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How Does 'Frozen' Compare To Other Disney Movies?

Sarah Allen |
November 17, 2013 | 10:31 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

Does "Frozen" have what it takes to rival the Disney classics? (Walt Disney Studios)
Does "Frozen" have what it takes to rival the Disney classics? (Walt Disney Studios)
Since its release, Disney's newest animated film, "Frozen," has generated buzz as a movie that rivals Disney classics.

Luckily for Disney fans, "Frozen" is the studio's best creation in recent memory. Although the creators of "Frozen" have much to be proud of, the film does not fully deserve comparisons to classics "The Little Mermaid" or "Beauty and the Beast," but the storyline offers the heart and emotions of Disney's best. In a refreshing twist, the film focuses not on romance, but on the troubled yet touching relationship between two sisters.

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Of course, Disney wouldn't be Disney if an adorable love story wasn't somehow involved. The predictable love storyline, while enjoyable to watch, suffers admist the action-packed plot. Compared to the relationship between Belle and the Beast or Princess Jasmine and Aladdin, the main romance in "Frozen" is underdeveloped.

The film's writing is without a doubt its strongest offering. As a whole, the plot is more creative (and less predictable) than Disney classics like "The Little Mermaid," which relied on its catchy soundtrack more so than its storyline. The film's unexpected villain is an exciting twist, and the action sequences are well-executed and sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

The characters and script are equally clever. "Frozen" succeeds most in its humorous moments, edging out both "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid," if not "The Lion King," as one of the studio's funniest creations to date. Assisted by a strong cast, including the ever-hilarious Josh Gad as a friendly snowman, "Frozen" offers as many moments of hilarity as it does action. 

Unfortunately, the film falls flat in other areas. The soundtrack, while catchy, fails to measure up to classic songs like "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" ("The Lion King") and "A Whole New World" ("Aladdin"). While the standout track "Let It Go" may win an Oscar when awards season rolls around, the soundtrack as a whole is not memorable.

"Frozen" is undoubtedly worth a trip to the movie theatre, but those who laud "Frozen" as the equal of "The Little Mermaid" or "Beauty and the Beast" have spoken too soon.

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