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"Frozen" is the first Disney animated feature to hit the $1 billion mark at the box office.
"Frozen" is the first Disney animated feature to hit the $1 billion mark at the box office.

Disney's "Frozen" makes a billion, entertains millions

If you have children in your home, chances are you’ve seen Disney’s "Frozen" at least a dozen times already. The latest full-feature from Disney Animation was released on Blu-ray and DVD last week.

With the beautifully-drawn characters and landscapes, humorous characters and well-written and performed songs – chances are you won’t be able to just "Let it Go" anytime soon.

This movie was actually available for viewing at home before its March 18 release date. "Frozen" was a studio-first with a digital download before home entertainment media by disc was available online or at retail outlets.

The film with the voice cast of Kristen Belll, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad is on its way to becoming one of the biggest hits at the box office.

As it is still available at many theaters four months after its release, and continuing ticket sales world-wide, "Frozen" was the first Disney animated film to break the billion dollar mark.

This, the 53rd movie in the Disney animated classics line, has made more than $1.032 billion at the box office and is ranked 12th on the all-time box office take list. The Blu-ray and DVD combo pack – with a retail price at under $20 – is on its way to hitting records for sales in the home entertainment arena as well.

I had the opportunity to screen the Blu-ray, and not only enjoyed the film for what it was, but was fascinated by the behind-the-scenes story "D’frosted: Disney’s Journey From Hans Christian Anderson to Frozen." It helped set the tone of the film and the story that directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee wanted to tell. Lee is also the first female director of a Disney Animation feature, and the screen writer for both recent hits from the studio with "Frozen" and "Wreck-It Ralph."

The original theatrical short "Get a Horse" with Mickey Mouse and friends is a fun little gem found among the bonus features. The Top 40 hit song "Let it Go" is also another great boost.

OnMilwaukee.com’s film writer Matt Mueller said that "Frozen" rejuvenates the magical, musical world of Disney.

I couldn’t agree more.

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