Disney animators showed that they’d found the secret to giving princess tales a demographics-defying appeal with the Rapunzel update “Tangled” a few years ago. They prove it wasn’t a fluke with the 3-D animated “Frozen,” their similarly conceived loose riff on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen.”
Remember the movie’s wordless, “Ice Age”-y early teaser of a snowman and a reindeer dueling over a carrot? You might well be surprised to find that it’s so tangential to the girl-powered main action, it’s not even part of it. And you’ll be amazed at how little it matters, blissfully entertained as you’ll be by what the film is actually selling. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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