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Bees on the TV's - Frozen

Posted by Ryan Morgan on January 23, 2014 at 9:16 AM
If you haven't seen Frozen yet, I have just one question for you: what are you waiting for? This years' "hottest" family-film reminds viewers why animated fairy tales are a joy to behold while telling a heartfelt story that focuses on family, love, and the sacrifices we make for each other. Frozen is an adaptation of the story The Snow Queen, and opens with two sisters, Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) and Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), playing together in the snow. Elsa has a gift: she can turn things into ice and control winter. It becomes clear to the girls' parents, the King and Queen of Arendelle, that Elsa's gift could be harmful and misinterpreted, and therefore they urge her to control her emotions and hide away from the world, including Anna. When Elsa becomes Queen on her 21st birthday, her powers are unintentionally revealed, and she flees the kingdom for the isolation of the mountains, leaving Arendaelle in an eternal winter. Anna pledges to find Elsa and bring her back to the city. She teams up with a rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff (II)) and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf.

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There is no villain in this film - not in the traditional sense. Rather than a single being carry the symbolism of evil, Frozen sees the evil of denying one's true self, and the attempt to suppress the wonderful unique qualities that make people individuals. The "evil" comes from Elsa's gift that she has felt forced to hide away, and her failed attempts at conforming to other's ideas. This is a wonderful message for young people to hear, especially young girls, who are told that the things that make them unique and special should be highlighted and shared. This movie also focuses on the power of sisters. While there are some traditional love stories in the film, the concept of "true love" and sacrifice is highlighted in the emotions between the two sisters. **SPOILER ALERT** When it is determined that only an act of "true love" will beak a curse, one sister sacrifices herself for the other, rather than a Prince for a Princess. If you see this movie for one reason, it is the song "Let It Go" an upbeat and empowering tune sung by Elsa as she arrives in the mountains and is finally able to let her gift go free. This song has been recorded and released by Demi Lavato as a pop-version to accompany the soundtrack - and it has become this year's "Girl Power" anthem. The song encourages young girls to get beyond hurtful words and see the power inside yourself. It has quickly become one of the top downloads and has been nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Song.

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It's kind of scary to think that you're still reading this instead of moving to fandango.com to buy tickets for tonight's showing. Take your kids, take a friend, take your sister- go see Frozen. You will leave the theater feeling empowered and rejuvenated - and will probably be singing "Let It Go" the whole drive home! *** UPDATE*** Frozen won 2 Oscars - one for Best Animated Film and the other for Best Original Song for "Let It Go." The song has spawned millions of covers, including this one from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:

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