Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Writer: Jennifer Lee (screenplay), Hans Christian Andersen (story inspired by “The Snow Queen” by), Chris Buck (story by), Jennifer Lee (story by), Shane Morris (story by)
Stars: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad
Runtime: 102 min
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Released: 27 Nov 2013
Synopsis: Anna, a fearless optimist, sets off on an epic journey – teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven – to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. From the outside Anna’s sister, Elsa looks poised, regal and reserved, but in reality, she lives in fear as she wrestles with a mighty secret-she was born with the power to create ice and snow. It’s a beautiful ability, but also extremely dangerous. Haunted by the moment her magic nearly killed her younger sister Anna, Elsa has isolated herself, spending every waking minute trying to suppress her growing powers. Her mounting emotions trigger the magic, accidentally setting off an eternal winter that she can’t stop. She fears she’s becoming a monster and that no one, not even her sister, can help her.
The Walt Disney Pictures logo and the movie title appear to the Norwegian song “Vuelie”.
In a winter landscape, ice harvesters use saws and hooks to cut blocks of ice from a lake, chanting as they work about how ice is a powerful force that’s both beautiful and dangerous (“Frozen Heart”). They load the ice blocks onto their sled and ride off. A young eight year old boy named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) works alongside them (not very expertly), accompanied by his reindeer Sven (sounds: also Jonathan Groff). They try to imitate the ice harvesters with a single cubical block of ice and a small child’s sled, and follow them away as the Northern Lights fill the night sky.
The camera follows the Northern Lights through the sky, before panning down on a stave castle, located on the shores of a Scandinavian fjord, ringed in by cliffs. That night, Princess Elsa of Arendelle (Eva Bella) is fast asleep when her five year old sister Princess Anna (Livvy Stubenrauch) tries to wake her up, wanting Elsa to play with her. Elsa playfully brushes Anna off, until Anna asks, “do you wanna build a snowman?” to which Elsa delightfully agrees.
Having come to grips with her powers and learning they can be a blessing and not a curse, Elsa uses them to create a wintry spectacle in the summer sky. She also turns the castle’s courtyard into an ice rink, where she informs Anna that the gates to the castle will never be closed again. With the city’s people in attendance, the sisters skate around the rink, happy that they are finally together again.
After the credits are over, we cut back to Elsa’s ice palace, where it’s revealed that Marshmallow survived the fall after Hans cut off his leg. Wandering through the empty ice palace, he finds the tiara that Elsa tossed away during “Let It Go”, and puts it on his head, smiling to himself, and the spikes and fangs on his back quickly retract.