[UPDATE: A featurette for Frozen Fever – see above – has been released.]
Disney’s multi-Oscar winning, billion dollar-grossing, animated fairy tale musical Frozen may or may not get a full-fledged sequel at some point. However, for the time being, that movie’s world and characters will live on in the upcoming Frozen Fever, a short film that will be screening in theaters alongside the Mouse House’s latest live-action fairy tale retelling: director Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella.
Frozen screenwriter/director Jennifer Lee and her co-director Chris Buck once again worked shared helmer duties on Frozen Fever. The short movie takes place after the events of Frozen, as Elsa (Idina Menzel) attempts to throw a birthday party for Anna (Kristen Bell), but – shock of shocks – finds her magical icy abilities complicating the situation.
In Frozen, Elsa and Anna ended up spending limited time with one another while they were growing up, due to Elsa isolating herself in her room while she tried to control her powers – afraid that she would unintentionally cause harm to Anna otherwise. Buck told USA Today that this backstory won’t be ignored in Frozen Fever; in fact, it directly informs the setup for the short film, judging by how he described it:
“They [Anna and Elsa] never celebrated a birthday together. Elsa feels it’s (a chance to do) something nice for her sister.”
You can have a look over the first screenshots from Frozen Fever, below:
Frozen Fever will not just see the return of supporting characters like Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and Olaf (Josh Gad) – pictured above – but also feature a new original song by the Oscar-winning duo behind Frozen‘s original tunes, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The color palette and animation style for the short film appear to be on the same level as the original Frozen movie too, which bodes well for the overall quality of this project.
On that note – Pixar spent a few years releasing different Toy Story shorts that earned their own fair share of critical acclaim, before the animation studio announced last year that it will indeed move ahead with Toy Story 4 in 2017. So who knows; if Frozen Fever goes over well with the general public, then maybe the Mouse House will make more Frozen shorts and/or a proper sequel at some point down the line too.
Frozen Fever begins showing in theaters alongside Cinderella on March 13th, 2015.
Source: USA Today