Creative Director/Writer: Jerry Bilik
Choreography: Sarah Kawahara &Cindy Stuart
Director: Patty Vincent
Reviewer: John Roberts
Feld Entertainment once again bring their Disney on Ice family show to the Echo Arena as part of their new Worlds of Fantasy Tour. The concept is simple take four well known and loved Disney/Pixar films condense them into small bite size segments tied together by a paper thin plot based around Mickey and Minnie’s car breaking down and being helped by Goofy and Donald Duck.
The opening segment is perhaps the biggest let down of the evening – while the link into Radiator Springs being the most obvious segue between the sections, the five minute factor may have brought all the full size cars including Mater and Lightning McQueen onto the ice, however nothing really comes of the section and feels rather shoe-horned in to the evening to tick the “boy” box.
However the show does come alive when introducing The Little Mermaid, Tinkerbell and for the whole second half Toy Story 3. Writer Jerry Bilik has done well to condense these best loved films into tight packed snippets, keeping all the necessary parts of the story in tact and its clear that Toy Story 3 lends itself far more easily to an Ice-adaptataion as can be seen in the 50minute second act.
The show really breathes life when the more human characters get to dance on the ice and showcase their undeniable talents, of course its always going to delight the young audience to see their favourite characters come to life in front of them, but dances by Arial and Eric, Barbie and Ken and Tinkerbell and her friends really hot the mark, but when it comes to really bringing the ice alive the dancer portraying Jessie really gave it everything and proved a real rinking-dinking crowd pleaser.
Patty Vincent alongside choreographers Sarah Kawahara and Cindy Stuart try to inject as much Disney magic as possible, with flying characters and plenty of colour to proceedings, however the show would feel more magical if the audience were allowed to be a little more on top of the action. A good 50ft gap between the rink-side seats and the rest of the auditorium means the action feels a little stilted and never really transgresses the evident void.
However for all the negatives the positives are still there, the morals of the Disney stories just as evident and in a time when children’s imaginations are destroyed by the instantaneous nature of computer games and mobile technology it’s still a delight to see children of all ages and both sexes in awe of seeing their heroes in front of them!
Runs until Sunday 6th April