Frozen Fever (2015)
Release Date: March 13th, 2015 MPAA Rating: G
Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee Actors: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad
laborate birthday preparations are underway, with Elsa (Idina Menzel) intent on throwing a grand party for her sister Anna (Kristen Bell). Joining her are the princely Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his trusty steed (the reindeer Sven), as well as faithful cohort Olaf (Josh Gad), the magical snowman. But a touch of a fever begins to interfere with Elsa’s big plans, urging Anna to turn the attention back to the former snow queen.
As can be expected – and appreciated – this 7-minute “Frozen” spinoff features plenty of moments for Olaf to crack jokes (in his unique way of simply stating the many things that either don’t make sense to him or reiterating the orders he opts to disregard) and lunge about in playful slapstick. He gains a few sidekicks himself, as Elsa’s sneezes result in miniature baby snowmen manifesting like raindrops to tumble and bounce about the castle and courtyard. There’s also a new song, though it can’t match up to the powerfulness and catchiness of “For the First Time in Forever” or “Let It Go” – or the superb visual humor twinned with Olaf’s solo effort from the previous feature.
As with most shorts, “Frozen Fever” goes for a cute, simple, comic idea rather than a resonant, moving concept, though it’s still quite enjoyable to see another mini-adventure with the cast of one of Disney’s most celebrated computer-animated endeavors. And this teaser opens on the same day that Walt Disney Animation Studios announced that the sequel, tentatively titled “Frozen 2,” is in development, with directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee returning. Of course, that news shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise, considering the company’s enormous financial and critical success with the original.
– Mike Massie