The Disney-Pixar merger’s become and more apparent with their last couple of theatrical releases. Pixar’s influence can be seen in recent animated shorts like Disney’s Oscar-winning short, “Feast” (which premiered before “Big Hero 6”), and “Frozen Fever” (which premieres before a live-action version of “Cinderella”).
Like “Frozen” and “Brave,” “Frozen Fever” focuses on a sweet familial love — in this case, the bond of sisters. The song, “Making Today A Perfect Day” (written by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck), is Elsa’s answer to Anna’s “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?”
In the short, all our favorite characters return to celebrate Princess Anna’s (Kristen Bell) birthday. Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and Sven guard Olaf (Josh Gad) from eating the cake while Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) accidentally adorns an army of tiny adorable minion-like snowmen, whom Olaf takes under his wing.
It’s a charming and irresistible and holds all the right notes, but it also smartly capitalizes on the “Frozen fever” we’ve experienced in supermarkets and toy shops. Even if our eight-year-old doesn’t want to see a live-action version of “Cinderella,” she’s going to want to see “Frozen Fever.”
“Frozen Fever” was directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and written by Lee, Buck and Marc Smith.