By Michael Gioia
31 Jan 2014
Disney releases the sing-along version of the Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning film in 1,000 theatres.
"'Frozen' 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, executive vice president of theatrical distribution of The Walt Disney Studios, in a recent statement. "It's a great opportunity for families to get together and have some fun with these songs."
According to Hollis, on-screen lyrics and a magical bouncing snowflake accompany select showings; moviegoers can check local listings for showtimes and theatres. The duration of the sing-along run will vary by theatre.
Disney's "Frozen" received two Oscar nominations, including Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song ("Let It Go"). The film won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature.
In wide release since Nov. 27, the film posted the No. 1 all-time Thanksgiving debut and the largest opening ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film. "Frozen," WDAS' 53rd feature film, has earned more than $773 million worldwide, including $337 million domestically. The film's soundtrack was No. 1 in the Billboard top 200 for two straight weeks.
Directed by Chris Buck ("Tarzan," "Surf's Up") and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter "Wreck-It Ralph") from a screenplay by Lee, the voice cast of the film features Bell ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall," The Crucible), Menzel (Wicked, If/Then), Groff (Spring Awakening), Tony Award nominees Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon) and Santino Fontana (Cinderella), Alan Tudyk (Prelude to a Kiss) and Ciarán Hinds (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof).
The film uses original songs by husband-and-wife songwriters Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez as well as an original score composed by Christophe Beck ("The Muppets").
Here's how the film, produced by Peter Del Vecho, is described: "Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom."
Additionally, Disney has released a multi-language version of the film's hit song "Let It Go," which can be seen below.