‘Frozen’ melting hearts around the world

As a 17-year-old, six-foot-two senior male, I was extraordinarily hesitant about going to watch Disney’s new princess movie “Frozen.” That is why I waited eight weeks after the movie’s release to go to a 10:20 p.m. showing. When I walked in, I was surprised to see a packed theater, and I was even more surprised about how wrong I was about this movie.

“Frozen” begins with the story of two sisters, Anna and Elsa, voiced by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, as children growing up. Elsa, the eldest princess of the land of Arendelle, was born with magic powers that allow her to create and control ice and snow. One night, while the two children were playing, Elsa accidently shot Anna with her magic. Afraid of hurting her sister again, Elsa locks herself in her room for many years and attempts to control her powers, creating a rift between her and her sister. After their parents’ death, the two sisters are required to take control the kingdom. This gives Anna a new chance to be the person she has always wanted to be and causes Elsa much grief as she attempts to conceal her powers and emotions. As one thing leads to another, one sister is forced to save the other and the entire kingdom from the approaching storm.

The entire plot is enthralling and amazing. From the very beginning of the movie with baby Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff, and his pet reindeer Sven, I watched in complete focus. The movie already had me wanting more music and magic throughout the film, and the characters were down-right hilarious. The comic relief was constant but it was also not annoying in any way. It was the perfect amount of humor that would make the audience laugh, but not take away from the dramatic scenes or the plot itself.

The animation throughout the film is gorgeous. The scenery in the mythic land of Arendelle is nothing but amazing. Each of the animated characters move smoothly without fault. Even the snow and magic look astounding. This is definitely the best looking animated film of 2013.

The soundtrack is a production to stand on its own. The score and songs from the movie are magnificent and catchy. The “Frozen” soundtrack has an incredible 32 songs, from the critically acclaimed “Let it Go” by Idina Menzel to the majority of the score by Christopher Peck. The deluxe version of the album boasts 59 songs including karaoke versions of popular songs “Love Is an Open Door” and “For the First Time in Forever.” In previous weeks, the album has sold more on iTunes than Beyonce’s new record breaking album, which is a milestone on its own.

The movie even made a comeback in theaters Jan. 31 with a sing-along version. “Frozen” may not even leave the theaters before it makes its speedy digital release on Feb. 25 and its DVD Blu-ray release on March 18. The release of personal copies will without a doubt make a huge impact on the overall gross income from the film.

On the greater scale, “Frozen” has melted hearts in every market. After winning a Golden Globe for best animated film, the motion-picture was nominated for two Oscars. It has raised $865,628,411 in the international box office, which has broken all of Disney’s records except the number one record holder for Disney, “The Lion King” which boasts $987,483,777.

Disney is further extending the two sisters’ story to a Broadway production. Walt Disney CEO and Chairman Bob Iger revealed his plans for the Broadway show in a private interview with Fortune.

Disney is literally throwing the story of Anna and Elsa in the public’s face with the Broadway production, extended soundtrack, sing-along version and early digital copy release, but I’m not complaining. This film is exciting, adventurous, magical, beautiful and hilarious all in one. If anyone has not already seen it, it’s Disney’s new classic and is definitely worth at least one viewing, if not several after that.