Published on March 2nd, 2015 | by Kia0
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have heard that next month will see a follow-up to Disney’s blockbuster Frozen, winner of two Academy Awards® and a Golden Globe®. It’s only a short but fans of the international hit Frozen are still waiting with baited breath. In Frozen Fever, it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers may put more than just the party at risk.
Who doesn’t love a bit of drama due to icy sniffles that could literally cause an avalanche…or in Elsa’s case every sneeze creating a few minion-like snow siblings for Olaf, a wonderfully cute but potentially troublesome side-effect. For someone who the cold doesn’t bother, it appears that the new Queen of Arendelle isn’t above catching one!
The short gives a wonderful albeit somewhat predictable set of nods to the original film. From moment one we are reminded, not just of the love between the sisters, but also the time lost between them. Elsa wants everything for Anna’s birthday party to be absolutely perfect, this being the first birthday in forever (yup, I just went there) that they will actually be able to celebrate together. The beginning of the short shows Elsa deciding on just the right cake topper for Anna’s beautiful ice cream birthday cake. One depicts Anna by herself in the promo shot pose from the movie, another as an ice sculpture having saved Elsa from Hans with Elsa draped dramatically over her, and the one Elsa finally decides on is of them both ice skating which is a lovely nod to the time sisters were playing around the ballroom as children. This scene gives people who haven’t watched the movie in a while a nice reminder of what the sisters have been through. Sorry parents, I am sure that you are very well aware of exactly what happens in almost every frame of the film!
The seven minute short is built around a catchy new song (although many will be happy to hear that it’s no “Let it go”), Perfect Day. In it Elsa leads Anna through the palace and the city picking up presents along the way. It’s clear that Elsa is trying to make up for lost time and is perhaps being overly generous with gifts to compensate for what Anna has always wanted, which simply is time with her sister.
A few old faces make a reappearance including the always jovial Oaken of “Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Sauna” fame who seems to have branched out with a mobile sauna and his own medicine company, he really is a savvy business man!
It’s clear the sisterly bond between Elsa and Anna has grown beautifully in the time that we have been away from them, and it appears that their bond isn’t the only thing that has grown. Kristoff surprises both himself and Anna admitting his feelings for her in an extremely touching way.
The short also gives us a wonderful bit of comeuppance for the evil Hans, as I am sure that Anna’s punch in the face wasn’t nearly punishment enough! We see that not only is Hans doing manual labour, he is actually mucking out horses and gets an icy surprise all the way from Arendelle as a bit of pay back.
In the end, Anna is given the present she has always wanted: to be able to spend time with her sister. It is clear that even looking after Elsa while she is tucked up in bed with a cold, Anna couldn’t be happier. Despite things not going to plan, it really was the Perfect Day for Anna.
This is a lovely lighthearted short that brings back our beloved characters. If you are a fan of Frozen this will not disappoint you.
Frozen was the fifth highest grossing film of all time and the highest grossing animated film earning more than $1.27 billion globally and it’s clear that Disney hopes it’s popularity will help to rub off on the new Cinderella movie as the short is being shown exclusively before the film and will be opening in UK Cinemas 27 March, 2015. You can read our review of Cinderella here, and I am happy to tell you the movie doesn’t disappoint.