Frozen | Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
Disney is always on point with their movies each year, constantly delivering instant classics. This year, Frozen was another solid movie and the top animated feature film of the year. The Croods and Despicable Me 2 were nice films, but just didn’t give as much depth of story that Frozen did. Unfortunately I haven’t watched Ernest & Celestine yet, and can’t find a copy of The Wind Rises to watch, which is the most frustrating thing ever. I think that Disney’s only competition in this category is Hayao Miyazaki, and I honestly want to pick that film, because I’ve loved the rest of his catalogue, but still haven’t seen it.
So Frozen had the typical Disney predictable family plot and the lovable princesses, but what differentiated Frozen from the rest, for me, was its music. The film had a great soundtrack compiled of original tracks that helped the movie to flow very nicely. The hit song, “Let It Go,” even received a nomination in the Best Original Song category. Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel really do a great job with the voice acting and even better with the singing, wait, Kristen Bell can sing? Apparently, which is awesome, because it improves the movie a ton. I also liked Frozen because it has two main characters in sisters Anna and Elsa, and I definitely liked how the focus was spread out amongst the two.
Each year Disney’s films don’t seem to change that much, which, like I said, causes for some repetitive plot points and similar story types, but that’s not a bad thing. The company, long ago, established their presence as the top animation company and has proven it. Year in and year out, Disney creates great characters, but always provides the most fluid animation in their scenes that create some beautiful settings. As much as I love Miyazaki’s style and creativity, his movies still stick to a more 2D type animation, and in comparison, Disney just seems years ahead with their design. No, Frozen is not anything crazy, but what did you expect? Each year Disney is able to put together the most well-rounded animated features that have depth in their story and are able to attract viewers spanning across many age groups; I mean, look at how all three of us picked it.
What was everyone’s favorite animated movie of the year?