July 23

The Disney Frozen Review

Disney FrozenDisney’s Frozen, like most Disney films¸ originates loosely based on an old tale known as The Snow Queen, there is however a major difference between the main character of  The Snow Queen and Frozen. Elsa, the princess turned queen of Frozen, cannot control her powers. This is shown early in the film when young Elsa (Eva Bella) almost loses control and kills her younger sister, Anna (Livvy Stubenrauch). Their parents, desperate to save their daughter, take her to the trolls where it is reviled that Elsa learns that she is extremely dangerous and can hurt others. Elsa and her parents seem to agree to lock her away until she can control her ice powers, and things get worse when Elsa’s parents die in ship wreck at sea.

The audience is then brought into the present on an important day, Elsa’s coronation day as queen. Anna (Kristen Bell) is excited for two reasons: to see her sister in the first time in forever and also because the castle is reopened to the public. We see Anna run through the town of Arendelle where she runs into Prince Hans from the Southern Isles and, like most Disney films, they fall in love and get engaged. After Elsa’s coronation, Anna introduces Elsa (Idina Menzel) to Hans (Santino Fontana) and asks for her sister’s blessing. Elsa, however, denies the couple her blessing which spurs into a fight between the siblings where Elsa loses control of her powers and reveals them to the whole down. Elsa flees the town of Arendelle incase in an eternal winter.

Frozen works in a world of grey, instead of black and white. Unlike where most villains are easily identified, that is not the case with this film. People hide their true intentions or mistakes happen, as in the case of Elsa, and they are perceived as villains.

The soundtrack and script of the film work together in a natural pace and never get tiring. These two aspects work beautifully to create both emotional and hilarious scenes on screen, such as Olaf’s (voiced by Josh Gad) song, “In Summer”, where Olaf speculates what summer must feel life and how he wishes it be summer.

The animation of the film is superb in its continuation of the idea of the fairy tale, from beautiful icy castles to where snowmen dream of summer. This is one of Disney’s greatest movies in all time.

May 15

Frozen Heats Up


If you haven’t heard of Frozen, you have probably not been outside lately. Frozen is the biggest block buster since… Well, it’s huge. You’re probably singing “Let It Go” because the song is everywhere.

Disney’s Frozen underwent several story treatments for years, before being commissioned in 2011. The screenplay was written by Jennifer Lee, and both Chris Buck and Lee serving as directors. Frozen features the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, and Santino Fontana. Christophe Beck was hired to compose the film’s orchestral score, while husband-and-wife songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez penned the songs.

Once again, this is one of my favorite movies. Did you notice the girl from Tangled? Disney places characters from other films into new films. You need to pay attention, but you’ll be able to find them yourself.

May 22

From Barney to Disney Channel Demi Lovato

DisneyIf you have been keeping track of Disney, you would have noticed that Disney is everywhere.  Disney has become a large corporation.  They are no longer just a children dreams company, but a company that has fingers everywhere.  This is great for some, but brings the Disney image into question.

Growing up, Disney was synonymous with family values.  If you heard Disney made it, you would know it’s safe for young children.  However, as Disney grew, so did its audience.  It was no longer family.  It became adults, teenagers, etc.

Disney made some mistakes growing up.  Like any child becoming an adult, they took risks.  Some of these risk backfired.  Some did not.  Looking at it with the knowledge of where Disney is now, it looks like it all worked out.

Disney has found a balance.  They are still able to make family friendly movies.  Yet, they can still make adult films.  I have to hand it to Disney for making it work and keeping the tradition alive.

Thank you Disney