'Frozen' One Big Scene: Why You Absolutely Need to Get to the Theater Early

One Big Scene is a weekly column dedicated to spectacular visual sequences we’re recommending you see in the theater. If you have ones you’d like us to write about, let us know in the comments section.
 
 
“He’s really here, mommy! He’s really here!”
 
The five-year-old boy sitting behind us in the movie theater firmly believes Mickey Mouse is in the house. You can understand why. The 3D in Walt Disney’s Get a Horse – the short film that precedes screenings of Frozen – creates such deep and rich imagery, it fooled audience members of all ages. The kid behind us? He lost his mind. 
 
Audiences are used to animated shorts before their features, from this summer’s The Blue Umbrella to past Pixar exercises using the Toy Story gang. Get a Horse, though, is special. This one is so mind-blowing in its technical execution, I’m choosing to single it out in the One Big Scene column. I view it as one of the main reasons you need to see Frozen in theaters – and why you need to get to the theaters early! 
 
Let’s talk about Get a Horse.
 
The Scene
 
 
The first glance is deceiving. Audiences might think Walt Disney Animation is trying to sneak a vintage short into theaters, as a Steamboat Willie-era Mickey Mouse bustles across the screen. 
 
But things quickly change. Mickey confronts the bullish Pete – who has his eyes on a pretty Minnie Mouse – and ends up being thrown through the movie screen. 
 
Wait… THROUGH the movie screen? 
 
Get a Horse has so much fun playing with our perspective. Fooling around with the physics of movie “reality,” the short lets characters jump on and off the screen, landing on a stage that – when viewed through 3D glasses – you’ll swear is in your actual movie theater. Like I said, it tricked the kid sitting behind us. 
 
But Horse doesn’t stop with that illusion. It flips and spins the screen, forcing the characters in the action to adjust. And if you are Pete, the bully cat, you are bound to suffer a little punishment from Mickey and the gang. 
 
If movies like Gravity continue to push the envelope with 3D imagery, shorts and features like Get a Horse and Frozen figure out new ways to incorporate 3D into the storytelling. With Get a Horse, it isn’t a trick so much as it is the fabric of the short that is being shown. It is a mesmerizingly brilliant 3D short film, and it NEEDS to be seen on the big screen, in 3D, this weekend.     
 
Oh, and the movie that follows it is pretty amazing, as well. 
 
What Critics Are Saying About Frozen
 
“With a cool, contemporary spin on a fairy-tale classic, a dramatic Nordic landscape animated in splendid storybook style and Broadway vets belting out power ballads, Frozen is an icy blast of fun from the very first flake.”
-- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
 
Frozen is a great big snowy pleasure with an emotionally gripping core, brilliant Broadway-style songs and a crafty plot.”
-- Kyle Smith, New York Post
 
“It's great to see Disney returning to its roots and blooming anew: creating superior musical entertainment that draws on the Walt tradition of animation splendor and the verve of Broadway present.”
-- Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
 
Frozen opens everywhere on Nov. 27. 
 

 

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