Jennifer Lee

Walt Disney

In the sci fi subgenre of children’s time travel news, Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel “A Wrinkle in Time” is making its way to the big screen courtesy of Disney and one of their heaviest hitters of current film lore. Jennifer Lee, the first woman to co-direct an animated Disney feature — that would be 2013′s Frozen, if you want to build a snowman — is set to write the adaptation of the 1962 story, which has lived on in classrooms and the imaginations of kids who just want to casually jump around through space. A Wrinkle in Time is in good hands as Lee also wrote Frozen and 2012′s Wreck-It Ralph. Now she has to craft an adaptation of the story, which follows teenager Meg Murray and her brother Charles Wallace, along with Meg’s friend and love interest Calvin O’Keefe as they search through space and time for the Murrays’ missing father. A brilliant scientist, Mr. Murray went mysteriously missing while working on finding out if the tesseract was real. He really should have just watched a Marvel film or two.

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Frozen

When it comes to group movie-going, it’s not always a question of who you can take to see a film (as we previously explored with Blue Is the Warmest Color), but who you should take to see a film. Such is the case with the week’s expanding Disney release, Frozen, which has “holiday weekend crowd pleaser” written all over it. The latest entry in the Disney princess canon (we are still partial to The Little Mermaid, but what can you do) has some familiar elements – Princesses! Dead parents! Fairy tale magic! Singing! – but it’s also nicely rounded out with some sassy humor and the occasional twist on a trope (let’s put it this way, one character very keenly scoffs at another’s chattery depiction of falling in love at first sight and it provides some very welcome respite for Disney’s romantic notions). But does that mean that the film has an appeal that will reach beyond the usual Disney fans? We think so – simply because there plenty of people you should take to see Frozen who will enjoy it immensely, thank you for making a solid holiday weekend film pick, and spend the next five weeks loudly asking strangers if they want to build a snowman. The magic of Disney! And also of getting out of the house and away from leftovers!

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Jennifer Lee

Seeing as Wreck-It Ralph was Disney Animation’s most well-received movie in quite a while, the studio has wasted no time in getting one of its main creative talents to work on a new project. Today they announced in a press release [via ComingSoon] that Ralph co-writer Jennifer Lee is not only going to be handling some writing duties on their upcoming animated feature, Frozen, but that she will also be serving as co-director alongside studio vet Chris Buck (Tarzan, Surf’s Up). Frozen is an adventure tale about a magical kingdom that’s suffering under a spell that keeps it trapped in a perpetual winter. Its main characters are a brave young girl named Anna, a burly mountain man named Kristoff, and a reindeer sidekick named Sven. The main thrust of the film’s narrative is said to be this trio’s journey to find the Snow Queen and find a way to reverse her spell, which of course leads to them encountering treacherous mountain passes, all sorts of magical whatsits, mystical trolls, comical snowmen, and who knows how many other examples of weirdness along the way. Forgetting Sarah Marshall’s Kristen Bell and Enchanted’s Idina Menzel are already on board to supply voices.

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