DISNEY JUST WON’T “LET IT GO” – HERE COMES “FROZEN” PART TWO
TELL YOUR WALLET TO “LET IT GO” – “FROZEN” FRENZY NOT OVER YET
JUST “LET IT GO” – “LET IT GO” TO BE STUCK IN YOUR HEAD FOR ETERNITY
REPORTERS KEEP USING “LET IT GO” PUNS AND WE’RE JUST JOINING IN. We have to — the highest-grossing animated film of all time is getting a part two, according to its star.
Idina Menzel, the voice of wintery princess Elsa, told the Telegraph that a sequel to “Frozen” is indeed “in the works.”
This shouldn’t be shocking to anyone who was awake and alive last winter, when “Frozen”-mania overtook the country, and its hit song “Let It Go” became the national anthem of children who control their parents’ minivan stereo.
The overwhelming popularity of the PG-rated film caused stores to sell out of their “Frozen” merchandise so rapidly the “national shortage” of “Frozen” supplies made headlines for weeks. (One mom proudly told the New York Post that she went to 42 stores to find an Elsa dress for her 6 1/2-year-old. A few paragraphs later, the story was about parents getting in all-out brawls.)
But Disney is giving people what they want, and then some: after $1.2 billion in worldwide ticket sales, no opportunity to monopolize on the film’s popularity will be left unattempted. There will be a “Frozen” Broadway musical, a “Frozen” theme park attraction, “Frozen” on ice, a “Frozen” sing-a-long DVD … and this holiday season, the National Retail Federation’s annual survey of top toys showed that one in every five people buying a toy for a girl will choose a “Frozen” item. Maybe the “Frozen” headphones? “Frozen” soup? “Frozen” toilet seat cover? This is the first time in 11 years that Barbie didn’t hold the number one spot. Disney also reported that more than 3 million “Frozen” dresses have been sold in 2014. That’s the equivalent of every person in the state of Mississippi wearing an Elsa or Anna costume.
The true cost of “Frozen” fame was not felt in the coffers of Disney but in the eardrums of parents who after allowing their children to view the film were treated to the following two questions for months on end: “Can we watch/listen to ‘Frozen?'” and “Can we watch/listen to Frozen again?” The soundtrack is one of only two albums to go platinum in 2014 and the three official “Let It Go” videos on YouTube have more than 850 million views combined.
Some parents reveled in the high-pitched ballads; others bemoaned that “Frozen” ruined their lives.
“I definitely did not get into the shower thinking ‘I’m gonna sing ‘Let It Go!'” says Scott Kramer of Los Angeles when he begins telling the story of how his anti-“Let It Go” video went viral on YouTube. Kramer, a father of an 8-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son, realized things had gone too far when he caught himself absentmindedly singing “The cold doesn’t bother me anyway!” while washing himself. He teamed up with his wife and another couple to create “A Frozen Father (“Let It Go” Dad Parody),” which now has 2.5 million views on YouTube.
Seated at a piano in front of a fireplace with Anna and Elsa dolls on the mantel, Kramer’s friend Josh Elson sings, “It’s in my head, it’s in my dreams, / this freaking song is haunting me / I’ve had enough, this has to stop / Please make it stop / Let it go…”
“I mean, it’s a great song,” Kramer said. “But it was just like, enough already.”
His YouTube fame was outpaced by parents Sam and Nia Rader of Carroll, Texas, whose video “Good Looking Parents Sing Disney’s Frozen (Love Is an Open Door)” attracted 18 million views and a slew of its own parodies including “Better Looking Parents ACTUALLY Sing Frozen “Love is an Open Door.” Although the Raders’ daughter Symphony seemed utterly uninterested in “Frozen” in their viral video, Nia said she’s thrilled that there will be more of “Frozen” for her daughter to enjoy.
“The princesses I grew up with, like the Little Mermaid, she gave up her voice and transformed her body to find love. That’s an unrealistic idea to put into little girls’ minds,” Nia said. “In ‘Frozen,’ they put family above everything else.”
The Raders said Symphony, age 4, has already started saving up the dimes she earns from her “good behavior chart” to buy the “Frozen” sequel when it is released.
Kramer’s children are also psyched for “Frozen” part two, as they have each seen the existing movie about 100 times, he estimates. For him and the other parents whose one thought (crystallizing like an icy blast?) at the news of more “Frozen” is a tinge of dread, the plan is just to accept the train is coming.
“First thing when the trailer for the sequel comes out, we’ll have to make a follow up video,” he said. “One that will get us mentally prepared for the onslaught, I guess.”