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Disney execs had a feeling Frozen was going to be a hit, but it’s blown away their wildest expectations. Two months into its run, the winter-themed musical has grossed over $315 million domestic with another $400 million-plus worldwide, and counting. Those numbers are better than the first release of The Lion King (not counting inflation or 3D) and with an Oscar nomination and possible win coming soon, the sky is the limit for the film.

That also means Disney is looking at ways to expand the brand. A theme park ride is possible, a sequel is all but inevitable, and now Disney CEO Bob Iger admitted they’ve begun to discuss following shows such as Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Lion King with a Frozen Broadway musical. Read More »

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Frozen - Duke of Weselton (Alan Tudyk)

One of Disney’s biggest hits in recent memory might be getting a ride sooner than later. Read about that and everything below in this edition of Theme Park Bits.

  • Disney might open a Frozen attraction at Norway in Epcot Center.
  • The Despicable Me attraction in Hollywood gets a release date.
  • Disneyland Paris competitor Futuroscope just got a fresh investment.
  • California Adventure has a Three Kings Day Celebration.
  • See the difference between Jurassic Park T-Rexes in Florida and California.
  • The Jungle Cruise at Disneyland Tokyo gets an upgrade.
  • Listen to audio of an old-school Disney Imagineer dishing secrets.

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Frozen

As I recall it, the climax of Disney’s Frozen is pretty great as it is. All the themes of the film — love, sisterhood, self-sacrifice, self-control — come to a head in one moving scene, sure to jerk tears and draw smiles in equal measure. But one fan thinks there’s a little something else Disney could’ve done to make the moment even more touching. After reviewing the video evidence, I’m inclined to agree.

One Tumblr user penned a reprise of “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” to go with the big moment, another recorded the tune, and a third set it to video. Check it out after the jump, but be warned that major spoilers follow, and also that it may leave you bawling like a baby.

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Before Midnight 12

If you’re both 1) desperate for some distraction from the holiday hubbub and 2) eager to get a leg up on the rest of your office for the annual Oscar pool, here’s a way to kill two birds with one stone.

Over thirty screenplays for some of 2013′s top films have just been made available, legally and for free, through the studios. Highlights include John Ridley‘s 12 Years a Slave, Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy‘s Before Midnight, Terence Winter‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, and many more.

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Frozen Olaf

Disney’s latest family musical, Frozen, is in theaters now and quickly gaining a sterling reputation. Some are comparing it to the classic musicals of the 1990s such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast or The Lion King. Others say it’s better than any film Pixar has released in years. I say it’s probably somewhere in the middle, a delightful Disney animated film that has plenty to remember, but isn’t without an issue or two. [You can watch what is arguably the film's best moment here.]

As is the case with most Disney movies, which take so long to make, animators love to populate some of the busier frames with Easter Eggs. In Frozen, there are at least three biggies. We’ve seen one that relates back to Tangled, but Wreck-It Ralph, and even an appearance of Mickey Mouse himself are in there, too. Check them out below. Read More »

Frozen / Tangled

Disney has a long history of slipping little Easter eggs into its animated films, but some are more hidden than others. Pretty much everyone has heard the urban legend about the word “SFX” (or “SEX” for the more gutter-minded) being hidden in the sky in The Lion King, for example.

Then, on the other hand, you have cameos like Rapunzel’s in Frozen, which was so subtle that even Tangled co-director Nathan Greno failed to pick it up. Hit the jump to see Rapunzel and Flynn in their blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance.

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Some people who just wants to enjoy the beauty of falling snow, without knowing much about it; they might not be interested in knowing about the ways that temperature, humidity, and other factors conspire to create specific types of snow. But that information is so cool, I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t want to know more.

Likewise, the animation in Frozen, complete with some lovely and detailed depiction of snow, might be all some people want to see. But if you want to know more, a video has hit YouTube that explains a bit about how the film’s animated snow was achieved. Read More »

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Disney, Marvel and Universal all get some ink in this edition of Theme Park Bits. Below, read about the following

  • Will a Indiana Jones ride open at Disneyland Paris?
  • The Ratatouille ride will open in Summer 2014.
  • Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige admits to wanting more Marvel rides.
  • Get a glimpse of the new Frozen-influenced World of Color show at Disney California Adventure.
  • Disney legend Richard Sherman wrote a new song for a show based on the ride It’s A Small World.
  • Check out the cover to the Haunted Mansion-inspired comic Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird.
  • A Frozen meet and greet is now open in Epcot.
  • Read a fantastic interview with the man behind Universal rides like Jurassic Park, King Kong, Terminator and Spider-Man.

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