UPDATED May 31, 2014 – Finding Nemo? Let it go! Disney’s newest animated hit feature has become the highest grossing original animated film in movie history after amassing a total of more than $1.219 BILLION dollars as of March 20th. It is currently the 5th highest grossing movie of all time beating out such heavyweights as Iron Man 3, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and even Disney’s other powerhouse animated film, Toy Story 3. There hasn’t been this much excitement about a Disney animated movie since The Little Mermaid made her debut back in 1989. It had marked the beginning of a resurgence in animated features and even more astoundingly during this period, Disney had the first animated film become nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture (Beauty and the Beast) – and this before today’s Oscar awards where anywhere up to ten films get nominated. But when Pixar came on the scene in 1995 with the blockbuster hit Toy Story, it seemed as if Disney animation got stuck in a mire. While this period did see some solid family entertainment coming from the Mouse House – Pocahontas, Mulan, Tarzan, and Lilo and Stitch come to mind – it wasn’t on the same grand scale as these earlier epics. But recent successes with The Princess and the Frog and Tangled, pointed the way to a revival of this earlier period in Disney’s animated history and with Frozen that time seems to have arrived.
One of the reasons for the resurgence is the popularity of the music in the movie. Frozen boasts an incredible soundtrack that remained at number one on the Billboard charts for four weeks – a feat not done by a soundtrack since 2007 when High School Musical 2 did it, and not by a movie soundtrack since 2003. It is only the fourth animated movie soundtrack to reach number one in the history of the Billboard music charts. The song “Let It Go” has been nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award and won the Oscar in that category. There are a number of inspiring, heartwarming, funny, and beautiful renditions of the song playing on YouTube right now. A collection of some of the best are here for your enjoyment. The first is a rendition of the song in 25 different languages presented by Disney Animation. The second is an interpretation using a full choir with an African influence. The third is a fun and touching rendition done by random people visiting Disneyland one day produced by Oh My Disney! And the fourth is a funny interpretation by Christina Bianco. Ever wonder what the song might sound like if Britany Spears, Barbara Streisand, or Celine Dion sung it? Wonder no longer. Pass it on to your friends!