Last updated: December 5, 2013 6:04 pm

Review: Frozen

A jolly, spectacular and funny fairy tale from Disney
Olaf the snowman in 'Frozen'

Olaf the snowman in 'Frozen'

Disney’s Frozen is an animated fairy tale set in a land with no winter fuel welfare payouts. Pensioners and potentates alike must shiver, for the troubled, capricious princess Elsa has turned the realm to ice. The people can warm themselves only by bursting into song – a regular habit (expect the stage musical soon) – or by hoping that Elsa’s sister, aided by a handsome forester and comical snowman, will find her far-fled sibling and cure her of wintrification issues.

It is jolly, spectacular and sumptuously 3D’d. At times it is actually funny. I thought Disney had strangled the last drop of comedy from the knockabout-critter sponge, but the snowman, a Jerry Lewis-featured arrested developer with accident-prone (“Oh look at that, I’ve been impaled”) or fly-apart (“Watch out for my butt”) body parts, is a treat. Josh Gad gives him a droll, plaintive voice, like Woody Allen crossed with Stan Laurel. The film’s other vocal triumph is Idina Menzel. Her Elsa musical numbers are seriously can belto. Again: start booking for the stage show.

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Nigel Andrews


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