This month, the short film Once Upon a Snowman (2020), the third spin-off of the feature Frozen: The Kingdom of Ice after Frozen Fever (Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, 2013, 2015) has arrived on the Disney Plus platform. and Frozen: An Olaf Adventure (Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers, 2017), prior to the second part, simply titled Frozen 2 (Buck and Lee, 2019). And one can only be very happy to say that it constitutes the best installment of the animated franchise, a kind of slapstick, of physical comedy that does not disdain certain strokes of dialogue wit and that causes us to laugh out loud.
Credit to Dan Abraham and Trent Correy, who have directed it. Frozen 2 Apart from their work in the animation department of films such as Space Jam (Joe Pytka, 1996) or Ralph Breaks the Internet (Phil Johnston and Rich Moore, 2018), the two had signed only one other short film before, independently: Vitaminamulch:vida (2018) and Charcos (2019) respectively last June.
If you contemplate Once upon a time there was a snowman, you will have no doubt that Abraham and Correy have given you a spirit that does not shy away from the disastrous and hilarious adventures of the prehistoric squirrel Scrat in the Ice Age saga (Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha, 2002), who tirelessly and unsuccessfully pursues his beloved acorn with results as remarkable as that of the first film itself, Ice Age 2: The Thaw and the impressive short No Time for Nuts (Saldanha, Chris Renaud and Mike Thurmeier, 2006). But also the emotional substrate that has always been key to the Disney factory.
As Simon Gallagher reminds us on Screen Rant, “what could have been a frivolous increase in Olaf’s popularity actually adds depth to the mythology of the Frozen world, based on the idea that water has a memory of Frozen 2 [thing that it bears no relation to the pseudoscience of homeopathy] and also that the emotional bridges between the characters are true magic ”. And that, in addition, “adopts the same approach as The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata” (Bradley Raymond, 2004), which is interspersed in time with what happened in The Lion King (Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers, 1994).