In November 2013, Disney boldly hit theatres with an extraordinary worldwide box office success, accumulating £1.3 billion revenue for their 53rd animated feature Frozen, based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen. Not only a multi-award winning film, but is is also the highest grossing animated film of all time and is considered by critics to be 'the best Disney animated musical feature film since the studio's renaissance era'. Capturing the millions of hearts of children and adults alike, the hype only intensified. An obsession so big, fans simply couldn't "let it go" - inevitable pun fully intended.
Less than a year later, Disney announced a seven minute short, titled Frozen Fever, to follow on from the incredibly popular film. With only a month remaining until its premier before the cinematic release of live-action film Cinderella, very little information has been given away.
Having said that, there's only so much Disney can reveal about all seven minutes worth of footage, without spoiling the entire short.
As much as some fans would give up a limb for spoilers, instead we have to draw to our own conclusions.
The short welcomes us back to Arendelle, where we are reunited with Elsa, Anna and Olaf, teamed with Kristoff and Sven. Disney have only provided us with a brief synopsis, yet it's enough to stimulate our imaginations:
"...it's Anna's birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa's icy powers may put more than just the party at risk."
Relieved of the struggles we saw Elsa battle with in Frozen, she now appears to have rediscovered the meaning of fun and is enjoying life as she had done before her powers had unintentionally hurt Anna. She has grown in strength and come far from the frightened girl she once was, caged by the fear of her dangerous potential.
The snapshot gives us a clear view of the castle courtyard that has been thoroughly decorated. If Tangled Ever After is anything to go by, it isn't hard to imagine the potential havoc that could take place - perhaps a chaotic duo-act between Sven and Olaf, similar to Maximus and Pascal's performance in the Tangled short.
A Royal Cold
With Elsa in particular, Jennifer Lee, Frozen's film director who has collaborated with Chris Buck again to work on Frozen Fever, elaborates on Elsa's destructive side resurfacing:
"Elsa doesn't get a cold in the usual way. She's special. Surprising things occur that wreak a little havoc."
Whilst Arendelle was originally in danger from Elsa's fear, uncontrollably expressed through her magic, they are now at threat by her illness. As Lee hinted, the consequences are different for a sick Snow Queen and there are several possibilities we could conjure from this idea.
The scene above shows pink flowers floating behind Elsa. Although this may seem an abnormal sight from someone who possesses powers of cold and ice, it could be a sneak-peak into the design created for Elsa and Anna's summer dresses. When asked how a winter-style dress could be adapted to suit the summer weather, Lee responded:
"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. All that wonderful art direction you saw from the feature is in the short. They look really spectacular."
With this and Elsa's cold in mind, co-director Chris Buck, knowingly teases us with more information:
"It's another side of Elsa the audience hasn't seen before and we hadn't really played with in the original feature."
Whatever the consequence may be, it's evident that it will be a completely new idea we haven't witnessed before.
However, what we do know is that the sister's love for each other is stronger than ever.
Josh Gad, voice actor for the comically endearing Olaf, states:
"We continue this story of these two sisters, who only had each other growing up together. They are still supporting each other. That's what this is about."
The considerable effort Elsa makes for Anna's birthday is a heartwarming sight. We only saw snippets of the sister's enjoying quality time together - both at the beginning and end of the original movie - and it will be a treat to see more of this, knowing that they spent so many years feeling alone.
Let It Go
If that wasn't enough, husband-and-wife songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez have announced a new song that will feature in the short. As the Oscar Award winners for composing the music and lyrics of Let It Go, the news of another potential hit from them sounds extremely promising.
This year, Let It Go, performed by American actress and singer-songwriter Idina Menzel in her vocal role as Queen Elsa, won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. This follows its Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2014 and achievement for reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
With such praise and recognition, it would seem impossible to surpass. Nevertheless, Gad guarantees us one thing:
"If history is any indicator, kids will go nuts."
The thought of such a song is unimaginable. Whether it deserves the response that Let It Go earned is a judgement to make upon its debut next month.
The image above is the last of of the five that Disney released. From the ease in which they pose with each other, it's clear that they now share a strong bond. Lee confirms this visual connection between the characters and hints at the idea of a 'family portrait':
"There's a slight dorkiness to the painting. But it's the best thing they could all wish for, just that ordinary family feeling."
According to Gad, this is similar to the relationship between the cast and crew members of Frozen:
"The gang is back together. And literally it's like we never went away. 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."
When there's a team this close, passionate about the project they're working together on, we can be sure to expect an end result that reflects this.