After the phenomenal success that was Frozen, the pressure was immense to follow it up with a Frozen 2. Not wanting to rush greatness, Frozen directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck did the wisest thing they possibly could, they created a short -- Frozen Fever -- as a thank you to fans. The animated short that will premiere before Kenneth Branagh’s live action Cinderella is utterly delightful and should keep those Frozen fans happy, at least until we get a full length movie that brings back Anna, Elsa and Olaf.
Frozen Fever picks up soon after the Oscar-winning film closed. It is Anna’s (Kristen Bell) birthday and Elsa (Idina Menzel) wants to do something truly extraordinary for her. The entire village is involved, especially Olaf (Josh Gad) and Kristoff (Jonathan Groff). As you can see in the Frozen Fever trailer, things look like they’ll be great if they can just keep Olaf away from eating the cake!
Trouble arises when Elsa realizes she’s getting a cold. That can’t be! The woman with the power to create ice and snow from her fingers doesn’t get colds. She emits the cold! She will not let this setback dampen her sister’s birthday. But, the ever caring Anna (after all, this is the sibling who ventured into the merciless snow to find her sister in the first film) does her best to let Elsa know just having her home is gift enough.
Even though the film only clocks in at just about seven minutes, Beck and Lee managed to get all of what we adore about the first film and highlight it in their short. There’s even a new song by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Making Today a Perfect Day. And like Let it Go, this track impeccably captures the spirit of the story and, yes, is equally as catchy.
Will it become a sensation like their Oscar-winning track? Time will tell, but like Frozen Fever itself, it is a great joy to be back in this world and sing along with our favorite characters. After all, a Frozen movie is not a Frozen movie without the supreme talents of the Lopezes! Also fantastic is the fact that the songwriters are so self aware of the transcendence that is Let it Go, that there’s even a line in the new song from Elsa that is impeccable, “A cold never bothered me anyway.”
What else is terrific about the track (and the film itself) is it is a celebration of the sisterly bond that knows no other in the world. These two dance and sing throughout the castle and we found ourselves with a perma-grin that never let up, right until the closing credits.
If you love Olaf (and who doesn’t?), does Frozen Fever have a treat for you. When Elsa sneezes, she produces little miniature snowmen, called Snowgies. They are adorable and to witness Olaf be paternal to the hundreds of little munchkins is truly a gift. Yes, your kids will want their own stuffed Snowgies to cuddle with, we can guarantee it.
Our Frozen Fever review can safely say that for the hundreds of millions of fans of Frozen, although it is no proper sequel, it is a true blessing to be back in the world of Anna, Elsa and Olaf, even for a short period of time.
Watch Frozen online and see how this story got started.