Though it just turned one last week, Walt Disney Animation Studios' FROZEN is here to stay, and now - for the first time in forever - audiences can enjoy the FROZEN Sing-along Edition on DVD, just in-time for the Holidays! To celebrate, Disney and THE ROCK FATHER have teamed-up for a Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway where readers can enter for a chance to score this new version of FROZEN to enjoy in their own home. Do you want to build a snowman... or let it go, again?
Given how big a Global cultural phenomenon it's become, it's almost hard to imagine that it was just one year ago today - November 27, 2013 - that Walt Disney Animation Studios' FROZEN first hit theaters. A year out, and FROZEN has officially toppled Barbie to be the biggest doll line (with MONSTER HIGH close behind), has inspired countless YouTube videos, parodies and tributes - and has managed to sell over three million Elsa dresses (at least one to me). Out of all the films I could've done a press trip for, I was fortunate to be included in the group of writers to visit Walt Disney Animation Studios to help promote the first home video release of FROZEN earlier this year, and now seems like a perfect time to do a recap - this being the first anniversary of the forever-classic - along with five of the best ROCK cover versions of "Let It Go," the iconic song that has made Idina Menzel a household name. Ready to "Let It Go" again?
While the details are slim, FROZEN's IDINA MENZEL herself broke the news yesterday that she'll be releasing a new album next month, when HOLIDAY WISHES hits the streets. Set for release on October 14th via Warner Bros. Records, pre-orders have already popped-up on Amazon for what will undoubtedly be the year's top new Holiday album for 2014. Even in an era where album sales are down, there's always that one big record for the season, and this looks to be it. Check out the cover art below, and look for the tracklisting soon...
Next Spring, audiences will be able to return to Arendelle...
Walt Disney Animation Studios has officially announced the new animated short FROZEN FEVER, welcoming back to the big screen Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and, of course, loveable snowman Olaf. Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and produced by Peter Del Vecho (read my interview with them here), with an all-new original song by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, FROZEN FEVER reunites the entire Oscar®-winning original team from Disney’s FROZEN.
And you thought I was done covering FROZEN for a bit? Think again! On November 18, Walt Disney Animation Studio's Academy Award-winning pop culture sensation rings in the holiday season with the release of the FROZEN Sing-Along Edition on DVD + Digital Combo Pack (no Blu-ray, it seems). Available for pre-order now at Disney Store, this is the version that became a last-minute phenomenon that I discussed with filmmakers Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho back in February - put together after plans for the initial DVD/Blu-ray release were already in motion. Check out a just-released announcement trailer via Facebook right now.
I don't think I'll ever be able to stop writing about FROZEN here on THE ROCK FATHER. In fact, it's almost unbelievable that the movie only hit theaters nine months ago. That said, Idina Menzel's now iconic rendition of "Let It Go" continues to inspire, with over six million (I made that number up) cover versions currently posted to YouTube. Now, I've noted on several occasions that my favorite comes from THE LAST SLEEPLESS CITY, who rocked it up Pop Punk style a few months back (hear it here), and that hasn't changed - but I guarantee you haven't heard "Let It Go" like I'm about to share. From Sumerian Records comes BETRAYING THE MARTYRS' metallic take on the song. It's harsh - not kid-friendly, and might turn some of you off, but I dig what they did with the chorus around the 1:01 mark. The dueling clean/harsh vocals are interesting, indeed. Check out the new video below, and if you dig the song, download it on Amazon or iTunes.