Frozen: Three Years and Running, Time to "Let It Go"?
Story By: Lynette Kim and Jamie Shin Editor: Teddy Cho Web Designer: Andrew Song
Disney’s Frozen has become a worldwide phenomenon since its debut on November 10, 2013. Starting from kids’ clothing and accessories to even a Frozen themed plane, there has been what seems like a “Frozen takeover”, as Kyuhee Han (8) likes to put it. Frozen has even won two Oscars- indicating how huge Frozen has become through the past three years.
Earning over $1.2 billion worldwide, Frozen has become the highest grossing animated movie of all time and the fifth-biggest movie in box office history.
In addition, extremely catchy songs from the movie such as “Let It Go”, “Do You Want To Build A Snowman”, and “Love Is An Open Door”, took over the billboard charts during the time of release. Since then, “Let It Go” has become one of the most covered songs, and has over 750,000,000 views on YouTube.
While toys, dresses, games, and other merchandise related to the movie “Frozen” are constantly being produced due to the never ending fame, other ridiculous items are being made as well. Starting from companies putting Elsa and Anna’s pictures on canned food, cosmetic products, and even toilet seats, they are using Frozen’s success to promote their product to the Frozen lovers.
Perhaps the reason for the rave is due to Disney’s newfound approach at gender roles. Disney, criticized in the past for portraying princesses as needing a prince charming to save them, gave a twist to that idea. Frozen shows the strong bond between sisters and how Elsa discovers her powers as she finds beauty in herself, without a man.
However, the “Frozen Takeover” has made some sick of all to do with the movie. Dowhan Kim (8) says with a sigh: “The movie itself was good, but it became overrated once people wouldn’t stop singing the song.”
Also, all ten out of ten people we interviewed- ranging from four different grades and both genders- said they believe Frozen should go. “Honestly, kids our age just want the fad to fade. Younger audiences may be intrigued, but definitely not me personally anymore…” (Lauren Kang, 8)
What do you think? Is it time to “Let It Go”?