I was quite impressed with Disney’s first teaser for “Frozen,” Olaf the snowman had some great physical shtick going, and his slightly crazed expression made me think of the Mad Hatter. The company clearly knew they had a winning character.

The overall tone is surprisingly sitcom-ish, with Kristen Bell doing that Jennifer Aniston “nervously over-sharing” thing, and gags that contrast modern behavior with a fairy tale setting. This looks like it could be quite entertaining, but it really seems like it’s trying harder to be hip than timeless. Watch below and see what you think—it’s not like any Snow Queen tale I remember.
One un-ironic Disney film that I think gets a bad rap is “Dinosaur,” nobody wanted the dinosaurs to talk, and once they did, it seemed to kill the effect for most people.
You’d think the same issue wouldn’t be a problem for a movie based on “Walking With Dinosaurs,” originally a nature program narrated by Kenneth Branagh and Avery Brooks. But no—in the movie version, they talk. And they’re smart asses. Of course.
Looks visually cool, but the dialogue sounds way worse than “Dinosaur” already.

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