‘Frozen Fever’ directors unveil first look at Disney short

Queen Elsa has a cold.

That makes things tricky for her, Kristoff, Sven and Olaf in “Frozen Fever,” Disney’s short-film follow-up to the blockbuster animated movie “Frozen.” On Tuesday, the studio unveiled a first look at the seven-minute short via a featurette with returning directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and a clutch of photos.

In the video, which you can watch above, Buck and Lee lay out how “Frozen Fever” takes place a few months after the original film, as Elsa (Idina Menzel) and the gang are planning a birthday party for her sister, Anna (Kristen Bell).

But given Elsa’s cryokinetic powers, her illness “is complicating things,” Buck says.


Featuring a new song by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who won the Oscar for best original song with “Let It Go,” the short will arrive in theaters March 13, in front of director Kenneth Branagh’s live-action “Cinderella” movie starring Lily James and Richard Madden. (Fittingly, Lee says the 1950 animated “Cinderella” was the first Disney movie she ever saw.)

Since its release in November 2013, “Frozen” has been a massive success, grossing more than $1.27 billion worldwide (making it the highest-grossing animated movie ever), winning two Academy Awards, topping the album charts with its soundtrack, and spawning all manner of spin-offs and merchandise.

Though fans have clamored for a proper sequel, no official plans for one have been announced.

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