Over the weekend some great news:
Disney’s hit film “Frozen” has become the top-grossing animated film in box office history, knocking Woody off his pedestal. With its opening in Japan this weekend, “Frozen” has taken the top spot and pushed its worldwide box office to an estimated $1.072 billion, pushing past “Toy Story 3.”
Opponents of this blog have long argued that without subsidies and unorganized cheap labor, Hollywood would not be able to make successful movies. However Frozen is a glowing example that you can make successful movies with unions, no subsidies, and lots of great VFX. Oh and break some huge records too.
It’s also worth pointing out that this isn’t an exception, the most successful animated films have followed same course. What’s amazing to me is that given the parity in the skills for VFX, we haven’t really seen this trend in the international locations. Has there recently been a similar successful film like Frozen where it received no subsidies and was worked on by organized labor in international locations? Why is that?