Frozen was a film that I had been interested in since I heard about it. I was not anticipating it like crazy but I did want to see it. From the way that Disney was marketing it, it looked like it was going to appeal to fans of Tangled, which I loved. After hearing glowing remarks toward the film, I really wanted to see it opening weekend. However, I had a commitment that I had to attend. My siblings however saw it and loved it. I finally got to see it last week with my three siblings and cousin. My little brother and sister had already seen it twice and my other sister and cousin had already seen it before. Now that I have seen the film, allow me to say that I loved it.
Frozen tells the story of two sisters: Anna and Elsa. Both of them are princesses of Arendelle. Since she was a child, Elsa possessed ice powers. She can summon ice and snow from her hands as well as freeze anything she touches. As Elsa begins to age, her power grows out of control and unfortunately, traps the kingdom in eternal winter. Hoping to put an end to the harsh weather conditions, Anna sets out on a journey to find her sister who has fled into the mountains. Anna teams up with Kristoff, an adventurous mountain man. On Anna and Kristoff's journey to find Elsa, they encounter Olaf, a humorous talking snowman, a snow monster, and a tribe of singing trolls.
If I were to use one word to describe the look of this movie, that word would be gorgeous. Frozen has some of the most gorgeous animation Disney has ever put to the screen. The landscapes are vast and beautiful and there is a keen attention to detail. You can see the detail on Anna and Elsa's dresses as well as the freckles on Anna's skin. Even when the characters are walking through the snow, you can see the detail in the snow and in the footprints they leave behind. Also, Elsa's ice palace was such a sight. It looked amazing. The animation in this film is absolutely beautiful.
Music is essential for a Disney movie. Frozen features some of the catchiest, toe tapping tunes in recent years. I'm pretty sure every person who goes into this movie will come out of it singing a song from it. One of my favorite songs from the movie was "Let It Go" which is sung by Elsa who is played Broadway star, Idina Menzel. She is a really good singer and can carry a tune. Not to mention, the lyrics to this number were just wonderful. You really feel for Elsa during this sequence. Also, the visuals during this sequence compliment the music so perfectly. Another song that I enjoyed was "In Summer" sung by Olaf the snowman who was played by Josh Gad, another Broadway star. The movie's voice cast is mostly made up of Broadway stars by the way. This song is Olaf dreaming of what it would be like if he experienced the summer. He is completely oblivious to the fact that snowmen can't survive in the summer and it makes it all the more funny. Not to mention that Josh Gad sings it with so much enthusiasm. It's a very funny sequence.
Another song that I admired was "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?" which is sung by Anna to Elsa at the start of the film. This scene and song helps establish the two princesses and their relationship with each other. It starts off sweet and then it starts to tug on your heartstrings toward the end. If this scene does not rile you up with feels, then I don't know what will. It certainly is one of the best songs in the movie. I found the songs, "Love is an Open Door" and "Fixer Upper" to be funny and cute. I also liked the song, "For the First Time in Forever". The score by Christophe Beck was also pretty good as well. The film would have been nothing without the music and songs. They were wonderful.
As I mentioned above, the cast is mostly made up of Broadway actors. The most high-profile cast member would have to be Kristen Bell, who started off on stage before she started appearing on screen. Bell is a charming, likable actress and she fit the role of Anna perfectly. Anna was optimistic and perky and Bell was able to show this off through her performance. Idina Menzel was also very good as Elsa. She was not only a good singer, but her voice acting was pretty good as well. She put a lot of emotion into this character who goes through a lot in the film. Jonathan Groff was good as Kristoff and Santino Fontana was also pretty good as Prince Hans. Josh Gad steals the show as Olaf. If you think Olaf is just going to be the annoying comic relief, you'll be proven wrong. The writers make him very likable and they make sure he is given the amount of screen time necessary. He was great. The writing in Frozen is really good. The dialogue is snappy and there are some really funny scenes. There was even a surprise in the story that I did not see coming. If there was one thing that I didn't really like about the movie, it was the Duke of Weselton. I didn't find myself at all interested in that character. His presence didn't do much for the story but this is just a minor complaint of mine.
I'm a sixteen year old male myself and I enjoyed Frozen from beginning to end. This just shows that this film can be enjoyed by anyone of any age. Like Tangled, this movie is able to take the motifs that Disney has been using for years and give them a modern twist and present it in a contemporary animation style. The animation is beautiful, the music is great, and the characters are fun to watch. There is also a surprising large amount of heart. As of now, Frozen is tied with Catching Fire as my favorite films of 2013. It's the perfect family film to see this holiday season. I will definitely see this another time on the big screen before its theatrical run is over. And yes, I will purchase the Blu-ray. Frozen is a fantastic animated film that reminds of how much I love Disney. If you are a Disney fan, animation fan, or movie fan in general, do yourself a favor and see it. Let's hope Disney continues to impress critics and audiences. I honestly feel that another Disney Renaissance is on the horizon.
One last thing. The Mickey Mouse short that plays before the movie is worth the price of admission alone!
It's been twenty years since The Nightmare Before Christmas was released and ten years since I first saw it. I remember seeing the trailers in front of some of the Disney VHS tapes I owned as a kid and that is how I became interested in it. I remember my mom taking my sister and I to the video store to rent it. I remember liking the movie the first time I saw it but I will admit, it did creep me out a bit. As the years went by and the more times I saw this movie, the more I grew to enjoy it. Now, The Nightmare Before Christmas is not only one of my favorite films to watch on the holidays, it's one of my favorite movies ever.
The film is the brainchild of Tim Burton and is directed by Henry Selick. The film starts off in Halloween Town, a home to many ghouls and monsters. Jack Skellington, the king of the pumpkin patch, grows tired of the Halloween festivities and longs for something new. Jack soon discovers a portal to Christmas Town, a bright and cheerful place where Santa and his elves live in. Jack is amazed by the concept of Christmas and attempts to get the citizens of Halloween Town to celebrate it. Jack also plans to take the role of Santa Claus and deliver toys to children. However, these plans backfire on Jack and the results are unforgettable.
There are many things I enjoy about this movie. First of all, I love the premise. Christmas and Halloween are two of my favorite holidays. Seeing a movie that combines the two is such a treat. There is enough spooky content to make this film appropriate for Halloween and enough bright colors and merriment to make it a Christmas movie. As for the story, it's very original. It's simple, straightforward, and imaginative. Tim Burton creates a cast of memorable characters here. It never gets boring. Every second of the film gives you something wonderful to look at. As for the story, it's very original. I just love the idea of a creepy guy like Jack Skellington discovering such a happy holiday and putting his own spin on it. As for the writing, it's pretty good. There's some good humor in this film.
The characters are one of the most memorable aspects of the film. Jack Skellington, is one of my favorite movie characters ever. I'm not ashamed to admit that I own a few pieces of memorabilia with his face on it. I just love his optimistic and curious attitude. Even when he gets emotional, you kind of feel bad for him. We've all been there before. We want to try something new and sometimes the outcome isn't pretty. You can pretty much relate to Jack. Sally is also a good character as well. She's a ragdoll with a crush on Jack who feels for him. She's another character you can relate to. I'm pretty sure we've all longed to be with someone and hope that our feelings for them are reciprocated. Oogie Boogie, the antagonist of the film, is a great villain. He's creepy, bloodthirsty, and I love the design of the character. Lock, Shock, and Barrel are some of the most sinister children ever created. They may be mischievous but I think they are pretty cool. And who forget Jack's beloved dog, Zero? Gosh, I love that adorable ghost dog. All the characters in the film are cool and the designs for them are awesome.
Chris Sarandon voices Jack Skellington and he brings a lot of energy to the role. He is able to show many of Jack's great traits through his performance. He is perfect for the role. Catherine O'Hara also does a good job as Sally. She is sincere and sweet. William Hickey does a good job as Dr. Ficklestein. His voice fits the grotesque look of the character. I can tell that Ken Page was having a blast playing Oogie Boogie. Like Chris Sarandon, he is full of energy. The voice acting in the film is solid. All the actors do well with their roles.
Like nearly every animated Disney film, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a musical. I personally love the music in this movie. All the songs are memorable. The opening number, "This is Halloween", is a perfect introduction to the Halloween world of the film. I love how each character is introduced. It's a great way to start the film. Another song I like is "What's This?", which is sung by Jack when discovers Christmas Town. I love the lyrics in this song and how Jack compares Halloween to Christmas. I also like seeing Halloween and Christmas come together in the song, "Making Christmas". I also like the song, "Kidnap the Santa Claus", because we get to see how devious Lock, Shock, and Barrel can be. "Oogie Boogie's Song" is also great as well. I love the music in this movie. Danny Elfman wrote some great lyrics and catchy music for this film. Elfman also provides the singing voice for Jack and he does a great job. Danny Elfman's songs and score for the film is just plain awesome.
After twenty years, the animation in the film holds up very well. The Nightmare Before Christmas was the feature length film done in stop motion. Stop motion is one of my favorite forms of animation. It always impresses me. The animation in the film is simply marvelous. The backgrounds are detailed, the sets are wonderfully crafted, and the characters move so smoothly. I just love the look of the movie. It's pure eye candy.
The Nightmare Beofore Christmas is such great film. It has an original, imaginative story, great characters, unforgettable music, and spectacular animation. I love how this is a film you can watch on both Halloween and Christmas. Heck, I even watch it when it's not the holiday season! The Nightmare Beofore Christmas is truly wonderful film. It's a classic film that I will enjoy watching for years to come.
♫There's children throwing snowballs instead of throwing heads.♫