The animated pic is the gift that keeps on giving for Disney. With two Oscar noms, Golden Globe and PGA wins, $770M-plus in global box office and a possible date with the Main Stem, Frozen now is heading to theaters in a new sing-along version. Starting January 31, select showings of the Disney Animated Studios pic will feature on-screen lyrics and a bouncing snowflake to encourage audience participation. The timing is keen: The Frozen soundtrack has been the best-selling album in the U.S. two weeks running, having posted sales increases each week since its release. “‘Fans have embraced the film’s original songs and its soundtrack with such passion — there are countless YouTube videos from people singing songs like ‘Let It Go’ — we decided to create a version that would celebrate that enthusiasm,” said Dave Hollis, EVP Theatrical Distribution at the Walt Disney Studios. “Let It Go” is up for the Best Song Academy Award, and the movie is vying for Best Animated Feature. “It’s a great opportunity for families to get together and have some fun with these songs.”
Bob Iger spoke to the business magazine for a gushy feature posted today about how the animated musical film was, as he put it, “my proudest moment as the CEO of the Walt Disney Company.” Senior Editor Jennifer Reingold says that Frozen — which could soon outgross The Lion King, not accounting for inflation — “appears to show that Disney Animation Studios is finally, finally back in the groove.” (The Wall Street Journal ran a similar piece yesterday saying that the film “caps a renaissance for Disney Animation Studios.”) Like our film editor Anita Busch posited last week, Iger tells Fortune that that Disney is talking about developing a show for Frozen although “We’re not demanding speed…We’re demanding excellence.” The company also is considering sequels. Sales of of licensed toys from the film were strong. Iger says the “exhilaration” from the studio’s success “was profound” following years of disappointments including 2009′s The Princess And The Frog. “It’s not about the bottom line. The bottom line is for the quarter. This is for something bigger and longer.” Disney Animation’s revival largely comes from a decision to sideline the number crunchers. “It was an executive-driven studio,” chief creative officer John Lasseter tells the magazine. “Now it’s a filmmaker-driven studio.” Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph beat expectations. But Frozen‘s success stands out, Iger says: “If you think long term about what Disney is and the success and the …
Frozen, the Walt Disney Animation Studios release that set the record for the largest Thanksgiving debut in history with $93.6 (five-day) is crossing the $500M worldwide box office mark today. This is the fourth release from the studio to pass the $500 mark this year following Marvel’s Iron Man 3, Disney-Pixar’s Monsters University, and Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World. Both Frozen and The Dark World are still playing domestically and internationally. The Thor sequel has smashed its way to a global cume of $629.3M to date. The animated family film held solidly over the Christmas holiday both in the U.S. and abroad, taking in another $50.5M in its fifth week of release from 43 territories (representing about 71% of the international marketplace). It held well in Italy, Germany, and France and opened well in Australia over the weekend’s national holiday of Boxing Day.
Disney is announcing that it will break the $250M mark today in the States, having taken in an estimated $248M cume through Sunday to date. Frozen has yet to open in several more larger territories such as China, Brazil, Argentina, Korea and Japan so expect it to sail even higher. On Christmas eve, Frozen passed the domestic total of Tangled, becoming Walt Disney Animation Studio’s second biggest film domestically behind …
Frozen, Walt Disney Animation Studios‘ 53rd animated feature, opens November 27. The 3D film is co-directed by Chris Buck and Wreck It Ralph co-writer Jennifer Lee. Jonathan Groff, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Idina Menzel lead the voice cast. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale The Snow Queen, the film takes place as a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter. Anna (Bell) is a fearless optimist who teams with Groff’s mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer on a journey to find Anna’s sister, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Here’s a first look:
Disney Animation’s black-and-white, dialogue-free toon debuted in theaters last November in front of Wreck-It Ralph. The studio has posted online its Annie- and Oscar-nominated animated short directed by John Kahrs ahead of Saturday’s Annie Awards. Paperman follows the romantic paper trail from an office worker to the woman he encountered on a transit platform earlier in the day. Enjoy:
Jonathan Groff will voice the extreme mountain man Kristoff in Walt Disney Animation Studios‘ 3D comedy-adventure Frozen, which is set to premiere November 27, 2013. Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel already are aboard for the pic, which takes place as a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter. Anna, a fearless optimist, teams with Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer on a journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee are directing and Peter Del Vecho is producing. Groff’s credits include Broadway’s Spring Awakening, which earned him a Tony nomination, and Fox’s Glee. His feature films include Taking Woodstock, Twelve-Thirty and The Conspirator. He is repped by WME.
BURBANK, Calif. (November 29, 2012) — Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) taps Jennifer Lee to join Chris Buck at the helm of its 53rd full-length animated feature “Frozen,” which is slated for the big screen on Nov. 27, 2013. Lee, who has contributed to the film’s screenplay, is one of the screenplay writers of this year’s hit arcade-hopping adventure “Wreck-It Ralph.”
Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, “Frozen” is the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekickreindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.
Walt Disney Animation Studios is in early development with Marvel on an animated feature film based on the comic book series Big Hero 6. This one hit the rumor mill and the studio acknowledged that it’s on the drawing boards. Big Hero 6 is one of the lesser known of Marvel’s 4,000+ titles. The characters are Sunfire, Silver Samurai, GoGo Tomago, Honey Lemon, Hiro Takachiho, and Baymax. They were created by the Japanese government to protect the country from all threats. As the project is in preliminary development, it’s too early to speculate about its future prospects or release date, but it’s unlikely that any additional details will be revealed at Comic-Con as some expect.
Computer-generated and hand-drawn animation come together in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ short Paperman which the studio confirmed will debut in front of the arcade-hopping adventure Wreck-It-Ralph that opens November 2. The minimalist black-and-white short also screens Sunday with the family friendly indie Crazy & Thief as part of the short films lineup at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Paperman is directed by John Kahrs. It follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman during his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office.
Veteran animator Glen Keane resigned Friday from Walt Disney Animation Studios. With nearly four decades of Disney experience, Keane worked on title characters for Disney movies including The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Aladdin and Tarzan and more recently the Rapunzel character in Tangled. Earlier in his career at Disney, he worked on The Rescuers and Pete’s Dragon. Keane emailed the notice of his resignation to studio coworkers. Disney confirmed Keane’s exit with this statement: “After an incredible 38-year career as an animator, storyteller, and filmmaking pioneer with Walt Disney Animation Studios, Glen Keane has decided that the time has come to take the next step in his personal exploration of the art of animation. As much as we are saddened by his departure, we respect his desires and wish him the very best with all his future endeavors.”