There was a time in the early to mid-1990s when Disney started making animated movies without musical numbers. I can’t tell you how relieved I was. I’m not a big fan of musicals at all. Do I like a lot of the classic films the Mouse House released early on? Of course I do. However, that’s not to say I don’t take a restroom break or frantically search for the remote to fast-forward through the songs in movies like “The Jungle Book,” “Cinderella,” and “Sleeping Beauty.”
Parents who share my aversion to musicals can now look forward to suffering through even worse tunes geared towards the pop-infected ears of tween and teens everywhere thanks to “Frozen.” Before I go into my personal tirade against “Frozen,” let me state something very clearly. Children and musical-loving adults will adore the film. Besides its new style of animation, this is a classic Disney outing through and through. There’s a princess, a prince, an inanimate object that talks, the dumb peasant who deserves love, and a kingdom in the grips of fear and trouble.
Without going into any spoilers, I will say that I was impressed with one plot twist that set “Frozen” aside from other Disney movies. Since I’m reflecting on the good found, I’ll also mention that the snowman Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad delivering his best impersonation of Jonah Hill I’ve ever heard) provided just enough comic relief to keep me on the inner edge of sanity.
Let’s take a moment to reflect on the incredibly annoying theme song “Let It Go.” Where we once would get operatic and symphonic numbers, we’re now cursed to slosh through a whiny pop track tailor-made to be played to death on top 40 radio stations for eternity. Entertainment Weekly’s Marc Snetiker described the song as “an incredible anthem of liberation.” Liberation from what? Being a cartoon character that freezes stuff with her hands? Just keep the gloves on and get over it!
I don’t find it necessary to go into much detail about the audio and video quality of “Frozen.” Both are perfect and look and sound phenomenal. The picture is clean and dynamic and the 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio delivers all the musical numbers and sound effects wonderfully.
For those who enjoy “Frozen,” there are plenty of extras for you to take in. Two featurettes include “The Making of ‘Frozen'” and “D’frosted: Disney’s Journey from Hans Christian Anderson to ‘Frozen.'” We also get deleted scenes and a Mickey Mouse short entitled “Get a Horse!” There are four (yes, four) different versions of “Let It Go” to suffer through as it is sang in English, Spanish, Italian, and Malaysian. They couldn’t find anyone to sing it in French, Japanese, or Chinese?
If you have kids who enjoyed “Tangled” and “Brave,” then “Frozen” will give them something else to watch. Parents who loved those films will embrace this one as well. If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself darting out of the room every time someone puts it in the Blu-ray player.
“Frozen” is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.
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