Frozen (2013) – 8/10 fantasy Disney animated movie review

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Cast / crew
Director and Story Writer Inspired by “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen: Chris Buck
Director and Screenplay and Story Writer Inspired by “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen: Jennifer Lee
Producer: Peter Del Vecho
Executive Producer: John Lasseter
Writer “The Snow Queen”: Hans Christian Andersen
Story Writer Inspired by “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen: Shane Morris
Songs Composer: Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Songs Composer: Robert Lopez
Head of Story: Paul Briggs
Head of Animation: Lino DiSalvo
Kristen Bell: Anna
Idina Menzel: Elsa
Jonathan Groff: Kristoff
Josh Gad: Olaf
Santino Fontana: Hans
Stephen John Anderson: Kai

Frozen (2013)

After a childhood accident nearly kills her younger sister, Princess Elsa has to hide to fact that she can produce ice by magic and isolates herself while trying to wrestle control over her immense power. As the time for her coronation approaches and a public appearance is unavoidable, the last thing she needs is any more stress. That’ll be when her sister tells her she’s marrying this dude she only met that day. Gaah!

8/10

Frozen has that rarest and most intangible of movie qualities: magic. This is the magic of Disney’s second golden age inspired by Howard Ashman and so it features songs that are integral to the storytelling. Why should it be that animation and songs go together so well and that the form is timeless? Anyway, it has never ceased to astonish me that directors saw songs as something that were bolted on to Disney’s past great animated movies. The songs, if used, are always part, indeed, I would say they were the heart, of the movie. They always tell you something, illuminate someone, touch you somewhere inside. The movie wouldn’t work without the songs (take note The Princess and The Frog). The power of the song is in telling the story, not augmenting it. Frozen realises this and the result is magic.

This movie contains violence, unpleasant scenes

Astro Boy (2009) – 6/10 computer animated science fiction action movie review

Cast / crew
Freddie Highmore: Astro, Toby
Kristen Bell: Cora
Nathan Lane: Hamegg
Eugene Levy: Orrin
Matt Lucas: Sparx
Bill Nighy: Dr. Elefun
Donald Sutherland: President Stone
Charlize Theron: "Our Friends" Narrator
Nicolas Cage: Dr Tenma
Director: David Bowers
Producer: Maryann Garger
Writer (Original Manga) Astro Boy: Tezuka Osamu
Writer (Story): David Bowers
Writer: Timothy Hyde Harris
Writer: David Bowers
Creative Consultant: MacOto Tezka
Creative Consultant: Yoshihiro Shimizu
David Bowers: Mike the Fridge

Astro Boy (2009)

Metro City’s Head of the Ministry of Science and "Father of Robotics" Dr Tenma builds himself a robot replacement son and fits him with a few unusual extras.

6/10

Astro Boy is a big improvement on writer / director David Bowers previous movie Flushed Away. The first chunk of the movie is rather good because the topics are unexpected and interesting. They involve death and abandonment and shocking rejection. Nicolas Cage gives the animators something to work with and together they produce some affecting scenes. Then the movie shifts from the floating Metro City to Earth, leaving all the interesting stuff in the air and devolves into the kind of movie you thought it was going to be: off-the-shelf dialogue, instantly forgettable characters and the lazy fall-back theme of ‘finding yourself.’ However, it’s always fun, consistently funny when it tries and very crisply directed.

This movie contains extreme robot violence, some potentially upsetting scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.