Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Walt Disney

Directed by:

Chris Buck (Surf's Up; Tarzan) and Jennifer Lee


Voices of Kristen Bell as Anna; Idina Menzel as Elsa; Jonathan Groff as Kristoff; Santino Fontana as Hans; Josh Gad as Olaf

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online


Princess Elsa has a terrible secret. With one touch, or even a thought, she can turn things to ice. To protect the kingdom—and especially her sister, Anna—Elsa distances herself from all human contact.

On the day of Elsa’s coronation, Anna accidentally unleashes her sister’s icy powers. The entire kingdom freezes over in midsummer. Elsa, scared and humiliated, flees into the wild. She thinks she’s a monster. But Anna refuses to give up on Elsa. “She’s my sister,” Anna explains. “She would never hurt me.”

Like many fairy tales, Frozen is about true love. But this time, it’s the love between sisters. Anna braves snow and ice to bring back Elsa. Elsa loves Anna just as much—that’s why she’s been so “cold” and distant. Many characters demonstrate sacrificial love for each other. (We also see some sweet-hearted guy-girl romance, including kisses.)

The loose adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” is full of fairy tale magic. Rock-like trolls walk the icy plains. A snowman comes to life and cracks jokes. On the plus side, these magical elements have no spiritual component. Elsa doesn’t ask for her chilly powers, nor does it appear anyone has put a spell on her. She was just born different.

Some of the movie’s violence is meant to be funny. Olaf, the snowman, repeatedly falls apart. Characters sail off a cliff, landing safely in the snow. But the woods are also full of dangers. A band of soldiers hunt and try to kill “the monster” (Elsa). Wolves chase Ann and her friends. Elsa’s icy blasts can be lethal if they freeze your heart.

With its fun songs and fairy tale plot, Frozen resembles Tangled and classic Disney musicals of the ’90s. It’s a movie that doesn’t just entertain—it tries to teach us about growing up.

Copyright © 2013 by Focus on the Family.