Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee.
Voices: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Jonathon Groff, Idina Menzel. USA 2013. 108 mins.
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, this delightful children’s animation goes one better by having not one but two beleaguered princesses. The sweet and intrepid Anna (Bell) is desperately searching for her missing sister Elsa (Menzel), whose icy powers have thrown the kingdom of Arendelle into eternal winter. But as Anna’s quest gradually reveals, Elsa is not really so villainous, and along the way Anna solicits the help of a comic snowman called Olaf (Gad), rugged mountain man Kristoff (Groff), and a reindeer called Sven.
Plus OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE
Directors: Kevin Deters, Stevie Wermers. USA 2017. 21 mins.
Be among the first to see this brilliant, brand new festive featurette starring everyone’s favourite snowman.
Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker.
Voices: Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Terence Howard.
USA 2009. 97 mins.
Loosely based on E. D. Baker’s story The Frog Princess, Disney’s 49th animated feature harked back to the studio’s traditional hand-drawn animation and the golden age of its fairy tales, but starred an African-American princess for the first time. This joyous Broadway-style musical, set in the French Quarter of 1920s New Orleans and the bayous of Louisiana, rekindled cinemagoers’ love affair with classic Disney animation. But heroine Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) is a princess with a difference: a spirited and independent girl not looking to be rescued by any princes. Instead, she sets about working hard to make her dream of opening her own restaurant a reality.
Director: Andrew Adamsons, Vicky Jenson.
Voices: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz.
USA 2001. 90 mins.
Sixteen years after SHREK quite literally ripped up the fairy book, this sharply scripted, irreverent comedy remains as boisterously hilarious as ever. Finding his swamp overrun by hordes of annoyingly jovial fairytale characters, grumpy green ogre Shrek (Myers) strikes a deal with the wicked Lord Farquaad. If he will undertake a perilous mission to rescue the princess of Farquaad’s dreams from the clutches of a fire-breathing dragon, he can have his swamp back. Accompanied by a donkey who never stops talking (Murphy) he sets out on his quest…
Director: Kevin Lima.
Starring: Amy Adams, James Marsden, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Dempsey.
USA 2007. 107 mins.
Classic Disney animation meets contemporary urban chaos when a princess is banished from her magical animated homeland to modern-day New York. Princess Giselle (Adams) lives in the blissful cartoon world of Andalasia, where magical beings frolic freely and musical interludes punctuate every interaction. She is engaged to the handsome Prince Edward (Marsden) but her fate takes a turn for the worse when the villainous Queen Narissa (Sarandon) banishes her to the unforgiving metropolis of New York. As the cruelty of the big city begins to wear down the frightened and once carefree princess, she soon finds herself falling for a friendly but flawed divorce lawyer (Dempsey) whose kind compassion has helped her to survive in this strange and dangerous new world.
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