Disney's computer animated feature Frozen, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," is hardly an instant classic, but it is entertaining in its own right. The story tells of teenage princess Anna (Kristen Bell) on a journey to fi nd her sister, Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), who has accidentally used her icy magic to turn their kingdom into a harsh, eternal winter. Elsa barricades herself in an ice castle and Anne goes there to persuade her to turn things back to normal. Helping Anna on her trek is ice seller Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his faithful reindeer Sven.
takes its time to get moving and the beginning is a little too stuffy and serious. Eventually, the fi lm boast some welcome comic relief by a little snowman, Olaf (Josh Gad), and several expertly staged action sequences rendered in 3-D. The songs by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, however, are unmemorable and actually kind of intrusive, but the score by composer Christophe Beck is much more effective.
It's not Beauty & the Beast (1991) or even Tangled (2010), but you should enjoy Frozen. More importantly, the kids will love it. At the screening I attended, the children were quiet because they were really into the fi lm. That counts for something.