WEEK IN WOMEN: Jennifer Lee’s FROZEN II sets Box Office Record – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Frozen II exceeded industry expectations that projected the sequel would make $100 million over the  weekend. It also set the record for biggest global opening for an animated film ever, hauling in $350 million worldwide.

As I noted in my review, “Frozen” was big for reasons other than its record-setting box office, and thankfully, the long-awaited sequel continues to chip away at some of the outdated notions featured in many of the Mouse House’s fairy-tale films.

Jennifer Lee, now the chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios, returned to co-write and co-direct the sequel with Chris Buck. Oscar-winning songwriting couple Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez also came back for the icy sequel, as well as voice cast stars Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad. was big for reasons other than its record-setting box office, and thankfully, the long-awaited sequel continues to chip away at some of the outdated notions featured in many of the Mouse House’s fairy-tale films. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.