Frozen was one of the biggest animated movies in Disney history. Between that and the fact that the movie switched up the typical princess stereotypes – stereotypes that Disney themselves created – and that song that you still can’t escape from, Frozen was all over the place for quite a while. It still is, if you look in the right places. While it’s rare for Disney to make a theatrical sequel to animated movies, it was obvious that when the time come for them to make one, it would be Frozen. Now, after several people have hinted at it happening, Frozen 2 is officially confirmed.
Here’s everything we know about Frozen II so far, including a look at the incredible official trailer that Disney released.
What Do we Know About Frozen II?
The tone of the movie appears to be tenser and more epic than people may have expected, but this just makes us more excited about getting to see it and find out what’s happening. The trailer doesn’t offer a big look at the story of the film, but it does offer some hints. Combine those hints with the other things that we know, and the story becomes a bit clearer.
When Will Frozen II be Released?
The original release date for Frozen II was set to be November 27, 2019. That would make it the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, which is a release date Disney have been using for years. It’s the day that Frozen was originally released on back in 2013.
Disney decided to step up their game though and release the movie a week earlier on November 22. There are no major tentpole releases set for that date, so Disney seemingly pushed the movie forward a week to give the movie every chance possible of succeeding. The only other major releases currently set for November 2019 are Terminator and Charlie’s Angels. Both of those movies are getting released during the first week of November, leaving the room open for Frozen 2 to dominate the box office before Star Wars Episode IX is released in December.
Who is Directing Frozen II?
Frozen II will be co-directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. This is good news for fans of the original Frozen as they were the original co-directors of that movie. Chris Buck has been focused on Frozen since making the first movie. His other major project since the release of Frozen was the Frozen Fever animated short.
Jennifer Lee has been working hard since Frozen was released. While she also worked with Chris to co-create Frozen Fever, she also helped write the script for another Disney hit; Zootpopia. She also helped write the screenplay for A Wrinkle in Time. This could be Lee’s last job as a director as she was named new head of Walt Disney Animation Studios following the departure of John Lasseter. These new duties are likely to take her away from being able to get personally involved with movies.
Who is Writing Frozen II?
As well as being the original director, Jennifer Lee wrote the original screenplay for Frozen. It looks like she’s also going to be involved with writing the sequel, according to comments from Kristen Bell. However, Allison Schroeder holds the only official writing credit for Frozen II so far. Schroeder is known for her work on Hidden Figures, which earned her an Oscar nomination, and she also has history with Disney – she was part of the team behind the live-action Winnie the Pooh movie Christopher Robin. One thing we know as far as writing goes is that the songs will be written by the original team behind “Let It Go” and the other songs from the first movie; husband and wife Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
What Rating Will Frozen II Have?
It’s too early to be able to tell what rating the MPAA will give Frozen 2. Given that Disney are known for making PG films, and the original Frozen was rated PG, it’s highly likely that Frozen II will be no different. We’ll likely not see anything beyond the standard PG. Disney Animation has never pushed the boundaries past PG, and Disney are not about to do something that would make families second-guess if they should take their kids to see the movie.
What is the Plot of Frozen II?
The official trailer is careful about showcasing too much of the story of the new Frozen movie. We can see Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven go off on an adventure, but we have no idea what they are doing, where they are going, or why they are going. There is just one hint, which comes in the form of special crystals. These crystals appear to surround Anna and distress her. They are also a part of the poster for the sequel. We’ve got no idea what they are, but they clearly hold some importance.
Chris Buck suggested that the audience would see more of Elsa enjoying the new freedom she gained in the first movie, something that was shown in the Frozen Fever short. Josh Gad has also said that he’d like to see Olaf mature a bit given that he was basically a child in the first movie. Kristen Bell said that the personal struggles she’s faced in real life since the original movie came out have helped her manage the next stage of Anna’s growth as a character and person too.
During the original Frozen movie, the audience watched as Elsa ascended to the throne of Arendelle while also struggling to deal with her magical powers. There was nothing specifically set up that Elsa would need to do now so, while she’ll no doubt be a major figure in the new movie, there’s no telling what she might be up to. She is one of the only Disney heroines around who doesn’t have a love interest, so perhaps this is something that will happen in the second movie. If this does happen, there are many fans who would like to see her end up with a woman. Given the way that Frozen broke through Disney’s own traditions, perhaps the time has come for them to be willing to take that route with Frozen II.
The trailer opens up with Elsa fighting against some waves, but we don’t know why. She’s clearly determined to do it though, and focused on the task. It’s a side of Elsa that wasn’t shown much in the original movie. She is known for having an incredible strength of will that sees her through any challenge, and this is sure to be a focal point of her character in the second movie.
Much like with Elsa, the Anna that appears in Frozen II seems to be different from the original character. Anna grabs hold of Kristoff’s sword in the final clip of the trailer, swinging it at some unseen foe. She does this without any hesitation and it seems she knows a thing or two about handling a weapon. While Anna and Elsa are shown together a lot in the trailer, Anna is shown on her own taking a leap of faith.
Anna was the more interesting of the two princesses in the original Frozen movie. She was the one who fell in love with someone she had just met at least, which is a Disney trope. By the end of the movie though, it was true love’s kiss that broke her free from the curse. When the film ended Anna and Kristoff had officially began their relationship. Depending on the time skip between the two movies, the relationship could become something more serious. There’s also the chance that Disney will want to show off that the two are taking things slow by having them appear together, but not make the relationship so important to the story.
Olaf the Snowman was the focus of the holiday special Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. In terms of Disney sidekicks, Olaf has managed to be quite popular. For the first film he was nothing but comic relief but he managed to avoid overdoing it. Could Olaf getting his own special be a sign that he’s going to play a more important role in the sequel?
The trailer does a fantastic job of hiding such a revelation, if it is true. He’s hardly featured in the trailer at all. He makes a couple of appearances, but is never the focus.
One unanswered question from the first movie is why Elsa was able to give Olaf the gift of life. If that question is part of the plot for the second movie at all, then it could be that Olaf plays a pretty integral role.
Kristoff and Sven
Kristoff and Sven have also been confirmed for Frozen II. The pair, much like Olaf, were put on the sidelines for the new trailer. One epic moment from the trailer does feature Kristoff riding Sven while leading a charging herd of reindeer. Sven, much like everyone else in the trailer, appears more determined and serious than ever. We’ll need to wait and see to find out if he’s riding off to rescue someone.
Kristen Bell has said that the new Frozen movie is set to get at least two new characters, but she didn’t say much else about them. All we know is they are there and will be in the movie. We don’t know if they will join our heroes or fight against them. Disney animated movies have always had some incredible villains, but not every movie has a traditional villain. The original Frozen movie was proof of that. If you watch the new trailer carefully you can see two new characters. There’s a young woman standing on some leaves and a young man that appears to fly up through the pile into the air. Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown are said to be giving their voices to the movie, so these two could very well be their characters. The trailer doesn’t say too much though, other than suggest someone in this movie could have wind powers similar to Elsa’s ice powers.
There’s a good chance the Duke of Weselton will show up again, if just a short cameo. The character from the original movie was voiced by Alan Tudyk, who has been a part of every Disney movie in recent years. It’s likely that Frozen II will be no exception. If the character doesn’t appear, there’s still a good chance that Alex Tudyk’s voice will, just in a slightly less prominent role. He was the voice of a chicken in Moana after all. He could be the voice of an animal in Frozen II or, if Disney doesn’t want a character that sounds like the Duke, a character that doesn’t speak.
Another character from the movie who may or may not be in the sequel is Hans. Hans was the underhanded prince who attempted to marry Anna and seize the throne in the original movie. He was sent back home at the end of the original movie where, apparently, his older siblings weren’t happy with his exploits. Hans does appear briefly at the end of Frozen Fever, so there’s the chance that he – or his family – will appear in Frozen II.
The first time we saw the Frozen cast in something new after the first movie came out was the Frozen Fever, an animated short where Elsa attempted to host a birthday party for Anna. While this could simply be written off as a bit of harmless fluff, and that’s basically what it was, the short did include some material that may be important for the sequel. The first is that Else was able to conjure dresses for herself and Anna with her magic. While Elsa did this for herself in the original movie, the dresses she makes here are green and very not-ice-themed. We also see that she’s able to create tiny snowmen – known as snowgies – which she does by accident when sick. When the short ends, the snowgies move into the ice palace with the abominable snowman Marshmallow. They could possibly make an appearance somewhere in Frozen II.
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is Disney’s latest holiday special. The special had a brief theatrical release alongside Pixar’s Coco before it was shown on television. The short follows Olaf as he tries to find a holiday tradition for Anna and Elsa to share, given that they were never able to create one of their own given how much they were separated when younger. It’s ultimately discovered that they have a tradition after all. Anna would make Elsa an Olaf-inspired gift each year. This short gave us another look at an otherwise unknown part of their lives that happened during the original “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” montage. It’s possible that there could be other parts of their past that come to the forefront and serve as the starting point for Frozen II.