Recently, Disney proudly announced Frozen had unseated The Lion King as the top grossing animated film ever. Two months after initial release, Frozen is still in theaters, and still going strong – placing 4th at the US box office last week, and 2nd worldwide. It’s so popular that 7 weeks after debut (New Year’s weekend), it retook 1st place, even selling out some shows.
With over $800 million already in the bank, Disney has taken the Frozen mania one step further by adding a new “sing-a-long” version to theatrical showings. Now, all the songs in the movie will be subtitled, and a bouncing snow flake will help eager Anna-maniacs join along in the fun. (You can too, no one will mind!)
Regal has shows at 4pm at Crossgates, Colonie, East Greenbush, and Clifton park., with early shows at some theaters. It’s also showing in Saratoga at Wilton Cinema at 10am, and Criterion Cinemas at 2:50pm.
Frozen is a traditional Disney princess fairy tale, in the best possible sense. The story is amiable and brisk, with the right balance of humor and peril. Not all the songs are great, but several deliver the goods, with Olaf the Snowman’s “Summer Song” being one of the highlights. Imagine Les Miserables’ “Master of the House” except sung by a snowman who imagines all the good things in life, without knowing anything about them. Frozen also knows family members have differing tastes, and the story, characters, and dialogue are written to appeal to all.
Insider Tip: If you’ve seen all the princes movies, keep an eye out, later in the film, for a young couple walking towards the castle wall gateway. You might catch a glimpse of some rough-shorn hair (Rapunzel and Flynn!). Also, little Mickeys are hidden all throughout the film. It takes a very quick eye to spot them!
Checkout these clips from the movie, which highlight the various elements that make the film so much fun. Smart-alecks, old-school animation, big Disney songs – Frozen has it all.
Wisecracking humor stays fun, and quick-witted banter is a common theme throughout the film. Disney knows how to make little kids laugh (big kids too):
Songs are the big draw for many of Frozen’s little fans, and ‘Let It Go’ is one of the show stoppers.
Parents (or grandparents. Or… great-grandparents) may find this retro cartoon, which plays at the beginning of Frozen, as nostalgic as it is entertaining. If you get a chance to see it in 3D, it’s especially entertaining:
Finally, here’s the full trailer:
Frozen is copyright Disney, 2013