The last title on the What Else to Watch list from DK Canada’s The Movie Book following its recommendation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is this this update of the classic Hans Christian Andersen story The Snow Queen.
Featuring an enjoyable cast of characters, as well as a number of songs that have already found their way into mainstream culture, the story is of particular note because the primary relationship at the heart of the story isn’t a romantic tale, but is in fact a relationship between siblings, Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell).
Elsa and Anna are daughters of a King and Queen who are lost (which ties in with other Disney films if you watch for it) at sea, leaving the two young women alone. But the two are estranged, not by choice but by circumstances; Elsa has power over ice and snow, and after injuring Anna, a memory changed by magic trolls, she has kept herself locked away in the castle.
When Elsa comes of age, she must open the castle for her royal ascension, and of course things go wrong and she flees into the mountains determined to live a life of solitude away from her beloved sister, just to keep her safe.
Anna is not one to be put off, and sets off in pursuit accompanied by Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his best friend, the reindeer Sven (an incarnation of Han Solo and Chewbacca that works rather nicely). They are also joined by Olaf (Josh Gad) a snowman created by Elsa’s power.
It’s a fun tale, and I delight in the fact that the focus on the sisters is the love story of the film. Sure, there are hints of other possibilities, with a conniving prince, Hans (Santino Fontana) and Kristoff.
There is also a menace in the form of an dangerous Duke (Alan Tudyk), but everything comes down to the sisters, their love for one another, and accepting themselves and one another.
I love that family and Disney films have become so self-aware that they totally call out things like marrying someone you just met, things that seemed to have been traditional in earlier films.
The film is entertaining, has a wonderful message and has already found its way into countless hearts around the globe. I have to admit though, as much as I enjoy it (and yes, I do sing along with the movie), Tangled for me is just a much more fun film.
This title and countless others are all up for review and discussion in DK Books’ The Movie Book! Pick one up and check them out!