Sometimes in order to write articles, I have to dig deep into Google for information. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it. Anyway, this time as part of my in-depth research, which was cleverly disguised as a vacation, I went to Disneyland; somewhere between the Mad T Party and my ferocious speed walking from one end of the park to the other to take a picture with Merida (which was a total failure. I had to cut down a few kids to even get a glimpse. I’m so sorry boy with the blue shirt! I didn’t mean to push you into the churro cart), I heard dozens of visitors singing Frozen songs. Like most people, I had already seen it in the theater and fell instantly in love – Disney princess style. But as I walked around while snot-nosed kids screamed at their parents for more Mickey Mouse things to feed their addiction, my mind wandered as to why I have virtually no complaints about this film. That’s not to say everyone who watches it loves it because I’m sure there is some group somewhere that hates it. And that’s okay. There will never be one movie for every single person. However, the vast majority of those that I know of absolutely loved it.
When the trailer for Frozen first came out, it kind of looked like any other Disney film only with ice and a redheaded protagonist that wasn’t a brat. So how did this movie that seemed to follow the exact same formula as its predecessors win two Oscars and earn over a billion dollars? Well, the other part of my research was watching this movie until I was pretty sure I had trained my voice to sound like Idina Menzel. I dissected and analyzed every scene and song (and there were a lot of those) wondering why this movie was such a hit with people. I’m also 38% sure that adults like it more than kids. At least, that’s what I tell myself so I don’t feel too childish. I mean, this is hardly the first Disney film – or animated one for that matter – to have songs littered between scenes like a bad episode of Glee. So what was it about this dang movie that just wouldn’t leave me be?
After my twelfth view, I broke it down into four reasons: