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Frozen Friday: Snowgeeking Out

Frozen Fever Poster

Disney rolled out all kinds of promotional material for its Frozen Fever short this week, which premiered last night with early showings of Cinderella. While we won’t be seeing it until this weekend, we’ve had a lot of fun showing it all off to our toddler. The poster above revealed the snowgies, Disney Animation’s answer to Studio Ghibli’s kodama.

These adorable little mischief makers are apparently a symptom of Elsa’s illness and keen to cause trouble on Anna’s birthday. Our toddler already loves them. Which could be trouble.

Frozen Fever Snowgies Merch

They also released the transitional animation with Olaf adopting a glass slipper for a nose.

The new song, “Making Today a Perfect Day,” pulled straight from the short, went live on iTunes Thursday morning. And it’s already been posted on YouTube several times.

But let’s be honest, as exciting as the seven minute short is, it’s been a bit overshadowed by the official announcement of Frozen 2!

The company revealed plans during the Walt Disney Co.’s annual shareholders meeting on Thursday from San Francisco.

The rest of us learned yesterday morning via this adorable tweet from Princess Anna herself…

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Frozen Friday: Fever Featurette

FROZEN FEVER

Last week Disney Animation Studios released several stills from the upcoming short, “Frozen Fever,” set to premiere with Kenneth Branagh’s live action retelling of Cinderella on March 13th. Elsa and Kristoff plan a birthday party for Anna, but on the day of the celebration, the Queen catches, ahem, cold.

Frozen Fevers

The stills show Olaf stuffing some chocolate in his face.  Elsa models her Spring dress with the floral imagery we saw when early merchandise related to the short was leaked. There’s a portrait seemingly inspired by Awkward Family Photos. In a nice callback to Frozen, Anna’s Coronation Day bedhead is apparently normal. But I think my favorite is the hand painted “Happy Birthday” hung in the courtyard that’ll resonate with young viewers and inspire some hands on party prep at home.

This week a brief featurette with directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. Check it out and catch a few more glimpses of the thing kids will be crazy about this year.


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Frozen Friday: Missed Bricks for Christmas

Frozen is coming to Lego, but sadly not in time for Christmas.  The Telegraph reported at the beginning of the month that the new Frozen sets would be available in the Nordic and Baltic regions next week, but they wouldn’t hit stores in the United States and the UK until January. Apparently even guaranteed sales couldn’t advance the toy giant’s timetable.

“It’s not so important for us with Frozen,” said Lego CEO Jorgen Vig Knudstorp. “It is definitely across all categories a very strong property, a wonderful movie, but for us, it’s a minor thing.”

Lego Ice Castle

Two of the sets have been previewed so far. Set 41062 LEGO Elsa’s Sparkling Ice Palace will include Anna, Elsa, and Olaf among its 292 pieces.  And 14001 Olaf is a fifty two piece set aimed at younger builders.

It’s certainly possible that intrepid fans will be able to find these, and others, in time for the holidays from third party resellers. Prices will be inflated and the instructions might be incomprehensible, though.

Lego Olaf


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Early Observations About “Shattered Sight”

@OED’s Word of the Day yesterday was Maleficent! First recorded in 1678.

Michael’s “Always… no, no… never… forget to check your references.”

Frozen

Of course Anna finds hitting someone in the face and trapping someone in a net romantic. Oh my gosh, why didn’t they get married right there!?!

David: “I’m callin’ you iceman. And you’re from Arendelle!  Whattaya doin’ sellin’ ice? The whole place is Frozen!”

Regina’s self imposeDYWTBASd imprisonment offers another opportunity to show the iconic back to the closed doors imagery reminiscent of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman,” used in the early episodes of the season.

The extent of Kristoff’s worst self was more or less “I hate it here and you put off the wedding.” Raised by love experts, he’s not the hating type.

Carrot Sherbert.  The Olaf reference you’ve waited all season for.

In the end, it’s Anna’s capacity for familial love that melts Ingrid’s frozen heart. Gerda’s letter and the memories it contains turn her around, but it’s the the younger Of Arendelle sister that lays it all on the line. I’m not gonna lie, it got a little dusty in the room. And it allowed for Ingrid’s act of true love to save everyone.  Once gets it.

Song of the South

Mary Margaret: “Still wanna hold hands and sing Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah?”

Written by Allie Wrubel and Ray Gilbert, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1947. It was Disney’s second win in the category.  The first was “When You Wish Upon a Star,” slyly referenced in the last episode.  The controversial film has never been released on home video.

Swiss Miss

Snow points out Anna’s partial resemblance to the mascot for ConAgra’s winter institution. It might be random and it might not. Disney has a long-standing relationship with the food giant going back more than sixty years. Most recently, Disney’s Peter Pan became the official mascot for their peanut butter.

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Snow White

And she asks for a poison apple which is iconic to the show, the Disney classic, and the original Tale 53, Sneewittchen.

Home Alone

4x09 Marbles

“Welcome to the Jungle”

It gets worse here every day.  Regina quotes here favorite terrestrial poet, W. Axl Rose, when she confronts Snow White. “I wanna watch you bleed.”

101 Dalmations

Young Emma grabs a stuffed Dalmation with the claw crane at the state fair. This is a subtle reminder that Pongo actually lives in Storybrooke and sets the stage for Cruella’s entrance next week.

Bonus: The ring around its neck can be seen during 4×05 “Breaking Glass” in Emma’s treasure box.

Harry Potter

The boy who lived gets another shout out from young Emma right before her unstable foster mom tries to get her hit by a car.  She wishes she could “poof home,” or Apparate.

Once Upon a Timetrue love

David and Mary Margaret recast the events of 1×03 “Snow Falls,” or I suppose 3×21 “Snow Drifts” and 3×22 “There’s No Place Like Home.”  Series co-creator Adam Horowitz is with Anna, hitting someone in the face is romantic.  He prefers rocks, but when timey wimey goes all wibbly wobbly, you make due.

Snow also references 2×16, “The Miller’s Daughter,” the episode where she effectively tricked Regina into matricide, sullied her own heart (and now Charming’s as well) and set the stage for the angry Mary Margaret we’ve seen this season.

The grand prize winner, though, is 1×18 “The Stable Boy.” Kristoff calls David “stable boy” instead of scruffy looking nerf her… shepherd.  David follows up by selling Snow out with his reference to the first of her many spilled secrets.  And during the climax of their duel, Regina calls Snow on it and she responds with, “I WAS TEN!” It’s also a good way to point out something the two queens have in common.

As usual, there are many, many more, but they seem to have done something special to close up the arc. Every episode of season four gets a visual or verbal nod, whether it’s the trunk on the beach from last week, the Kingdom Hearts door from “Smash the Mirror,” or the Any Given Sundae scene from the photo found in “Breaking Glass.”

Erin’s Happy Shipper Moments

With the Shattered Sight spell in full force, it was slim pickings for shipper moments. But it wasn’t completely devoid of great couple moments, even if some of them were antithetical to their normal relationships.

Kristanna

  • Kristanna fared the best of all the couples who actually talked to each other under the Shattered Sight curse. In fact, the worst Kristoff could come up with for aggravations with Anna was that she kept putting off their wedding and had a sister who brought about eternal winter. Perhaps if she hadn’t knocked him out, he would have gotten around to dishing out his Hans resentments, like: “You sang with him?!” Instead, he ultimately proved to be a pretty good guy, even when at his worst.once-upon-time_6

Snowing

  • Being the First Couple of True Love, of course the Shattered Sight curse was shown to hit them the hardest (and the funniest). Snow called Charming a fraud, and Charming called Snow a spoiled little brat. Charming complained to Anna that Snow hit him the first time they met, and Snow rebutted with the fact that Charming caught her in a net. Anna tried to point out the romance (odd though it was) in these gestures, but the spell kept them at each other until Regina arrived.
  • During the Regina-Snow fight, Charming helps Snow win, despite the curse still being in place.
  • And when the curse is broken, it is Snowing that gets the fantastic reunited kiss.tumblr_ng8rwkSe5f1u3pvl5o3_1280

 

Captain Swan

  • tumblr_ng8s7e2SHi1qdsjzio1_250Hook and Emma don’t share a single moment on screen, but even apart, their relationship gets more relationshippy. First, Hook goes to gather Henry for Gold. Henry: “I never liked you, and I like you even less now that you and my mom are together.” Hook: “Emma used that word? ‘Together’?”
  • In fact she did! When Emma goes to get the ultra-hatred unlocked from Regina, she gloats, “I wanted you to see Hook and I together and happy.”

Swan Queen

  • When Emma needs help, she goes to Regina. Sure, it’s to garner her hate like never before, but we all know how thin that line between love and hate really is.


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Frozen Friday: Spring Fever

Frozen Fever

 

When we first heard about “Frozen Fever,” a new animated short, netizens speculated that it would be attached to Kennth Branagh’s upcoming live action Cinderella.  Disney confirmed this on Wednesday and released the spiffy logo you see above. With both coming at the tail end of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, I really like the fade to green toward the bottom.

Wait, what?! Walt Disney Animation Studios’ all-new short “Frozen Fever,” will open in theatres on March 13, 2015, in front of the new live-action Cinderella.

Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, “Frozen Fever” features Anna’s birthday.  Elsa and Kristoff want to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa’s ice powers may put more than just the party at risk.  Don’t worry, Olaf’s in it, too, along with a new original song by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

This pretty much means we’ll get the opportunity to see how well our toddler handles the movie theater and whether anything airing after Olaf and Anna can hold the same attention.  If you’ve missed it, here’s the trailer for Cinderella:


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Frozen-Adjacent Holiday Tunage

xmas olafIf I were Disney, I would be marketing the crap out of holiday-buffed Frozen merchandise. Put a Santa hat on that stuffed Olaf! Add a red sash and bow to that Anna doll’s green coronation gown! String some bells on that Sven plushie’s antlers! But, alas, I’m just a lowly high school English teacher.

What I can offer is some Frozen-adjacent holiday songs featuring Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel).

The first comes from Straight No Chaser, a 10-man acapella group, and features Kristen Bell. They’ve done the good deed of adding to the limited number of Christmas songs by writing “Text Me Merry Christmas.” It’s cute, funny, touching, and ever so slightly naughty. It’s video, though quite simple, matches the levity of the song and punctuates the jokes.

The second is an ol’ holiday standard made acceptable for a Disney audience through some lyric tampering–“Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” This one comes from Idina Menzel’s new holiday album and features Michael Buble as her duet partner. The vocals cannot be faulted, but I miss the sauciness of the original lyrics. The video features the amateurish dancing of children. They’re cute, but that’s about it. Weirdly, the whole video is styled like something off of Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby soundtrack, which doesn’t jive with the whitewashed lyrics and cutesy kiddos.


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Frozen Friday – A Frozen Holiday Wish

Cinderella's Castle is FrozenNot even the Magic Kingdom itself can control the power of Frozen.  “A Frozen Holiday Wish” is replacing the long running “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish” from Novermber 5th through December 31st, 2014.  While Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and the Blue Fairy used to perform the nightly show at Cinderella’s Castle, this year Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf will preside over the spectacle, with Elsa transforming it into a shimmering ice palace amid the traditional fireworks.

Inside the Magic presented a breakdown of the debut show and provided this video for those of us who could not, and cannot, be there in person.  Enjoy.