With Frozen II storming theatres in just a few days, it seems that Frozen fever is starting to take over once again. Whether you’re gearing up for an adventure into the unknown or indulge in all things Arendelle after you see the latest film, Google has a way for you and your family to enjoy some Frozen fun. Last month, Google introduced a new generation of its Google Nest Mini and, with it, unveiled Frozen stories you can activate on your Google Assistant smart speaker.
To access the feature, all you need to do is say, “Hey Google, tell me a Frozen story.” This will transport you to a fireside gathering with Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and Kristoff. With you being the guest, you get to decide who in the group should tell the next story.
Each of these tales is about three or four minutes long from start to end. Production-wise, the sound elements — music, sound effects, narration, etc. — are well mixed, creating an enjoyable listening experience. As for the stories themselves, well… some are certainly better than others. On the whole, though, I’d say they’re pretty entertaining.
One thing I do really appreciate is that these are more than just retellings of the films’ plots. That said, several of the stories do reference characters or settings from both of the films.
Interacting with the Frozen stories, I ended up coming across some accidental fun. For example, when I took too long to choose a charter, Olaf came on to say “I did not understand that. Maybe I will when I’m older!” If you’re not aware, this a direct reference to the happy snowman’s tune on the Frozen II soundtrack. Little touches like this really show that these weren’t just slapped together productions.
By the way, this isn’t the only Frozen integration Google offers. You can also tell your device you want to read along with Disney’s Frozen or Frozen II Little Golden Books. This will allow you to read the book aloud with the addition of sound effects and music. I haven’t had the chance to try this one out for myself but it certainly seems pretty cool if you have any little Frozen fans in your household.
Frozen stories can be found on any Google Assistant smart speaker device — and Disney’s Frozen II hits theatres November 22nd.
Kyle is a writer living in Springfield, MO. His deep love of Disney and other pop culture finds its way into his stories, scripts, and tweets. His first book “The E-Ticket Life: Stories, Essays, and Lessons Learned from My Decidedly Disney Travels” is available in paperback and for Kindle. http://amzn.to/1CStAhV