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The craze surrounding Walt Disney Animation's Frozen is far from over, and the good news is that fans won't have to wait long until they can see the return of Elsa and Anna up on the big screen. All the way back in April it was reported that a brand new short film was being produced about the characters, and now Disney has officially announced when they will be unveiling it.
Walt Disney Studios, via press release, has revealed that the animated short Frozen Fever will be heading into theaters next spring attached to Kenneth Branagh's live-action adaptation of Cinderella - which will be released on March 13, 2015. Set to be directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee - the same filmmakers behind the feature film - the new short will take place on Anna's birthday and will follow Elsa and Kristoff as they work hard to give her the best party ever. Unfortunately, Elsa's ice-producing powers once again cause a bit of a problem, and eventually it's not just Anna's party that is at risk. In addition to seeing the beloved characters back in cinemas, the short will also add a new musical number to the Frozen legacy, as Academy Award winners Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez have created an all new song that will be performed.
The history of Disney animated shorts go back decades and decades, and this is far from the first time that one has been produced that continues the big screen presence of a box office hint. In fact, we are only a few years removed from the release of both Tangled (which made nearly $600 million worldwide) and the follow-up short Tangled Ever After, which was attached to 3D screenings of Beauty and the Beast back in early 2010. Just like Frozen Fever, the mini-film featured the return of many creatives from Tangled, and it was a fun visit back into that movie's world. You can watch the Tangled Ever After short in its entirety below.
Of course, while Frozen Fever will be the next big screen adventure for Elsa, Anna and Kristoff, the future beyond that is rather unclear. Walt Disney Animation Studios doesn't exactly have a long history of producing theatrically-released sequels, but Frozen is also the company's only movie to make more than $1 billion worldwide. Idina Menzel has hinted that a follow-up may be in the works, but nothing has actually been officially announced at this point. It's definitely news to stay on the lookout for.