Disney’s Frozen – A Parent Review

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Dec 24, 2013 Under Parent Movie Reviews

Parent Movie Review - Disney Frozen

Disney’s Frozen- Parent Movie Review by Southern Outdoor Cinema

MPAA RATING: PG
GENRE: Family / Animated

AnimatedArendelle is the near, Norwegian Kingdom that Elsa and Anna grow up in, and it is facing a deep freeze in the most unexpected time of the year. You see, SOC-FB-Frozen-Movie-Review everything that Elsa touches turns into ice and when she flees the palace in a panic during a ball one night, her fear produces a penetrating cold capable of icing over a hot summer’s day in July; and that is exactly what it does. Arendelle’s only hope is in the unselfish love of a sister willing to sacrifice everything just to make things right.

Elsa was born with a gift that sets her on a path to a place where love and loyalty are put to the ultimate test. Her ability to simply gesture things around her into a frozen state had once been used to turn ordinary days into fun filled days with magical ice skating rinks in the middle of the palace ballrooms, but things take a terrible turn for Elsa. An accident occurs one day when Elsa mistakenly zaps Anna in the head with a freezing blast that sends Anna on an emergency visit to the nearby trolls for help. This is the last straw for Elsa as she decides to do everything in her power to refrain from using her chilling powers ever again.

Arendelle’s chilling fate takes form during Elsa’s coronation ball as Anna, in desperation due to a disagreement with Elsa, strips Elsa’s protective glove from her hand. This otherwise harmless act sets of the chain of events that leads to the frigid fate that Arendelle must escape. Can Anna get to Elsa in time and if she does, will Elsa be able to control the now raging power that has taken control of her entire being? This is a question that only time will tell.

Positive Elements

Anna truly does risk life and limb for the sister that she loves more than life itself. The only problem is that her risks catch up with her when Anna is hit with an ice dagger that can only be removed by the ice melting, sacrificial love of another. But who will make the much needed sacrifice for Anna? Will it be Kristoff, an ice salesman who Anna meets on her way to Elsa and the one individual who has truly fallen in love with Anna? Or will it be Anna’s fiance Hans, the one person capable of delivering a kiss capable of thawing the chilliest of souls?

This is a question that only the most sincere of loves can answer, and it is the love shared by Anna & Elsa. We have grown accustomed to the stories of love that Disney depicts in its fairy tales today however, the “true love” in this particular movie isn’t between the typical individuals who fall in love. This love is shared by two sisters who will give everything up to provide the other with true happiness. This form of love is as pure as love can get, and it is represented by the sacrifices that each sister is willing to make for the other.

There are several positive elements expressed throughout the storyline a few of which are: the importance of communicating our feelings before they have a chance to get out of control, the fact that the differences between individuals today isn’t a reason to look down on one another but rather is an opportunity for each of us to go the extra mile to help those in need, and the reality that love is something that is nourished and encouraged to grow over time. These are positive elements that have practical applications even today.

Spiritual Elements

The supernatural presence throughout the movie is at times an “in your face” kind of supernatural presence, but it is important to remember that Elsa’s powers, in particular, have not been brought about as a result of any kind of evil curse placed on her. Her chilling powers are more organic than anythingsocDisney-Frozen-Poster-2013 else.

There is also the underlying storyline that has been compared to the story of “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian. This story is one that is loaded with references pertaining to very religious matters but is also a story that is packed with earthly demons and spiritual connotations. This can be a little confusing as “Frozen” seems to be lacking in the area of spirituality but heavy in the area of religious fable.

Violent Elements

There are violent elements that span the full spectrum of violent behavior which means that some of the violence will seem comical while other violent elements will be much more serious so to speak.

A few of the more serious elements include scenes where Elsa is hunted down and attacked by soldiers on a mission to “take care of the monster”. Swords & crossbows are used against Elsa, and Elsa retaliates by using glowing icicles against one soldier, and uses a wall of ice to push the second soldier off of a balcony. There are additional scenes where individuals are overwhelmed by intense freezing cold, people are literally punched in the face, animals nearly drown, and Anna & Kristoff are sought out & attacked by dangerous wolves.

The confusing, comical violent elements will include movie characters being thrown, hit, and tossed around (some even sail off of a cliff), and snowman Olaf completely falling apart, on many occasions, with little or no apparent reason whatsoever. The first reaction will always be to laugh simply because the violence has been masked by humor.

Sexual Elements

Anna is given a quiz for the purpose of testing her knowledge where Hans is concerned. It is basically to see just how much she knows about Hans. One question, in particular, concerns Hans’ shoe size. Anna simply replies “That doesn’t matter” and flashes a quick wink meant for the adults in the audience and we all know what that is referencing. Anna & Hans also share a “moment” in a dinghy that they literally fall into together. Their bodies get tangled up in the process.

Drug and Alcohol Elements

There is one scene where Olaf holds a tropical style drink in his hands. There is another scene that involves Elsa’s coronation ball, and champagne being served to the many guests.

Conclusion

Love, life, and Elsa & Anna’s pursuit of happiness is the direction that Disney’s “Frozen” seems to have taken. While this falls generally in line with the ongoing Disney themes, it brings a new element of love to light. This is the purity of love shared between family members. It is the unconditional, everlasting, and continually growing love that two sisters share, and it is the flame that keep the fire, that is the love between Elsa and Anna, burning.

“Frozen” brings hope to the seemingly hopeless family situations and encouragement to the one’s that are going strong. It teaches the lesson of learning to grow up into responsible family members as opposed to attempting to stay forever young. “Frozen” couldn’t have come out at a better time of the year, and how we look at “Frozen” will determine whether or not we choose to see it, first hand, in the end.

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About Paul B. Murray
Paul is founder of Southern Outdoor Cinema, an outdoor cinema event production company and a dad to 2 pre-teen girls. When is is not traveling to create outdoor movie nights for communities, he is spending time playing board games, reading books and of course watching movies with his girls.

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Portable inflatable movie screen recreate a drive-in in St. Augustine Florida

It’s that time of year when both small towns and big cities celebrate the holiday season with tree lightings ceremonies, holiday parades and a visit from Santa, With the December weather bringing a chill in the air, festivals are often absent from the holiday festivities.

This season, a city in a Northeast Florida beach area wanted to bring some excitement and change to their Christmas events. Instead of having an ice rink temporarily built in town, the event planners organized a month long celebration called a “December to Remember”, which included concerts and movies. To kick off the holiday celebration and to put the community in the nostalgic mood, a drive-in movie at the local school started off the holiday events.

Christmas drive-in event in Florida

Our crew traveled to the coast of Florida with our portable outdoor cinema equipment. When we arrived, we were instantly greeted by on-lookers who had read in the newspaper of the drive-in event that was to be hosted later that night. They were curious as to how a drive-in theater could be installed for a one-day event on a large athletic field. As we chatted more we learned that many of the folks had never been to a drive-in theater before. (How exciting, we were going to be part of someone’s first drive-in movie experience!)

Inflatable Movie Screen setup in High winds

To transform a school’s athletic grass fields into an open air movie theater where people could watch a film from their cars, we would be installing a giant 3 story tall inflatable movie screen system, the largest in the South. As our crew began to inflate the enormous projection screen the winds began to blow. A storm front was passing through the Southeast and our wind meters were beginning to read over 25mph winds. An inflatable movie screen of that size could easily become a big sail and blow away at a windy venue. But we were confident that our client’s holiday event would not be canceled due to the high wind conditions, for Southern Outdoor Cinema trusts and uses Airscreen brand inflatable cinema screens, the best in the world. Plus we came prepared with an additional heavy duty staking system and tie down straps.

Drive-in theater on an inflatable movie screen in Florida

Before the start of the movie, again the weather made a change and the temperatures outside began to drop. An outdoor movie in cold weather can deter families from coming out, but an outdoor movie done in the style of a drive-in can be successful and well attended. Families just snuggle up to watch the film from their car or minivan. To add to the nostalgic feel of the drive-in event we installed a fm-transmitter listened to the movie by tuning in on their radios.

Outdoor movie by a lighthouse

The closest drive-in theater to the community was over 90 aways. Installing a temporary one-night drive-in theater was a special treat for the families and young couples who had never experienced a movie from their car especially an event with a view of a lighthouse. The lighthouse in the background of the drive-in really made the holiday movie night an event to remember.

Don’t have a drive-in theater in your community? Southern Outdoor Cinema can recreate the nostalgia of a drive-in experience at your open air venue. For a free consultation contact an event specialist at Southern Outdoor Cinema.

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Atlanta Doubles for NYC in Upcoming Anchorman 2 Movie

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Dec 5, 2013 Under Georgia Film Industry

Anchorman 2 filmed in Atlanta GA

“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” is the follow up to 2004’s “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”. The sequel takes place after Ron’s success in the 1970’s with him being disbanded from his Channel 4 news team until the team is recruited for New York’s first 24-hour news channel. The film is set during the 1980’s cable news era.

Atlanta, Georgia got to be a part of “Anchorman 2” with several of its locations being used for the film. One of the Atlanta filming locations was Woodruff Park, which is located in the heart of Atlanta between Peachtree St NE and Park Place NE. The park, which is 6 acres and includes a performance pavilion, two fountains and several monuments, is also home to a notable sculpture, The Phoenix, which represents Atlanta’s rise from the ashes after being burnt down by Union armies in the Civil War. For the film, the area was turned into vintage New York City circa 1980. The park was used for a scene in the film which included a large brawl with dozens of actors outfitted in baseball hats and with hockey sticks which was reminiscent of the 1979 film “The Warriors”.

The Silver Skillet Restaurant in Atlanta was also featured in “Anchorman 2”. The Silver Skillet is no stranger to films and fame. It has been featured in several films, including “The Real McCoy” and “Remember the Titans”. The restaurant has also been featured on many major news channels and in national publications such as The New York Times and USA Today. The Silver Skillet was listed by Life Magazine for having one of the “5 Best Pies in the USA” which is their homemade Lemon Ice-Box pie.

Atlanta’s Emory University, located in the Druid Hills suburb, got to be a part of “Anchorman 2” as well. Four of the Universities film studies majors even had the opportunity to spend a day as production assistants on set. It was reported that Emory’s Briarcliff campus was selected due to the “period ambiance” of the mid-century modern architecture of Briarcliff Building A.

Atlanta is no stranger to being the stage for big films. Whether it’s replacing another city (as it represents a 1980’s New York City in “Anchorman 2”), or it’s getting to be itself, Atlanta has seen some huge films come into town for filming. Besides the star power and hype surrounding “Anchorman 2”, Atlanta has recently been a temporary home for the sets and stars of “Dumb and Dumber To”, “Fast & Furious 7” and “Mockingjay”, the third installment of the “Hunger Games” films.

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