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Disney In Depth: 15 Amazing ‘Frozen’ Cover Videos (Part 1)
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How can you qualify and quantify audiences’ love for Frozen? Watch the supply of videos stocked on YouTube, showcasing creative parodies and renditions of Frozen songs, and then look at the number of individuals who have watched those spoofs. There you have it. Frozen is a hit, in terms of variety and viewership.

Here is the first of a two-part edition of Disney In Depth that features 15 amazing Frozen cover videos and spoofs – and I assure you that not all of them feature the Oscar-winning “Let It Go.”

Let’s watch and analyze eight great videos right now!

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Disney In Depth: Reasons Why Everyone Loves ‘Aladdin’
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“A whole new world” exists for those visiting Broadway, as Aladdin, the classic Disney animated film featuring the Oscar-winning music of Alan Menken, Tim Rice, and Howard Ashman, finally hits The Great White Way. It took more than 20 years, but as critics have indicated, it is well worth the wait.

But why does everyone love Genie, Jasmine, and Jafar? Let’s unleash a few potential reasons from the lamp.

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Disney In Depth: The Walt Disney Studios 2014 Preview (Part 2)
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2014 has arrived. This will (hopefully) mark another great slate of films from The Walt Disney Studios! In last week’s edition of Disney In Depth we explored the movies to be released during the first half of the year. Now let’s take a peek at the films debuting later in 2014.

Continue below to check out the rest of the list.

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Disney In Depth: Movie Review: Frozen
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Frozen
Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
Starring Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff and Santino Fontana
Walt Disney Pictures
Rated PG | 108 Minutes
Release Date: November 27, 2013

Breathtaking, bewitching, and beautiful are among the words that come to mind when I see snowfall. Similarly, these same words can describe Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 53rd feature film. Frozen, perhaps the most winning formula for the studio since 1999’s Tarzan, blends together a flurry of deep characters, compelling storylines, masterfully-written music and stunning animation. Brace yourself for a surprising ride that features more unexpected storytelling turns than you might expect. Let’s dash off into a review of Frozen.

Ever since I first heard an early version of the show-stopping ballad “Let It Go” at the August 2012 Destination D event, I knew this film would be special. This tale, loosely-based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, had potential – at least in its music department. But I will dive into that shortly. Let us first explore the story.

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Disney In Depth: Robin Hood Blu-ray Review
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Robin Hood
Blu-ray | DVD | Instant Video
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
Starring Brian Bedford, Monica Evans Phil Harris, Peter Ustinov, Terry-Thomas, Andy Devine, Roger Miller and Carole Shelley
Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release Date: August 6, 2013

Robin Hood finally shoots its way onto Blu-ray, but sadly the titular character does not steal the screen in the best way. It’s no Disney classic, at least for those of us who did not grow up with Maid Marian and friends, but the 1973 movie deserves a viewing if you go into it with reasonable expectations.

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Fair warning. I did not have any sentimental feelings in watching Robin Hood, namely because I did not watch this film repeatedly during childhood. Thus I found it harder to connect with the oddball assortment of characters and collection of ideas that somehow never seem cohesive. The personalities are cute. The forceful underdog story moves even the most cynical. The humor recalls the tongue-in-cheek intelligence found in many of Disney’s finest. Yet Robin Hood appears to try too hard in representing something remarkable when at its core the film is straightforward minimalism.

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