Frozen came out on November 27, 2013.
But every single parent around the country will confirm that this Disney blockbuster truly left its mark over the past 12 months.
And he or she will likely be doing so while "Let It Go" is blaring from their car stereo for the 37th time that day.
Indeed, due to the film's cultural impact; its wide reach; its infiltration into millions of homes; and, of course, its soundtrack, Frozen's main protagonist, Princess Elsa of Arendelle, is THG's Celebrity of the Year #6.
Before delving into the myriad ways in which Elsa has grown into a global icon, let's take a look at Frozen by the numbers:
- It grossed $400 million in the U.S. and Canada.
- It grossed $1.3 billion around the world.
- It became the highest-grossing animated movie of all-time.
- It won two Academy Awards.
- It won two Critics Choice Awards.
But numbers can only explain so much.
And then, of course, there were the "Let It Go" covers, as Marines even got in on the catchy act:
And so did Pearl Jam:
And let's not forget about Kristen Wiig and Ellen DeGeneres:
Heck, even if this dog can't get enough of Elsa:
As you might expect, a Frozen sequel is in the works, meaning Elsa may make this countdown again in 2015 or 2016.
Until then, parents, don't fight it. Don't ignore it. Just embrace the Frozen phenomenon and make like the father in the following video.
Let it go? More like hold on tight to this dad-daughter opportunity bonding opportunity...