Disney’s Frozen is sure to warm our hearts this winter, with a family story that’s loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen’s classic The Snow Queen. But technically, Queen-to-be Elsa isn’t actually crowned before she runs away, and a prophecy traps the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.
Far from the typical wicked Queen, Elsa is a complex villain according to Idina Menzel, who voices her: “It’s different for Disney, because she’s not your typical nemesis; she’s actually really complicated,” she says. “Like most women, she’s afraid of unleashing her power in fear that people aren’t going to like her, so it’s about embracing that and letting go. It’s such a great message for young girls and boys.”
It’s princess against princess, as Elsa’s younger sister Anna (Kristen Bell) goes in search of her misunderstood sibling, with the help of mountain man Kristoff (Glee’s Jonathan Groff) and a snowman with all the best lines, Olaf. The latter is brought to life by The Book Of Mormon‘s Josh Gad, who adds: “He has limitations in that he doesn’t really think of himself as a regular snowman, and he goes on this adventure with Kristen Bell’s character and chaos ensues.
“It takes place in a world that’s unlike any I have ever seen on screen before,” he adds, “it’s a tundra that’s so beautiful and magical.” See for yourself in the trailer below!
Frozen is in cinemas 6 December 2013.