Frozen Fever (2015)

I was able to see an early screening of Disney’s newest live-action adaption, Cinderella, last night, my first screening of 2015!

But I’ll level with you: I think a lot of Disney fans were more excited for Disney’s newest animated short than for their newest live-action adaptation. From what I’d seen in my travels through the Disney fandom, Frozen fans were barely hibernating when they were able to spring back up in excitement!

Can I be a bit more honest with you? I was not excited. I was WAY over the hype for Frozen before the movie was even released. The soundtrack was fantastic, yes. Was it a good movie? Sure. But was it hyped beyond belief to the point where most Disnerds are a bit sick of it? YUP.

That being said, “Frozen Fever” was really cute!

Yes, there were some echoes of the original movie that were eye-roll-worthy. (“After all, a cold never bothered me anyway.” UGH, Elsa, no.) And some of the animation seemed recycled:

Pretty sure they just inserted Elsa into the scene of Anna waking up on coronation day? The lighting on Elsa seemed a bit off.

But it all worked to remind you that FROZEN HAPPENED, in case you forgot. They rode bicycles in the hall…

Notice that Anna is holding her favorite food: a SANDWICH!

and even Oaken and a portable sauna make an appearance, among other nods to the movie:

Hoo hoo, medicine!

 

The premise is that it’s Anna’s first birthday post-events of Frozen and Elsa wants to make everything PERFECT to make up for being a cold ice queen for all of Anna’s life.

Of course, hijnks ensue because, well… think about the title. Also, it’s a Disney short; when AREN’T there hijinks?

It was definitely cute and fun and REALLY, I mean really, reinforced the idea of sisterly love. Elsa makes a lot of very grand gestures for her sister in this movie for Anna’s birthday, so if you’re not used to seeing grand gestures of platonic love, you’re going to be a bit confused. It’s okay, it’s super sweet and thoughtful. I mean, it includes this adorable/awkward family portrait:

I’m going to cut to the trailer now before I spoil too much. Even though I’m really sick of Frozen (and the folks in the theater were REAL sick of it), this was still a fun short to watch. Short and sweet. Definitely good for fans of Frozen and still a treat for Disney fans otherwise.

“Frozen Fever” and Cinderella will be out in theaters March 13th.

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Feast (2014)

Before I tell you guys about Big Hero 6, which I got to see last week at a groovy early screening, I really want to talk to you guys about Disney’s newest animated short: Feast.

Feast stars this adorable pup:

This cutie is Winston! He has a beautifully adorable appetite.

What the teaser doesn’t show is that this isn’t just a short about a dog who loves to eat. It’s also about his bystander perspective on the love story involving the kind man who takes him home one day.

I felt such an intense roller coaster of emotions watching Feast. Maybe it’s because I was just so darn excited to see both this short and the feature. I laughed, I cried. (No really, there were tears.)

What I really loved about Feast was just how much they were able to communicate in the background. Winston and his appetite is the main story, but the love story going on while he eats is told so beautifully and simply. The animation was great, too.

Really did a great job of setting the mood for the feature, Big Hero 6. I can’t wait to share my thoughts about BH6 with you.

You can catch Feast before Big Hero 6 in theaters this Friday.

Metamorphosis [short film]

This is a spectacularly beautiful less-than-4-minute short film that is a retelling of Titian’s “Metamorphosis” for the National Gallery in London. The myth recounts the tale of how Artemis punished Actaeon for seeing her nakedness as she bathed. The visuals in this are amazingly stunning and the scoring is done well, too. If you have […]