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December 8, 2016
By Josh Haley, Chicago Agricultural
Frozen is considered to be the all-time best Disney animated film and I can see why. After all, it accumulated over $1.2 billion in worldwide box office revenue, $400 million of which were earned in the United States and Canada and $247 million of which were earned in Japan. It’s ranked as the highest-grossing animated film of all time, the ninth highest-grossing film of all time, the highest-grossing film of 2013, and the third highest-grossing film in Japan. It is also the fourth highest grossing Walt Disney Studios film, after Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Avengers and its sequel. (source: The Disney Wiki)
Without revealing much of the story: Anna(voiced by Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, sets off on an epic journey – teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven – to find her sister Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) , whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. (source: ComedyE) Elsa isolates herself from the kingdom out of fear of hurting her others, (mainly her sister after a previous traumatic childhood event) but Anna knows that all Elsa needs is love and understanding to stop this cold nightmare. Will Anna succeed and bring summer back to Arendelle? You’ll have to see for yourself to find out.
I enjoyed the film and while I wouldn’t call it the best Disney animated film, I’d still say it deserves the love and attention it gets, mainly because of it’s awesome soundtrack. Frozen became an instant hit with kids and similarly to The Little Mermaid, that’s probably because of it’s cast. Idina Menzel, who is most famous for her award-winning portrayal of Elphaba in the Broadway musical Wicked, provided the voice for Elsa and performed the hit song Let It Go, which ranked #5 on the music charts and it still remains a popular song to this day. Overall, Frozen is a film about the love between sisters and if you have siblings like I do, you should definitely give it a watch!
Interesting Fact: Following the story’s original interpretation, Elsa was intended to be the film’s antagonist. However, after hearing the lyrics to Let It Go, the writers figured the song wouldn’t be fit for a villain and thus Elsa was rewritten to be a fearful woman, who simply didn’t know how to control her powers.
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