OK for kids 5+
Wintry Disney musical is fabulous celebration of sisterhood.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Frozen is a Disney animated musical that's likely to appeal to families with children of all ages. As in many Disney movies, the parents die, here leaving orphaned princesses who must find a way to survive. There are a few other violent scenes that involve men with weapons, snarling wolves, a scary snow monster, a severe storm, and a character who nearly freezes to death. A character falls in love -- twice -- and ends up sharing two kisses at the end of the story. Messages include unconditional love between sisters after a long estrangement, being true to yourself, recognizing your gifts, and not being afraid of your power.
- Families can talk about Frozen's message. What do Anna and Elsa learn over the course of the movie? Kids: How can you apply the movie's lessons to your own life?
- What do you think of the act of love that saves the kingdom?
- There's more music in Frozen than in recent Disney films. How does the soundtrack compare to other Disney movies?
The good stuff
Messages: Positive messages about not being afraid of your power and talents, not letting people you love run away, and the importance of figuring out that love demands selflessness and generosity. The love and bonds of sisterhood are emphasized, and the idea of true love taking time to develop is stressed.
Role models: Anna is a brave, kind, and loving sister. She doesn't give up on her sister Elsa, even when everyone else deems her a danger to the kingdom. Elsa, in turn, finally discovers that her power doesn't have to be destructive; it can bring joy, too. Kristoff and Anna teach other that finding the person you love takes more than just one day -- it means overcoming obstacles and sticking by each other during tough times.
What to watch for
Violence and scariness: When they're young, Elsa accidentally hits Anna with her freezing magic and ends up nearly killing her. Elsa and Anna's parents die in a shipwreck; the stormy sea/sinking boat and resulting mourning are briefly seen. Queen Elsa unleashes her magic on the kingdom and plunges it into eternal winter. Vicious wolves chase Anna and Kristoff on a sleigh. Elsa creates a very menacing snow monster and accidentally hurts Anna again. Men with guns and bows try to hurt Elsa. The queen is imprisoned and sentenced to be executed. Anna's heart begins to freeze, and it seems likely her whole body will turn to ice. A severe winter storm unleashed by Elsa's feelings could upset/alarm some younger kids.
Sexy stuff: Princess Anna thinks that she's fallen in love with Prince Hans in just a few hours (after some flirting and exchanging of favorite things) and ends up accepting his proposal. Then she spends time really getting to know Kristoff and actually falls in love. Two kisses at the end of the movie. Queen Elsa wears a tight sparkly dress with a high slit. The trolls want Anna and Kristoff to get married.
Language: The trolls call Kristoff a "fixer upper" and recount some of his flaws (like being "smelly" and his unnatural attachment to his reindeer). The visiting dignitaries call the Queen Elsa a "monster," an "evil sorceress," a "traitor," "murderer," etc.
Consumerism: Nothing in the actual movie, but there are many merchandise tie-ins with the movie, from apparel and figurines to costumes, accessories, and games.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Champagne is served at a royal reception.
Fan Reviews provided by
This is the correct answer: Rate 97% Amazing animation and funny! by TheRightAnswer
The reason why I put in Must GO!, because the animation in the movie was amazing! 2. The movie was interesting to watch for most ages I took my friends & family to watch it, and they loved it . The movie was humorous and funny. The characters in the movie were fantastic (Olaf was my favorite). I the only issue is: Too much singing through certain parts of the movie. Fantastic Job Frozen and keep the movie going! P.S: I hope you guys make a second one!
FROZEN by mommamoflo
Very good, my 6 y/o lost interest however in about the middle of the movie for about 20-30 mins. But overall good wholesome movie with the usual music, princess/prince and bad guys.....
Total Family Enjoyment! by Imagnify
We went as a family and we all loved it. My family consists of two HS boys and two girls, college Jr and 7th grader.
Music was excellent and the story had a good mix of humor and drama.
If you are a credit watcher like we are, you get a little extra at the end.
Great songs, great story, tons of well-developed, likeable characters! by cblack2uv
Loved this movie -- I think my favorite part was how much effort the writers seemed to put into providing depth and a story to each of the characters. All of the main roles (and even some of the smaller ones) seemed to incorporate a bit of a quirkiness that made them more relatable and endearing. The songs were all well performed and fit well into the story, and it was not entirely predictable. The story kept me engaged and wanting more. I look forward to watching it again in the future.
Frozen by suzyq9
My kids loved this movie! 14 year old girl and 10 year old boy and both loved it! Adults absolutely enjoyed it too. Music is more like a broadway show type score and it is hard to find movies to appeal o the whole family. See it!!!!
A great film by jehoward32
I loved this film, one of Disney's best.
The characters are fantastic, and you'll love the resolution of the film, not a usual film by Disney but much needed.
Your little girls (or those of us still young at heart) will love it!
just ok! by donovan4
The movie was pretty good but for my taste it was too much singing. It gave me a headache. Maybe it was because the theater that I went to had the volume up extremely loud. The story line was nice though. Not bad, but not one of my favorite Disney movies!
See it, but be prepared by Rockymom
I can't express in this format how much of a Disney die-hard I am, but I will confess that as a musician and an early-childhood educator, this movie gave me pause. I LOVED Idina Menzel in "Enchanted" and, of course, "Wicked" on Broadway, but the music they wrote for her voice did NOT belong in this film. The music was too heavy, Elsa's dress was WAY too "grown-up" and the story line was way too deep. So much angst, so much strife between orphaned sisters (like "Wicked"), and then the villain reveal - more than heart-wrenching - too cruel. It's like they wrote the movie to meet her pop-culture intensity level.
Beautiful cinematography, great orchestral score, outstanding animation, but I'm glad my children are no longer Disney-movie age; although, truth-be-told, this movie was written MUCH more for their current ages (15 & 19). Good life lessons, but much MUCH too much story for young children, I think.
Finally a movie for kids. by christian897
This movie brings me back to the days of Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Cinderella. Great score and my two little girls loved it. It was funny but not in the way that some 'kids' movies try to be funny today with little hints that only adults can understand. It is truely a kids movie. Must see.
Kids Loved It! by wmagers
Kids really enjoyed the movie and laughed repeatedly throughout. The story line and music was great and, of course the animation (Disney)..... marvelous! Oh, bye-the-way, I found myself laughing unknowingly throughout the movie as well, so the Grand Parents liked it too!