Frozen Breaks All-Time Animation Record

Walt Disney’s Oscar-winning Frozen has become the highest-grossing animated movie ever, with $1,072.4 billion worldwide ($398.4 million domestic and $674 million internationally), and has also entered the list of the top 10 biggest films of all time.

In terms of animation box office rankings, Frozen is at #3 domestically behind DreamWorks’ Shrek 2 ($441.2 million) and Pixar’s Toy Story 3 ($415 million).

While nobody could’ve predicted the juggernaut or how deeply viewers embraced Anna and Elsa (it’s already a sing-a-long), Frozen definitely signals the arrival of a new renaissance at Disney under John Lasseter and Ed Catmull, which crystallized with Tangled. The appeal of Frozen is that it’s not about romantic love but the bond between sisters based on love vs. fear, and the innovative snowy weather system played a secondary role, along with the glorious songs by Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez, especially during the crucial “Let It Go” sequence.

In fact, Catmull recently told me that it was very important to keep the two cultures separate at Pixar and Disney (even technologically). In his new book, Creativity, Inc. (Random House), he suggests that the Story Trust at Disney had played a key role in the creative success of Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen. “We had applied our principles to a dysfunctional group and had changed them, unleashing their creative potential.

We’ll see what’s unleashed with Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6 (Nov. 7), the first superhero collaboration with Marvel in the mold of The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Meanwhile, Frozen is now available on Blu-ray/DVD an art director Mike Giaimo will discuss the artistic choices and visual challenges of bringing Frozen to life at FMX 2014 (April 22-25 in Stuttgart, Germany).

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Clips, Home Entertainment, Movies, Oscar, performance capture, previs, Production Design, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production

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