Oddly enough, this newly-crowned, all-time top-grossing animated pic was also something of a stealth game-changer: Reestablishing the Disney label as equal-player alongside PIXAR and the newer computer animation companies; Shifting the traditional action focus of its story from outside threat to inside threat, and delivering it with a non-symmetrical storyline that lent its moral focus to girl-power/girl-empowerment; And, most daring of all, reviving a non-hip/non-ironic integrated musical format barely half an octave below operetta, the genre that dare not speak its name. You can feel how tough this one must have been to work out, with ‘good guys’ turning bad and a romance that moves diagonally. (Did Disney-PIXAR head-honcho John Lasseter assign THE MAGIC FLUTE as homework?) The whole thing’s a treat, especially on home videos without the 3D distraction. And if the princesses, princes, commoners & icicled beauty are hardly unprecedented creations, that winning snowman (Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad) will be showing up for years, a freshly-minted Disney sidekick worthy of following in Jiminy Cricket’s snowtracks.
DOUBLE-BILL: It comes on the DVD, the marvelous new ‘old’ Mickey Mouse short GET A HORSE/’13 (which does lose some magic sans big-screen 3D).
SCREWY THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Face it MAKSQUIBS, this whole Write-Up is one big STotD. Yikes!