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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pixar fan is blown away!, 23 Jan 2014
This review is from: Frozen [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
For me, Toy Story changed everything. I loved the Disney animations which preceded it: Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Lion King, etc. I go back and watch them now and they're still great: I especially love the musical aspects. The beginning scene from Lion King still has the hairs on the back of my neck standing up and, I'm not afraid to admit, it brings a tear to my eye. Obviously it's not a sad scene, so I think the tear is just from an overwhelming sense of wonderment and awe over the beauty of the scene and how it's so beautifully created through the visuals and music. Those things just seem to get me every time. But Toy Story just moved the game on, on so many levels. It felt like a hundred years of progress in a single leap. And Pixar kept delivering, almost without fail. All of the Toy Story movies, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles are perhaps my favourites. They manage to just cover all bases - brilliant on every level, and magical and moving with it. It was almost sad to see Disney's own output get left behind. There have been signs of a comeback though: I was stunned by the Pincess and the Frog and Tangled, while perhaps not as visually amazing as Pixar's output, was just huge fun.

Watching the commercials for Frozen, I didn't expect it to be especially amazing. It was just something to take the kids to see around Christmas really. It looked nothing more than an amusing, lighthearted kids movie. Boy did those commercials undersell it! I don't think I've been as stunned visually by a movie since Avatar. It really is an incredible achievement and I'd recommend people do go to the cinema to see if it's still being shown and they can afford it. It's just one of those 'big screen' movies which is worth the price of admission. I'd pay to see it again, even with the imminent home release. Being shocked by the visuals (Disney out-Pixaring Pixar?) was just part of it though. It felt like an old-fasioned children's tale. By that, I mean there's a bit of seriousness and darkness to it. To be honest, there's a few scenes and overall tones in the movie which could scare some young kids who've dined on nothing but sugary-sweet animations. You can't mark it down for though, it is what it is. Just beware.

Anyway, what I wanted to say is this movie just pulls together ALL of the best aspects of Disney, 3D animation, musicals, story, atmosphere... everything. For me, it was perfect. It has that almost indefinable magical quality: it was like almost the whole movie gave me that tingly buzz I get from the first scene in the Lion King. A stunning achievement in every sense of the word, a future classic without any doubt. It's a movie which adults can and will enjoy at least as much as kids. For the first time, I felt that Disney's own output has matched the very best of Pixar, if not bettered it on some levels. I haven't been as in awe over an animation and desperate to see it again since I first watched Princess Mononoke.
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