Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, Frozen is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen‘s fairy tale The Snow Queen. The 53rd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series follows the fearless and optimistic Princess Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), who must team up with the thrill-seeking mountain man, Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad) in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa (Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

I never imagined that a recent Disney film would make its way to near the top of my rankings of Disney films, but Frozen is one of my new favourites, and I can’t stop singing it.

A retelling of Anderson’s classic story, Frozen follows a story about how the legendary Snow Queen came into her powers and own isolation. I knew very little about the film before going in to see it so realising what it was about was a great surprise, and I thus found it immensely interesting.

But not only is the story charming, the settings and animations are also beautiful. The themes of snow and ice making a stunning backdrop, and also allow the introduction of new Disney characters including a snowman, a reindeer, and… some trolls. The snowman is especially funny but all of the animal characters have their moments.

Kristen Bell‘s voice-work as Anna was a wonderful surprise, too, but most of all I was blown away by the singing talents. The musical numbers are now some of my favourites and I haven’t been able to stop listening to the soundtrack since. This is just one of those films that really sticks in your head, and, for me, it’s definitely the best animation of 2013.