Disney’s 2013 animated feature Frozen has become a worldwide phenomenon since its release and just today, new still photographs of the upcoming short film Frozen Fever were revealed. Frozen Fever is scheduled to play in theaters before each screening of Disney’s upcoming live-action take on the classic tale of Cinderella, which opens on March 13, 2015.
The original feature film of Frozen garnered well over $1 billion in box office revenues, earning it the title of the highest-grossing animated film in all of history. It only makes sense that Disney and fellow producers would drag out the success of the story and its characters as much as possible. Frozen Fever will take place after the events of the original film and will include everyone’s favorite characters including Elsa the Snow Queen, her younger sister Anna and the lovable and comical Olaf the Snowman.
The storyline of the seven minute short follows Anna who is planning a birthday party for her big sister. Things go awry when Elsa acquires a problematic cold. This is quite the oxymoron as Elsa is referred to as the Snow Queen, so one would assume she would be accustomed to the cold. However, the film’s directors stated that due to Elsa’s ice and snow powers, her illness is no ordinary cold and has a larger effect than one might anticipate.
The original cast of voice actors are all returning to reprise their iconic roles. Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell are set to return as Elsa and Anna, respectively, and stage and screen stars Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad will make their appearances as Kristoff and Olaf the Snowman, respectively. Gad has spoken out on the song that will be featured in the film. He even gone as far as to say that this one will be even catchier than the Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.”
“Let It Go” is sung by Menzel as Elsa and has been heard on repeat across the globe ever since the title was released in the winter of 2013. Menzel has even garnered spots on top music charts of the world for her performance of the song and has risen to mainstream Hollywood limelight due to the immense success of the tune and the Frozen film.
Even though there has been no confirmation from the film’s studios or producers, talks of a full-length feature film sequel to Frozen have been running amuck. Menzel referred to the sequel in a recent interview when asked about the future of Frozen, and stated that she was on board for whatever is to come. The actress heavily insinuated that there would be a second feature-length film. Menzel also made mention of the live Broadway musical that is in the works, although she stated she is too old to play Elsa in the live version, she expressed her excitement for the project, regardless.
New stills of the Frozen Fever film showcase a new look for Anna and Elsa. Both sporting more summery costumes, insinuating that the film will take place in a different season than audiences are accustomed to seeing these two royal ladies. Elsa’s new gown is to be praised as the art direction is just as intricate as it was in the 2013 film. Donning a sparkling emerald gown with pink summery flowers levitating about her presence showcases the detailed work put into perfecting this short film.
By Cody Collier
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