I know. It’s been months since I’ve posted a story. I’ve been too busy being a mom to be a mom blogger, but Disney’s Frozen is worth coming out of semi-retirement. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s "The Snow Queen," you shouldn’t be too terribly surprised to hear that it bears almost no resemblance to the original tale, but what animated Disney feature ever has? That’s not why we go to the Disney version of a classic tale. We go for what Disney does so well: gorgeous animation; memorable characters; a lively plot; and the reinforcement of simple, beautiful values like the importance and downright power of love. Check; check; and double check.
|Elsa in her palace of ice.|
When Elsa accidentally injures young Anna, her parents take steps to isolate Elsa from the world and from her sister. They live as veritable hermits in their castle, with Elsa practically a prisoner in her own room. This is open to any number of interpretations, the most obvious one being that a harsh and sexist society encourages girls and women to hide their talent under a bushel basket and to loathe themselves for what make them unique.
|Kristoff helps Anna find her sister.|
|Elsa can create snow at will.|
And you’ll want to see the 3D version of this film for no other reason than it will increase your chances of seeing the warm-up short, Get a Horse!, a new 3D short that combines vintage footage (along with the original recording of Walt Disney's voice as Mickey) with new, screen-busting special effects that are nothing short of amazing. It is hands-down the cleverest 3D Disney short to date. Period. The power of 3D is essential and core to the story. This won't translate in a non-3D format, so pounce.