Burbank, California - September 19, 2019
By: William A Guerro Sr
For the longest time, the Walt Disney Studios have kept the details about Frozen II, scarce. Ever since Frozen came out way back in 2013, we've been waiting for more information about the world of Arendelle and the people who live in it. Well after 6 long years, the wait is over.
Here's everything we know so far about Frozen II — and we don't have to wait much longer for the rest of it, because the movie's release date is set for Black Friday - November 22, 2019.
It tells the story behind Elsa's powers.
According to Disney, this is the official plot summary of Frozen II — a big deal, because this was a secret for a long time. "Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she'll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In Frozen, Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In Frozen II, she must hope they are enough."
Okay, intriguing. But I need to know more! Variety reports that — and this might be heading into vague spoiler territory here — the film begins when Anna and Elsa are young, and their father tells them a bedtime story, "from his youth, when the young prince himself visited an enchanted elemental forest, before something went horribly wrong and he was quickly brought back to Arendelle."
Since then, there has been a disconnect between the people of the town and the elements: Air, fire, water and earth."\\
Most of the big characters are returning — but not all of them.
Of course, Elsa and Anna are back. It wouldn't be Frozen without them, really! And their voices will still be provided by Idina Menzel (Elsa) and Kristen Bell (Anna). And joining them will be Kristoff, who will still be played by Jonathan Groff, and Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad.
One notable name not on that list? Hans, who was played in the first film by Santino Fontana. It's not clear if he's going to return; Hans isn't in the trailer, and reports about Fontana's involvement have been mixed. On the one hand, it makes sense: Hans — spoiler alert, if your kids haven't recounted the plot of Frozen to you 1,000 times in breathless detail — should still be rotting away in the Arendelle dungeon since he, you know, tried to assassinate the Queen. But Fontana has such a nice voice, it'd almost be a shame if he doesn't get to cameo.
Then again, he might? Are they trying to keep his appearance a secret? When Josh Gad, who plays Olaf, posted a photo of the Frozen II cast on Instagram, he tagged Fontana. But he also tagged a stuffed version of the reindeer, Sven, as The Rock — and he tagged Fontana in what is clearly a photo of Jonathan Groff — so he might just be kidding around. He's a funny guy. Fontana himself hasn't posted any of his own Frozen II promos.
Some newbies are joining the cast.
Variety reports that two new, exciting actors have joined the Frozen II cast: Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown. Fantastic! We love them. But ... we have no idea who they will play, or what they will do.
Fans who watched the teaser trailer carefully spotted a reddish-haired girl in one shot — could that be Wood's character? The trailer doesn't offer any clues, but people are speculating online about whether she'll have airy, autumnal powers to match Elsa's watery, wintry ones.
Plus, there's a sparkling horse!
If there's one thing the full trailer has over the teaser trailers, it's that there's much more magical horseplay going on. The synopsis already hints that there will be more powers at use in the movie, but nothing makes that more plain than a glittering pony. So, what is it?
According to ScreenRant, the horse is a Nokk, which is based on something talked about in German legends: "Elsa encounters a Nokk — a mythical water spirit that takes the form of a horse — who uses the power of the ocean to guard the secrets of the forest." So basically, there are so many powers surrounding Arendelle, and Frozen only gave us a taste — and Frozen II gets to dive in.
But will it have its own 'Let It Go?'
Because, let's face it, EVERYONE was singing "Let It Go" in their heads for a long time after the original Frozen was released. Good news: Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the duo behind "Let It Go" (and also "Remember Me" from Coco, tears) are returning with some new songs for Frozen II..
CinemaBlend reports that there are four new songs already in the works, and hopefully one of them will dislodge "Let It Go" from the most-listened spot on everyone's playlist.
Frozen II, in Theaters Friday November 22, 2019
Take a Look at the Official Disney Movie Trailer here, for FROZEN II.