Since its Thanksgiving Day release, “Frozen” has delighted the hearts of many with the story of sisters Anna (Kristin Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel). Elsa can generate ice and snow, a power that she kept hidden from everyone until the reception for her coronation. With Arrondale blanketed in an eternal winter, Anna leaves in pursuit of Elsa to patch things up and bring back summer. The desire for friends, fitting in, and finding true love still come into play in this Disney animated film, but with interesting twists and jokes.
This past week, “Frozen” broke the $810 million mark and surpassed the global record of “The Lion King”. Thus the feature is only second to “Finding Nemo”, the highest grossing animated non-sequel in the world at $936.7 million. Disney seems up to the challenge of sliding “Frozen” to the top spot: a sing-along version was released in 2,000 theaters on January 31, 2014.
Undoubtedly, fans will be happy at the chance to revisit the film and join in with Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” or Olaf the Snowman’s “In Summer”. Their enthusiasm may also propel “Frozen” to threaten record-setting animated sequels such as “Despicable Me 2” ($964 million) and “Toy Story 3” ($1.063 million).
Disney continues to shine as a leader in entertainment, finishing 2013 in a strong position with “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Frozen”. It may be too early to discuss a “Frozen” sequel, but Walt Disney CEO and Chairman Bob Iger gave the green light for a Broadway version. Putting out a sequel by 2016 would create a thrilling match-up between “Frozen 2” and “Finding Dory”, all the more intriguing if “Frozen” does succeed in breaking the global box office record of “Finding Nemo”.
Until then, we can look forward to seeing “Frozen” at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2, 2014 on ABC. It is nominated for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (“Let It Go”) and seems poised for Oscar wins in both categories.