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Disney seeks to crown revival with Frozen Oscar gold

Published on Feb 24, 2014 10:20 AM
Elsa from Frozen played by Idina Menzel. -- FILE PHOTO: DISNEY PICTURES 

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A critical and commercial success, Frozen marks a second renaissance for Walt Disney's legendary film studio - and is widely tipped to win its first ever Oscar for best animated feature next weekend.

The movie, which has made nearly US$1 billion (S$1.27 billion), is the culmination of a revival driven by fierce competition and the studio's purchase of rival Pixar in 2006, bringing boss John Lasseter into the Disney fold.

Critics have hailed Frozen as one of Disney's best ever movies, following the success of The Princess And The Frog (2009), Tangled in 2010 and 2012's Wreck-It Ralph.

If the movie does win at next Sunday's 86th Academy Awards, it will be Disney's first best animated feature Oscar since the category was created in 2001.

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