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Parents need to know that Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection is an impressive, wide-ranging collection of 12 short films, including Frozen Fever, the follow-up to Frozen, and Tangled Ever After, the follow-up to Tangled. The breadth and range of craft and offerings make for a movie-length package with a lot of variety. There are a few instances of suffering when a little girl freezes outside, as well as the usual cartoonish slapstick of pratfalls, head injuries, and pointy objects meeting falling butts. But the contrasting styles and techniques and masterful storytelling combine to make this compilation a great choice for family movie night, with lots of laughs.
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Among the 12 shorts here are retelling of the story of John Henry, the hardworking steel-driver; a whimsical cat, Lorenzo; the story of a resourceful clock who finds his chance at heroism; a brave little girl in The Little Matchgirl; a loyal and delightful puppy in Feast; a silly send-up of early animation in Get a Horse; Tangled Ever After, in which Rapunzel gets married; and Frozen Feast, where Elsa does her best to plan a birthday party for Anna, even though she has a nasty cold.
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WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS SHORT FILMS COLLECTION offers a broad range of shorts that will satisfy most families. Viewers get something retro with Get a Horse, something moving with The Little Matchgirl, something romantic with Paperman, and something heartwarming with Feast, as well as some exciting updates for fans of the wildly popular Frozen and Tangled with Frozen Fever and Tangled Ever After.
The varying styles of animation are a marvel to see all together, and the impressive storytelling, often without any lines of dialogue, convey just how much emotion and meaning can be communicated in seven to 10 minutes. These cartoons are full of slapstick thwacks up the head, and there are a few instances of suffering, but overall, these are fun, inventive shorts that offer positive messages, masterful craft, and loads of entertainment value.
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- On DVD or streaming: August 18, 2015
- Cast: Kristen Bell
- Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
- Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Dinosaurs, Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Adventures, Book Characters, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Fairy Tales, Friendship
- Character Strengths: Integrity, Perseverance
- Run time: 77 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Awards/Honors: Common Sense Seal
- Last updated: March 14, 2020
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