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It's no surprise when a Disney film is met with critical and commercial success, but after winning an Academy Award and the title of highest grossing animated picture of all time, it's safe to say that Frozen is impressive even by Disney's high standards. Storyboard artists Jeff Ranjo (Frozen, Surf's Up, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), Fawn Veerasunthorn (Frozen, Hop, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera), Nicole Mitchell (Frozen, Wreck-it Ralph, Winnie the Pooh) and Normand Lemay (Frozen, Rio) were on hand at WonderCon today to give a behind-the-scenes look at the art of storyboarding and the process of crafting story for an animated film. Hit the jump to learn some Frozen movie secrets and for highlights of the panel. Frozen - The Art of the Story WonderCon Panel Recap: The group kicked things off by explaining the job of a story board artist. They described the process »
- Haleigh Foutch
On the same day it won two Academy Awards including Best Animated Feature, Frozen, Walt Disney Animation Studios' 53rd feature film, crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The biggest non-sequel animated film ever released and the second biggest animated film of all time globally, Frozen has earned an estimated $388.8 million at the domestic box office and $611.5 million internationally for a global total of $1,000.3 million. It is The Walt Disney Studios' seventh release to reach the $1 billion mark, joining Marvel's The Avengers and Iron Man 3, Disney's second and fourth Pirates of the Caribbean films, Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 3, and Disney's Alice in Wonderland.
Here's what The Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn had to say about Frozen's box office milestone in a statement.
"With Frozen, we knew we had something truly special on our hands, and it has connected with fans and filmgoers around the world in »
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! For much of the year, the Best Animated Feature category was looking like a bit of a problem area: as one studio effort after another met with either an indifferent or disastrous reception, the threat of the weakest field in the award's 13-year history hovered in the air. In the end, however, things picked up: the Mouse House came through in November with a certifiable smash, and the Academy enriched the category by venturing further afield than Hollywood. As it is, it's a respectable enough contest, though a five-nominee field is beginning to look over-generous. The nominees are... "The Croods" (Chris Sanders, »
- Guy Lodge
Johnny Dodd is a reporter and writer for People, currently in Sochi covering the 2014 Winter Olympics. You can follow him on Twitter @Johnny_Dodd. Off the slopes and looking for something to do, Team USA's Julia Mancuso braved freezing waters for an unlikely Sochi surfing adventure. "I never thought I'd be surfing in Russia," she tells me. The 29-year-old downhill skier won a bronze in super-combined and is now the proud owner of four Olympic medals, more than any other female American skier. But the reason I'm writing about her now is a text she told me she received. It »
- Johnny Dodd
Frozen audiences are invited to join the act - literally - as more than 1000 theaters nationwide introduce an all-new sing-along version of Disney's Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning big-screen adventure beginning Jan. 31, 2014. In addition to today's announcement, Disney has debuted a new version of the previously-released "Let It Go" musical sequence, which showcases the 25 different languages this hit animated musical was translated into.
Here's what Disney's Dave Hollis had to say about the new sing along version in a statement.
"Frozen fans have embraced the film's original songs and its soundtrack with such passion - there are countless YouTube videos from people singing songs like 'Let It Go' - we decided to create a version that would celebrate that enthusiasm. It's a great opportunity for families to get together and have some fun with these songs."
According to Hollis, on-screen lyrics and a magical bouncing snowflake will accompany select showings. Moviegoers can »
Surf's up! Gwyneth Paltrow showed off her famous figure in a tiny pink Melissa Odabash bikini on the beaches of Hawaii on New Year's Eve. The bestselling cookbook author enjoyed the water as her husband of 10 years, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, looked on from the shore. The couple, who share children Moses, 7, and Apple, 9, are rarely photographed together. But they appeared to be deep in conversation on the beaches of Hawaii. As Us Weekly exclusively revealed, Paltrow, 41, ended her feud with Vanity Fair editor-in-chief [...] »
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