Frozen

2013, Walt Disney Animation

The numbers speak for themselves: Frozen was a bona fide smash, both critically and financially. And it would be hard for me to argue with its many merits. However... I have a few problems with it, admittedly due to some personal quirks. For one thing, I'm not all that keen for musicals. For another, Frozen is saddled with Disney's requisite goofy comic relief character, Olaf, who is so annoying that it's difficult to enjoy the film whenever he's on the screen. But Olaf and musical numbers notwithstanding, the film is technically outstanding, with stunning new visual effects depicting ice and snow in countless variations.

     

 

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Frozen II

2019, Walt Disney Animation

Although it had the highest all-time worldwide opening for an animated film and went on to gross $1.45 billion worldwide, making it the third highest-grossing film of 2019, the 10th highest-grossing film of all time and the second highest-grossing animated film of all time, it didn't quite measure up to the original. The story was dark and convoluted, the music lackluster, and Olaf was still annoying. The only positive note I found was the (to-be-expected) extraordinary animation, at times vaguely reminiscent of Fantasia's purely abstract sequences.

     

 

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