There’s a special spot in my heart for the first big animated Disney movies of my childhood. I grew up with Ariel and Belle, and all things princess. Their stories shaped my own games and imaginative play of my youth and their songs still get stuck in my head to this day.
But as much as I love The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, seeing Disney's Frozen this week made me long for a childhood with Anna and Elsa instead. I’m very grateful that this movie is that pivotal one for my daughter and I get to relive that with her with a movie I truly love.
There’s something very, very special about Disney's Frozen. I knew I was going to like it from the first preview, but it wasn’t even two minutes in when I knew this was my absolute favorite Disney movie to date.
In fact, it is one of my favorite movies, ever. It’s that good.
Maybe it’s the sister theme, which hit home for me with 3 sisters whom I’m very close to, or maybe it was the laugh out loud humor, or the heart that went into each and every scene. Or maybe it’s all of that and more.
The story is loosely based upon the Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale "The Snow Queen," and stars two Norwegian sisters, Princess Anna and Princess/Queen Elsa who rule the mythical kingdom of Arendelle. Set on a backdrop of lush greens and blues of Scandinavian summer and then through snow-covered mountains and woodlands, everything from the glistening water to the glittering snowflakes simply enchants.
The premise of the movie may be about a sister with a curse that leaves her town buried under feet of snow and ice, but it really is more about love than anything else. It's about being scared and shutting people out contrasting with the idea of loving someone so much that you risk everything.
While there was romantic love intertwined within the plot, the movie was more about love in general rather than about a royal wedding, which I really love. As a mom taking her young daughter to see the film, I loved that the focus wasn’t on finding a mate and rather was more about sibling love, friendship love, and then, lastly, romantic love.
And, seeing the film with my daughter was one of the huge highlights of the year for us. We’ve been looking forward to the opening for months now after my daughter declared Frozen “the best movie, EVAH!” after only one preview. The past week has been spent counting down the days, and the movie definitely did not disappoint.
But, as much as I was looking forward to seeing Frozen, I will admit that I didn’t think I was going to like the snowman, Olaf. I’m not usually a fan of goofy characters in movies, and I thought this movie would be about the same. But, I was shocked that in addition to being hilarious, Olaf was one of my favorite parts of the movie. Go figure.
Disney's Frozen opens in theaters everywhere today and is bound to be the movie of the holiday season.
Running time: 108 minutes
When: Opens Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Below are the kids of Rave Central and the mini Maven of Social Media at the premiere. They never wanted to leave.