Disney's Frozen

December 3, 2013

Holiday warmth at the movies!

By: Eric Cohen - MacaroniDad
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Over the weekend, like many parents, I took my kids to see Frozen, the latest animated feature from The Walt Disney Studios. 

As a parent who's seen dozens (hundreds?) of kids films, I have developed two simple tests for how good a movie is. First, and this applies to all movies, is how many times did I check my watch? Second, how rowdy were the kids in the theater. These two tests will tell you how good or bad any kids movie is.

So first the watch test. And the result is zero. I never checked my watch to see how much longer the movie would last. Frozen kept up a very fast pace with few lulls in the action or story. Next test, was also a pass. In a packed theater, I only remember one instance of hearing another child. And that kid was pretty young, so I'll let it slide. The kids and adults were all entertained.

Frozen is probably the best film to come out of Disney since The Lion King. It is the story of two sisters, Elsa and Anna. Elsa is born with the ability to freeze things and due to some iffy parenting (take notes), looses a blizzard on her kingdom. Anna must save her sister and save the day. They are joined on the quest by Kristoff, a hardy and hunky ice merchant, Sven, Kristoffs' reindeer, and Olaf, the snowman.  

Olaf is the comic relief, and the musical number where Olaf imagines summer is the funniest and dearest movie moment of the past 13 years (since my son was born and I started seeing these films).

In Disney style, love saves the day, but with a modern PC twist that doesn't seem forced or false. And this movie actually passes my third test...would I see it again? Yes.


1) Meredith said:
We LOVED it. And both my boys are asking to see it again.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
2) Stacy said:
I also took my son to this movie over the weekend. We both loved it. I more than him. I would love to see it again, and I plan on doing so. I also plan on buying it when it comes out. The scenes in the movie were stunning, and I really enjoyed the story line. The reindeer and snowman were awesome in this also. so comical.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
3) Beth Kelly said:
You have made me want to see this now. Thanks!
4 months, 3 weeks ago
4) Sally said:
My girls are 19, 15 and 5...so I too have seen MANY Disney and other movies for younger audiences...more then I have seen for adult audiences! I agree with all that you had to say...I have been telling everyone how great the movie was and how my 5 year old was able to follow the story. It is one I would watch again,,,and again...
4 months, 3 weeks ago
5) Crystal Dubeau said:
We were 9 people together with a packed theater and I'm sure everyone that left there, loved this movie! It was adorable! :) Loved it!
4 months, 3 weeks ago
6) Theresa said:
My guys have been asking. This makes it official. We're going. :-)
4 months, 3 weeks ago
7) LOUISE said:
Loved it! My kids Loved it too, my kids are asking if I can go buy it now. My 5 yr old son wants Olaf. So now I am off to find Olaf and paint a shirt as well. He actually saw a boy wearing the t-shirt with Olaf on it and wants to paint one on his shirt. His next art project. Even my 11 yr old daughter loved it. She can't believe a critic said anything negative about it. Awesome movie if you haven't seen it go see it you won't be disappointed.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
8) Dana R. said:
Even my 11 yr old son enjoyed the movie!! Boys at that age are awkward with animated "kids" movies, but said it was a good movie and had a good message!
4 months, 3 weeks ago
9) eric cohen - Macaroni Dad said:
Dana - My 12 year old son enjoyed it too! Theresa & Beth, enjoy, it's a lot of fun.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
10) Susan Mazzariello said:
You are right...one of Disney's best in years. When we went I ever looked at my watch and the theatre was silent.
4 months, 3 weeks ago

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