This weekend is Labor Day for those of us in the United States, which is generally considered the end of the summer season. This year, the holiday also marks the final day of the “Frozen Summer Fun” event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In its second year, this summer-long celebration of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2013 animated blockbuster introduced several new offerings a the park, one of which was screening the new short film “Frozen Fever” at the ABC Sound Studio.
Originally released in March 2015 with Disney’s live action “Cinderella,” “Frozen Fever” returns viewers to Arendelle where Queen Elsa is attempting to throw a long-overdue birthday party for her sister Anna. However, the festivities are complicated when Elsa catches a cold and begins sneezing the mischievous Snowgies into existence. In addition to the entire main voice cast of “Frozen” returning for the short, including Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, the film’s Academy Award-winning songwriting team also supplied a new song: “Making Today a Perfect Day.” Fortunately (or unfortunately), this new tune is just as catchy and fun as the songs they wrote for the feature.
When Disney-MGM Studios opened in 1989, the theater now know as The ABC Sound Studio was originally the home of “The Monster Show Show.” This presentation demonstrated the process of adding sound to movies by letting volunteers from the audience supply “foley” sound effects for a film featuring comedians Chevy Chase and Martin Short. In 1997, the show was tweaked, replacing the original film with one featuring characters from a Saturday morning cartoon version of “101 Dalmatians” that was airing on ABC at the time. However, a more drastic change happened in 1999 when the theater became home to “Sounds Dangerous,” a “3-D audio” show staring ABC TV personality Drew Carry as a bumbling television detective.
After the popularity of “Sounds Dangerous” started to wane, the attraction was quietly closed for good. Since then, its theater has been sporadically used for presenting previews of upcoming films including “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Cinderella” prior to the brief run of “Frozen Fever” this summer. Rumors persist that the theater will eventually undergo a major transformation and be incorporated into the massive “Star Wars” land project Disney recently announced. However, for this summer at least, it was nice to be able to escape into the air conditioning to enjoy some cartoon hijinx with Anna, Elsa, and Olaf.