'Frozen' Returns in 'Frozen Fever' Short Film But the Plot Should Make You Really Worried For Elsa
Considering the fact that Disney seems to love giving its most popular movies more sequels than it actually needs (I'm looking at you Cinderella and The Lion King), it came as a massive disappointment to me that Frozen wasn't getting a sequel. Frozen isn't just a popular film; it's a record-breaking phenomenon with a family and feminist friendly message. Why aren't we making 500 movies like it? Disney has tried numerous ways to fill the void in the meantime. There's going to be a Frozen Disney on Ice show, an on-going series of Frozen chapter books, and there was even an ABC "Making Of" special devoted to Frozen that taught us more about the film than we ever knew before. Now Disney is releasing a Frozen Fever short film in 2015 and that's pretty much the best news you'll hear all morning.
According to the Huffington Post, the short film will include a brand new song from the minds behind the Frozen showstopper "Let It Go". The summary provided by Disney is as follows: "It's Anna's birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa's icy powers may put more than just the party at risk." About the only thing that isn't amazing about this news is the fact that Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad haven't been confirmed to be reprising their roles as Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf respectively yet.
Of course, it doesn't take much incentive for me to get excited about something Frozen-related, but I'm already concerned about exactly what's going to go down in this short film. At the end of Frozen, Elsa learned that love was the key to controlling her powers and was able to not only thaw the winter curse she had inadvertently cast on her kingdom but also create an ice skating rink in front of the castle and new skates for Anna to enjoy it with. She even created a snowflake firework in the sky, for Pete's sake. Now you're telling me that by the time of this short, she's having control problems again? How did that happen?
The most likely explanation is that Elsa is so determined to give Anna a good birthday celebration, perhaps to make up for the literal years she was avoiding her sister, that it makes her stressed out and nervous. And we all know what happens when Elsa is unsure of herself. (See eternal winter, see snowing indoors, see giant Marshmallow guardian snow man.) Still, it will be nice to see Elsa and Kristoff join forces to make Anna happy, as Frozen didn't have much room in it for Elsa to interact with Kristoff beyond making him the official Arendelle Ice Master and Deliverer.
Now, if we could only get short film to expand into two hour sequel, everyone would be happy. And by everyone, I really mean me.
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