Disney's animated fairy tale "Frozen," which picked up two Academy Awards last night (for best Original Song and Animated Feature), now has another feather to stick in its frosty cap: it has just crossed the $1 billion worldwide box office milestone. That should take the sting off of the generally horrible Idina Menzel performance from last night.
Last night's win marked the first time that a Walt Disney Animation Studios film had picked up the Best Animated Feature Oscar in the category's 13-year history, and the new worldwide box office total makes it only the second animated feature to cross that threshold. (The other is Pixar's "Toy Story 3.") In the history of the studio, this is only the seventh film to make over $1 billion worldwide. It's currently just inside the top 20 list of highest grossing movies of all time.
"With 'Frozen,' we knew we had something truly special on our hands, and it has connected with fans and filmgoers around the world in a way we only dreamed was possible," said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios, in a statement released by the company. "Animation is the cornerstone of our company, and thanks to the vision, dedication, and talent of our tremendous cast and filmmaking team, Disney Animation has come roaring back with a new classic for fans of all ages."
The film, a contemporary and sometimes cutting-edge take on Hans Christian Andersen's classic "The Snow Queen," has been in development, off and on, for more than 70 years. Considering the film has won, in addition to its two Oscars, The film has also won the Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics' Choice, and Producers Guild of America awards for best animated film, five Annie Awards, and four Visual Effects Society Awards, among many other things, it was worth the wait.
"Frozen" arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on March 18th. I spent the morning going through the special features of the disc and, well, you should start getting excited.