From “Let It Go” to “Into the Unknown,” This is Frozen 2
“Let It Go, Let It Go, Let It Go”… I’m so glad that Disney Animation Studios did NOT let it go with Elsa and Anna. Now, they are bringing us “Into The Unknown” with Frozen 2. At the beginning of this month, I had the opportunity to participate in the Frozen 2 early press day where I learned everything about this new freezing, but not so cold adventure and it’s amazing!
This time around, Elsa and Anna will venture into the unknown, even for a strong queen like Elsa, this new adventure calls for courage, passion, grit, imagination and a little touch of magic. Frozen 2 is set in an enchanted forest and embraces the colors of autumn, differently from the first one that embraced cool tones.
Director Chris Buck and director/writer Jennifer Lee return to Frozen 2, as well producer Peter Del Vecho. They also went deeper in this second part. According to Del Vecho, “for the first Frozen, Jennifer, Chris and I were so busy in story development that we weren’t able to go on the artists’ research trip to Norway. But in 2016, Jennifer, Chris and I finally had the privilege of making our first research trip for Frozen 2. Along with our artists, we traveled to Norway, Finland, and Iceland.”
Inspired by fairytale “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen, the new storyline takes place three years after the conclusion of the first film, where Elsa is queen and Anna is happy to have Kristoff, Elsa, Olaf and Sven living together. The bond between sisters is strong now. But, there is always a “but”, something happens that leads to a great adventure and will answer a lot of questions we have about these characters. “‘Frozen 2’ is even bigger and more epic than the first,” says Buck.
Actors Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad are back to Arendelle as the voices of Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf, respectively. Actress Evan Rachel Wood joins the cast as Queen Iduna, Anna and Elsa’s mother. According to Lee, “Evan is amazing and her singing voice sits beautifully between Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel in terms of its parent sweetness and that was an amazing discovery as we get to hear her sing.” The beloved actor Sterling K. Brown, well know from the TV series “This Is Us,” lends his voice to Lieutenant Destin Mattias.
When “Frozen” hit theaters in 2013, it became the highest-grossing animated film of all time in the worldwide box office (it’s over $1,3 billion dollars, according to Box Office Mojo). It also won an Academy Award® for the best-animated feature film of the year. The film’s iconic song, I mentioned at the beginning of this article, “Let It Go,” with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez won an Oscar® for best achievement in music written for motion picture, original song.
And, of course, the Lopez couple is back with seven new and amazing original songs, which capture, in a contagious way, the emotion, fun, and intrigue of the story. The inspiration for the songs is their daughters, who also influenced them on the creation of the tracks from the first movie.
Frozen 2 is ultimately a mythic fairytale about home and family, self-discovery, courage, and the power to never give up. And I’m pretty sure it will be a hit once more. Frozen 2 opens in U.S. theaters on November 22, 2019.