"Frozen" is one of the coolest films ever to be released which can be loved and enjoyed by children and adults as well. Adults cannot get the tunes out of their heads, a rare phenomenon when speaking of a computer-animated musical fantasy designed to entertain children. The story is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s work known as “The Snow Queen.”
"The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen
The viewer is introduced to Anna and her older sister Elsa who are heirs to the kingdom of Arendelle. As it opens, we learn that Elsa is about to be crowned the Queen since their parents have both passed away. The princesses have been close friends all through their childhood. Elsa was born with the magic power to create ice and snow, and one day, while playing, she almost killed Anna accidentally while using her magic power.
On the eve of the coronation, Anna meets Prince Hans and they are instantly attracted to each other. Hans proposes marriage to Anna and they present themselves to the new Queen, Elsa, to receive her blessing. Elsa refuses since she feels the couple have not known each other long enough.
Elsa decides to isolate herself rather than cause any more danger. Anna does not understand her sister's aloofness. Elsa chooses to live in a far away ice palace where she can be alone, but unknowingly has unleashed an eternal winter on Arendelle.
Anna, determined to find her sister Elsa and bring her back to Arendelle, sets out on a journey where she meets a kind, handsome mountain man named Kristoff and his reindeer Sven, who escort her up the dangerous mountain. Along the way, they meet Olaf, a snowman, who knows where Elsa's hideaway is.
Elsa does not want to return and accidentally strikes Anna in the heart, turning her into a frozen creature. Kristoff gets advice from his troll family, the only family he has, who explain to him that only an act of true love will allow Anna to thaw out, or she will be frozen solid forever. Kristoff believes that a kiss from Anna's fiancé Hans will do the trick.
The ending, while a happy one, is totally a surprise. Yes, the act of "true love" happens, but with whom?
"Frozen" won two Academy Awards, one for Best Animated Feature and the other for Best Original Song, "Let It Go." There are several captivating songs in the film, including "For the First Time in Forever," "Love is an Open Door," and "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" The voice of Anna is performed by Kristen Bell and the voice of Elsa is equally as charming, performed by Idina Menzel.
The film has grossed over a billion dollars world-wide and is the biggest money-making animated film of all time. It is already considered a classic that appeals to both children and adults. Children, especially, have taken to it wholeheartedly, watching the film several times and learning the words to the tunes by heart. It is a thoroughly enjoyable experience!