There’s no denying that Frozen was a massive worldwide hit, when it came out. Grossing over a billion dollars at the box office. It came at a time where Disney was starting to get it’s footing again, on the animation front, with the big one-two combo of Tangled and Frozen. So much so that some households have taken to supporting one over the other (I personally live in a Moana home). None of that matters though, as the former got a tv series follow up and the latter is heading back to theaters. That’s right Frozen II comes out at the end of the year and today the first teaser dropped. Take a look.
Not a lot to go on, plot-wise, but this appears massive. Elsa (Idina Menzel) is still honing her ice powers, attempting to tame the sea. Anna (Kristen Bell) scales mountain peaks shrouded in fog. Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Sven and an army of reindeer charge through a wooded glen. Don’t worry snowmen fans, Olaf (Josh Gad) does make an appearance at the very end, too. As there’s no dialogue here, it’s hard to tell what exactly is going on. Hopefully the inevitably forthcoming full trailer fixes that problem. Either way you can be sure to expect a massive journey.
In addition to the returning original cast, Evan Rachel Wood is listed as having a role in the sequel. Better yet, oscar winning directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are back at the helm, alongside original songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. You know a project is really a labor of love when you can get the whole crew back together. And in a relatively quick fashion, as the first film came out just 6 years ago. It also shows that the Mouse House may have a newfound commitment to quality, as so many past sequels were of the “direct-to-video” sort.
What do you think of this teaser? Are you excited to see so many returning characters? What do you think the story will be about? Where do you fall in the Tangled, Frozen and Moana discussion? The comments are open for your thoughts and spirited debate. Frozen II will ask once again if you want to build a snowman on November 22. Don’t expect this to be the last we hear about the movie, between now and then.