Walt Disney practically built the animated feature-film genre. In 1937, he released the very first full-length animated feature film in theaters. It was a fairy tale about a girl who meets a colorful band of woodsmen. Critics called it “Disney’s Folly,” because no one believed anyone would sit through a 90-minute cartoon. You know the movie as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. At the time, it was the highest-grossing film ever.
In 2013, Frozen once again helped Walt Disney Studios claim the world record for the highest-grossing animated motion picture of all time and inspired artists around the world interested in 3D modeling and animation.
Part of what gives Frozen its magic is the film’s nods to classic Disney films and other cinematic themes. Did you catch these magic moments?
1. Rapunzel Meets Anna
The world of Disney’s Tangled (2010) is apparently just a kingdom over from Arendelle. Catch a glimpse of Rapunzel as she makes her way through the crowd during Anna’s royal crowning ceremony.
5. Olaf Parodies Classic Sunscreen Trademark
As Olaf recalls “In Summer,” his favorite time of the year, a parody of the classic Coppertone sunscreen advertisements can be seen on the beach as a seagull tugs the bathing suit of a sand-made snowman.
6. Princess and the Frog’s Tiana Makes a Cameo
Princess Tiana travels back in time from 1920s New Orleans to visit the Frozen universe. Standing amongst the crowd in the kingdom of Arendelle, the Princess and the Frog (2010) star can be seen in the distance. Look closely or you’ll miss her.
7. The Marshmallow Man
Frozen’s snow monster has no problem destroying an ice kingdom, but it does have a problem with name-calling. In one scene, the snow monster is referred to as “Marshmallow Man,” in a reference to the 1984 classic film, Ghostbusters.
8. Dancing with the Birds
Olaf’s dance routine during his performance of “In Summer” is a nod to another classic Disney film: Mary Poppins (1964), which also features animated cartoon characters.
9. Sugar Rush Racer Treats
The Kingdom of Arendelle is known to host extravagant feasts with unique entrees. After taking a closer look, it becomes clear that this tray of truffles resembles another set of Disney characters, the video game characters of Wreck it Ralph‘s Sugar Rush Racers (2012).