Review: Frozen Will Warm Hearts This Winter
Spinning Hans Christian Andersen’s classic The Snow Queen into a modern day story of love and triumph, Frozen will be one of the hottest animated films to hit theaters this winter.
Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the film is filled with non-stop action, heartfelt moments and genuine characters that resonate with all.
Leading the ensemble of talented voices are celeb moms Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, who star as Anna and Elsa — Scandinavian princesses and sisters who have a few obstacles to overcome to save their relationship.
“We wanted to build complex characters that are messy like real life. I am particularly proud of Anna and Elsa. I think we went for it — I hope a lot of people can relate to their journeys and who they are,” Lee told PEOPLE.
“We aren’t always the most poised people and yet she [Anna] has a strong heart and is willing to do anything it takes to save her kingdom and save her sister.”
Stealing the spotlight is the lovable Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad) a mystical snowman created by Elsa who adds much-needed comic relief and the source of numerous ‘laugh-out-loud’ moments.
And then there’s the music. With eight original songs, the soundtrack has the musical magic to become timeless and the potential to earn a place on the shelf with classics such as The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.
One of the memorable melodies is “Let It Go,” written by husband-and-wife songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Tony® Award winner Robert Lopez.
“What I love about music is that it can touch the soul in a way that straight dialogue can’t always do. It’s so important that the songs be integrated with the larger picture of the movie and propel the story forward,” explains producer Peter Del Vecho (who just recently produced Disney’s Princess and the Frog) about the importance of music in the film.
— Imani Ellis