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It took awhile, but Disney has figured out how to combine their classic brand of storytelling with cutting-edge computer animation. Part of me is in mourning, because it’s highly unlikely we’ll see another traditionally animated movie from them again. But at the same time, films like Tangled and (especially) Frozen still have that classic Disney “look” to them. With these films (and even Wreck-It Ralph, to a lesser extent), Disney currently owns Pixar in more ways than one.
Maybe we’re even in the midst of a second “Disney Renaissance.” Some of you might recall when The Little Mermaid breathed new life into the studio after decades of forgettable kiddie fare. Creatively inspired, they proceeded to crank out some of their greatest animated features, culminating with The Lion King, which quickly became the biggest animated film of all time. Then Pixar came along and changed everything. Disney’s brand of animation became formulaic and rote, while rivals like Dreamworks jumped on the CG bandwagon. Disney initially tried their hand at computer animation, but forgettable flicks like Chicken Little and Bolt paled in comparison to Monsters Inc.,Finding Nemo, Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon.
|"STOP! In the name of love!"
If Tangled is to this century what The Little Mermaid was to the late 80s, then Frozen is today’s Lion King, the epic culmination of lessons learned from the films which proceeded it, resulting in a movie which isn’t arguably different, but far more ambitious. Like The Lion King, its box office and cultural impact is huge. Even if you haven’t yet seen Frozen, you probably know “Let it Go” by now, since it's the most insanely-catchy movie tune since…well, “Hakuna Matata.” In addition, Frozen recently passed The Lion King as Disney’s most successful animated film (and currently the 19th biggest movie of all time, inflation not taken into account).
|"Oh, I get it...the doctor can't find his pen
'cause it's where his thermometer should be!"
I guess it’s obvious I hold The Lion King in the highest regard of any animated Disney film. It’s remains the standard by which I’ve judged all of their subsequent efforts, CG or otherwise. Overall, Frozen doesn’t quite reach those heights, but it is arguably their best animated film since then, raising hopes that we’re in the middle of a true second Disney Renaissance.
For more of our unique insights on Disney’s Frozen, check out FKMG’s previous essay, Frozen and the Disney Junkies.
- “The Making of Frozen”
- D’frosted: Disney’s Journey from Hans Christian Andersen to Frozen
- Deleted scenes
- “Let it Go”: Two music videos
- “Get a Horse”: Taking a cue from Pixar, this wonderful animated short, featuring Mickey Mouse, preceded Frozen during its theatrical run.
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