Waitaki Herald : July 16th 2014
14 WAITAKI HERALD, JULY 16, 2014 OPINION/NEWS heard of an animated movie called Frozen. Its popularity has swept the Frozen one of this year’s hottest titles U By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD email@example.com nless you’ve been living in a cave (perhaps one made of ice) you’ve probably globe and has seen children and even a few adults belting out the film’s feature song Let it Go in homes and schools everywhere. While I don’t get in to animated films too much generally, there’s a few good ones out there and Frozen would have to be one of the best. The story is pretty basic and sees Elsa, princess of Arendelle who later becomes queen, having to deal with her cryokinetic powers which enable her to pro- duce ice, snow and frost whenever she pleases. After Elsa hurts her sister Anna using her powers, she’s put into isolation until she can control them. When her powers are exposed to the general public after she gets angry with Anna, she flees the city and creates an ice castle high in the mountains where she can live in solitude. The bulk of the film is dedicated to Anna tracking down her sister Pretty cool: The main characters of animated film Frozen. ➤FROZEN Running time: 102 mins Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Reviewed by: Daniel Birchfield Rating:★★★★ and trying to convince her to return to Arendelle, which now has a permanent winter. Along the way she meets some quirky characters such as Hans, a prince of the Southern Isles, Kristoff the ice salesman, his loyal reindeer named Sven and talking snowman Olaf who provides the comic relief. While a bit annoying at first, Olaf does grow on you and becomes quite likeable. I thought the voice acting was top notch and it’s certainly helped by a witty, creative script. There’s a whole bunch of musi- cal numbers to sing along too if you’re that way inclined, led by Let it Go which has become a worldwide hit. What really sets Frozen apart however is its animation. You won’t see anything better in my opinion. It gives the film a warm feeling (ironic, I know) and despite advances in animation over the years, the film overall feels like a bit of a throwback to the years of The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. The story does slow down a little bit in the middle stages but it never becomes boring and there’s enough humorous banter and twists and turns to keep everyone interested. It’s not just for kids either. I really enjoyed it. On the move: Sport Waitaki co-ordinator Kate Cartwright leaves her role on July 21. Co-ordinator to change By NICOLA WOLFE Oamaru will bid bon voyage to a familiar face this week. Kate Cartwright will end her role as Sport Wai- taki co-ordinator at the end of the week and hand the baton over to Kate Holland. ‘‘It’s been a fantastic role. I’ve really, really enjoyed it,’’ she says. ‘‘I am quite proud of what I have achieved and really pleased to have Kate coming on board.’’ Cartwright, who has been with Sport Waitaki for the past 21⁄2 years, covered a variety of jobs as co-ordinator including administration, promotion, fundraising and networking. ‘‘It was always interesting. There is always one more thing to do,’’ she says. Whilst there has been a lot of office work, a large part of her role has been connecting with the community. ‘‘Because the role is doing so many different things you meet a variety of different people. It’s been good to get to know people in the community, particularly the volunteers involved in sport teams and groups.’’ She has also enjoyed the opportunities to recog- nise sporting achievements at events such as the Waitaki District Sports Awards. ‘‘Celebrating success is very important,’’ she says. Her last role at Sport Waitaki will be running the Active Kids holiday programme this week with Holland. Then she will head on a four-month trip around the Americas. Holland has recently completed her PhD with a focus on sport and recreation experiences of young people with physical disabilities and Cartwright is excited to see where Holland’s knowledge might take Sport Waitaki. ‘‘She has a huge knowledge base around that area and will able to cater to the needs of those in the community with disabilities,’’ Cartwright says. Holland will take the role from Monday.
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