There are so many Disney films and many of them are sitting on a shelf in my house in DVD form, but what makes one of them more popular than the others?
What makes children want to watch the same Disney film over and over again?
I don’t have the definitive answer to this question, but what I do know is the Disney film Frozen has been a smash hit and my daughters love it.
Most days since the postman delivered the DVD to our front door I have heard songs from the film being sung by my daughters and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve sat through the animated story.
It is now not just a Disney film, but a record-breaking Disney film.
Last week it was announced that it is now the most successful animation of all time, overtaking Toy Story, and the soundtrack is the best-selling album.
If you are a parent of young children you’ve almost definitely had the words to ‘Let It Go’ and ‘For The First Time in Forever’ stuck in your head all day and now the album has sold more than 700,000 copies in the UK.
But why is this story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged iceman to find her estranged sister whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom in eternal winter, so crowdpleasing among children?
Well, after watching it and then watching it again and again and again, I think I know why Frozen has caught the imagination of our children.
Firstly it’s a tried and tested formula which has been used for many years.
A formula that appears in many films and books for children which is the old-fashioned tale of a princess in the castle living in a kingdom which has come under a spell.
Of course we all know that just before the credits roll the spell will be banished and everyone will be happy forever and so do my daughters after watching it for the hundredth time, but they still enjoy the journey towards the happy ending.
Secondly, it’s really funny.
My daughters don’t even laugh at my jokes in the way they do for the character Olaf the snowman.
He’s the wisecracking sidekick who is a bit dim, but adorable at the same time with a silly voice. I have a feeling Olaf dolls will be popular this Christmas.
Thirdly, and what I think is the main reason for the film’s success, is the highly addictive, witty, catchy and sometimes absurdly annoying songs. Most car journeys no longer require the radio because my daughters in the back are supplying their version of the Frozen soundtrack. It seems the film’s popularity is yet to fade and this Christmas will once again be Frozen.