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Frozen Elsa voiced by Idina Menzel

Disney gives Hans Christian Anderson’s chilly fairy tale The Snow Queen a glossy, girl-power makeover with hit animated musical Frozen – a $1billion global blockbuster that bagged Oscars for Best Animation and Best Song.

The studio’s take on the story turns it into a tale of two orphaned princesses – chirpy optimist Anna (Kristen Bell) and her tormented sister Elsa (Idina Menzel), who flees into self-imposed exile after her icy powers cast her kingdom into eternal winter.

Anna’s snowy quest to save her sibling – helped by hunky ice merchant Kristoff (Jonathan Goff) and his trusty reindeer Sven – is accompanied by enchanting visuals and show-stopping tunes. Big-lunged Broadway diva Menzel claims the film’s vocal honours with her rousing Oscar-winning ballad ‘Let It Go’, but stealing the movie outright is comic relief Josh Gad’s winningly goofy talking snowman – who is too dim to realise that longing for the arrival of summer is not particularly wise for one of his kind.

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Certificate PG. Runtime 108 mins. Directors Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee.

Released on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download on Monday 31st March by The Walt Disney Company.