It doesn’t seem like long ago that we were graced with the presence of Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven, and even Hans in the highest grossing animated film of all time, Frozen. Now, Frozen is coming back to the big screen not only in the short Frozen Fever, but also the recently announced Frozen 2. But how exactly did Frozen Fever come alive? Producer Peter Del Vecho and co-producer Chris Buck describe how the all-new short came to be.
With barely enough time to catch their breath before the thought of revisiting Arendelle, the Frozen Fever team came up with the idea to do the short, just as they were looking forward to taking a break. The short took approximately six months to create, and according to Buck, it was nice to do something fun and short following the huge three to four year journey of Frozen, to have something finished in six months, and to have fun with the characters.
Although they knew they were working with a short time period to create Frozen Fever, Buck and Del Vecho knew that music would be a key part in creating a Frozen short. The new song featured in the short, “Making Today a Perfect Day,” helps drive the narrative of the story and plays a big part. So how exactly did the team come up with a new story? As with many ideas, it started out when the team threw ideas around, some of which were more comedy and Olaf-centric, until they came up with the idea that the sisters, Anna and Elsa, would be the main characters of the story. According to Buck, “Someone, one of our story guys said, ‘What if Elsa got a cold?’ And then it just sort of went from there…I mean, I don’t know, what would happen if the Snow Queen gets a cold?” In the story, Elsa is tasked with creating the best birthday party for her sister Anna, but paired with her icy powers and being sick with a cold, the results are quite hilarious.
The new short, Frozen Fever, is playing in front of the new live-action Cinderella, in theaters now!