Article by: Akshay Sharathchandra
On November, 2013, the world was introduced to what would eventually become one of the most beloved films of the generation – Frozen. With its catchy soundtrack, quotable characters, and entertaining storyline, it’s safe to say that no one in the ISM community has truly avoided the influence of Frozen. Based on the fairy tale “The Snow Queen”, Frozen emerged as a family-friendly musical story about love, friendship, and compassion. Although Frozen was the 53rd animated film created and distributed by The Walt Disney Company, many critics believed that the quality of the film matched that of Disney’s earliest film endeavors like Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937) and Cinderella (1950).
Frozen went on to win Best Animated Picture at the 2014 Academy Awards. “Let it Go”, the popular anthem of the movie, also won the award for Best Original Song. Having grossed over $1 billion in worldwide box office revenues, the film now holds the crown for highest grossing animated feature. Merchandise from the movie was marketed very successfully and the movie’s soundtrack dominated the Billboard music charts for months after its release. Now, nearly 17 months after the initial release of the film, the buzz has finally died down. Or so we thought.
A Frozen animated short, “Frozen Fever”, recently accompanied Disney’s latest release, Cinderella, which opened to a positive box office weekend. Although there’s no definitive proof as to whether such crowds were drawn to the movie because of “Frozen Fever”, the reviews for the short film point out that it retains the “warmth” from the original story. Furthermore, Frozen’s production team dropped some more major news just before Cinderella’s release: a Frozen sequel, picking up from the where the film and short film left off, is in the works.
Sophomore Samantha Borja believes that the film, its soundtrack, and accompanying hype has all been “very cute”. Sophomore JinYoung Cho agrees, claiming that the film and the aftermath of its success has truly shown the power of a simple Disney movie. She predicts that the next film, like the first, will bring “new songs for people to constantly be singing to”.
Junior Angelo Manaloto, takes a different approach to the franchise, stating that the feminism in the film truly stands out. He believes that because of the negative attention from portraying women as ‘damsels-in-distress’, Disney has really set a liberal standpoint for other films. He hopes to see this continue throughout Frozen and other future Disney films. On another note, junior Aparna Mohan observes that while some sequels of popular films do better financially, the expectations and hype may cause disappointment among viewers. One example of this is Mean Girls 2, which dissatisfied many fans of the first movie. Nonetheless, Aparna still is very excited to see the Frozen sequel.
For many, the Frozen sequel release is something to look forward to, whether it be for the story, or the music. But one thing is clear: Disney sure isn’t ‘let(ting) it go’ any time soon!