I simply cannot tell you how ecstatic I am to write this: Frozen has become the highest grossing animated film ever.
The Disney movie has taken over $1.072 billion at the worldwide box office- thanks in no small part to my own family’s contribution. It beats previous record holder Toy Story 3 into second place, with takings of $1.063 billion.
Frozen took the US by storm when it was released in November 2013, and went straight to the top of UK box office charts as well. The film was still riding high on both sides of the Atlantic well into February of this year, and its success only looks set to continue with the DVD release in the UK today.
For those wanting to know the full chart, it is as follows. Frozen is top, followed by Toy Story 3 as previously mentioned. Third comes another Disney classic, The Lion King, followed by Despicable Me 2 in fourth and Finding Nemo in fifth. The rest of the top ten is made up of Shrek and Ice Age sequels.
The Frozen soundtrack is also riding high, currently celebrating its eighth week at the top of the Billboard album charts.
The film follows the tale of Princess Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, as she sets off across snow covered mountains to find her estranged sister, Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), who has unwittingly trapped her kingdom in an eternal winter, caused by her icy powers. The movie also features the vocal talents of Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad and Santino Fontana. Earlier this month it won both its Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Song for Let it Go, performed by Idina Menzel, and looks set for a Broadway spinoff at some point in the (hopefully) not too distant future.
I can’t tell you how much I love this movie. My whole family does. We’ve been to see it several times, including the sing-a-long version. We know all the words to the soundtrack which plays continuously, and my son is the very proud owner of a Princess Anna doll and dress. If you haven’t seen it…why? Seriously, I urge you to beg, steal, borrow or buy the DVD (please note; I don’t actually advocate stealing) and watch it! It’s not another run of the mill Disney film at all. It works on so many levels and I defy anyone, even the hardest of hearts, not to fall in love with Olaf, the snowman who likes warm hugs.
Frozen is out now on DVD
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