'Frozen' success: Not lost in translation

10:11 AM, Jan 9, 2014   |    comments
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USA TODAY - The directors of the Disney animated film Frozen found that Golden Globe success is a universal language.

Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee were promoting the box office smash ($134 million and counting) in Mexico City and had to deal with language issues watching the Golden Globe nominations on Thursday morning. Frozen was nominated for best animated feature and best song for "Let It Go."

"I watched it on a Spanish-language television station and with my high school Spanish I could still understand, they said the word 'Frozen.' I was thrilled," says Buck.

"There was no doubt, even in Spanish that they said Frozen," adds Lee.

Lee immediately texted Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the husband-wife songwriting team on the film, to point out that they were nominated for best song.

"I asked them if they would like to go to the Globes, if they had plans," says Lee. "I got giant exclamation points back (from them) every few minutes." We'll take that as a yes for the RSVP.

Riding on top of the box office and with award success, it's a happy whirlwind for the duo who worked on Frozen for more than three years and who are traveling around the world to support the film internationally.

"It's overwhelming for us," says Buck. "We just finished the movies weeks before the release, just in time for the wrap party. We're still reeling from all of that. The response has been great. It's been so gratifying to know that all audiences are relating to it."

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