Extraordinary Magic in Everyday Life
It’s not every day that a film boasts to be “the greatest Disney animated event since The Lion King.” Yet, that’s exactly what the trailer for Frozen confidently proclaims, and if that’s true, then we’re about to enter a very thrilling season to be Disney fans.
This column is all about discovering those little moments of Disney that creep into our day-to-day routines. A huge part of that is enjoying new Disney movies when they hit theaters. They introduce us to stories and characters that one day might be part of our Walt Disney World vacation, and they are magical experiences in and of themselves.
In the wake of the purchase of Pixar by Disney in 2006, Pixar leaders (namely John Lasseter and Ed Catmull) have had significant influence on Disney Animation, and it’s shown. Disney’s films have been progressively better and better, with their most recent feat being the fantastic Wreck-It Ralph. I feel like the past few years have gently nudged the idea that Disney Animation is the best it’s been in a long time. Now that that groundwork has been laid, the public can fully embrace this wonderful resurgence, and that’s where Frozen comes in.
With the unanimous praise Frozen is already receiving from early screenings and the obvious pride Disney itself has for the film, my eyes really opened up a few weeks ago to the idea that Frozen is something I should really pay attention to and soak in. It’s not simply another movie to pump through the pipeline; it’s really a monumental moment for Disney, with its release being surrounded by two new princesses to add to the royal family and a soundtrack that’s already getting Oscar buzz. Not to mention that the original text that inspired the film, The Snow Queen, was written by Hans Christian Andersen, who also wrote another story, The Little Mermaid. You might have heard of it before.
I’ve been excited for Disney movies before. That’s for certain. But there hasn’t been a Disney film in my lifetime that I feel the same anticipation for as I do with Frozen. The possibilities of how this story will endure, and its place in the Disney legacy, are unimaginable. It’s very seldom that one can enter a movie theater and know without the shadow of a doubt that they are about to experience something that will make history. In the real-life story of The Walt Disney Company, that’s the weight that Frozen holds.
Go see this movie. This is the film that will define Disney for this generation. Enjoy every minute of it.
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Blake is a college student focusing on Film and Media Studies. He enjoys making his family of six watch the parade on Main Street and then sprint to Frontierland in time to see it again. You can follow Blake’s random Disney ramblings on Twitter at @olddirtyblake, or at BlakeOnline.com.