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Frozen defrosted

by Peter McOwan, Queen Mary University of London

The hit computer graphics musical movie Frozen is a mix of hit show tunes, unnecessary 3D graphics effects, a moral message and loads of topics from computer science. The lead character Princess Elsa creates artificial life in the form of snowman, Olaf, the comedy sidekick, uses nanotechnology based ice dress making, employs 3D printing to build an ice palace by simply stamping her foot and singing and must be complimented for the outstanding mathematical feat of including the word 'fractal' in a hit song. In the USA the success of the movie has been used to get girls interested in coding by creating new ice skating routines for the film's princesses, and devising their own frozen fractals...and let it go, let it go, ... you all know the rest