By now, you’ve probably seen “Frozen.” If you haven’t, you’ve either been living under a rock or you’re anti-Disney. If you are the former, see it. If you are the latter, see it. The movie which came out in November is STILL showing in some theaters. By the end of February, the movie had grossed over $985,000,000 worldwide, which puts it as the second highest grossing animated film ever.
So what made it so successful? The main two characters are Elsa and Anna, princesses of the fictional town Arendelle. Elsa is the elder of the two sisters in the film. She was born with the power to create and manipulate snow and ice. Due to a lack of understanding and ability to control her powers she confines herself to her room. As a result she and her younger sister Anna become estranged only to reconnect through a series of trials and tribulations involving deceitful princes, figuring out the meaning of true love, a winter storm, and an array of funny and unique characters. I won’t go into any more details; otherwise the whole thing will be spoiled. But Elsa and Anna do live happily ever after.
“Frozen” was also made successful by its voice actors: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad, the most well known of the voice actors. They played Anna, Elsa, Kirstoff, and Olaf (a friendly snowman who dreams of summer) respectively. Idina Menzel is arguably the most famous of the four and is best known as the actress who played Elphaba in the original cast of “Wicked.” “Frozen” was also successful because of its parody of Disney tropes: Anna is told she can’t marry a man she just met, the act of true love is not necessarily romantic, and Anna is simply not a typical “princess.” She gets major bed head, loves food, isn’t afraid of danger or adventure, and cannot talk to attractive men.
The songs are probably the main reason for its success, and a good portion of the movie is dedicated to musical numbers that rival those performed on Broadway. But besides those facts, it is the message that “Frozen” sends to its audience – the message that love is not always romantic and the bonds we share between family and friends are equally as important to finding romance.