Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Frozen ices out UK's animated films

Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff voice the main characters in Frozen

Frozen, featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Jonathan Groff, has become the UK's highest grossing original animated film of all time.

The Bafta-winning Disney musical, which has been released in cinemas with a new sing-along version, has surpassed Monsters Inc to enter the record books, with takings of almost £38 million.

Wreck-It Ralph, Monsters University, Planes and Frozen, which were all released by Disney in 2013, have also set a new UK record, having grossed a combined total of over £100 million at the UK box office.

Disney's Lee Jury said: "We have enjoyed a record-breaking year with our animation slate in the UK. We are so delighted to see such breadth in the audiences attending and enjoying our animated movies in cinemas up and down the country."

Frozen, which won best animated film at the Baftas and is up for two Oscars, is also close to passing the one billion US dollars mark in the global box office.

Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen, the film stars Idina Menzel as snow queen Elsa, who has magical icy powers. Kristen portrays her younger sister Princess Anna, while Jonathan is the voice of mountain man Kristoff.

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