Back in 2013, the original Frozen tied a bow on the tale of Arendelle’s royal siblings, Anna and Elsa – but still left us pondering how the older sister got her winter-unleashing powers in the first place, and what really happened to their missing parents.
Set three years later, this sequel gives us the answers we’ve waited for - but not the ones we were expecting. It all starts when a mysterious voice calls Elsa (Idina Menzel) from the north, setting in motion a voyage of self-discovery that ropes in plucky Anna (Kristen Bell), Olaf the cheerful snowman (Josh Gad), Kristoff the iceman (Jonathan Groff) and his hygienically challenged reindeer, Sven.
Faster. Funnier. Frostier. As the long-awaited Frozen sequel slip-slides into ODEON cinemas, here are six things you can expect from this winter’s most anticipated animation.
Snow Queen Elsa, goofy younger sister Anna, rough-but-ready ice harvester Kristoff and loveable snowman Olaf are all back for this sequel – older, wiser, but still full of fun and game for adventure.
Which is just as well because they’re about to embark on a journey beyond their wildest imaginings. “It’s a family,” says Menzel fondly of the Frozen cast and crew.
Joining our core four for this frosty follow-up are several exciting new characters: Emmy Award-winning actress Martha Plimpton plays Yelena, the leader of the mysterious Northuldra tribe, Happy Death Day’s Rachel Matthews is Honeymaren, a “bold and brave” tribe member, while Black Panther’s Sterling K. Brown adds extra punch as Lieutenant Destin Mattias.
And may we also introduce Bruni the salamander. All we can stay about this little guy is that he’s about to become the number one toy on your kids’ Christmas list.
We know from the trailers that Anna and Elsa’s parents return in this new film via flashback but could they actually still be alive out there somewhere, waiting for their daughters to find them?
Disney isn’t telling, of course, and neither is Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood who has taken over from returning co-director Jennifer Lee as the voice of kindly Queen Iduna. All she would say of the sequel was: “I think it’s going to knock people’s socks off!”
While the original 2013 film tells a bow-tying story complete with a happy ending, it did leave us with one big question, specifically: where did Elsa get her magical powers over ice and snow in the first place? And it seems we weren’t the only ones pondering this pickle.
"A few years ago, when I was travelling around the world presenting to artists and students I kept hearing the same question over and over again, ‘Where did Elsa get her icy powers?’” says Peter Del Vecho, senior vice president of production for animation on Frozen I and II. “Well, it turned out that question was one that Jennifer and Chris were beginning to wrestle with as well. We realised that there was more story to tell.” We can’t wait to find out what that story is, can you?
‘Let It Go’ got all the love (including an Oscar for Best Original Song), but every tune in the first film, from ‘Do You Want To Build A Snowman?’ to ‘Love Is An Open Door’ to ‘In Summer’ is a showstopper – and a large part of the reason Frozen became such a phenomenon.
You can expect something special from the Frozen II soundtrack too, which features seven brand new songs including the uber-hummable anthem ‘Some Things Never Change’ sung by Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff. Elsa also gets another lung-buster in the form of ‘Into The Unknown’, plus a duet with her mom called ‘Show Yourself’. Who knows, we may finally be able to let ‘Let It Go’ go...
Six years is a long time in the world of animation and as gorgeous as the visuals were in Frozen, Frozen II is a marked step up. The production team went to incredible lengths to get the sequel’s ‘look’ just right including completely redesigning Anna and Elsa’s home kingdom of Arendelle, with everything from the trees to the foliage accurate to Scandinavia.
The animators even took singing lessons so they’d know exactly when the characters should breathe during songs. The end result, as you’d expect, is simply breathtaking – especially the ocean scenes with Elsa and Nokk the water horse. Wow, just wow!