Even in the middle of winter, the world is yearning for a new Frozen. And it’s here!
Video: Frozen Fever Trailer
The filmmakers who brought us the animated hit musical ‘Frozen’ in November 2013 have created a seven-minute short centered around Princess Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and the snowman Olaf (Josh Gad).
There are new warm-weather frocks and dresses for the mini-movie, which will be seen in theaters before ‘Cinderella’, out March 13, 2015.
Onscreen, Elsa magically makes her own full-length emerald gown and a playful birthday frock for sister Anna. “All that wonderful art direction you saw from the feature is in the short. They really look spectacular. That was a lot of fun, to design a dress that Elsa would make in the summer, but still be true to herself being made of ice,” says Lee.
Meanwhile, the snowman Olaf manages to survive the rising temperatures, thanks to the magic winter cloud created at the end of Frozen. Josh Gad was excited to voice the feel-good character again.
The birthday plans go awry when the powerfully magic Elsa comes down with a cold on the big day.
“Elsa doesn’t get a cold in the usual way,” says Lee. “She’s special. Surprising things occur that wreak a little havoc.”
“Olaf has that smile. He has that everything-is-good quality and is ever-optimistic,” says Gad. “It’s a wonderfully delicious character to revisit.”
“The gang is back together. And literally it’s like we never went away,” says Gad. “Every day we’re reminded of Frozen in our lives. So it feels like a continuation of a saga that has many parts still untold. It felt like coming home again after a short absence.”
The first revisiting of the now-beloved characters features some surprising changes, including older sister Elsa’s attitude. Elsa, weighed down by her royal duties in Frozen, has lightened up so much that she’s throwing Anna a birthday bash.
“It’s another side of Elsa the audience hasn’t seen before and we hadn’t really played with in the original feature,” says Chris Buck, who reunited with Jennifer Lee to direct the short.
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