Everything 'Frozen' That Happened in 2014
Frozen may have come out last year, but if 2014 was any indication, we’re never going to let it go, let it goooooo. We’re never going to let that pun go either. Anyway, Frozen was 2014’s biggest selling DVD and best selling album on iTunes, became a two-time Oscar winner, and inspired everything from toys to theme park rides to wedding dresses.
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Behold, everything Frozen that happened in 2014, the most Frozen-y year yet:
1. Not content to just be one of the biggest movies in the U.S., Frozen goes global, with this video that features “Let It Go” being sung in 25 different languages.
2. 2013 may have had Frozen Sing-a-Longs, but 2014 had the Frozen Cabaret, the first time the cast of the movie — including Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), Josh Gad (Olaf), and Santino Fontana (Hans) — performed the movie’s soundtrack live.
3. Theater actress Christina Bianco kicks off a year of noteworthy YouTube covers with her version of “Let It Go” impersonating Menzel, as well as other singers like Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and Kristin Chenoweth.
4. Here’s the Frozen cover you never knew you needed: Alex Boyé’s Africanized tribal version featuring the One Voice Children's Choir. It has now been viewed over 50 million times.
5. Frozen officially becomes Two-Time Academy Award Winner Frozen when it takes home Oscars for both “Best Animated Feature Film” and “Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song.”
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6. If you forgot everything else about the 86th Annual Academy Awards, you surely remember one name: Adele Dazeem, what John Travolta mistakenly called Idina Menzel while introducing her. Unfortunately, the flub ended up being more memorable than the actual performance.
7. Cover mania continues with these self-proclaimed “Good Looking Parents” lip-singing “Love Is an Open Door” while their kids sit in the back seat, completely over it. Bonus points for original song choice, at least.
8. Like Christina Bianco before him, performer Brian Hull impressively covers “Let It Go” completely in impersonations. But this time, it’s different voices from Disney and Pixar films. Our favorite is Roz from Monsters, Inc.
9. For the Frozen fan whose favorite part of the movie was how cold everyone looked: Hotel de Glace in Quebec’s Frozen-themed suites, including a bedroom sculpted entirely out of ice and an activity room with a real-life Olaf!
10. A natural fit. Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger reveals they're turning Frozen in a Broadway musical. “We’re not demanding speed,” he said at the time. “We’re demanding excellence.” Come October, Disney Theatrical president Thomas Schumacher will confirm he’s “already talking to directors.”
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11. ABC announces that real-life versions of Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Hans will descend upon Storybrooke, the fairy tale town in Once Upon a Time, for more adventures, a potential wedding and a reunion with their aunt: The Snow Queen (played by Elizabeth Mitchell).
12. Since Elsa and Anna meet and greets have been queuing hour-long lines at the parks all year, it was only a matter of time before Disney took the next logical step: In 2016, they will transform The Maelstrom at Disney World into a Frozen-themed ride.
13. A something borrowed and something new that's something blue too! Disney Consumer Products teams with bridal gown designer Alfred Angelo to create a wedding dress inspired by Elsa’s ice gown in Frozen.
14. Frozen was destined to be the most popular Halloween costumes of 2014, and costume retailer Yandy didn’t want adults to feel left out. Which is why the “Sexy Ice Queen Costume” (that’d be Elsa) and “Norwegian Maiden Costume” (that’s Anna) exist. Oh, and there is a sexy Olaf too. Traumatizing.
15. An author named Isabella TaniKumifiles a $250 million suit against the Walt Disney Company claiming Frozen ripped off her 2010 autobiography. Yes, this woman says Frozen — a movie about magic powers and dancing snowmen and curses of eternal winter — stole her life story.
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16. The Frozen cover to end all Frozen covers? Maybe? Hopefully? Kristen Wiig and Ellen Degeneres, who both claim they somehow don’t know the lyrics to “Let It Go,” produce this amazingly awkward performance.
17. Animeme creates the most unexpected Frozen parody of the year, when they mash up “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and...Breaking Bad? Yes, Walter White sings “Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab?” and it’s as insane as it sounds.
18. Perhaps missing every other point on the list and assuming Frozen mania was somehow dwindling, Oh My Disney! pulls out the big guns: Puppies dressed as characters from Frozen. Even if you’re sick to death of it, you have to admit this is pretty darn cute.
19. For the first time in more than a decade, Barbie is not the most sought-after toy for girls this Christmas. According to the National Retail Federation, that honor goes to Frozen toys. Duh.
20. How...timely. A year after the movie came out, The Simpsons caps off the credits of their holiday episode with an “Obligatory Frozen Reference”: Lisa as Elsa, Homer as Olaf, and Bart getting pwned by an ice castle. (Watch the entire intro sequence here.)
21. If 2014 was The Year of Frozen, 2015 will...probably be the same! Disney unveiled the title of their new Frozen short that will premiere before the live-action Cinderella movie next year: Frozen Fever. Oh, and Elsa herself, Idina Menzel, confirmed there’s a full-blown sequel in the works.
Which is to say, we’ll never have to — all together now — let it go.
If there’s one person who loves Frozen more than your kids, it’s Kristen Bell! Check out her reaction to the craziest Frozen-inspired swag: