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📽️ Disney Time – Frozen II

List Item:  Watch The Disney Animated Canon
Progress: 58/58Title: Frozen II
Year: 2019

When I started the Disney challenge last year with Snow White I hoped that I would be able to make my way through the DVDs at a reasonable enough pace that meant I could finish my challenge off in the cinema. Turns out I had a few weeks to spare, so here I am now with Frozen II – currently the final Film in the Disney Animated Canon.

It was always going to be a bit strange to finish off this challenge on a sequel rather than an original movie, but I figured that since this is an ongoing challenge I’ll be back to the original Disney movies soon enough. Going into the cinema for Frozen II I must admit that my expectations were pretty low. This is one of the worst reviewed Disney films for a while and a sequel that we never really needed. Other than to generate more money for the Disney corporation that is.

Still though, I don’t know if it was the lowered expectations or the chilly weather outside, but I had a whole lot of fun with Frozen II. This is nowhere near Disney’s best not is it up to the standard set by the original, but if you wanted more time with tour favourite Frozen characters then this really is the film for you. Similarly, if you want time to stare in awe at some of Disney’s most beautiful CGI work, then you also need to see this.

One thing that I want to applaud this film for, however, is for being the first major children’s animated movies to properly deal with the idea of colonialism and the beginnings of some form of reparations. When I think of how tone deaf Pocahontas in places, then you get Frozen II where there is no victim blaming – instead the white man taking advantage and being 100% in the wrong. It’s an interesting topic to take a glancing shot at in a Disney movie, but I’m here for it.

Also worth noting is that, whilst the songs aren’t as good on the whole as the original film, there is one solid earworm in this film. ‘Into The Unknown’ will probably never reach the heights of memedom that ‘Let It Go’ did, but it sure sticks I your head. Especially the haunting call as provided by Norwegian musician (and my album of the year 2019 creator) Aurora. That call has been in my head for the last week and it’s showing no signs of leaving.

Tomorrow, I’m going to publish a post about some of my general feelings and rankings now that I’ve come to the end of this particular challenge. For now though, it’s worth saying just how much fun this mini-challenge has been. I probably won’t be doing another studio-based challenge for my bucket list, but maybe some more film ones will come up. Probably worth getting closer to the end of my other two film challenges before starting in those though…

Status: Completed

📽️ Disney Time – Frozen

List Item:  Watch The Disney Animated Canon
Progress: 53/58Title: Frozen
Year: 2013

This is the fourth time that I have seen Frozen, but the first time for about 3-4 years. Since then, the massive cultural storm has died down and I feel like I am finally able to watch it without any of the surrounding noise. Surprisingly enough, this watch may be the most I have enjoyed the film and I am wondering if the lack of cultural pressure could be why.

Let’s get the obvious thing out of the way first – the ‘Let It Go’ sequence is one of the best three minutes that were on the big screen in 2013. Idina Menzel’s vocal performance is out of this world, the staging on the snowy mountain top and (in context) it is such an emotional high. The whole thing really was just a lightning in a bottle case where everything just worked and, as the song was such an empowerment anthem, quickly spread through the zeitgeist. It doesn’t move me in the same was as Tangled’s ‘I Saw The Light’, but it’s damned impressive.

Outside these three minutes, the time that you spend in the Frozen world really flies by. Like with Tangled, it really feels like they have finally rediscovered the groove that means they’re able to move the story on at a great pace whilst also doing a lot of good character development for the majority of main characters.

Now, there is one notable exception of this and that is Hans, the prince who ends up being one of the villains and whose personality seems to turn on a time. There is literally no way you can see this coming, but given how this film subverted expectations by having the ‘act of true love’ being about sisters and lovers I think it’s a bold choice. In older Disney films, like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, a marriage happens just after where both the female protagonist and the audience have an incredibly limited understanding of the potential groom. So, really, it makes a really interesting cautionary tale about moving too quickly before getting to know someone.

What I think I love most about this film is that, for a musical, Frozen is really written like a musical. With a main cast who originally shot to fame on Broadway (except for Kristen Bell whose singing talents I would have never guessed at during my watch of Veronica Mars) the performances are all incredible and they’ve made a soundtrack with proper reprises and interlude songs that make references to prior songs – just as you would have in a Broadway musical. In terms of voice-acting, you have to give props to Josh Gad in his role of Olaf the Snowman – in lesser hands this could have been one of the irritating Disney sidekicks, but his timing and his sincerity really elevates him to one of the greater non-human supporting characters.

So, did this film need a sequel? By the time this post goes up I will have seen Frozen 2 in the cinema and have a post going up at some point in May. Based on how I feel right now having recently seen Frozen I have a lot of reservations about doing this. The teaser trailers are looking beautiful, which means I’m hopeful, but I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

My post will be the next Disney film – the underappreciated Big Hero 6. It’s going to be the first time since starting this particular challenge that I will not be watching the film in the comfort of my own home. Instead, the gods of coincidence have smiled on me and have decreed that the next film will be featured in the in-flight entertainment on my flight to Seoul. Exciting times!