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

Meet the Robinsons (2007, Disney Movie) – 4/10 review

Cast / crew
Director: Stephen John Anderson
Producer: Dorothy McKim
Writer (Screenplay): Jonathan Bernstein
Writer (Screenplay): Michelle Spitz
Writer (Screenplay): Don Hall
Writer (Screenplay): Nathan Greno
Writer (Screenplay): Aurian Redson
Writer (Screenplay): Joseph Mateo
Writer (Screenplay): Stephen John Anderson
Writer (Original Book) A Day with Wilbur Robinson: William Joyce
Executive Producer: William Joyce
Angela Bassett: Mildred
Daniel Hansen: Lewis
Jordan Fry: Lewis
Stephen John Anderson: Bowler Hat Guy
Ethan Sandler: Doris / CEO / Spike / Dmitri
Supervising Animator Lewis: Nik Ranieri
Supervising Animator Wilbur: Dale Baer
Supervising Animator Bowler Hat Guy: Dick Zondag
Supervising Animator Doris and Little Doris: Jay N. Davis

Meet the Robinsons (2007)

Orphan Lewis is whisked away by a time-travelling boy called Wilbur Robinson to the future. It’s not as creepy as it sounds. Well, not quite.

4/10

While it’s certainly not devoid of merit, ideas, or, eventually and surprisingly, emotion (director Stephen John Anderson has clearly poured himself into this), it is ostentatiously unfunny which is a big problem for almost the entire movie. It also seems to be lacking detail in design and character animation and feels more like a very crisp-looking television animation or one of those direct-to-video Disney knock-offs. Voice work for the children is consistently excellent and the human baddie (voiced by the director) is the movie’s contribution to the Disney canon. It ends with a quote from Walt Disney himself but, it is sad to note, the company he created is currently at an all-time artistic and entertainment low. Since the turn of the millennium it has had absolutely no idea about how to make a decent animated film just, sadly, how to turn a good profit from past glories.

This movie contains written inferred sexual swear word, adult dialogue.

Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.

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