The Walt Disney Company and Feld Entertainment have this week announced the development of a new Disney on Ice show set to tour the United States in the near future. Titled Disney on Ice: Frozen, this ambitious musical production's narrative will take the form (we suspect, at least) of a loose adaptation of Walt Disney Pictures' hit 2013 animated film of the same name.
Having had the pleasure of witnessing a Disney on Ice show in all of its glory (a Toy Story-themed performance, no less), we can safely say that anyone who elects to give this latest production a try will come out of their nearest US arena more than satisfied with the results. More enticingly still, whilst shows based on Toy Story, Monsters, Inc and the like had to rely on newly-envisioned musical numbers in order to sustain their viewership's interest, Frozen already contains so many beloved melodies - "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?" and "Love Is An Open Door" remain our favourites - that its success in a theatrical state is pretty much assured.
Evidently not content to halt the good news with this announcement, Disney have moreover confirmed that Frozen is now the fifth highest-grossing film of all-time. The critically acclaimed blockbuster knocked Iron Man 3 into sixth place earlier this week as it surpassed the latter's mighty worldwide gross of $1,215,439,994 and entered the much coveted ranks of the Top 5. There's a way to go yet until Walt Disney Animation Studios can hope to match Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, Marvel's Avengers Assemble, Titanic or the box office behemoth that was Avatar, but regardless of their latest project's future commercial prospects, this marks a truly remarkable achievement from a studio who stood in the shadow of Pixar for decades, at least until their window of opportunity emerged as 2011's Cars 2 proved to be their competitor's weakest contribution to the animated genre in some time. We'd like to send our wholehearted congratulations to everyone involved with the production of Frozen- have a chilled drink on us, lads and lasses!
Disney on Ice: Frozen will première at the Amway Centre in Orlando, Florida this September 5th. The DVD and Blu-Ray retail edition of Frozen is available now in the UK.