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Idina Menzel , Josh Gad , Kristen Bell
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Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Written by: Jennifer Lee. Songs by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

Released: 2013
Origin: US
Length: 102

Somewhere in a mythical Scandinavia, young princess Anna (Kristen Bell) grows up apart from her older sister Elsa (Idina Menzel), who has a magical but far from convenient medical condition - she can create snow and ice with a movement of her hand. Elsa is banished because of her inability to control these powers, and Anna travels to find her. Will either of the girls meet Mr Right? Do girls even need to find Mr Right?
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Very, very loosely based on The Snow Queen, a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, but heavily influenced musically by The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, this is an undemanding but modestly sophisticated musical cartoon, calculated to appeal to girls under 13.

The songs are cute and - in the case of Let It Go - more powerful than you would expect. The endearingly quirky supporting characters include a snowman who wants to sunbathe, blithely unaware that he would melt. Voiced by Josh Gad from The Book of Mormon (and, later, the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast), he has the funniest number, In Summer.

The most revolutionary innovation for Disney is a handsome prince who turns out to be a self-centred cad, not unlike Prince Charming in Sondheimís Into The Woods (though not, unfortunately, as witty).

The visuals are more sophisticated than the storyline, and the animators communicate their enjoyment of snow and ice. Some adults may bemoan the lack of a true villain, and will almost certainly spot that the lyrics arenít as witty as in the best Disney musicals; but thereís no denying that this movie works for its target audience. Boys and men may feel left slightly out in the cold.

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