Since 1923, Disney has been an ever-increasing presence on our cinema screens, on our sound systems and even on stage. For generations, its films and music have entertained both children and adults worldwide. As a little girl, like many before me and many after, I was enchanted by all the many princesses and princes, in all forms, whether it be Mufasa from The Lion King or Ariel from The Little Mermaid.
Despite the generic storyline of a hero fighting a villain, saving a damsel in distress after surviving a dangerous adventure to then live happily ever after, we as an audience cannot get enough. Time and time again we see Disney’s animated films such as the great Toy Story 3 and the hilarious Finding Nemo climbing the box-office charts and breaking numerous records.
It therefore came as no surprise to hear on Monday that the most recent Disney musical animation, Frozen, has not only climbed to the number one spot of the 10 top-grossing animated films, making $1.072bn (other top animated films include Toy Story 3, Despicable Me 2, Finding Nemo and Shrek 2) but also has become the 10th biggest grossing film in box office history (the only film to appear on the list that isn’t a sequel or directed by James Cameron). In North America alone, it made $398.4m (£239.3m) and $674m (£404m) at the global box office.
…the 10th biggest grossing film in box office history…
Not only has it smashed global records, Frozen further picked up two Oscars earlier this year for best-animated feature and best original song.
If you are unlucky enough to not have heard Let It Go – you must (unless you don’t want to be humming it for hours on end afterward). For if you haven’t heard the song, than the likelihood of you having watched the film is slim also. And again – you must. Yes, it contains the usual characters and plot line. It is based loosely on Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale The Snow Queen. However despite this, there is something magical about this film. A combination of brilliant animation, humorous characters and catchy music, Frozen literally froze me to my seat for 100 minutes. I for one will never grow tired of Disney. With the film undoubtedly set to become a Broadway sensation, it would seem its revenue is unlikely to freeze over any time soon.