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What to know: A twist on the classic Hans Christian Anderson film, The Snow Queen, with gorgeous graphical animation and believable characters.
Recommended age 5-12
108 minutes
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I expected the movie to be kind of like "Tangled" with a main plot and a long, long quest. Well... I was almost right. "Frozen" is a great movie the whole family should see!

The movie has so much to love - comedy, romance, adventure, suspense, thrillers, fantasy and so, so much more. It also teaches us a valuable lesson of not being afraid to show who we are and put our "powers" to a good use.

The fun starts when two young royal sisters get into an accident. One has a magical power to summon ice. The magical girl hits her little sister, Anna. She lives but, has no memory of the magic and does not see her sister for many years. When Anna finally gets to see her sister, it turns into a tragedy.

The animation is so adorable and fitting for the actors. They play the voices very well. The two sisters, Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) sound so much alike. The other actors, like Josh Gad do fantastic as well. The film flows very nicely too. The graphics and animation look unbelievably real.

My favorite scene is when Elsa (the one with powers) runs away and builds her own ice castle. She is also my favorite character because she tries to protect her sister, but keeps messing up at it. The castle is built very nicely and it shows her true powers of being the "Snow Queen." I wouldn't mind living in a castle like that myself, if you know what I mean.

Since the movie is so kind, bright and educational, I recommend it to ages 4-18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Gerry Orz, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

I loved this film. It takes the classic tale by Hans Christian Anderson and updates it with state-of-the-art 3D animation that truly is magnificent. The ice castle created by Elsa, aka The Snow Queen, is an elaborate form of imagery that exudes elegance. The tale takes a creative leap from the original but still centers on the struggle between good and evil and, in the end, we learn how love overcomes the most dire circumstances. There are some scenes which may be too frightening to your younger viewers such as the giant snow monster the Queen creates to guard her castle. But, for the most part, this is a tale to be shared with your younger children and even pre-teens will enjoy it - particularly the imagery.
Anna, a fearless optimist, sets off on an epic journey - teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven - to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. From the outside Anna's sister, Elsa looks poised, regal and reserved, but in reality, she lives in fear as she wrestles with a mighty secret-she was born with the power to create ice and snow. It's a beautiful ability, but also extremely dangerous. Haunted by the moment her magic nearly killed her younger sister Anna, Elsa has isolated herself, spending every waking minute trying to suppress her growing powers. Her mounting emotions trigger the magic, accidentally setting off an eternal winter that she can't stop. She fears she's becoming a monster and that no one, not even her sister, can help her.
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