Frozen not only earned billions of dollars, but immortalized Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad into the Disney animation world. Even the composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez won an Oscar for ‘Let It Go.’ Well, now Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) are taking a journey back into the unknown attempting to discover their past.
Being a die-hard Disney geek, I was totally down for this sequel, which totally maintains the heart and integrity of the original. With the animation world becoming so much more technologically advanced since the original, it goes without saying this version is visually stunning. Just the water and ice sequences alone are so realistic, crisp and clean. Not to mention, for the first time in forever (see what I did there:), our first person of color Lieutenant Matthias (in the form of ‘This Is Us’ Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown) is introduced. How do he and Evan Rachel Wood feel about being immortalized by Disney? Take a look at a conversation I did with them for EUR Web.
Olaf (Josh Gad) and Jonathan Groff (Christoph) have some of the best, most iconic, yet comical moments of the film, not to mention two fo the most interring plot twists. Let’s face it, music is what makes an animated classic pop and this chapter is no different. If parents thought they lost their minds hearing ‘Let It Go,’ get ready for a little ‘Into The Unknown action. I simply can’t get the song out of mind as you can see in this clip…
At the end of the day, the sisters become closer than ever and while the original had more of a fairytale ending, this journey is a little darker in tone and feels geared toward more of an adult audience. But, I promise you, the kids will love it and they will not care as long as they get to go along for the ride one more time.
Assigned by EUR Web, in addition to the interviews embedded above, I chatted with Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, the Oscar winning Frozen filmmakers – Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter del Vecho.
Produce by Disney, Frozen 2 blasts into theaters today and is not as strong and impactful as the original, but who cares. Love, sisters, heart and. the warm and fuzzies are always welcomed for the holiday season.