Ultimate 2010s Blogathon: Frozen (2013) & Frozen 2 (2019) by Starry Traveler’s Road

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Next up in Ultimate 2010s Blogathon is from my Battle of Ingredients co-host, Phoebe from Starry Traveler’s Road sharing with us a double feature of a popular Disney animated film and its sequel, 2013’s Frozen and 2019’s Frozen II. After you check out her review, head over to check out her blog where she does event recaps, DIY crafts and recently her updates in from jewelry school. Check out her blog HERE.


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Frozen (2013) & Frozen II (2019)

(sing to “Do you want to build a snowman?”) Do you want a movie review? Husband, Miss Bun and I got one just for you! We plan to discuss Frozen 1 and 2 as it really makes sense. We really need to send a BIG thank you to Kim and Drew for hosting us… (tick tock tick tock) for the Ultimate 2010s Blogathon!

Our little family saw Frozen during a long flight several years ago and it became a craze around our home thanks to my husband who told me to watch it. I caved in and ended up liking Anna while Bun Bun liked Elsa for her magical abilities. Even our Scholastic book orders are Frozen oriented to the point her educator remarked on it the other day when I submitted the order.

I have no idea where to start but both soundtracks blew my mind. They are both excellent and I really liked how music in Frozen can be found in Frozen 2 like the opening sequences. I love both Let It Go and Show Yourself as they feel empowering. Bun Bun prefers Frozen songs better so I guess that I will be stuck with them for a long time. Husband thinks the Frozen soundtrack was stronger, more original. Missy’s daycare friends’ parents say they thought Frozen 2 songs are better.

I find it hard to judge graphics as 6 years have elapsed between the two. Also, I do not watch movies enough to know what is done as visual effects nowadays. Frozen 2 is definitely prettier.

Scary factor? Bun Bun freaked out in both movies, but definitely more in Frozen 2. We both needed to comfort her at the theater as she asked for daddy. She barely wanted to talk about it when we got out of the theater. As a parent, I think Frozen 2 is scarier for kids under 5 with battles and tragic events as the sisters need to dig up the skeleton in the closet to right the wrong. Husband believes Iduna’s haunting presence throughout the movie also contributed to the eeriness factor. My research has also indicated that it should be 6+.

Husband and Bun Bun both prefer the Frozen storyline. Husband thinks that Frozen 2 had a lot to live up to and was unable to Let It Go. I am okay with both but admit the Frozen 2 storyline was a bit obvious from the start and there is definitely more suspense with Frozen. I also laughed a lot with Frozen 2’s Olaf’s randomness and at a few running gags at Kristoff’s expense. One thing that I definitely liked is aging the characters a little compared to older Disney movies like Mulan and Mulan 2. It is a nice change.

Our overall preferences between the two movies:

Husband: Frozen

Bun Bun: Frozen

Me: Frozen 2

As for other families that I talked to, they are very divided between the two movies with one family leaving midway of Frozen 2. That is it for our review! Thank you for reading! What is your opinion if you watched them?


A huge thanks to Phoebe for sharing her and her family’s views on this Disney double feature of Frozen and Frozen II.

You can find all the posts for the blogathon updated daily HERE.

The Frozen Book Tag!

Its been a while since I’ve done these tag things and while I was away on vacation (and kind of catching up intensely with all your posts), I realized that I was tagged by Senseless Scrutiny for this The Frozen Book Tag! As the title goes, this book tag is all about linking with Frozen, the Disney movie, not the one about being trapped on a ski lift.  Anyways, let’s see what I can think up for this one!

1. Elsa – find a book about a main character who doesn’t realize how awesome they were till the end of the book.

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (review) gets this one.  Look, I wasn’t a huge fan of this book but it did have a relatively good message when it came to the main character, Clay Jensen who thought he was one of the people responsible for killing Hannah Baker but he turns around and learns from her death after everything and acts  positively. Man, how do I do this without spoilers?

2. Anna – find a book that makes you feel good about yourself.

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop  Talking by Susan Cain (review) takes this one for me.  I’m not really into reading non-fiction but this one talks about how introverts are actually really great people.  I’ve always been judged about being introverted and believing that it was a flaw but its not.

3. Hans – find a book that at first you thought you were in love with, but then you realized you hated.

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Horrible to say this (or not) but I actually started Fifty Shades of Grey really liking it but man, it just kind of hits you at some point that Christian and Anastasia are two really f*cked up people.  I mean, we already know that Christian is but if you think about it, Anastasia has some issues of her own and a lot of it made no sense AT ALL….

4. Kristoff – find a book that was so intense when you were reading or done reading it you just wanted to be alone.

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Wow..the choices in this one.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (review) went into that territory because of how messed up it was.  At the same time, emotionally draining goes to The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (review).  Romantic and draining goes to A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks.  I haven’t revisited that one in a while but its one of the reasons I’m not sure I want to go back to read it just yet.

5. Sven – find a book with a lovable/loyal pet character

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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman and his concept of daemons as companions. Lyra’s companion, Pantalaimon was really loyal…man…I need to reread that trilogy!

6. Olaf – find a book you love to read in the winter and the summer.

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In the Garden of Happiness by Dodinsky (review) or Your Favorite Seuss (Baker Dozen collection)! Or if you want the non-philosophical or children’s choice, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (review). You know, just so I have all the grounds covered.  One is an absolute feel good and inspirational book while Dr. Seuss stories are my absolute fave anytime and Pride and Prejudice is my favorite classic to date and I can always go for a little Mr. Darcy.

There you go! I didn’t want to explain my choice too much, kind of in fear for spoilers.  Some of them, I have reviewed before and I linked them up there.  Maybe you want to check it out.  It’s all good if you don’t 😉 I enjoyed this one a whole lot! I have no idea who to tag so if you follow me and you review books, like Natasha, ZoeAbbi, and Lizzy or authors like JackAnthony and Day’s. Maybe you’d like to give this a shot 😉

Frozen (2013)

After a nice dinner with one of my good friends, we decided to stay in and watch a movie.  The spontaneous choice landed on Frozen.  We’re both massive Disney animation fans so why not, right? Plus, I’m pretty behind already with this.  Everyone else seems to have seen it.  I’m feeling a bit left out…

FrozenDirector: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Cast: Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, Ciaran Hinds

Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) have been shut off from the rest of the world for most of their childhood lives.  Elsa is about to become of age to take over the throne and all her life, her parents have tried to teach her to conceal her magical powers.  However, a little run-in with Anna causes her to lose grip of her powers and she ends up freezing over Arendelle and causing the inhabitants to be scared of her.  Elsa escapes to hide in the mountains while she doesn’t realize the lasting effect of what she has done.  Anna goes to pursue her and gets a little help from a young ice vendor Kristoff.

Elsa Frozen

Based on the Hans Christian Anderson story The Snow Queen, Disney turns Frozen into a very charming, cute and enjoyable musical piece. I’m huge on musicals and this one had so little dialogue and so many lovely songs to carry the story that I fell in love instantly. I don’t argue that Let It Go is a powerful song because Idina Menzel is an amazing singer and she does a fine job as Elsa.  However, there were many other songs that were so much more fun.  I mean how do you get “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” our of your head? Its been in my head on and off and I’m so glad that winter is over.

Frozen Hans Anna

As with many Disney movies, we have our princess.  In this case, we have the more frequently on screen Princess Anna.  She is the more laid back and naive sister.  She longs to have company after years and years of solitude.  It just makes sense that she falls for the charming Prince Hans.  He’s gentlemanly and sweet and just perfect.  Aren’t we always looking for our Prince Charming? Hans was actually one of the only questions that I’ve made about Disney movies ever. Its a bit of a **spoiler** so skip to the next paragraph where the asterisks come back to signal it, ok? I know that Elsa and Anna have no one so when Elsa runs off and Anna goes to get her, does it really make sense to trust it to Hans, a dude you just met like a few hours ago? I like the guy but I mean, she does have a lot of money and a throne so I just found it kind of weird that there was no hesitation. Anyways, I can see why she did it also because who else would she ask, right? Not “Weaseltown” for sure 😉

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**We’re back on! Now that I’ve had my little ramble. Whats an animation without talking about the actual art? Frozen was beautiful. Do I need to elaborate? The characters are done nice. The background with snow and scenery, even before the snow, Arendelle looked beautiful.  The colors were used perfectly.  It was just so pretty to look at.

Disney Frozen

Aside from Elsa, Anna and Hans, we have some pretty fun characters.  Our silly character was Olaf.  Sure, he’s fun to see but nothing quite beats how much I love the reindeer, Sven.  He’s just the best ever.  He has all these dorky moments and paired up with Olaf or his wordless moments with Kristoff always brought a nice little giggle out of me.  Kristoff himself had an awesome voice work matched with a great character that matched really well with Princess Anna.  The bickering was thoroughly entertaining and helped me connect with them.  Of course, it goes without saying that I love the trolls and that song they sang is the other song thats stuck in my head.

Sometimes, a movie is just done really well and I love it when that happens with animations, especially Disney ones. Frozen is one of those.  There really isn’t anything to criticize except one illogical moment that I can oversee because this is a princess movie.  In a nutshell, Frozen is a beautiful animation with witty dialogue, fun and funny moments wrapped in catchy tunes and a lovely story that makes you fall in love with the characters.  I am thoroughly impressed, Disney! Awesome job! 🙂

On a side note, before I let you all go and tell me what you thought about the movie, I’d like to direct you to my new segment on my newer blog called Out of This World Travels set for every Tuesday.  This past one was the first and it was to Arendelle. Check it out HERE! Maybe you’d like to join me in some fun travels over there 🙂

Have you seen Frozen? What did you think about it? What song was your favorite?