Iconic crooners Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé have joined the ranks of duos such as Bette Midler and James Caan and Dolly Parton and Rod Stewart this holiday season with their recently released duet of the 1944 song, "Baby it's Cold Outside."
What sets their version apart, however, is Menzel and Bublé’s decision to enlist the help of British child actors Emily Carey and Harry Collett in creating the music video for their version of the holiday hit.
Set within the lobby of a vintage, glamorous hotel, the video features Emily – dressed in a flapper-style gown – dancing in a fun, flirtatious way with bellhop Harry, who replaces his hotel uniform with a dapper tuxedo in an effort to persuade Emily to stay inside with him – where it’s warm.
Emily and Harry lip synch flawlessly throughout the song, and are joined in the video by a variety of other child actors, playing the roles of everyone from hotel employees to Emily’s sister, of “my sister will be suspicious” lyrical fame.
Menzel and Bublé make the song, which has left some listeners concerned over references to alcohol and drugged drinks in past versions, kid-friendly through several adorable lyric changes.
“Well maybe just a half a drink more,” becomes, “Well maybe just a soda pop more” as the tiny dancers step their way through the hotel, sipping whipped-cream topped sodas from the hotel soda fountain.
When Emily gets whipped cream on the tip of her nose from her soda, she asks Harry, “Say, was that a wink?” rather than the traditional, “Say, what’s in this drink?” lyric. Harry responds by adorably wiping the whipped cream from her nose with his handkerchief.
The creative take on the adult holiday classic has generated buzz on social media as well, with many YouTube commenters taking time to discuss how adorable the video is, and how much watching it puts them in the holiday spirit.
Both Bublé and Menzel make cameos in the video, appearing as each child’s reflection when they look into hotel mirrors.
Menzel, who also voiced Elsa in Disney’s Frozen, has become the subject of some joking among YouTube commenters, who are quick to mention that it shouldn’t matter what the weather is like outside, as “the cold doesn’t bother her anyway.”