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I think I have literally watched this film more times than any parent should be subjected to. My 2 year old daughter adores it and constantly clamors for more of "Fro?" as she proclaims.

In any event because I've not written anything for kos in awhile other than the why are we still arguing piece, and beyond that I had always hoped to include a movie review portion to your KOS feed. I figure why not pick up the torch after the whole woman shaming crud that has been sliming around here recently and use that as a kick off to review a movie that bucks quite a bit of Disney woman trends, yet in some modes also reinforces precepts that tend to be on peoples lips around here.

Skate with me beyond the fold, and I promise some warm hugs from myself and Olaf

Frozen was literally a labor of love, initially inspired by the idea of bringing the Hans Christian story of the Ice Princess, John Lasseter (the wizard as they called him at Pixar), in his working allowed one of the first women to be director of a full animation film, that being Jennifer Lee.

It is pretty obvious that Lee brought to the table some of her previous work on Wreck It Ralph, well and beyond her just writing. Here she seemed to soar higher than one can be expected. Her direction was poignant and at one point she was totally and almost entirely in charge of the story and direction while the producers like Lasseter handled the actual production end.

The list of female directors is long and large, however in this reviewers mind I feel that Lee has not gotten enough credit for the work that she laid out. She had came on board when Lasseter had seen the title character Elsa as a villian, but she was convinced that the title character wasn't a bad person...just a tortured soul. Even when the film was going through almost total rewrites between production and directing, credit goes to Lee towards crafting the tortured soul character that is Queen Elsa through using her relationship with her own sister.

Enough about the setup though, what about the film?

It could not be more perfect to be honest. Well, I mean, it could have some more meat thrown in there, but on basis...yes Disney swung for the fences here and hit one out of the park.

We have a simple, yet at the same time a dramatic break from Disney tradition when Elsa in the opening moments, laying a foundation...says "You can't marry a man you just met". That right there literally throws the entire baby out with the bath water on the entire princess mythology, striking down years of what we have known as the princess thing.

To the poignant moment when Anna, who the story revolves around, sees her supposed knight in shining armor revealing his true colors as the manipulative SOB he truly is and honestly based on some of the lyrics in the happy piece voiced with Anna earlier in the film, talking and singing of true love.

But what is true love?

In the end, the movie puts a giant explanation point on the importance of love for love's sake. Of caring for each other above your own needs. Even clueless to some degree Kristoff gets that message eventually.

*spoiler to some degree........Anna gives it all up for her Sister

Long story short, I applaud you Disney for bucking the trend and continuing to portray women in a more empowering role. This recent installment, though while it didn't have the pixar name attached to it, one could not watch with out feeling that the hook was there regardless.

If you haven't had a chance to check this one out, I encourage you to do so ASAP. Easily a 4 out of 5 and definitely an Ebert thumbs up on this one.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Sat May 31, 2014 at 10:34:55 PM PDT

  •  Love it. Expressed it many times. (3+ / 0-)
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    idbecrazyif, FiredUpInCA, Pinto Pony

    My kids love it too.   To me, the best song in it isn't 'Let it Go' it's 'Do You Want to Build a Snowman?'   So much greatness in that, viewing family as close friends, trying to build something special together.. love it.

    The movie still does major box office, it's still the #1 film in Japan at the Box office.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Sat May 31, 2014 at 10:49:23 PM PDT

    •  That its the first non technically Pixar film (1+ / 0-)
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      Pinto Pony

      To garner some award nominations, really does speak some volumes

      Of course that is John Lasseter, he has the magic at the moment on speaking to us as people. And has had it since his days at Toy Story

      --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

      by idbecrazyif on Sat May 31, 2014 at 11:37:25 PM PDT

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    •  I liked the song "In Summer". (2+ / 0-)
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      Pinto Pony, idbecrazyif

      "The Snow Queen" is also one of my favorite stories, although by the time Disney was done adapting it there was practically nothing left.  But they did bring the story ultimately back to the theme of "The Snow Queen": the redeeming power of love.

      I've lost my faith in nihilism

      by grumpynerd on Sat May 31, 2014 at 11:55:43 PM PDT

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  •  After 20 mins, we turned it off (1+ / 0-)
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    Neither of us could stand another minute. How much perkiness does an animated person need?

    I guess we just aren't cut out for kid's movies. Probably because we have no kids.

    O great creator of being grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives. ::: Jim Morrison :::

    by Kevanlove on Sat May 31, 2014 at 11:38:12 PM PDT

  •  I was worried (1+ / 0-)
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    I thought it might go the way of Dreamworks "Rise of the Guardians" which had meticulous animation and art direction, deeply layered back story and a whole of lot of snow for two hours that did not translate into an engaging, well-paced story.

    I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed "Frozen."

    "I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights." (From "You Said a Mouthful" by Bishop Desmond Tutu - South African bishop & activist, b.1931)

    by FiredUpInCA on Sat May 31, 2014 at 11:54:50 PM PDT

  •  Well, if you look at the last two Disney "princes" (1+ / 0-)
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    Kristof and Flynn, they certainly aren't princes the way one thinks of princes, for them, the model prince would be Lonestar

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat May 31, 2014 at 11:54:52 PM PDT

  •  I'm 61, no kids, and love kids movies! (3+ / 0-)
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    Pinto Pony, FiredUpInCA, idbecrazyif

    Thanks for the review... think I'll get and watch it!

    One question... does it have any sad animal parts in it? If so, I have to pass. To this day, I've never been able to get through Bambi. I suppose that makes me look insane, but it's such a sad thing... I skip the animal films and the local librarian (we check out DVDs there) knows not to suggest them to me now.  LOL. I'm a total wuss!

    The only hawk I like is the kind that has feathers. My birding blog:

    by cany on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 12:04:20 AM PDT

  •  Did you see Rapunzel & Flynn's cameo? (0+ / 0-)

    It's super quick - when Anna opens up the castle gates for the coronation, they enter in frame on the left. Rapunzel has her short brown hair.

    Because of that cameo, fans theorize that the two movies take place in the same reality - and that Elsa/Anna's parents were going to Rapunzel and Flynn's royal wedding when their ship sank.

    "War is not a political game." - Senator John McCain

    by Fordmandalay on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 06:58:49 AM PDT

  •  Why did he have to be a "manipulative SOB?" (0+ / 0-)

    Warning. Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert!

    The movie could've gone just as well without that particular twist.

    Imagine it happening this way:
    Anna asked for an act of true love, asked the prince for a kiss. Perhaps they kissed but nothing happened. At any rate, he confessed that he didn't love her. He was awfully fond of her, like a sister, but he had no true love. After some reaction (temper tantrum, hitting him repeatedly, whatever reaction is appropriate) Anna forgave him, and they parted as friends. Thinking she was dead, he left her. And the reason the prince went after Elsa was because in his opinion, Elsa killed Anna, his friend.

    So, the same actions would've happened, all without having to have a Bad Guy (tm).

    Well, why not? Why have that whiplash-inducing plot twist at all?

    •  I think that was going to be the original direc... (0+ / 0-)

      I think that was going to be the original direction as Elsa was intended as a true billion. However it saw a number of rewrites around the realization of Elsa as a sympathetic figure when the song Let it go was written. Ultimately I think they picked the best direction as the strong sisterly love and love of a family.

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