The Snow Queen has a new mirror. But instead of reflecting her beauty in eternal winter, the mirror shows her Gerda and Kay who live in a small village together with Gerda’s grandmother. It’s springtime and they’re happily in love. The Snow Queen shatters the mirror in anger and decides to take revenge on the two of them.
The Snow Queen is one of my favorite fairy tales by Andersen and when I saw that they’d perform a ballet of it – with music by Prokofiev no less – I knew that I wanted to see it. And it was a very nice evening, even though I can’t recommend it without hesitation.
Anna (Kristen Bell) and her sister Ella (Idina Menzel) were really close until Ella accidentally hurt Anna with her magic power that controls snow and ice. As a precaution their parents, the king and queen, effectively isolate Ella completely, much to Anna’s chagrin who doesn’t remember anything about the power. After their parents die, Ella is supposed to take over but things go out of hand and Anna finds herself on a mission to save not only Ella, but their entire kingdom with Kristoff (Jonathan Groff).
Frozen is beautifully animated, funny and very sweet. The plot is nice as well and surprisingly feminist. And to round things off, the music was really nice.
Overall, the anthology is very good. Of course, as in any anthology, there were stories I liked better than others but the quality of all of them was very high. Datlow as well as Windling provide introductions and there’s an appendix of recommended reading, which is pretty awesome. If you like fairy tale retellings, fantasy/SciFi and a little bit of horror, you will love this book.