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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12 2014 10:00 a.m. MST

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stanfunky
Salt Lake City, UT

Very misleading and uninformed article. What defines a box office smash???

Disney HAS had animated movie successes very recently, even if some have been from 'acquired' or 'partnered' properties like Pixar. Ignoring those, "Wreck it Ralph" was quite successful, earning $471 million worldwide, easily clearing it's budget, and it was released less than 2 years ago. "Tarzan" took in nearly $450 million in 1999. And "Tangled" should be commended for nearing the $600 million mark just a few years ago, a definite success for Disney.

Most animated films are considered strong successes if they clear $300-350 million (and subsequently get a sequel in many cases). Animated movies rarely clear $900 million as Frozen has done (Lion King was the first, in 1994, which presumably is the last 'box office smash' referred to by the author to originate from Disney). Only 6 animated films all-time have cleared this mark, and 4 of them originated from or were distributed by Disney, so the perception that they aren't having animated 'box office smashes' is highly dubious.

rok
Boise, CA

stanfunky,
Disney Animation department is a different department than their Pixar films.

Hunam
Layton, UT

Frozen has great music, but the story is pure garbage. The theme is lovely and the love of sisters is a strong and stirring message, but the way the story execs arbitrarily destroyed one of the main characters was contrived and arbitrary. It was not a plot 'twist' it was a lasceration... Ironically, Disney's best musical and visual efforts are often their worst in story? And sadly, the story didn't have to go the way it went. Up to the moment of the twist the story might've been saved and gone a more worthy direction...

tabuno
Clearfield, UT

Frozen continues the powerful emotive and compassionate element of strong female roles such as Brave (2012). For two long the male emphasis on competition and winner at all costs instead of sacrifice and love has been pushed aside, reflective of what seems to be wrong in today's male power struggle on the international stage and in the U.S. Congress.

Danny Chipman
Lehi, UT

It was good, but I still think Tangled was a much better story.

dogmanaut
OREM, UT

@stanfunky -- I think you kind of answered your own question. What defines a "smash"? Well, clearly, it's none of those successful (but not astronomically successful) films you listed to argue your point. Yes, obviously, the last "smash" hit, according to the author, is "The Lion King." No Disney film since then has grossed on that level until "Frozen."

Another issue you seem to be ignoring is the fact that success is relative to a number of factors. "Most animated films are considered strong successes if they clear $300-350 million," you say, but that would certainly not be the case with a film like "Tangled," which cost $260 million just to make WITHOUT accounting for marketing expenses, which can sometimes double the total cost of a film. For "The Lion King," which had a production budget of $45 million, $300 million would have been amazing. Not so much for Disney's 3D animated features.

You're right, though -- "Tangled" should be commended for earning $600 million, and it implicitly was, if you were paying attention to the point of the whole article that, thanks to "Tangled"'s success, Disney gained the confidence to greenlight another princess movie, and look how that turned out.

Madden
Herriman, UT

I remember seeing some marketing and trailers for Frozen, but I must say that I never felt they jammed it down my throat, and they didn't go over-board to tell you the entire plot in the trailer itself. They let the movie quality and word of mouth drive success, and didn't over-advertise. I think they found a winning pattern on that front as well.

Tajemnica
West Valley, Utah

It's my dream to be like Anna

Prodicus
Provo, UT

Comparing nominal dollar amounts from different years is irresponsible journalism. You have to adjust for inflation to have any meaningful comparison.

Finding Nemo's box office gross would be $1.185 billion in 2013 dollars. If Frozen surpasses that it might be worth noting. Until then, nothing to see here.

@Hunam- I was more disappointed by the ending. "Oh hey, I could have fixed everything magically at the flick of a wrist long ago, if I had just thought of the word 'love'! Good thing I had that convenient deus ex machina on hand, because we're at the 100 minute mark!"

Random
Redlands, CA

When we think animated Disney, we think "Princess" "romantic love" "Happily ever after". Had Anna taken her sister's words at face value and walked away, they never would have figured out true love doesn't have to be romantic. True love is what you do for someone without getting anything in return (Paraphrasing Olaf).Disney did a great job of showing real love, maybe not the textbook definition of true love.

sky2k1
Provo, UT

Depending how technical you want to get, you can argue the pixar vs disney animation aspect of this. I don't think it's really fair to eliminate pixar from this conversation, because disney would have likely produced more by themselves had they not acquired pixar. Also, one could argue that the lion king was and original story, and would in that case hold that record of frozen. just saying.

EW
HENRIETTA, NY

What I love most about Frozen is what Momastery blogger Glennon pointed out: that Elsa moved from trapped emotionally and afraid, to free at the expense of others, to finally being able to use her gifts to help others. Self awareness and self control both take time so I thought the end where she figures out how to restore summer by not being a slave to her fears but instead being free through love makes perfect sense in a real and human way. In this way Frozen is a more human and real and beautiful movie than any other Disney princess movie.

Mighty Mouse
Salt Lake City, Utah

I am glad to see Disney continue to have success with wholesome family entertainment suitable for all audiences. It gives hope that the corporate types haven't yet stifled all of the creative voices within the organization. The irony is that when CEO's say things like “break with safe and predictable formulas and push creative boundaries” we know what they are in fact saying is "can't we press harder to be the first Lemmings to jump over the cliff?" If you want to see an example of Disney abandoning its uniqueness and pressing to be just like other run-of-the-mill-Hollywood-B-Movie factories, go and suffer through "the Lone Ranger."

Brent T. Aurora CO
Aurora, CO

Some thoughts -- go to Disney theme parks and you'll find Cars, Toy Story and other Pixar franchises. Pixar = Disney. So there's been no drop-off. Next -- Brave was pretty good, as was Tangled. Where is the gap? Frog Prince maybe?

Mostly, why do people keep going to theaters to see movies? Just don't get it. Patience and the movies go to DVD/Blu-Ray where the in home experience with pause/rewind/captions, your own chair/couch, toilet, food and schedule is not only superior, but much, much less expensive.

No, haven't seen Frozen yet. But will.

Brent T. Aurora CO
Aurora, CO

Mighty Mouse -- Not saying Lone Ranger was great or even good, but then it wasn't that bad. But then (see my other comment about watching ALL movies at home) didn't waste $10 on a ticket to see it in a theater.

BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA

I decided to catch "Frozen", the other night, after seeing the Movie Box office revenue reports in the Business section of the LA Times. I thought to myself it must be word of mouth getting people and their $$$ to it. Think, "My Fat Greek Wedding". Honestly, the movie characters and the basic story line hooked me. My take away from the movie was: a well-told story where the audience connects with the story is most often box-office gold. "Frozen" came together (pin intended) for me and evidently the World's Audiences. Keep plugging Disney Animation and good luck with your next release !!!

gittalopctbi
Glendale, AZ

@Brent Yes, the home theater experience can be great, but there are some movies that I make it a point to see on the large screen. Can't beat it in my opinion.

@Hunam, @tabuno,et al I don't ever overly analyze fiction movie plots. I go to just have fun. And "fun" is definitely what this movie was for me and obviously for lots of others. I teach teenagers and it is amazing to me how much reach that this movie has on them. The movie is still playing in theaters, well, shoot, it seemed like even just after the first weekend, a large percentage of my students already knew all the lyrics and were coming to class singing the songs! Never seen anything like it.

Though music is my profession, I don't pay much attention to a movie's soundtrack. Like I said, I don't analyze at movies. I just go to have fun. But from the very first note of the first song (a choir piece) in the movie, I was hooked. I was thinking, "Hey! This is good music!"

A good, fun show. That's all it was. Entertainment. What we need.

suzyk#1
Mount Pleasant, UT

The movie "Frozen" was absolutely delightful. I loved it. The music was wonderful and I love the story. I would go and see it again. Thanks Disney - another good one.

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