Walt Disney Animation Studios will be giving thanks to Frozen (released in America in time for Thanksgiving 2013) for years to come. This captivating, visually bejewelled, family-friendly musical spin on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen remains the highest-grossing animated film of all time. You probably know the story: a young princess is cursed by a subzero weather-thing and plunges her generic Euro-kingdom into an eternal winter after a sibling tiff. Her frozen heart must be thawed by an “act of true love”. Its appeal lies in a bold combination of having no dastardly villain but loads of old-fashioned wiseacre Disney charm in the shape of Olaf the snowman (“I like warm hugs!”) and Sven the hee-hawing reindeer, and a Tangled-like appeal to female young adults. Oh, and there’s the Idina Menzel-belted, Oscar-winning singalong Let It Go (press the red button for the lyrics). Prepare to have your cynicism defrosted.
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