Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Frozen Fever: A Disney Animation Short

Last week I reviewed Cinderella. But, I didn't mention the short film that was presented along with it: Frozen Fever

As soon as it was announced, every Frozen fan was excited for it coming out. The trailer for it has over 28 million views on Youtube! So, did Frozen Fever live up to it's big brother sister? Or did it let all the Frozen fans down?

The story basically surrounds Anna's birthday. Because Elsa wasn't really around for Anna's birthday, she wants to have a big surprise party for her. She leaves Olaf and Kristoff in charge of watching the cake, while she goes to get Anna from her sleeping chambers. Shenanigans ensue.

While the story, is entertaining and makes sense (Elsa wasn't around for the majority of Anna's birthdays, so it make sense that she wants this one to be special), the overall writing and humor of this short leaves a lot to be desired.  

 The jokes are copied from Frozen and pasted all over this. There are not many jokes that are original in this thing. As you can see from the picture above, they use the "Anna is lazy and has messed up hair in the morning. Isn't she just so like you?" joke. They use the Kristoff speaking for Sven joke again. And they take the most funny joke from Olaf, and do the exact same thing, just with different words!

The song that is the bulk of this short, is pretty decent, but no where near the magnitude of  "Let it Go" or "Do You Want to Build a Snowman." Because, while I could remember at least a stanza or two of those songs after watching the movie, I can't remember the tune or even what it's called for that matter.

But, nevertheless, there are some good things about Frozen Fever. The animation, as expected, was gorgeous! And I do like the story overall. Oh, and there is one really cute and funny thing that happens.

Overall, this is not a really good short. It is basically a way to get all the "Frozen" fans in the theater. But, for what it is, it has a few good things about it. I wouldn't say don't go and watch "Cinderella" because this is in front of it. Just don't get your hopes up...

 Oh, and I forgot to mention...Elsa changes her clothes green! How? How does she do this? I understand changing it to ice, cause that's what she does--make ice appear. But how did she make leaves and flowers appear??

Monday, March 23, 2015

Cinderella (2015) Review

Today, we are looking at Disney's newest live-action remake flick, Cinderella

Does anyone remember that review I did of another recent Disney live-action remake, Maleficent?
Well, if you do, you probably know that I didn't enjoy it at all...I mean, I hated it. And it is absolutely in my "top five most hated films, by me" list. (That's actually a good idea for a blog post. I need to write that down...)

Anyway, as I was saying. I didn't like Maleficent, and when seeing the half-a-second trailer they had put out about a new Cinderella movie, I was more than displeased.

I thought, "How can they do this to me? I can't take two terrible Disney remakes. I just can't!"

You see, as much as I like Sleeping Beauty, I like the original Disney classic Cinderella more! I  definitely grew up watching it way more than Sleeping Beauty and I just all around love the characters and story a bit more than that of Sleeping Beauty. So seeing this was going to be a must, even if it did not peak my interest. I just had to see what they were doing with this movie. To my surprise, when I went to see Into the Woods (another Disney remake), a little pressure was pulled from me.

 I really really enjoyed Into the Woods, and I thought "Hey, if Cinderella is as good as this, I definitely want to see it!"

Turns out, when I saw the full length trailer for it, it actually looked "decent." I didn't know for sure though. So, I didn't get my hopes too high. I saw the movie...And what did I think of it???