NaNoWriMo is now over (more on that later) and I’ve seen two movies since then that I need to talk about. The first one was Thor: The Dark World, but Frozen is more recent so I thought I’d start there.
I’ve heard claims that Frozen is the best Disney animated movie since The Lion King. I had to think about that for a while, because I really think that I like Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph more than The Lion King. Wreck-It Ralph is still my favorite, new Disney animated movie.
I think there is something to be said, though, for the way that Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph led up to Frozen, much the same way that The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin led up to The Lion King.
Do I think that all of Disney’s animated movies between The Lion King and Frozen are sub-par? No, most of them I think are really good and under-appreciated. And, I think that some of them are even on par with The Lion King.
Do I think that we could be seeing a third golden age of Disney animation? Yes, but I think it starts with Tangled, not Frozen.
All of that said, Frozen is a fantastic movie. It is visually beautiful and the story is engaging. There is a plot twist that, even though I saw it early on, they dragged it out long enough that I started second guessing myself – so kudos to the story tellers.
The songs have a very broadway feel to them and are really good (I particularly love Olaf’s song).
Speaking of Olaf, he is an interesting character. He is, from the best of my recollection, the first completely comedic character that has really no bearing on the story itself. You could take Olaf out of the movie and the only thing it would change is the amount of humor in the story (Scuttle comes close to being a similar type of character).
Don’t misunderstand me though, I don’t want Olaf out of the movie. I love his character. It’s just an interesting observation – other characters like Genie and Mushu are clearly meant to be comedic, but they are also integral to their respective stories.
Frozen seems like a hidden gem because nothing about the trailers hints at how good the movie really is. I went, mostly because it’s a Disney animated movie and it didn’t look bad, but I wasn’t actively looking forward to it like I was with Wreck-It Ralph. What I experienced blew me away and I highly recommend it.
Also, the Mickey Mouse short at the beginning was unexpected and very entertaining (look for the Oswald cameo).
What did you think?