Disney's newest film "Frozen" is breaking records and drawing critical acclaim for its lead single "Let It Go," but parents who took their kids to see the 3-D animated musical over the weekend in Florida were outraged when the theater aired an explicit preview for "Nymphomaniac."
Lynn Greene, of Largo, Fla., was excited to spend the day after Thanksgiving seeing "Frozen" with her grandchildren at the Regal Cinemas Park Place Stadium 16.
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Greene said technical difficulties delayed the start of the film so the theater showed a Disney short cartoon in its place.
"They put in the filler, it looked like 'Steamboat Willie,' the old Mickey Mouse cartoon, and then all of a sudden it goes into this other scene," she told Fox 13.
That "other scene" happened to be the extended trailer of "Nymphomaniac," filmmaker Lars von Trier's upcoming erotic indie film starring Shia LaBeouf, which contains a very graphic sex scene.
The clip played for less than two minutes but for many in the audience, the damage was done.
"It seemed like forever when you're trying to, you know, cover a little guy's eyes," Greene said. "I didn't have enough hands to cover his ears too and he got the sound down real good. You're talking, what, a PG-rated movie to all of a sudden have an R-rated scene up there for little children? My concern is that there should be safeguards in place so that this doesn't happen again."
Regal Cinemas comped the tickets for the entire audience and said in a statement that it's working to install safeguards so something like that doesn't happen again.
Despite the X-rated mix-up, "Frozen" performed phenomenally at the box office its opening weekend
, breaking the record for biggest Thanksgiving opening ever with $110 million grossed globally. The movie also scored the title of biggest premiere ever for Walt Disney Animation Studios.
"For a company whose foundation was built on animation, to have this as the biggest opening ever is a pretty extraordinary thing," Dave Hollis, executive vice president of distribution at Walt Disney Studios, said in a statement.
The movie tells the story of a princess who, with the help of a crew of ragtag friends, embarks on a journey to find her estranged sister.
Critics were especially impressed with the soundtrack, which features the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, and Jonathan Groff. Under the Gun's entertainment critic, James Shotwell, even dubbed "Let It Go"
"one of the year's best songs."
"The original version of 'Let It Go' has the epic feel of being part of a cinematic experience while still possessing the catchy elements of great pop music," Shotwell writes. "You find yourself immersed in a world of sound by the time the final refrain hits, and the lyrics have a great impact on the listener as a result."
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