YOU’VE got to hand it to Disney. If ever a film was made for the ice rink, this is it.
Bringing characters from the highest-grossing animated film in history, and re-inventing that tale on the ice, is bound to entice thousands of pint-sized Disney devotees in sparkly blue dresses with flashing wands and glittery shoes.
So, when it premiered at Perth Arena last night, Frozen on Ice didn’t disappoint.
If parents thought they had seen the last of Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf, think again. Some, rather than letting it go, joined in, wearing tiaras and carrying flashing snowflake wands.
And that’s the only way to approach a Disney on Ice show. If you can’t beat them, join them, even if you don’t know all the words to Let It Go.
But to be fair, the backflips, spirals and coordinated ice dance moves, stunning sets and a cast of thousands wearing brightly coloured costumes were impressive. (My favourites were the green-eyed, two-faced dancing trolls).
The crowd was already buzzing when Micky, Minnie, Goofy and friends warmed up the audience. Then came Buzz Lightyear, who displayed some pretty athletic moves, Woody and Nemo, before the cast of the Lion King glided out.
How the skater playing Pumbaa managed those moves on all-fours is beyond me.
Then the tale of royal sisters Elsa and Anna from the kingdom of Arendelle unfolded amid fireworks, projections, bubbles and extravagant lighting, creating the illusion of ice castles and blizzards.
The incredibly talented skaters, some former ice skating champions, played out the enchanted story by lip-synching to the original film as hundreds of little voices sang their lung out in unison to the movie’s hit songs.
Confession time: the Disney fan in me might have enjoyed the show just as much as my kids, who were dazzled by the special effects and thrilled to be close enough to touch the feathery fake snow.
Disney on Ice Presents Frozen plays at Perth Arena until June 5.