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This image released by Disney shows a teenage Elsa the Snow Queen, voiced by Idina Menzel, in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen." (AP Photo/Disney)
DVD review: ‘Frozen’ puts a glorious spin on Disney traditions
First Published Mar 15 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Mar 15 2014 01:01 am

Grade • A-

DVD • After the hype of a double Oscar win and the countless covers of "Let It Go," it’s easy to forget how good Disney’s animated tale "Frozen" is.

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Director Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck honor some of Disney’s animated traditions (fairy-tale setting, stunning artwork, Broadway-ready song score) and upend others (reimagining the "evil" queen and the charming prince) in this lively, heartfelt tale of two princesses — one (voiced by Idina Menzel) who has kept her ice powers hidden, the other (voiced by Kristen Bell) seeking to restore the bond with her sister.

The princesses are nicely bolstered by richly drawn characters such as the rugged Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff) and the living snowman Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad).

The real stars, though, are songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who deliver the goods — especially with Menzel’s showstopper.




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