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Saw Frozen finally. Gotta say, it was much better than I thought it was going to be.

Like many of you, I was privy to the ongoing “takedown” of this latest Disney cartoon through various forums and blogs online. And this is a spectacular reason why you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. So much of the pre-release hatred was focused on trivial things (some of which had been changed without the community knowing for a long time) and on pointing out minor technical errors that I kinda feel like people were WANTING to hate this movie from the start. (And full disclosure here: I even participated in some of that pre-release hate.)

To be honest, after I saw it I felt kinda “meh” about it. But the more I’ve let it sink in and the more I’ve thought about it after the fact, the more I began to appreciate it (Which is always good). It’s better to have a movie start off meh and become a favorite over time than one which you think is decent but gnaws away at you until you realize how awful it really was (I’m lookin’ at you “Man of Steel”).

And to be fair, this isn’t a perfect movie. It’s very weighty in the front with story exposition and there are a couple pointless musical numbers (smurf rocks). It’s also not very impressive visually. The “Disney Style” of 3D animation is becoming quite... boring. This is, unfortunately, what 3D animation fails to accomplish that 2D animation does so well. In 2D animation you can vary the line weight and the way the characters are drawn to shift and change the animation style quite a bit. But with 3D... all the characters look like the same stock “good guys” we’ve seen in hundreds of other 3D films both Disney and others alike.

However, what pulls this movie out of the mediocre is it’s central sibling love story and a surprising twist that comes halfway through the movie. They played it up so well that I honestly didn’t see it coming, and it made just enough sense that it allowed me to buy into the twist despite the dramatic shift in character tones it takes.

One of the biggest issues with this movie, interestingly enough, is that the advertisements on TV are not selling what you get on the big screen. From what I understand, most of the adverts center around Olaf the Snowman’s goofiness. And that’s honestly a shame because Olaf ISN’T really a central character. He’s just enough on the side that he doesn’t obscure the real focus of the story, and he’s just endearing enough to not be annoying. If it wasn’t for this false advertisement campaign I’d probably say the internet wouldn't have hated Olaf so much.

The best part of the movie (for me) was the musical number “Let it Go” in which Elsa releases her full potential as a Snow Queen and sheds off her inhibitions. Some of the songs are hit or miss (smurf rocks ugh), but that one in particular was astoundingly performed.

It’s nice to see Disney take jabs at their own storytelling tropes without it seeming cynical or mean-spirited. The twist that happens halfway through the movie is set up so perfectly you almost expect it to work before they pull the rug out from under you because you’ve grown up on Disney’s unique formula.

Overall, I enjoyed it much more than I thought I was going to, and the more I think about it the more it grows on me. Like I said, it’s not a perfect movie, but it does a fine job on it’s own. Thoroughly recommend (especially in 3D for the snow effects alone).
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Najad Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
It's not smurfs, but trolls. ;) And I actually likd that song, I thought it was funny.
Sekele Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
you know, this movie was originally supposed to be 2D, just saying 

that said, I like this 
may very well be the first "Princess" movie that I genuinely liked 
it's also a good thing that they realized just how much they diverged from the source material, and thus decided to just give the movie it's own identity 
if only Disney did that sooner...

also, I still like the Man of Steel, and the more I let it sink in, the more I like it 
but I guess that's just a difference in personalities 
RandomViewer06 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
Funny thing you should say that Tom, the "smurf rocks" song was actually quite brilliant. It was essentially telling girls to not strictly look for tall, handsome, perfect men, and open their heart to the more modest looking fellows. These fellows, with a little bit of love can become even better than the "prince charming" shmucks girls dream of now. I liked it.

However, I do agree that much of the musical numbers were unnecessary. The romance song wasn't needed and neither was the little duet the sisters had..but I do see your opinion on the film and really like it.
WitchBeatrice Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Pretty sure Frozen's protagonists don't look exactly the same as other 3D/cgi movies it's pretty easy to see if you just go and watch a bunch of cgi movies.

Gotta agree about the advertizing though. It paints the movie as more of a comedy road trip (much like Tangled's advertising) when the movie is definitely not that. Sadly though that's how ya earn money, advertising to get as many people in the theater as you can.

Also gotta agree witht eh rest, I was really meh on it too but now I love it, especially Elsa and her song.
ME-Jones Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Writer
I loved Frozen. Let It Go was actually exactly what I needed, because it inspired me to follow my dreams and be myself, which I had started to get away from recently due to stress. The "Smurf Rocks" song was cute in my opinion... As for Olaf and Sven, when we saw the debut trailer, my friend and I said there was no way in hell we were going to see it.

Then my sister, who's addicted to Disney Channel, visited, and well, I saw the better trailers, haha.

As for the twists. YES. I loved how Disney took their OWN thing and totally turned it on its head. 
The-Art-Neko Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Agreed on this. I usually catch all the forbidding that writers put into stories (especially in movies) but that one threw me off guard in a good way. I also found myself singing the tune of two songs (one of them Let it Go) for a full day after watching the movie, thus I broke down and bought the soundtrack. Olaf too was a big surprise since I assumed he was going to be like a Jar Jar Binks level of idiot-side-kick, but I was actually enjoyed him and find myself quoting him sometimes :)

Also I don't know if you saw the Easter Egg they threw in, but Rapunzel and Flynn Rider make an appearance near the beginning of this film; suggesting that perhaps both movies are in the same world? If that is so it opened up Tangled's universe to a different level as far as kingdoms and magic. If not then it's still a fun Easter Egg ;D
Seanfall Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Yeah that jaw hit the floor. 
MyrkSuki Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Smash cut music. Man those were strung together. 
tubaplayer2010 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
I've been cautious, and admittedly bias, about the movie as The Snow Queen is one of my favorite fairytales and the dub of the 1957 Soviet film was one of my favorite movies as a child ( I was born in the 90s, in case there's any confusion there). For that reason I have yet to see the movie but have heard positive reviews. I have to know one thing: critics claim it to be on par with movies like The Lion King and The Little Mermaid, do you find this to be accurate if not true?
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