'Frozen,' the most recent animated release from Disney and the latest addition to their princess franchise, is a landmark film for the studio. It takes the princess stereotypes, which have been nurtured and perpetuated by Disney for decades, and completely subverts them, breathing new life into the idea of what it means to be a Disney Princess -- and giving little girls everywhere princesses who are inspirational and relatable, with stories that hit close to home and reflect real social and gender issues.
Few movie studios command as much respect and enthusiasm as Disney, who built their name and legacy on some of the best animated movies ever made. With dozens of features since 1937, the company's library of animated films is unmatched by anyone not named Hayao Miyazaki and many of their movies have forever shaped the way we watch films and absorb popular culture
Sometimes great artistry comes from coloring inside the lines.
Walt Disney Animation's newest film, 'Frozen,' does precious little to push the boundaries of narrative storytelling. Indeed, it is a quite predictable – might I even suggest formulaic - culmination of elements. While picking over the bones of a half-remembered Hans Christian Andersen story, 'The Snow Queen,' Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck's film expands certain themes, disposes of some characters and, of course, modernizes a bit for contemporary audiences. However, miraculously, this doesn't feel like a Xerox of a Xerox impersonating a classic Disney film. There's precious little winking; hardly any of the 'Shrek'-effect. 'Frozen' has enough of the goods to play it straight and succeed on its own terms. It is a major entry in family-friendly entertainment, one that ought to reverberate for years with tie-in toys and stage productions.
Seems like most movies are becoming musicals and stage plays these days -- take, for instance, Tim Burton's 'Big Fish,' which recently prematurely ended its run. Hopefully things fare better for 'The Princess Bride,' as the comedy classic has recently been selected by Disney's Alan Horn to make the transition from screen to stage with a new musical. Who doesn't want to hear the song version of "Mawwiage, Mawwiage"?