It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a decade since Walt Disney Pictures’ animated smash hit Frozen took the world by snowstorm and introduced two new Disney royals at once. Princess Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, and Queen, Elsa played by Idina Menzel became instant favorites to families everywhere, even though “Let It Go” may have become the soundtrack of some parents’ nightmares.
Besides just birthing a new Disney power ballad, Frozen has left an undeniable mark on popular culture from its box office success to its unforgettable characters and aesthetic.
Frozen’s Creative Team and Memorable Performances
The global sensation was directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and hit theaters on November 27, 2013. Set in the kingdom of Arendelle, the film follows Disney’s most popular sisters as they navigate a tragic childhood, Elsa’s ice powers, and manage the kingdom during an unfathomable weather crisis. Jonathan Groff as Kristoff and Josh Gad as the lovable snowman Olaf round out the dream team of a talented cast.
One key factor that contributed to the success of Frozen was obviously its captivating music. With an expanded score by Oscar-winning couple, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Frozen delivered pure Disney magic via Broadway-style joy to audiences across the globe. We already mentioned “Let It Go,” but the soundtrack’s “Do You Want to Build a Snowman,” “In Summer,” “For the First Time in Forever,” and “Love is an Open Door” also became instant classics and showcased the immense talent of the film’s songwriters.
Frozen’s Ongoing Legacy
Frozen’s stunning animation and sensational special effects also contributed to audience awe. The enchanting and mesmerizing animated eternal winter was meticulously crafted to transport viewers into the snowy world of Arendelle. Disney capitalized on the success of the original film and the popularity of the characters by expanding the franchise. There are now a dozen Disney+ short films, a sequel (with at least one more on the way), a podcast, countless merchandise, and even a Broadway show – hailed as a true Broadway spectacle.
Collin Baja, a theater producer, said, “Frozen was a game-changer. It brought in a whole new audience and reignited the enthusiasm for live theater.”
The impact of Frozen extended beyond the United States, as the film resonated with audiences worldwide. The Disney theme parks saw wait times to meet Anna and Elsa reach a stunning seven hours at peak popularity. Now, a chunk of Walt Disney World’s Norway Pavilion in EPCOT has been dedicated to their Summerhus and movie-themed ride, Hollywood Studios has a daily stage show sing-along featuring the characters, the sisters are heavily featured on Disney Cruise Line, and Tokyo Disney is even unveiling an entire land called World of Frozen later this year!
Disney Themes that Prevail
Frozen‘s universal themes of love, family, and self-discovery struck a chord with viewers of all ages and cultures. The film’s message of empowerment particularly showcased through Elsa’s journey, inspired countless individuals to embrace their true selves. Disney shared a short video gearing up to celebrate the big anniversary highlighting many of these aspects, showing the positive impact it has had on families, and proving the magic Frozen still brings people to this day.
— Disney (@Disney) September 25, 2023
Frozen‘s impact on the world cannot be understated. From its mesmerizing music and powerhouse performances to its stunning visuals and inspiring sisterly story, Frozen captured the hearts of millions. It sparked a global phenomenon that has become an integral part of popular culture.
And if you don’t agree, I’m afraid the only frozen heart around here, is yours.