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Thanksgiving is complete this year with an exciting new release from Disney this week- "Frozen."
In this film, emphasis is placed on the bonds of sisterhood while the moral of the story remains the ever popular "true love conquers all." Consequently, "Frozen" is a shining new example of why Disney houses the most-loved children's movies of all time.
Kristen Bell and Broadway superstars Idina Menzel and Josh Gad offer their voices to the adorable, spirited characters in the film, which is largely musical.
The story opens with the fearlessly awkward Princess Anna (Bell) who learns of her sister Queen Elsa's supernatural power of freezing things, including the entire kingdom of Arendelle. In order to save Arendelle from an eternal winter, Anna sets of on an epic adventure up a snowy mountain to reach Elsa (Menzel).
Fortunately, Anna gets help from a rugged mountain man Kristoff and his goofy reindeer named Sven who acts more like a dog. Voiced by "Glee" star Jonathan Groff, Kristoff enriches the story of family and friendship with his gentle kindness and selfless love.
Racing against time, Anna, Kristoff and Sven encounter mystical trolls and wolves as well as a friendly, hilarious snowman Olaf, voiced by Broadway's "Book of Mormon" star Josh Gad. A scene-stealer, Olaf will quickly become your favorite Disney character of all time. Listen to the blissfully unaware snowman's ode to summertime here.
The delight does not end there- "Frozen" is packed with catchy, clever songs including "Let It Go" by Demi Lovato and Kristen Bell's "For the First Time in Forever" among many more on the soundtrack.
Disney's latest film takes a new look at "true love" as well as the makings of a princess-- Instead of a delicate and poised character, Anna is a bumbling yet brave princess who is willing to put others before herself. And where previous Disney movies have defined true love as that between a man and a woman, "Frozen" acknowledges the precious love of family as being "true."
All the while, "Frozen" stresses the importance of self-acceptance to its viewers. There are both realistic and supernatural flaws in Anna and Elsa, but the sisters are joined by their differences and not only accept themselves, but each other.
"Frozen" was directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. The film hit theaters everywhere this Friday, Nov. 29. Watch the trailer for it here.