Any time a Disney movie rakes in the dough during its first week, EVERYBODY'S happy, the bean counters,the execs, the shareholders, and ESPECIALLY Disneyphiles of all ages. This week, fans of a famous Disney Princess didn't spare the applause when she lit up the screen!
Yep, Queen Elsa really killed it when she returned, sister and best friend Anna in tow, for a brand new Disney short called FROZEN FEVER (G), starring the voices of Idina Menzel (Let not Adele Dazeem leave your lips!) as Elsa, Kristen Bell as Anna, Jonathan Groff as Prince Kristoff, and fan fave Josh Gad as the lovable snowman Olaf. In this all-too-short with a great new song by the team who wrote "Let It Go," Elsa tries to lead Anna's friends in a birthday party to end 'em all, but she just HAPPENS to have a cold. As she keeps sneezing, hilarity ensues, and another irresistable song joins the Disney canon! Your FROZEN FEVER will be well satisfied until FROZEN 2 comes to a theatre near you!
There's just one thing...Don't expect to go to your local movie palace and get a ticket for FROZEN FEVER. This movie has the somewhat inevitable pleasure of setting the table for the remake of Disney's animated classic CINDERELLA, (PG) and although Lily James from Downton Abbey and the former Mrs. Tim Burton, I refer to Helena Bonham Carter put in admirable performances as, respectively, Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother and Ken Branagh tries his dangdest to do justice to the classic fairy tale and the last three Cinderella animated movies, this movie, while pleasant enough to keep the little ankle biters happy for two hours and two minutes, lacks the (Dare I say it?) magic touch that saved Disney from totally avoiding animation in 1950 and lives on not just as a great kids' movie but also as a classic romance. While everybody tries their best, CINDERELLA is so dependent on slogans such as "Have courage and be kind." and "Where there's goodness, there's magic." that one could be forgiven for confusing this with one of Mattel's straight-to-video Barbie adventures which are built around such deathless (Doesn't Mattel wish!) Barbie-isms such as "You're braver than you think." This CINDERELLA is neither the princess of the original nor the uber-liberated princesses of the post-Ariel era. While she puts on a pretty good show, there is still something lacking. Attention Bob Iger, call your fairy godmother QUICKLY!
Before we sign off, it has come to my attention that I have received 200 pageviews from the US and the US only AND NOT FROM ANY OTHER COUNTRY! I'm going to look at the half-full side of the glass and say that we Americans write better blogs than the rest of the world and we have better taste in blogs than the rest of the world. USA! USA! USA! USA!
You're all Great Americans, Buckaroos!