by Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman
Anyone who’s ever read Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, the Snow Queen knows what it’s like to be transported into a faraway land of ice and bitter cold, even if it’s only in the mind. Frozen, Disney’s new 3D film that’s loosely based on the Snow Queen takes you on a ride in the deep, frosty snow and up atop of milky-white mountains.
In order to make this believable the art production crew of Frozen has done some extensive research. They walked through snow in Wyoming; they observed how light reflects and refracts on snow and ice in Quebec; And in Norway they got to see the scope and scale of the ice, the fjords and the mountainous regions. Clearly, it paid off – the film is a celebration of anything snow or ice-related.
But that’s not everything. In the background there is a beautiful story of sisterly love: Princess Elsa, the oldest, has magic powers to turn everything she touches into ice and runs away from her family to protect those she loves. And Princess Anna, her younger, hopelessly optimistic sister is determined to find her, bring her back and save the kingdom from an eternal winter that was caused by Elsa. Anna journeys through snowy mountain peaks and must overcome obstacles such as life-threatening icy conditions, as well as Elsa’s resistance.
The film is enhanced by fantastic acting by Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell as the voices of Elsa and Anna, respectively and includes fun, catchy songs and a somewhat-surprising (but very fulfilling) ending. My kids (ages 6 and 4) sat glued to their seats and they loved the film (although they held my hands tightly during a couple of somewhat-scary scenes). I had some concerns about whether is was inappropriate for my 4-year-old but there was really nothing to be concerned about. It’s simply a stunningly beautiful movie that’s pure entertainment.
Frozen is rated PG and coming to theaters on November 27th.
Editor’s Note: We loved Frozen. As an FYI, the scary scenes were with the snow monster, who is talked about as he appears (2 times). Elsa and Anna’s parents die in the beginning, but it’s done with subtlety, and most kids will not realize what’s happening (they do down in a sea storm) When I saw the snow monster appear, I made fun of it to my kids, saying “That’s so silly”. It actually helped them calm down. While I hate to spoil plot points, here at The Mama Maven, I want to make sure you have all the info so you can decide whether or not a movie is right for your child.
I was not compensated for this post. Thank you to The Moms and Samsung Galaxy for providing tickets..
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is the owner of Mama’s Bites and has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in New York City for thirteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 6, 4 and 1) and loves finding great products that make her family’s life easier.