November 24, 2013 - Watching "Frozen" At The El Capitan Theatre

Before I left Los Angeles, I went to see Frozen, Walt Disney Studios' 53rd Animated Feature, at Disney's flagship theater - the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.

It's always great to see Disney movies at the theater because they always have special things they do.  For example, they dressed up the theater to look like a winter wonderland!

Inside the theater itself, the balconies were dressed to look like a winter wonderland as well...

...and even the fabulous Rob Richards, who plays the Mighty Wurlitzer before every show, was decked out in white!

Soon, Rob Richard played "Be Our Guest" from Beauty & The Beast which is always the last number in his set and signals that the show is about to begin.  But, before the actual movie starts, we are treated to a dynamic ice carving show featuring ice carvers "Images in Ice."

And, then, Anna and Elsa come out to say hello to the audience!

Suddenly, Anna whispers something to Elsa...

...and, with a wave of her arms, it starts to snow in the theatre!

Yay!  Welcome, Elsa and Anna, to the Disney family!

After the movie (You can now check out my review of Frozen), we went downstairs to see Olaf in a hula skirt.  So cute!

So, what did I think of the movie?  I LOVED it.  I fully expected that I would like the film, although, admittedly, I was a little worried about some things.  First, as much as I love Disney, I think their marketing department doesn't make any sense.  For example, instead of showing us anything involving Anna, Elsa or even Kristoff or Hans, they gave us a short featuring Olaf in which he doesn't do anything but scream.  It's a cute short, but I wondered if it was going to be a lot of that and not much of anything else.  I had had the pleasure of being able to visit Walt Disney Animation Studios months before and saw some of the conceptual art which was just amazing.  So, I knew that there was more.  But, the way they marketed it, I thought there would be a lot of slapstick comedy.  It also made me wonder if I'd be irritated by the character of Olaf just because of the way they presented it.  So, yes...I was a little worried.

But, I'm happy to say that I loved even more than I thought I would.  And, Olaf proved to be one of my new favorite characters.  I wish they would have marketed him more as he is in the actual film.  And, while I loved Elsa, Anna was my definite favorite of the two.  Kristin Bell managed to inject the vulnerable qualities that I loved in Tangled's Rapunzel, yet create her own very special character.  To me, she's unique in her own right.

The music is fantastic, too.  It's different from other Disney films.  On some level, and somebody tell me if they thought the same thing, it kind of reaches out to the Glee generation.  I like the mixture of some more casual songs with Broadway style numbers.

And, while I've read a couple of reviews that say the movie is Disney formulaic, there are some twists and turns that I didn't see.  I won't spoil what those are.  But, I think there's some refreshing plot points in here.  Yet, at the same time, I feel it embraces the Disney tradition we all love.

When the movie ended, I kept thinking...I want to watch it again...and again...and again.  And, I want it on Blu-Ray.  And I want a talking snow man...and a reindeer.  I can't wait to watch it again tomorrow!

You can also now check out my review of Frozen!


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