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'Frozen' won't leave you cold this holiday season

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By Becca Owsley

“Frozen"
Rated PG for some action and mild rude humor.
Release date: Nov. 27
Runtime: 108 minutes
Rating: A fun time at the movies

Walt Disney’s “Frozen” is a cute and funny film but is nothing like the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale “The Snow Queen” it supposedly is based on. But then again, “Tangled” wasn’t much like the Grimm fairy tale either and it still was a cute film.

Animation in this film is beautiful and perfect for the holiday season. A world covered in snow and ice sparkling like crystal is wonderful this time of year. Although it’s not a Christmas movie, the snow and ice helps get viewers in the mood for the season.

The film follows two sisters, Anna and Elsa. Elsa has mysterious powers she tries to hide from the world to protect herself and her sister. But once her powers are exposed, she can’t control them and the entire kingdom is frozen, covered in ice and snow.

Throw in a crazy snowman named Olaf, a reindeer named Sven and an ice salesman named Kristoff, and audiences are in for a fun adventure.

Elsa is voiced by Broadway veteran Idina Menzel who portrayed the wicked witch in the musical “Wicked.” Her musical numbers in this film are outstanding. Kristen Bell (“Veronica Mars”) holds her own musically, lending her voice to Anna. Audiences might be surprised by Bell’s musical talent.

Josh Gad (“Jobs”) voices the snowman, Olaf, who is great comic relief in the film. Olaf will keep viewers laughing from his first scene until the end. And Sven the reindeer is a comical and sweet character.

Alan Tudyk (“42”) and Jonathan Groff (“Glee”) also lend their voices to “Frozen.”

Some of the humor in the film is about what is going on behind the scenes or comes in a quick exchange, making the movie adult friendly.

As in many animated films today, there are moments that are a little too grown up for young kids, but much of that is in dialogue that flies by quickly and kids might not catch it.

In the end, the film is about sisterhood and is a sweet, funny and entertaining tale. Just don’t expect the Anderson version.

After being disappointed in the past few Disney animated flicks, I found this one to be a fun time at the movies. My 9-year-old cousin, Haylie Panter, gave it her approval, too.

Running with “Frozen” is the Mickey Mouse short “Get a Horse.” This updated version of the original Disney short plays very well in 3-D with comical tricks that brought many laughs in a preview showing. It is worth the 3-D upcharge to see this short.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1741 or bowsley@thenews enterprise.com. For movie reviews, go to her reporter page on Facebook at www.face book.com/pages/Becca-Owsley/ 96924584861.

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