Last week I got the chance to take a sneak peak at Disney’s newest offering, Frozen. While many bleed Disney and automatically love anything the dude with ears puts out, I am a much harder sell. For every Wreck It Ralph or Tangled, there is a Brave or Oz the Great and Powerful. Both of the latter films I took my kids to and immediately regretted it. Sorry Mr Mouse!
Honestly I just hadn’t heard a lot about Frozen before I went so I had no idea what to expect. I worried the lack of hype was because it wasn’t all that fantastic.
I could not have been more wrong.
I am a celebrity junkie (sad but true), but even more than that, I am a huge Broadway junkie. When animated movies come out I am always really fascinated by who voices the characters (celebrity junkie). It should have been a major clue to me that this movie would be awesome when I saw the cast was stacked not with Hollywood heavyweights, but with Broadway superstars.
Idina Menzel (Elpheba in Wicked, Maureen in RENT and okay, she’s from Glee as well) is cast as Elsa, the older sister who is born with magical powers. Kristen Bell, who I have always found to be adorable in movies and on TV, plays her younger sister, Anna. I had no idea of her musical chops. She is amazing!!!
Rounding out the cast is Josh Gad (Book of Mormon) playing Olaf, who seems like he might be annoying, but in actuality is hilarious to adults and kids alike. Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening and okay Glee) plays Kristoff and Santino Fontana plays Hans the prince (I had to research him, but he was the prince in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella). It really is a shame Disney didn’t consult me, because I of course would have cast Zachary Levi as one of the romantic leads (and every romantic lead until the end of time- forever and ever amen).
This movie plays so much more like a Broadway play than an animated movie. But even if you aren’t a fan of Broadway this is such a powerful story about the bond between sisters and the sacrificial nature of love. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but the ending is unexpected but soooo much better then the typical girl/princess gets the boy love story (although to be clear- there is a little of that too)
I don’t even have time to talk about the strong female characters, gorgeous “setting” in Norway, fun and quirky trolls (the wedding song is one of my favorites), the hilarious snowman (okay so I touched on him, but he really is adorable) or the absolutely BRILLIANT short before the movie even starts.
I will be headed back to see this movie with the rest of my kids soon (I could only take one to the preview). It might even be one we end up owning. For sure I will be tracking down the soundtrack. It would make a great addition to your Thanksgiving family weekend.
Will you be heading to Frozen?