Frozen
Five Stars (out of five). Released by Warner Premiere Home Video. Running time 75 minutes. Rated PG. Equipped with closed captions and English Subtitles. DVD has music videos and "Let It Go" the end credit version. This was reviewed on DVD on March 24, 2014.

Yes, I've seen the Yeti. He lives just down the block from me! When I set out to watch Frozen, I did so with great reluctance. This looked like another one of these Disney "princess" films that they trod out every few years or so that hook little girls with a ridiculous story about supposed "girl empowerment" that actually feeds them the outmoded 1950s sensibility that they can only be happy once they find the right guy (usually a charming prince). Also, right at the time I saw this (late March) I was coming off an epically brutal winter season that saw three feet of snow surrounding my little house--so, in addition to me not being apart of its target audience, Frozen really wasn’t very high on my viewing list.

Olaf: High Mountain Ranger: coming to TV this fall! But the very first thing that’s noticeable is how frigging gorgeous Frozen looks. Seriously, the imagery is so crisp and well-detailed (even scenes that are set in deep snow) that this movie just begs to be watched in high-def. And the music is presented as an all-out, snark-free musical presentation, with some of the songs--like the popular "Let It Go"--being very good. The story, about two princesses in a Scandinavian kingdom, is thankfully far different than the usual odious ‘keep-the-little-woman-in-her-place’ fantasy that would have been approved by his royal highness Walt Disney.

Caught in the act while trying to dump another body.... Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) is the younger sister to Elsa (Idina Menzel), who becomes the ruling queen of their little realm when she comes of age. With their parents lost at sea, Elsa has to struggle to lead their kingdom, all while hiding a secret. She has mutant powers which enable her to create snow and ice. A misunderstanding between the sisters causes Elsa to flee the kingdom, now locked in perpetual winter, after her abilities have been outed. Anna swears to go find Elsa and bring her home, with the help of Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his reindeer Sven and Olaf the snowman (Josh Gad).

FYI, sis: the name of the song is Let It Go, not Let It Snow! With the emphasis being strictly on girl power this time, specifically on the bond between sisters, Frozen actually shows that it’s not only unrealistic for a girl to fall for her ‘prince charming’ right away, but it’s also not a very good idea. The fast-paced storyline has a lot more sensible nuggets of knowledge like that, but it manages to imbue these nuggets without getting sappy nor preachy. While Olaf was obviously created to be the comic relief, he’s not so over the top stupid that you want him to die violently. This was a pleasant surprise in how it was fun and enjoyable, with a decent underlying message. Welcome to the 21st century, Disney. --SF

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