Frozen’s Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel to Perform Together During ABC Holiday Special

It’s a holiday miracle! For the first time on television, Frozen’s Elsa and Anna — aka Tony Award winner Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell — will reunite for ABC’s holiday special, The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration.

The duo will sing “When We’re Together,” a song from the Disney featurette Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. Menzel and Bell will be accompanied by a 30-piece choir during their performance from the steps of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland Resort in California.

“This performance will combine two of my very favorite things: the holidays and singing alongside my Frozen sister, Idina Menzel,” Bell said in a statement. “I’m excited to sing a song with Idina that I feel has the potential to become a new holiday classic.”

Menzel also shared her excitement for the upcoming reunion and performance: “I think I can speak for her when I say we are both so proud of this story we get to tell and these sisters we get to portray,” she said.

Other performers involved in the holiday special include Joey McIntyre (New Kids on the Block) who will take on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” alongside Lea Michele and Disney Channel stars Sofia Carson (Descendants 2) and Olivia Rodrigo (Bizaardvark). The cast of the new Club Mickey Mouse will kick off the holiday program with a performance from the resort’s Main Street.

Sean Giambrone (The Goldbergs), Ciara, Darius Rucker, Fifth Harmony, Fitz and the Tantrums, Hanson, In Real Life, Jason Derulo, 98 Degrees, and Broadway’s Telly Leung and Arielle Jacobs of Aladdin will also perform during the two-hour televised event.

Catch Menzel and Bell’s performance during The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration Thursday, Nov. 30 starting at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

Also during 25 Days of Christmas, Menzel will perform the classic “When You Wish Upon a Star” as part of Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration, which will air on Christmas Day at 10 a.m. ET on ABC.

From Entertainment Weekly

The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic to Air This Fall

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If the air feels crisp this September, it’s not just the cool fall breeze. Walt Disney Animation Studios and ABC are giving viewers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the making of FrozenThe Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic premieres Tuesday, September 2 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The special will also offer a glimpse toward the next chapter for Anna, Elsa, and friends, as well as an exclusive sneak peek at Big Hero 6 which hits theaters this November.

The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic offers a look at the origins and evolution of the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster—now the biggest animated feature of all time. The special tells the real story of making a modern movie based on a timeless tale that nearly overnight became a cultural touchstone for legions of fans.

Viewers will get a rare look inside Walt Disney Animation Studios and unprecedented access to the creative team that brought Frozen to life. Throughout the one-hour special, the audience will hear from Frozen stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, the directors, songwriters, producer, and artists, as well as Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter—the team who dreamed of making a cherished Hans Christian Andersen story into a spectacular big-screen animated musical.

Viewers will journey to the breathtaking Norwegian villages and landscapes that inspired the look of Arendelle, Frozen‘s fictional kingdom, and see images and footage from the research trips to Norway, Quebec, and points beyond that helped create the film’s unforgettable look and feel.

This special will also include some exciting announcements about the next chapter of Frozen and a never-before-seen preview of the Frozen characters, who are set to appear on the ABC hit seriesOnce Upon a Time when the show returns Sunday, September 28. Members of D23 will get a special peek at what’s to come on Once Upon a Time in the Fall 2014 issue of Disney twenty-three.

The program will culminate with an exclusive sneak peek at the action-packed comedy-adventureBig Hero 6, currently in production at Walt Disney Animation Studios—under wraps until now—as the team prepares for their next big-screen epic. Sounds like September 2 will be the perfect night to “chill out” at home.

‘Frozen’ is Officially the Biggest Animated Film…Ever

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Boosted by opening in the movie’s final overseas market of Japan over the weekend, Disney’s “Frozen” has just become the biggest animated film ever.

“Frozen” — which already has set sales records and won Oscars in March, ends the month by bringing its global gross total to $1.072-billion, according to box-office trackers.

The box-office record for an animated film had been held by Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 3” (2010), which grossed $1.063-billion “Frozen” has grossed more than $398-million in North America and $674-million in international markets.

“Frozen’s” $50-million-plus box office in Japan also helped the mega-musical crack the list of Top 10 films ever (not adjusted for inflation), according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. (Next in its sights: No. 9 “The Dark Knight Rises,” at $1.084-billion.)

The “Snow Queen”-inspired 3D musical, directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, began the month by winning Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Song, for Idina Menzel’s omnipresent “Let It Go.”

On March 18, the film — on its debut day of home-video release — sold 3.2-million Blu-rays and DVDs. The previous month, “Frozen” had the biggest digital release ever.