Although it will only be playing for a limited time, Disney’s Frozen Sing-A-Long (which opens in theatres this week Friday) has gotten it’s own poster. Courtesy of the Internet Movie Poster Awards website, it encourages one to “Sing Along” to the “Sing-A-Long” version (am I the only one who sees what I’m seeing?)
Frozen continues it’s rise to success. Now with two Academy Award nominations, the hit blockbuster is returning to over 1000 theatres next weekend in an “all-new sing-along version.” Opening January 31st, 2014, on-screen lyrics and a bouncing snowflake will accompany showings of the film across the states (and hopefully into Canada?). Here’s the press release:
FANS GET IN ON THE ACT: ALL-NEW SING-ALONG VERSION OF DISNEY’S “FROZEN” HITS THEATERS NATIONWIDE JAN. 31, 2014
Moviegoer Response to Film’s Original Songs Triggers Sing-Along Experience in More Than 1000 Theaters
BURBANK, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2014) – “Frozen” audiences are invited to join the act—literally—as more than 1000 theaters nationwide introduce an all-new sing-along version of Disney’s Oscar®-nominated, Golden Globe®-winning big-screen adventure beginning Jan. 31, 2014.
“‘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, theatrical distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. “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 will accompany select showings; moviegoers can check local listings for showtimes and theaters. The duration of the sing-along run will vary by theater.
Disney’s “Frozen” received two Oscar® nominations, including best animated feature and best original song (“Let It Go”). Named best animated film by more than a dozen critics associations, the film won a Golden Globe® for best animated feature, two Critics Choice Movie Awards, including best animated feature and best song (“Let It Go”), and a Producers Guild of America Award for outstanding animated feature.
In wide release since November 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.
At Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre, the “Frozen” sing-along version includes on-stage appearances from the movie’s Elsa prior to each showing, plus snow flurries inside the theater. Showtimes are at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
On Digital HD & 3D Feb. 25 and Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD & On-Demand March 18, the in-home version of “Frozen” promises continued family fun with a blizzard of never-before-seen bonus extras to complement the film’s gorgeous animation, memorable characters and unforgettable music.
ABOUT THE MOVIE
Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina 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 Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”), who also wrote the screenplay. It is produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”). Featuring original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit,” “Winnie the Pooh”) and Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”), and an original score by Christophe Beck (“The Muppets,” Oscar®-winning short “Paperman”), “Frozen” opened in theaters nationwide on Nov. 27, 2013. Accompanying “Frozen” is Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Get A Horse!” With Walt Disney himself as the voice of Mickey Mouse, the all-new short features Mickey, his favorite gal pal Minnie Mouse and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow as they delight in a musical haywagon ride. For more information, check outDisney.com/Frozen, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyFrozen and follow us on Twitter: Twitter.com/DisneyAnimation.
Better than the Razzies, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced their nominations for the 86th Annual Academy Awards, coming up on Sunday, March 2nd. As Disney is now focussing more on mega-blockbusters and less artsy pics, they are getting fewer nominations than companies that bring in less money, but release more films. This also keeps them out of the biggest categories of acting, directing, writing, and the big one of best picture, and even the lesser ones of cinematography, editing, and design. In addition to Disney’s “own” awards, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound employees have picked up some nominations for their work. This is harder to list, and ILM & Skywalker don’t get named by the Academy themselves. They may become footnotes on the list – it will be hard to track them as time goes on (but congratulations is in order, nonetheless).
So, without further ado, here are the categories in which Disney is nominated:
Best animated feature film of the year:
– “The Croods” (20th Century Fox), Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson
– “Despicable Me 2” (Universal), Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri
– “Ernest & Celestine” (GKIDS), Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner
– “Frozen” (Walt Disney), Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
– “The Wind Rises” (Walt Disney), Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki
Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
– “Dallas Buyers Club” (Focus Features) Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
– “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” (Paramount) Stephen Prouty
– “The Lone Ranger” (Walt Disney) Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
– “The Book Thief” (20th Century Fox) John Williams
– “Gravity” (Warner Bros.) Steven Price
– “Her” (Warner Bros.) William Butler and Owen Pallett
– “Philomena” (The Weinstein Company) Alexandre Desplat
– “Saving Mr. Banks” (Walt Disney) Thomas Newman
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
– “Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone” (Enthuse Entertainment); Music by Bruce Broughton, Lyric by Dennis Spiegel
– “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2” (Universal); Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams
– “Let It Go” from “Frozen” (Walt Disney); Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
– “The Moon Song” from “Her” (Warner Bros.); Music by Karen O, Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
– “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” (The Weinstein Company); Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Lyric by Paul Hewson
Best animated short film
– “Feral”, A Daniel Sousa Production, Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
– “Get a Horse!” (Walt Disney) A Walt Disney Animation Production, Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
– “Mr. Hublot”, A Zeilt Production, Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
– “Possessions”, A Sunrise Production, Shuhei Morita
– “Room on the Broom”, A Magic Light Pictures Production. Max Lang and Jan Lachauer
Achievement in visual effects
– “Gravity” (Warner Bros.) Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
– “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (Warner Bros.) Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
– “Iron Man 3” (Walt Disney) Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
– “The Lone Ranger” (Walt Disney) Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
– “Star Trek Into Darkness” (Paramount) Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton
Hot off the tails of a Golden Globe win for Best Animated Feature, Disney CEO Bob Iger is interviewed in a great article in Fortune magazine which I highly recommend. The most interesting quote is with regards to the idea of seeing Frozen on Broadway sometime.
In his interview with Fortune, Iger confirmed for the first time that Disney is in discussions to develop a show, though there is no set time frame. “We’re not demanding speed,” he says. “We’re demanding excellence.”
Walt Disney Animation Studio’s 53rd animated classic, Frozen, has been given a DVD/Blu-Ray release date of March 18, 2014. The movie, which has exceeded all normal expectations of success, will arrive in a 2-Disc Blu-ray combo pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) on the same day as a 1-Disc DVD only version, with Digital HD and Digital 3D bowing even earlier on February 25th.
Bonus features are listed as:
- The Making of Frozen (Blu-ray & Digital)
- D’frosted: Disney’s Journey from Hans Christian Andersen to Frozen (Blu-ray & Digital)
- Breaking The Ice – The Real Making of Frozen (Blu-ray & Digital)
- 4 Deleted Scenes with introduction by Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
- Original Theatrical Short – Get A Horse (Blu-ray, Digital, & DVD)
- “Let It Go” Music Videos by Demi Lovato, Matrina Stoessel & Marsha Milan Londoh (Blu-ray, Digital, & DVD)
- Frozen Teaser Trailer (Blu-ray, Digital, & DVD)