film that all men eat their own boogers are solely his own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The Walt Disney Company or the filmmakers. Neither The Walt Disney Company nor the filmmakers make any representation of the accuracy of any such views and opinions." See more »


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Music and Produced by Frode Fjellheim and Christophe Beck
Performed by Cantus
Conducted by Tove Ramlo-Ystad
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User Reviews

I like it, but apparently not as much as most folks.
9 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Currently, "Frozen" has a very high IMDb score of 8.1. I was actually surprised by this, as I did enjoy the film but though it had some plot problems that prevented it from being among Disney's best in recent years. Apparently, other folks don't agree with me.

The film is supposedly based on Han Christian Andersen's story "The Snow Queen", however little of the finished film seems to be related to this story...very little. This isn't really a criticism--I am just trying to clarify the film a bit.

The story is about two sisters--one who eventually becomes queen and one who is her younger sister, a princess. However, the Queen, Elsa (Idina Menzel), has a huge problem that is never really explained in the film--she has magical powers to make things frozen as well as to create snow. While this seems great, it's also a dangerous power and one she cannot fully control--and she COULD accidentally kill someone. Once she becomes queen, the power is exposed--and she disappears into the mountains to live life apart from others.

The younger sister, Anna (Kristen Bell), decides to do what any responsible lady would do in this situation--abandon her kingdom and give control of it to an almost complete stranger! Why she didn't just send some of her people out to find Elsa is beyond me. Regardless, along the way she meets a guy who is to become an obvious love interest and together they seek out Elsa and try to bring her back to the kingdom. After all, since Elsa's departure, the place has been bathed in perpetual winter!

The film is glorious to watch--particularly on the big screen. The CGI is absolutely lovely as are the character designs. However, it's a film that looks great but whose story is less than stellar. Part of it is because the characters sometimes do inexplicable things (mentioned above), part of it is because parts of the plot are missing (such as explaining how everyone LOVED the interim leader yet hated him later--after he'd actually done a good job in regard to the people as well as why everyone suddenly hated the guy from Weaseltown) and part of it is because there were too many distractions when the main thrust SHOULD have been the relationship between the sisters (the reindeer and guys got in the way). Still, it is worth seeing--especially if you don't spend too much time thinking through the plot. Plus, many might enjoy the more Broadway style of the music, as Idina Menzel really pours it on when she sings (as do the rest, though she clearly overshadows them with her magnificent singing).

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