I always ask famous parents to name the kid’s movie they’ve seen the most. They used to give me different answers. But this year, it’s all about “Frozen.”
“I know the words to (“Frozen”) songs now, because my daughter plays the movie religiously on her iPad,” comedy superstar Russell Peters said. (He performs stand-up Saturday at the Palms.)
“She was watching that movie ‘Coraline’ for a while too. That was a little creepy. I don’t know why a 3-year-old was watching ‘Coraline,’” he said.
Peters, who lives in Henderson, provided voice-over work for two 2014 films, “Wings: Sky Force Heroes” and “Ribbit.” That’s great, he said, however:
“I’d be my daughter’s hero if I was in Frozen 2.”
Over at the Stratosphere hotel, Sabina Kelley is hard at work, guest-starring in “Pin Up” this week, so Kelley (the “Best Ink” TV star from Vegas) could be catching a small break from watching “Frozen” and Barbie videos.
“I have seen every Barbie movie over and over and over again. For a while, it was probably two times a day,” said Kelley, a mother of three.
“‘Frozen’ — that has been a nonstop one, right now, for all three of my little ones. I put it on and go to sleep. I can’t even watch it” anymore, Kelley said.
I don’t have kids, and I’m not into children’s movies. So I keep asking everyone what’s the appeal of this Disney film, which has earned more money than any animated or Disney movie in history.
“I think that’s just the hit movie right now, with all the toys, and the clothes, and everything,” Kelley said.
“When we were younger, any of the big movies that came out then, like ‘Little Mermaid,’ that was the big deal for every little kid at that point.”
I told Kelley I’m very happy “Frozen” stars female heroes.
“When I was a kid, female characters in Disney movies were, like, the cute little girl dog that fell in love with the hero rescue dog,” I said.
“Totally,” Kelley said.
But famous parents do enjoy watching “Frozen,” at least for the first 500 million times they see it.
Actually, Jamie Lynn Spears estimated she and her daughter have seen “Frozen” not 500 million times but rather “a trillion times.”
“We have every toy. It’s not healthy how many times an adult has seen that movie,” Spears told me.
“For my little girl, it indulges everything a little girl wants to see — the singing, the princesses, all of it. But for me, it was like Disney put out another classic movie,” Spears said.
“It brought all of us older moms back to our childhood, and we loved it, and we got to experience that with our kids.”
Spears also digs the female/love power of the film.
“It wasn’t about ‘the prince.’ I think that was really another thing people liked,” Spears said.
“It’s about these sisters, these two powerful girls, really having each other’s back at the end of the day, and the love they had for each other. It was just a great story.”
Still, for some of us childless people, the whole “Frozen” thing seems like a runaway train. On Monday, I asked pop culture queen Kathy Griffin why she thinks “Frozen” is consuming our culture, and Griffin, who has no kids, gave me correct comedy answers.
“People like the idea of ‘Let it Go,’” the film’s personal empowerment song, Griffin said. “As a comedian, I don’t like to let anything go. like to hang onto something until it completely festers.”
But Griffin, who will record a comedy album at the Mirage on Aug. 9, isn’t above capitalizing off of the “Frozen” juggernaut.
She told me to lie to you by saying her Mirage stand-up act will be “animated and its exactly like ‘Frozen.’”
“Just call it ‘Kathy Griffin stars in Frozen,’ except,” she said, “there’s gonna be a lot of (expletive) jokes.”