This year has been full of hits, and it's always difficult to pick a movie of the year. After flopping between two films, I picked one and that particular film is Disney's Frozen. I believe, out of the staff writing Movie of the Year articles, I'm the only one who has picked an animated film.
The reason this film stands out from other Disney films are numerous. It's full of pop culture references (one has to see the movie to pick them all up). Of course, true love is the resolution to the story, but it does not lie between Anna and her future "husband". It lay between the two sisters (a sister's love/bond) and it was up to them to save each other (and the story!). The villain was not , for once, a monster, witch or anything with magical powers. In fact, the villain used nothing but pure logic in order to get their way.
When Frozen finally came out of production hell, it had a new team, both story, production, and music wise and this has helped the film tremendously. The computer animation has done the film justice and probably helped the film greatly. While Disney is known for hand drawn animated films, Frozen has benefitted greatly from being animated via computer. Visuals are more enhanced and justified - something that traditional hand animation could probably not accomplish. The computer animation truly captured Norway's spirit and beauty. Many are speculating that Frozen will be the Best Animated Feature winner at many of the Awards shows.
This also marks a first for Disney, as Frozen has a female director and writer in Jennifer Lee. Disney has never had a female in both roles. Many see this as a step in the right direction since the Brenda Chapman/Brave disaster.
I've picked this film for numerous reasons as my film of the year. Disney seems to have finally got its spirit back, one that hasn't been around since the company's Renaissance period. The visuals, songs and story differ immensely, making it stronger. Anna and Elsa are both finally well-rounded characters, who finally display realistic, human qualities. Frozen doesn't display the typical Disney fairy tale story, and that's why it stood out to me. A definite film of the year.