The Amazing Adventures Of Disney's FROZEN
Yesterday, March 2, 2014, was an AMAZING day for Disney's FROZEN! I thought I'd take a moment to offer a recap.
First, earlier in the day, estimates for the weekend box office came in and it became apparent that FROZEN surpassed the $1 billion mark worldwide. FROZEN has become the eighteenth film to his this milestone. It is also the fifth non-sequel or prequel film and only the second animated film to do so. The only other animated film to cross the $1 billion line was Toy Story 3 and FROZEN should surpass its final totals as it has yet to open in Japan. Predictions see the film reaching the top 10 grossing films of all time.
Then, later in the evening, FROZEN ended up winning Oscars for both the categories in which it was nominated.
The first award went to FROZEN for Outstanding Animated Feature. Statues were presented to directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and producer Peter Del Vecho. It was a very touching acceptance speech, especially Chris Buck's dedicating his award to his son Ryder Buck who, sadly, died last October.
Later in the show, John Travolta came out to introduce Idina Menzel who would perform "Let It Go" which was nominated for Outstanding Song. Although, perhaps, the most anticipated performance, it was also the last nominated song to be performed. Sadly, Mr. Travolta gave the wrong name...something to the effect of Adele Dazeem. But, that did not stop Ms. Menzel from delivering a wonderful performance of the song that has been covered by more people I know.
And, shortly after Ms. Menzel's beautiful performance, the award for Outstanding Song was presented to songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez for "Let It Go." It was a little bit of a nail biter as the song actually lost to U2's "Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom at the Golden Globes. While "Ordinary Love" was also nominated, "Let It Go" prevailed. The Lopezes gave a cute and amusing acceptance speech.
Congratulations to FROZEN for all the accolades it has received! It is an amazing film and deserving of all the honors. At the same time, I hope Disney doesn't drive this film into the ground, either. Again, it is important to point out that this was NOT a sequel. It was an original film. And, it is possible for non-sequels or franchise films to be capable of amazing things. Disney should be proud of FROZEN yet continue to look to the horizons for the next big thing as well.