December 25th, 2013

winter wolf

The Legend of Sarila/Frozen Land: A pretty good movie that didn't need to try to trick viewers

I was poking through Netflix to find something to watch tonight, and Frozen Land caught my eye. Not because I wanted to see Disney's Frozen, but because the plot looked interesting:

Their usual hunting grounds depleted after their shaman begins practicing the dark arts, a starving tribe of Inuit nomads dispatches three brave adventurers to locate a hidden promised land of legend in this epic animated adventure.

I decided to check it out. I think this is the first time a font ever kept me watching a movie. How cool is it?

While googling to try to find out the name of the font, I discovered that (unsurprisingly) Disney is unhappy with this being called Frozen Lands. Turns out, this time Disney seems to be in the right. Check out each movie's logo:

Then the most damning evidence: The movie had originally been named The Legend of Sarila and was renamed to Frozen Land at the last minute.

The sad part about all this is that Frozen Land didn't need to try to trick viewers, it's a pretty good movie on its own. Not perfect (I HATED the animation quality/style), but pretty good (loved the voice acting and plot, and liked just about everything else). While I haven't seen Frozen, I've heard nothing but bad things about it. I bet Frozen Land is the better movie.

My issues with the animation style are likely personal -- I haven't liked the style of most major animated movies lately. You can check it out for yourself and decide: