Directed by: Chris Buck
Starring: Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Family, Musical
Release date: 22 November, 2019
Running Time: 103 Minutes
Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leaves Arendalle and travels to an ancient, autumn-bound forest to uncover the origins of Elsa powers and save their kingdom.
Frozen 2 is an upcoming American computer-animated musical fantasy film in production by Walt Disney Animation Studios, and is the sequel to Frozen (2013). The film features the returning voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, and Santino Fontana along with the new voices of Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown. It is scheduled to be released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 22, 2019, in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D formats.
Queen Elsa, her sister Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven embark on a new journey beyond their homeland of Arendelle in order to discover the origin of Elsa’s ice-making powers and save their kingdom.
When asked about future sequels, producer Peter Del Vecho explained in March 2014 that Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, and he “work very, very well together, so I believe we will be developing a new project. But I don’t know what that is right now.” In late April of that year, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan F. Horn said that “we haven’t really talked about a sequel” because at that time the studio’s priority was the planned Broadway musical, which also required additional songs to be written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
When asked in May 2014 about a sequel, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated to host David Faber that Disney would not “mandate a sequel” or “force storytelling”, because to do so would risk creating something not as good as the first film. Iger also expressed the hope that the Frozen franchise “is something that is kind of forever for the company” similar to The Lion King.
In June, Lee confirmed that then-chief creative officer John Lasseter had expressly granted her and Buck the freedom to explore whatever they were “passionate about”: “We don’t know what it is yet … We’re actually going to start from scratch. It’ll be something completely brand new.”
On March 12, 2015, at Disney’s annual meeting of shareholders in San Francisco, Iger, Lasseter, and actor Josh Gad (the voice of Olaf) officially announced a full-length sequel, Frozen 2, was in development at Disney, with Buck and Lee returning as directors and Del Vecho returning as producer. Lasseter explained that at Disney Animation, “as with Pixar, when we do a sequel, it is because the filmmakers who created the original have created an idea that is so good that it’s worthy of these characters.” He stated that in the case of Frozen, the directors had “come up with a great idea for a sequel and you will be hearing a lot more about it, and we’re taking you back to Arendelle.” According to the Los Angeles Times, there was “considerable internal debate” at Disney over whether to proceed with a Frozen sequel at Disney Animation, but the unprecedented success of the first film apparently swayed Disney executives towards making a sequel.
In an interview with The Arizona Republic, Menzel confirmed that she would return for her role a couple weeks after completing her concerts tour; she said, “they haven’t even sent me a script”.
On September 28, Josh Gad announced his return with Buck, Lee, Del Vecho, Anderson-Lopez, and Lopez along with Lasseter, adding that the sequel is going to be special. He said, “the amazing people at Walt Disney Animation Studios have created a story that carries on the incredible legacy of the original Frozen and continues to build and expand on the characters and themes in new and exciting ways.”
Jonathan Groff (the voice of Kristoff) said earlier in July 2017, “I don’t know anything about it yet other than I’m about to start recording my section of it.” On October 11, he confirmed on the British talk show Lorraine that he too had started recording for the sequel the previous month.
In an October 2017 interview with CinemaBlend, Bell revealed that there will be some new characters too. She further said that the directors and the producers had “taken their trip to Norway” and took “the entire culture in” to make this “fun home movie.” She added that Lee had journaled herself as Elsa and Anna “for months to try and figure out [what they’d say]”.
In March 2018, Lee revealed in an interview that she was doing the second draft out of six drafts, which she referred as “six screenings”. Later the same month, Anderson-Lopez in an interview about Broadway’s Frozen, for which she and her husband wrote the new featured songs, confirmed that they had already recorded a song for the sequel with Bell.
In July 2018, it was announced that Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown had entered talks to join the cast in undisclosed roles. In August 2018, Allison Schroeder, the screenwriter of Hidden Figures and Disney’s Christopher Robin, was hired to assist screenwriting duties with Jennifer Lee after Lee assumed the head of Walt Disney Animation, succeeding Lasseter.
Frozen 2 is scheduled to be released on November 22, 2019, in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It was previously set for November 27 of that year.
On April 11, 2019, it was announced that a companion docuseries will be launched on the Disney+ streaming service within its first year entitled Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2.
Disney released the first teaser trailer for the film on February 13, 2019. The teaser trailer was viewed 116.4 million times in its first 24 hours, becoming the most viewed animated film trailer in that time period, surpassing the record of Incredibles 2 (113.6 million views). The second trailer debuted during ABC’s Good Morning America on June 11, 2019.
Frozen 2: Movie Trailer
Frozen 2 Movie Review:
Looks stunning but fails to stir
This sequel to Disney’s super-hit animation musical film Frozen has characters which are grown up. Kristoff is ready to settle down with Anna, Elsa becomes more in tune with her magical side, and Olaf is getting smarter. The screenplay envisages a back story for Anna and Elsa’s parents and also exposes the source of Elsa’s magic.
Cuddly antics, goofy shenanigans, anime slapstick and numerous songs to mark every occasion, fill up the narrative. There’s not much adventure or thrills this time round because the director duo—Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee— aims to stun you with visual majesty. But the happy times don’t last forever. An elemental power in the enchanted mist en-locked forest telepaths a voice to Elsa, urging her to seek out the source. Thereafter the narrative becomes a quest for the unknown as the ice queen finds herself grappling with an identity crisis as she follows her inner voice and finds her true calling – away from the comforts of Arendelle.
There’s not much newness to the story other than the uncovering of a secret past. Anna continues to play second-fiddle to her magically powered sister while Kristoff continues to make a mess of expressing his true feelings for Anna. This attempt to mature the characters and make the film a more young adult experience, might lose it its core audience.
The film has a psychological density that is likely to fly over the heads of the under-5s. Giving more screen time to the talking snowman, a reindeer sidekick and having a frequent serenade of songs helps, but it’s not enough. The songs don’t have recall value even though they sound good, the comedy, drama, action / thrills, musical orchestrations and romance fail to keep the enjoyment fluid and flowing. So, it’s basically the most stunning animation craft ever seen, here, that really makes this experience special. Six years in the making, Disney has left no stone unturned to make the craft spectacular. The colors, textures and shapes enlivened here are a bountiful and wondrous harvest for the eyes.