Frozen starring Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad opens in theaters this Wednesday, November 27th 2013. A beautiful and funny animation that tells the story of the fearless Anna (Bell) who teams up with Kristoff (Groff) to travel an ice world and Everest-like conditions to find her sister, Elsa (Menzel) whose powers trapped the entire kingdom in an eternal winter. The story of adventure and funny mishaps will surely tickle the hearts of audiences and family. Check out the latest review for Frozen below:
“Review for Disney’s Frozen
What’s at stake is what’s been at stake for the last decade’s worth of Disney animated features: An affirmation of whether or not Disney can play in the same box office playground as Pixar, Dreamworks, and upstarts like Illumination and Blue Sky. They’ve frankly struggled in the wake of Dreamworks’ global dominance and Pixar’s critical achievements, with pure Walt Disney DIS +0.37% Animation struggling to find its place in the sandbox that it created. Is Disney the classic western hero, the rugged pioneer who tamed the west but is now no longer fit to live in it?
But in terms of pure numbers, Disney is hoping for something along the lines of Wreck It Ralph, which earned a strong $471 million worldwide last November. That’s about the high average for Disney Animation films (Aladdin -$504m, Beauty and the Beast – $424m, Tarzan – $448m, etc.), although obviously many of their old-school classics were released either decades ago (inflation!) or during a period just before overseas box office skyrocketed. The plausible high-water mark is of course Tangled, which became the first non-Pixar Disney toon to cross $200m since The Lion King and grossed $591m worldwide, second only to the $987m-grossing Lion King.
The best case scenario is that Frozen becomes the first Disney Animation film to debut with over $50 million over the Fri-Sun portion of its opening and eventually grosses close to Tangled‘s numbers, while also snagging an Oscar for Best Animated Feature and the Best Original Song Oscar for “Let It Go”. Bonus points if it gets the Best Animated Short Oscar for the terrific old-school Mickey Mouse cartoon “Get A Horse”.
But as with all Disney animated films, especially the female-centric ones, the real profit will come in the various princess merchandise that will be sold for years to come, along with the integration of this film and its characters in the Disney parks. Oh, and don’t forget the Broadway musical that the film seemed somewhat tailored to quickly become. There is plenty of money to be made from a Disney animated film like this even if it doesn’t set the box office on fire. But since the film is pretty great, I’m hoping it does.
I’m not one to explicitly rank each Disney animated feature in order of qualitative superiority. I don’t look at the Katzenberg era as an unimpeachable pinnacle of greatness nor do I turn my nose at the late-90′s output. But if I were to rank the films, Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck’s Frozen would be frighteningly close to the top of the list. Gloriously animated, wonderfully acted, and refreshingly feminist, it also contains some of the best “Disney songs” ever, standing tall with, well, whatever your favorites are (I adore the Hunchback of Notre Dame soundtrack, you might prefer something else). It is a glorious entertainment that basically perfects the Disney princess story while using the template to explore all manner of relevant subtext, not the least of which is an affirmation of Disney’s own cultural legacy.”
The rest of the review can be read at Forbes.com.
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