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Frozen review

Check out our review of Frozen - undoubtedly the loveliest animated movie of the year. An instant classic

Frozen poster


Certificate: PG

Voices of: Kristin Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel

Release date: 2013

5 out of 5


Every generation has a Disney animated musical story they fall in love with as a child and hold dear throughout their life – in the fifties it was Cinderella, kids of the eighties had The Little Mermaid, and a few years later Beauty And The Beast thrilled us all. 2013’s Frozen stays true to the winning Disney formula all those films enjoyed – beautiful animation, great songs, a snappy script and lovely plot, which come together to make the loveliest animated movie of the year.

Based loosely on Hans Christian Andersen’s story The Snow Queen, the movie introduces little princesses Anna (Bell) and Elsa (Mendel). However, Elsa’s fingers can turn everything around her to snow and ice, so after a magical playtime nearly ends tragically the sisters are separated by their parents and Anna is left to play in the castle alone.

Years later, the girls are finally reunited as young women, but when Elsa can’t control her icy magical powers, she exiles herself far away, freezing the kingdom behind her as she flees. It’s up to Anna, a hunky mountain man named Kristoff, and talking snowman Olaf, to find Elsa and bring back warmth to their land.

Featuring some wonderful songs, including the show-stopping ‘Let It Go’ and fun Olaf tune ‘In Summer’, and simply stunning animation (Elsa’s creation of her ice castle is gorgeous to watch, especially in 3D), this is a real festive treat from Disney. Appealing for both boys and girls (and grown-ups) thanks to two feisty leading characters and adorable comic relief Olaf, it’s got something for everyone, whether you like a traditional fairy tale, a rollicking musical, or an heart-rending animated adventure. Gorgeous.

Is Frozen suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...

Note this has been classified PG (and not U).

Very young viewers may find the snow monster and a pack of wolves a little scary.

Young viewers may be upset by the death of Anna and Elsa’s parents, but the deaths are not shown.

Sensitive viewers may be upset when snowman Olaf stands near a fire and starts to melt.

If you like this, why not try: Beauty And The Beast, Cinderella, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty,