Starring the Voices of: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, Ciaran Hinds, Chris Williams, Stephen J. Anderson, Maia Wilson, Edie McClurg, Robert Pine, Maurice LaMarche, Maia Mitchell.
Director: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
Rating: PG (for some action and mild rude humor.)
Running Time: 108 Minutes
Release Date: November 27, 2013
Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures.
Written by. Jennifer Lee; Story by Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Shane Morris; inspired by “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen.
For anyone who grew up or had the chance to share in the beauty and mastery of Disney’s Renaissance period from 1989-1999, Walt Disney Animation Studios has been struggling to find a comparable voice in their film productions for a very long time. Beginning with The Little Mermaid in 1989 and concluding with Tarzan in 1999, Disney was on top of the world, only to see poor decisions and subpar films get made, allowing DreamWorks Animation and Pixar to become the dominant force in animated feature filmmaking.
In the 2000s, Disney fans sat through a couple of really great films, Lilo & Stitch standing chiefly among them, but saw disappointment after disappointment with expensive and ambitious films such as Treasure Planet, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Home on the Range, Meet the Robinsons and more. Disney’s creative and financial fortunes declined and Pixar became the new Disney, winning multiple Academy Awards year after year and making smarter, better written films. While technically owned by the House of Mouse, Pixar became seen as its own distinctive property, almost as if its iconic parent company never even existed.