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Frozen is a highly popular animated musical fantasy film released by Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2013. The film was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen” and follows the story of two royal sisters, Elsa and Anna, in the kingdom of Arendelle.

Elsa possesses magical ice powers, but she struggles to control them and fears hurting others. After accidentally revealing her powers during her coronation, she flees to the mountains, leaving Arendelle trapped in an eternal winter. Anna, accompanied by a rugged iceman named Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, and the lovable snowman Olaf, embarks on a journey to find her sister and bring back summer to their kingdom.

Frozen is known for its catchy musical numbers, including the widely popular “Let It Go,” performed by Elsa, which became a cultural phenomenon. The film emphasizes the bond between the two sisters and explores themes of love, self-acceptance, and the power of true love.

The film received critical acclaim for its animation, storytelling, and memorable characters. It won two Academy Awards, including Best Animated Feature, and became one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time. Due to its immense success, the film spawned a sequel, Frozen II, released in 2019, and various spin-offs, merchandise, and a Broadway musical adaptation.

Frozen has captivated audiences of all ages with its heartfelt story, stunning animation, and beloved characters, solidifying its place as a beloved Disney film and a cultural phenomenon.

Fun Facts

  • Frozen’s Origin: “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Frozen the Musical Debut: August 2017
  • Frozen on Broadway Debut: March 2018
  • Frozen could have been one of the first Disney feature films: Walt Disney was interested in an animated movie version of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales (including “The Snow Queen” as early as 1940.
  • Elsa was originally a villain in early drafts of Frozen and was not Anna’s sister.
  • The land of Arendelle is modeled after 19th century Norway.
  • The voice of Oaken (the shop keeper), Chris Williams, is also a writer/director for Moana and Bolt and also directed Big Hero 6 and a number of other movies.
  • Jennifer Lee was the first woman to direct a Disney animated feature film.
  • Rapunzel and Flynn Rider make a cameo in Elsa’s coronation scene.
  • Additional Frozen Movies and Shorts:
  • Frozen Movie Budget: $150 million
  • Frozen’s All-Time Movie Rankings:
    • Highest grossing animated films of all time (#1)
    • Highest grossing films of all time (#12)
    • Highest grossing films of 2013 (#1)
  • Frozen is the all time best-selling Blu Ray in the US.
  • Elsa has 420,000 strands of hair, which is 4x the average human being.
  • Number of languages Frozen was made available in: 41
  • Frozen toys were the number one girls toy for the holidays in 2014 (beating out longtime #1 Barbie)
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  • Year Released: 2013
  • Type of Movie: Animated
  • Box Office: $1.276 billion
  • Awards: Won Academy Awards; Won British Academy Award; Won Golden Globe; Won Grammy Awards
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  • Directors: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
  • Producer: Peter Del Vecho
  • Writer: Jennifer Lee
  • Music: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

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I am founder and editor of My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and