Trailer Tuesday: Frozen
For all the changes made to it, Disney's CGI-animated comedy musical Tangled was still pretty recognisable as the story of Rapunzel. Very much in the same vein, tonally and stylistically, upcoming Frozen seems to be an even looser fairy tale adaptation - this time using Hans Christian Anderson's Snow Queen as its basis.
Not that there is anything obviously wrong with deviating from literary source material. Certainly from the trailer Frozen looks visually stunning; not to mention loads of fun. It's just that the original story has so many interesting elements, and these have been erased in favour of wisecracking snowmen and a fairly standard love-hate relationship. I suppose we should be glad that the Scandinavian aesthetic has been preserved at least.
For the record, in the movie Kristen Bell voices Anna, a young woman who ventures out to negotiate with her estranged sister, the Snow Queen (Idina Menzel), who has plunged the Summery kingdom into Winter with her magic. Anna is forced to enlist the help of outdoorsman Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his reindeer Sven and living snowman Olaf (Josh Gad) if she hopes to succeed.
Frozen opens in 3D in North America on 27 November. The film opens in South Africa one month later on 27 December.