Frozen Warms the Cockles

The princess story is a fairy tale

The princesses of Arendelle, the mordant Elsa (Idina Menzel) and her perky kid sister Anna (Kristen Bell), have a problem: Elsa's magical mistake. Blessed or cursed with powers of sorcery, she inadvertently wreaked perennial winter on her kingdom before fleeing to her mountaintop ice palace. To restore the seasons, Anna must become her sister's captor and savior.

Lusciously directed by Disney animators Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, Frozen turns Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" into a fable of modern or timeless sisterhood. As Elsa and Anna test their emotions for each other and for a retinue of swains, Menzel and...

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