Frozen Arrives in Theatres with Ingenius Surprises
By: Ellis Nassour
Talk about Disney animation pulling off a coup! In the ingenious cartoon Get a Horse!, which accompanies Frozen in cineplexes, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Horace Horsecollar, and Clarabelle Cow go on a musical wagon ride in a "vintage" B&W cartoon until Peg-Leg Pete tries to run them off the road. There’re countless surprises!
Actually, you won’t realize it’s in 3-D until mid-point; but when it goes Pow! Wham! Bam!, it makes the best use of novel 3-D since the earliest days of dual camera and projector 3-D: 50s films such as Bwana Devil, where screaming audiences were a hearty meal for leaping lions and natives pierced bodies with spears; The Charge at Feather River where hostile Cheyenne threw knives and tomahawks, shot arrows, and a rattlesnake struck through the screen; and House of Wax, which took advantage of the depth aspect of the process yet still had time for gimmicks, such as throwing hot wax on unsuspecting audiences and having them whacked by a carnival barker playing paddle-ball.
However, thanks to director Lauren MacMullan, the first film from Disney Animation to be solely helmed by a woman, and her incredibly innovative artists and crew, it’s pure gold and worthy of an Oscar nod. It’s about the best six minutes of fun you’ll ever see in a cartoon. You’ll be left wanting more, much more!
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