Myth: A Frozen Tale is an animated VR short based on Disney's 2019 animated film Frozen II which premiered on Oculus Quest on June 11, 2020. A conventional 2D version of the short was released on Disney+ on February 26, 2021.
Acting as a sort of prologue to Frozen II, and narrated by Evan Rachel Wood, Myth: A Frozen Tale immerses viewers in the world of the film and introduces you to the elemental spirits in a truly unique, spellbinding way. It was directed by Jeff Gipson, who previously directed the studio’s first VR short Cycles. Production designer Brittney Lee gives the environment unique flair, inspired in part by such Disney legends as Mary Blair and Eyvind Earle, while creating a look wholly her own.
As a father and his children enter the warm house from the cold, they are warmly greeted by the wife and grandmother. The father promised his children that the mother would read them one bedtime story and she concedes.
The story is about the birth of the elements, starting with air as Gale wisps its way through a forest like setting and plays with a family of reindeer. This is shortly followed by fire, represented by Bruni, as he skitters across the forest floor and creates streams of fire that seem to envelope everything. Waterfalls and streams crash into existence as The Nokk prances around the woods and floods the scene. Finally mountains form as the Earth Giants tower over the forest and the viewer.
All four elements are represented by four stone tablets. The mother narrates how a fifth spirit, the human spirit, helped keep the balance as they displayed rhythm and harmony. However, the human spirit came out of sync, causing all four elements to be consumed by chaos. She ends the story on a hopeful note with the prediction that should the human spirit find its way back, the spirits can sing together again. The final shot is of the now empty living room of the house as beautiful light shines through the window.
Connection to Frozen II
- Nick Fisher as Boy
- John Lavelle as Dad
- Bonnie Popp as Grandmother
- Vivienne Rutherford as Girl
- Evan Rachel Wood as Narrator (voice)