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Frozen II is an animated musical comedy-drama/fantasy film produced at Walt Disney Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Released on November 22, 2019, it is the sequel to the 2013 film, Frozen, and it is the 58th animated feature in the Disney Animated Canon.

Taking place three years after the events of the first film,[1] Frozen II follows Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven as they journey to an enchanted forest to save their kingdom from a curse involving the elemental spirits of water, wind, fire, and earth.

Co-directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck returned to helm the project, alongside producer Peter Del Vecho. While still retaining much of the humor of its predecessor, the film is notably darker in tone, with a heavier focus on action, death, and intense imagery. This was a deliberate move by the filmmakers, who likened the tone of Frozen II to earlier Walt Disney-era fairytales such as Pinocchio.[2]

Co-Writer/Director Jennifer Lee states that while "Frozen" was Anna's story, "Frozen II" would feature Elsa as the central character.

Upon release, Frozen II received generally positive reviews from critics for its animation, voice performances, and music by songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.[3] On its opening weekend, the film grossed $127 million domestically, and $350 million worldwide, making it the highest-opening of all time for an animated film.[4] The film went on to surpass the original Frozen to become the highest-grossing Walt Disney Animation Studios film, and the highest-grossing animated film of all time, according to Disney and industry insiders.[5][6] Despite its popularity, "Frozen II" was not nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The song "Into the Unknown" was nominated for Best Song but did not win.

Synopsis[]

Elsa, the Snow Queen, has an extraordinary gift -- the power to create ice and snow. But no matter how happy she is to be surrounded by the people of Arendelle, Elsa finds herself strangely unsettled. After hearing a mysterious voice call out to her, Elsa travels to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond her kingdom -- an adventure that soon turns into a journey of self-discovery.

Plot[]

Inside one of the rooms of Arendelle Castle one evening, young Anna and Elsa have built a forest out of snow and ice, sourced from Elsa's ice powers. As she conjures small snow people to play with, King Agnarr and Queen Iduna enter, telling the girls that it is time for them to go to bed. Seeing that Anna and Elsa are happily playing together, the king and queen smile, then take the girls to their bedroom. There, the sisters beg their father to tell them a bedtime story. King Agnarr agrees and begins the tale of an enchanted forest: King Runeard, the founder and first king of Arendelle, establishes a treaty with the woodland Northuldra tribe, building a dam between Arendelle and the Enchanted Forest, home of the Northuldra. However, a fight between the two armies occurs, killing Runeard and many of his men. The four elemental spirits were earth, fire, air, and water, which inhabit the forest, become enraged due to the fight. The spirits disappear, and a thick wall of mist encases everyone in the forest. No one is able to enter or leave, and the contents of the forest become preserved in time. Runeard's son Prince Agnarr barely escapes with the help of an unknown savior. After the story, Queen Iduna tucks the girls into bed, singing them an old lullaby taught to her by her mother.

Three years after her coronation, Queen Elsa of Arendelle stands on the castle balcony, returning from her flashback to the present. Kai comes to retrieve her, startling her as she didn't see him coming as she was too lost in her thoughts to notice, causing her to make a sudden shoot of frost to stick her hands to the railing before she pulls them loose. After tending to her royal duties, she goes to the town square to celebrate autumn in the kingdom with her younger sister, Princess Anna, Olaf, their talking snowman, Kristoff, Arendelle's resident ice harvester, and Sven, Kristoff's pet reindeer and best friend, and they sing "Some Things Never Change".

That same evening, Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf play a game of charades. After having some fun with her sister and friends, Elsa decides to go to bed early. Later, Anna enters Elsa's room, concerned. She notices that Elsa is wearing their mother's shawl, which she only wears when nervous or troubled. Anna and Elsa talk for some time, and eventually, huddled together, they fall asleep.

Suddenly, in the middle of the night, Elsa wakes up when she hears the mysterious voice calling to her again. Unable to ignore it this time, Elsa tries to follow the voice "Into the Unknown", but unintentionally awakens the elemental spirits, forcing everyone in the kingdom to evacuate as many of Arendelle's resources are stripped from the kingdom: The waterfall dries up, as do the fountains, the flames providing light in buildings and the street lamps are extinguished, the wind becomes fierce, and the streets are disrupted like something is burrowing beneath them. Grand Pabbie, the leader of the trolls, senses danger and arrives in Arendelle with the rest of the trolls. Pabbie informs Anna and Elsa that they must set things right by discovering the truth about the kingdom's past, or he foresees no future for Arendelle. Deducing she must follow the voice she has been hearing, Elsa tries to tell her sister that she must go alone, but Anna insists upon coming with her. As Elsa tries to reason with her sister, Anna says she went through many odds three years ago such as climbing the North Mountain, surviving a frozen heart, and saving Elsa from the evil Hans, which in Anna's opinion, is the reason why she's going. Elsa had asked to borrow Kristoff's wagon and Sven, which he did not feel comfortable with. After Anna states that she is coming, Kristoff agrees, insisting on driving. Olaf agrees, adding, "I'll bring the snacks!" Pabbie promises to look after the people of Arendelle in the meantime until the royal sisters return from pacifying the elemental spirits and restoring Arendelle's resources once the spirits are no longer angry.

Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven embark on their journey to the Enchanted Forest, traveling via Kristoff's wagon. They pass landmarks from the first film, such as Elsa's ice palace. Olaf also talks all through the journey there and believes that this will all make sense "When I Am Older". Finally arriving at the entrance to the Enchanted Forest, the group encounters the impenetrable wall of mist, but it parts open as Elsa uses her magic, before closing again once they are inside. The group first encounters Gale, the wind spirit, which appears in the form of a tornado and sweeps everyone into its vortex. Elsa stops it by blasting streams of snow, forming a set of ice sculptures. They discover the sculptures are from their father's past and that their mother, Iduna, was the mysterious Northuldra who saved Agnarr's life during the battle between King Runeard and his soldiers and the Northuldra fighters. They encounter the Northuldra, along with a troop of Arendellian soldiers, as the two groups are still in conflict with each other. The fire spirit appears and Elsa attempts to stop its fire from spreading. Elsa discovers that the spirit is in the form of an agitated magical salamander named Bruni. She calms it down by placing it in her palm and creating a small snow flurry, ceasing its flames. Elsa and Anna form a truce between the soldiers and the Northuldra, explaining that their mother was Northuldra and their father was Agnarr, the prince of Arendelle. An Arendellian soldier named Lieutenant Mattias is impressed, recalling memories of the young prince. Later, at the Northuldra camp, the group encounters two young Northuldra siblings named Honeymaren and Ryder. Elsa talks to Honeymaren, learning that Queen Iduna's shawl is decorated with a traditional Northuldra pattern. Anna talks with Lieutenant Mattias, Olaf is rearranged by a group of Northuldra children, and Kristoff talks with Ryder, who also loves reindeer. Elsa later learns from Honeymaren of the existence of a fifth spirit, which will unite people and the magic of nature. Everyone is soon forced to take cover and hide from the elemental spirits of earth, the Earth Giants, when they stomp pass the Northuldra encampment without seeing anyone.

Elsa continues to head north with Anna and Olaf, while Kristoff and Sven stay behind with Ryder and the rest of the Northuldra. Kristoff tries to propose to Anna, not realizing that she is gone, but instead finds the leader of the Northuldra tribe, Yelana, who lets him know where Anna and Elsa went before revealing that the Northuldra are packing up camp to move elsewhere, possibly to get away from the Earth Giants so they won't be threatened by them. Meanwhile, the sisters find their parents' shipwreck after being guided to it by Gale, and a map with a route to Ahtohallan, the mythical river said to have answers and explanations about the past. Ahtohallan was the "river full of memory" that was mentioned in Queen Iduna's lullaby, which Elsa learned was a traditional Northuldra song, and reinforcing what Olaf said earlier about water having memory. The sisters find an ice sculpture of their parents huddled together that Elsa makes from the water still embedded in the ship's hull, apparently about to meet their fate at the hands of the Dark Sea. Elsa and Anna begin to cry. Feeling extremely guilty that their parents were lost at sea in search of answers about her magic powers, Elsa decides to travel alone, sending Anna and Olaf away in an ice-boat where they have to avoid the now sleeping Earth Giants, ignoring Anna's warnings and reminder of their mother's song "Go too far and you'll be drowned". Anna and Olaf become stranded in a dark, mysterious cavern.

With Anna and Olaf safe as far as she knows, Elsa encounters the Nokk, the water spirit who guards the ocean in the form of a glistening stallion, on her way to Ahtohallan. After a fierce fight with the Nokk trying to drown her before reaching Ahtohallan, Elsa tames the Nokk and finally reaches Ahtohallan. Elsa discovers that the voice was the call of Iduna from memories of the past, as an image of her singing her mysterious call to an unconscious Agnarr after saving him flashes onto the wall. Elsa discovers that her power was a gift from the magic of nature, due to Iduna's selfless act of saving Agnarr when the Northuldra and Arendellians starting fighting and the elemental spirits turned against humanity. This makes Elsa the fifth spirit, a bridge between humans and nature, who unites differences. Elsa wields her mother's mantle of the fifth spirit and asks the voice to "Show Yourself". She also learns through flashbacks and memories that the dam was built as a ruse to reduce the Northuldra's resources, due to Runeard's dislike of the tribe's connection with magic, believing it gives them a reason to defy royalty like himself. Elsa learns that King Runeard, although depicted as good, was the one who initiated the conflict with the Northuldra. Elsa sends this information to Anna. However, as she had ventured into the most dangerous part of Ahtohallan and ignored her mother's warnings, Elsa becomes frozen herself, turning to solid ice in a more slow, painful version of what happened to Anna under the frozen heart curse, entombing her in Ahtohallan. Olaf, being made of Elsa's now-defunct magic, fades away and becomes a pile of snow. Anna is left devastated and alone. She feels that her life is over and that she must give up, but she convinces herself to do "The Next Right Thing" and continue.

Anna concludes that the dam must be destroyed for peace to be restored, even if it means Arendelle's destruction in the process. She escapes from the cavern and awakens the sleeping Earth Giants, who immediately turn hostile on her for being disturbed. Anna lures them towards the dam with help from Kristoff, Sven, and Lieutenant Mattias with his Royal Guard detachment, which is destroyed by boulders hurled by the giants. This causes them to become docile as the bane of their rage had been destroyed. Back in Ahtohallan, with the dam destroyed, Elsa finally thaws herself out and returns to Arendelle, stopping a flood from the destroyed dam with Nokk, witnessed by the people, Grand Pabbie, and his rock trolls, who cheer for Elsa and Nokk while Pabbie gives Elsa a respectful nod for her triumph. As the wall of mist disappears, Elsa reunites with Anna and revives Olaf, to the delight of everyone. Kristoff finally, properly, proposes to Anna, and she accepts. Elsa points out that she and Anna are now the bridge between the people and the magical spirits, just like their mother had two daughters. As the Enchanted Forest and Arendelle are now open and connected to each other, Elsa decides that she is meant to live in the forest with the Northuldra, being the fifth spirit. Anna becomes the new Queen of Arendelle, and Elsa becomes the protector of the Enchanted Forest. She regularly visits Arendelle as peace is restored in all the lands. Anna and Kristoff enjoy time together after Anna's coronation and first royal event. Olaf and Sven eagerly explore Arendelle. Lieutenant Mattias, now promoted to General under Anna, is seen together with an Arendellian woman he mentioned back at the Northuldra camp, now reunited with her, as she shows him a "new invention" called a photograph. Together with Anna, he unveils a new statue of a younger Agnarr and Iduna to honor their memory and the new unity between Arendelle and the Enchanted Forest. Anna has Gale send a message to Elsa, and shortly after reading it, Elsa takes a ride on the Nokk towards Ahtohallan, passing by Ryder, Honeymaren, and the other elemental spirits as she does.

In a post-credit scene, Olaf retells the story to Marshmallow and the Snowgies.

Cast[]

  • Idina Menzel as Elsa
    • Mattea Conforti as Young Elsa
    • Eva Bella as Young Elsa (Ahtohallan/archive recording)
  • Kristen Bell as Anna
    • Hadley Gannaway as Young Anna
    • Livvy Stubenrauch as Young Anna (Ahtohallan/archive recording)
  • Jonathan Groff as Kristoff
  • Frank Welker/Jonathan Groff as Sven
  • Josh Gad as Olaf
  • Sterling K. Brown as Lieutenant Mattias
  • Evan Rachel Wood as Queen Iduna
    • Delaney Rose Stein as Young Iduna
  • Aurora as The Voice (revealed to be Iduna in a flashback in Ahtohallan)
    • In one 'behind the scenes' video, she is credited as "The North Wind" which is fitting given her role in the film calling to Elsa. [1]
  • Alfred Molina as King Agnarr
    • Jackson Stein as Young Agnarr
  • Martha Plimpton as Yelana
  • Rachel Matthews as Honeymaren
  • Jason Ritter as Ryder Nattura
  • Jeremy Sisto as King Runeard
  • Ciarán Hinds as Grand Pabbie
  • Alan Tudyk as Duke of Weselton (Ahtohallan/archive recording), Guard, Northuldra Leader, and Arendellian Soldier
  • Santino Fontana as Hans (Ahtohallan/archive recording)
  • Paul Briggs as Marshmallow
  • Maia Wilson as Bulda
  • Stephen J. Anderson as Kai
  • Halima V. Hudson as Halima

Additional voices[]

  • Isabella Acres
  • Nick Fisher
  • Arthur Ortiz
  • Stephen Apostolina
  • Jackie Gonneau
  • Paul Pape
  • Kimberly Bailey
  • Franck Gourlat
  • Michael Ralph
  • Dave Boat
  • Daniel Kaz
  • Akai Robinson
  • June Christopher
  • Phil LaMarr
  • Lynwood Robinson
  • Antonio Corbo
  • Arnaud Leónard
  • Maddix Robinson
  • David Cowgill
  • Mimi Maynard
  • Kaitlyn Robrock
  • Wendy Cutler
  • Scott Menville
  • Violet Schaffer
  • Hudson D'Andrea
  • Melanie Minichino
  • Pepper Sweeney
  • Grey DeLisle-Griffin
  • Max Mittelman
  • Fred Tatasciore
  • Jessica DiCicco
  • Matt Nolan
  • Jean-Alain Velardo
  • Terri Douglas
  • Capri Oliver
  • Kari Wahlgren
  • Robin Atkin Downes
  • Matthew Wood

Development[]

Development on a theatrical Frozen sequel was officially announced at a Disney Shareholder meeting,[7] alongside being confirmed by Jennifer Lee on her Twitter account.[8] Co-directors of the original film, Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, as well as producer, Peter Del Vecho, all returned to helm the project. The filmmakers had not originally considered making a sequel to Frozen and the road to its creation was bumpy. Co-director Chris Buck began by considering that what would be next for Elsa, having been in hiding for so long and finally being accepted by her people. One question the filmmakers were repeatedly asked was why Elsa has magical powers, which led them to explore this question as a foundation for the sequel.[9] As part of the production process, the filmmakers took part in a four-hour Briggs-Meyers Personality Test, assuming the roles of the four main characters and answering questions posed by an actual psychologist. They were surprised to learn that Elsa is a INFJ personality, introverted and judgmental, which prompted Jennifer Lee to explore the character as a withdrawn introvert early in the film, particularly in the charades scene. Her principal animater studied his own children during times of fear and isolation, incorporating their body language into Elsa's posture. Jennifer Lee also learned that Elsa likely suffers from agoraphobia, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), clinical depression, and possibly borderline personality disorder (BPD), and incorporated elements of these disorders into the character during the writing process. Jennifer Lee also later learned that Anna was an "epic" character (a Human on an epic adventure), while Elsa was a "mythic" character (a magical being possessing special powers). The film's visual developers worked on special finishing touches to the characters' outfits, including lining inside the fabric of every character's clothes.[10] Both Elsa and Anna wear pants when traveling into the Enchanted Forest, Jennifer Lee stating that they wear what's right for the situation and she loves that they can wear anything.[11] The film is said to be "darker" than the original Frozen and Kristen Bell stated that "we don’t give kids enough credit because they’re projections of us and we want them to be happy because we want ourselves to be happy all the time. We don’t give them enough credit for their ability to digest complex situations and trauma and struggle."[12]

Following concerns about cultural appropriation regarding the original Frozen, Disney signed a contract with the Sámi people to respectfully portray Sámi culture. As the culture was to feature in an even greater role in Frozen II, the Sámi parliaments of Norway, Sweden, and Finland, along with the Saami Council reached out to collaborate with the film's producers. The contract also included an agreement that Disney would produce a dubbed version of Frozen II in one Sámi language and participate in cross-learning initiatives that contribute to Indigenous communities in Scandinavia.[13] The Sámi people and those working with the filmmakers appear in the film's credits.

On April 25, 2017, the official release date for the Frozen sequel was announced by Disney.[14]

In August, 2017 Variety announced that the four main actors and actresses from "Frozen" would reprise their roles, actress Evan Rachel Wood had been cast as "a major new character". and actor Sterling K. Brown would play a new supporting character. On September 28, Josh Gad and Disney announced on social media that recording for the film had officially begun.[15]

The film's final shooting script was approved for production by the Disney Board of Directors in August, 2017. Principal animation and voice/song recording began in September, 2017. In an interview in May 2018 John Lasseter reported that the film was "absolutely amazing, progressing smoothly, and ahead of schedule" and would be ready for its release date of November 27th, 2019.

In June, 2018 sources inside the animation studio reported a conflict had arisen between the Disney board over an element of the script, and that John Lasseter was resisting implementing requested changes. Lasseter would be removed from his position at the end of June.

In 2018, Jennifer Lee was the appointed replacement for John Lasseter following his discharge from The Walt Disney Company. With her attention now focused on several facets of the studio, writer Allison Schroeder was brought on to co-write the script for Frozen 2.

Filming of the documentary "Into the Unknown" for Disney+ began in early October, 2018. The documentary was to show the film's production process and be filmed entirely inside Disney Animation Studios. It would follow Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck as they supervised the film's creation. At the beginning of the first episode the production appears to be in chaos, as the filmmakers are unable to determine the source of The Voice calling to Elsa.

Songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen-Anderson Lopez report that during the summer of 2018 there were several major changes made to the script that forced them to remove or re-write several of the film's songs. In particular, the song "Show Yourself", which was to have been the film's central song, was cut due to a major change in the script. The song would eventually make its way back into the finished film after being rewritten.

On November 1, it was announced that the Frozen sequel had been pushed up a few days from November 27, 2019, to November 22, 2019. On February 13, 2019, the film was retitled as Frozen II.

The film's soundtrack was released on November 15, 2019, in CD, digital, and vinyl formats.[16]

Release[]

The film's red carpet world premiere was held on Thursday, November 7, 2019, in Hollywood, California, with members of the cast and crew in attendance.[17] Although the film's official U.S. release was November 22, 2019, a number of theaters offered multiple showings as early as 6 P.M. on November 21, 2019.[18]

International premieres[]

  • November 20, 2019 (Belgium, Germany, France, Indonesia, Netherlands, Philippines, Turkey)
  • November 21, 2019 (Colombia, Croatia, Hungary, Israel, South Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Peru, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Thailand, Taiwan)
  • November 22, 2019 (Albania, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Spain, Ireland, India, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Romania, United Kingdom, Vietnam)
  • November 27, 2019 (Italy)
  • November 28, 2019 (Australia, Chile, Greece, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine)
  • November 29, 2019 (Lebanon)
  • December 7, 2019 (Premiere - Comic-Con Experience - São Paulo, SP, Brazil)
  • December 25, 2019 (Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Norway, Sweden)
  • December 27, 2019 (Estonia)
  • January 2, 2020 (Argentina, Brazil)

Home media[]

Main article: Frozen II (video)

Frozen II was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on Digital HD on February 11, 2020, followed by an Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD release on February 25. In response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Disney announced that the film would begin streaming on its Disney+ service three months earlier than originally planned, beginning on March 15, 2020.[19]

Reception[]

Advance ticket sales for Frozen II set a first-day record for an animated film for both Fandango and Atom Tickets. The film outpaced sales of Toy Story 4 to set the new record. Based on early sales, the film was predicted to open with at least $100 million over its opening weekend, with more optimistic predictions setting it at $125 million.[20] Globally, the film was predicted to shatter the previous Toy Story 4 record with a $242 million global opening weekend.[21] The film in fact shattered the record, with an estimated domestic opening weekend of $127 million and $350.2 million worldwide. The film also set a record in China with $55 million.[22] The film's spectacular opening weekend was followed by an equally stellar Thanksgiving weekend. The film made $123.7 million domestically over the five day holiday weekend, breaking the 2013 record of $109 million by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in 2013. Globally, the film's take rose to $753.4 million dollars over 12 days.[23]

The film's first reviews appeared on November 14, 2019. The film holds a score of 78% fresh with 330 reviews on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, with the site's consensus stating that "Frozen II can't quite recapture the showstopping feel of its predecessor, but it remains a dazzling adventure into the unknown."[3] Mara Reinstein of U.S. Weekly stated that while the film was not as spectacular as the original, it was "still a beautifully designed, sharply written, and toe-tapping piece of family entertainment."[24] Nicholas Barber of BBC was one of those who was critical of the film, stating that the film "takes an ice age" to get going and describing it as "an avalanche of half-formed ideas."[25] On November 19, 2019, the film was certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.[26]

Controversy[]

Controversy over changes made to the film during production intensified in Spring 2024 when animators from Pixar stated that both "Frozen II" and the Pixar film "Turning Red" originally contained LGBTQ relationships that were removed before the film's release, stating that the Disney board forced the changes to avoid controversy. Supporting these claims is Variety's announcement in August 2017 that actress Evan Rachel Wood had originally been cast as "a major new character", John Lasseter's announcement in May 2018 that the film was progressing smoothly just weeks before his removal, and the documentary "Into the Unknow" showing that just a few months later the film's production was in chaos as the writing team tried to find a source for the voice calling to Elsa. Adding credibility to these claims are separate interviews with the four main actors conducted in the spring of 2018 where each speaks in support of Elsa being gay. In the documentary "Into the Unknown" Idina Menzel further states that the original version of "Show Yourself" was a ballad and her favorite song in either film, while songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez describes it as a duet. Bobby Lopez calls "Show Yourself' a "cursed song" because of how many times they had to re-write it. In May 2024 Pixar admitted that "Turning Red" did originally have LGBTQ relationships and scenes, all cut before the film's release. Disney has remained silent on this matter in connection to "Frozen II" but has not denied it. Neither Jennifer Lee or Chris Buck have denied claims of a LGBTQ element to the original "Frozen II" script, and neither has explained why a production that was "progressing smoothly" in May 2018 was in chaos and missing major plot points in October. The expanded Blu-ray release of "Frozen II" contains in its supplemental material a single character sketch of a tall woman standing on a boulder wearing a full-length reindeer hide with antlers on her head. The character does not appear in the film and no explanation is offered.

The animation process for a Disney animated feature film costs approximately $1M for each minute of usable footage. It is inconceivable that the Disney Board of Directors would green light the costly production of "Frozen II" in August 2017 with an unfinished script. The fact that in October 2018 the writing team was scrambling to figure out who was calling to Elsa can only be attributed to a major change in the script that occurred long after the film was in production that suddenly left them without a character behind The Voice calling to Elsa.

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Trivia[]

  • This is the second Walt Disney Animation Studios film to feature 12 minutes of end credits, after Zootopia.
  • This is the first Walt Disney Animation Studios sequel in the Disney Animated Features canon to focus on the secondary character (in this case it being Elsa) rather than the protagonist of the original film, thus promoting Elsa as the primary female character.
  • This is, to date, the only film in the Disney Animated Feature canon where the central antagonist dies before the events of the movie take place, and the closest a film of the canon has come to have a film without a villain.
  • This is the sixth sequel in the Disney Animated Features canon, after The Three Caballeros, The Rescuers Down Under, Fantasia 2000,
  • This is the last Walt Disney Animation Studios film to use the 1967 MPAA logo. It is also the last theatrical Disney film to do so; the next Disney-distributed theatrical films would start using the 2019 MPA logo in the end credits beginning with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, while further theatrical Walt Disney Pictures films would start doing so with Pixar's Onward.
    • In addition, it is the last theatrical animated feature film in history to include the 1967 MPAA logo in the end credits; as further theatrical animated feature films would start using the 2019 MPA logo beginning with the North American release of Template:WikipediaLink.
    • However, further Disney+ original films (with the exception of Artemis Fowl and Hamilton, both of which started using the 2019 MPA logo) would continue to use the 1967 MPAA logo until Magic Camp. In fact, further Disney+ original films from The One and Only Ivan onwards would be using the 2019 MPA logo.
  • This is the fifth Disney animated theatrical sequel to be rated PG by the MPAA, after Planes: Fire & Rescue, Finding Dory, Incredibles 2, and Ralph Breaks the Internet.
  • This is the second Walt Disney Animation Studios film to feature the full 2011 logo as a closing logo, after Moana.
  • This is the last Walt Disney Animation Studios film with John Lasseter's involvement before he left his position from Disney and Pixar animation at the end of 2018 and therefore making it the first to be released under Jennifer Lee's supervision.
  • This is the eighth Disney animated film to feature the full 2011 logo as a closing logo after Finding Dory, Moana, Cars 3, Coco, Incredibles 2, Toy Story 4 and The Lion King; the next being Soul.
  • This is the eighth Walt Disney Animation Studios film to include a post-credits scene after The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Brother Bear, Winnie the Pooh, Frozen, Big Hero 6, Moana, and Ralph Breaks the Internet.
  • This is also the first Walt Disney Animation Studios film since Winnie the Pooh in 2011 not to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
  • The film takes place three years after the events of Frozen.[1]
    • Elsa is 24 years old and Anna is 21 years old.
    • The film also takes place 2 years after Frozen Fever, which shows Anna's 19th birthday.
  • Frozen II was originally set to be released sometime after the film Gigantic, which was later canceled.
  • The teaser trailer became the most viewed animation trailer of all time, with a record-breaking 116.4 million views in 24 hours.[27]
  • Anna's voice actress - Kristen Bell - spoiled the entire plot of the film to her two daughters, only realizing afterward that it placed her in breach of contract and she could potentially be sued by Disney. She then told her girls that if they revealed any information, their teeth would fall out.[28]
  • People magazine released a special Frozen II issue filled with secrets from the film, including the signing of a contract with real-life Norwegians.[29]
  • When Olaf recounts the events of Frozen, several of Christophe Beck’s musical cues from the film were reprised.
  • The scenery and color schemes in Frozen II were greatly inspired by the traditional hand-drawn animated classic, Sleeping Beauty. There are some parallels between the Enchanted Forest in this film and the ethereal backgrounds that artist Eyvind Earle painted for the 1959 animated classic. According to animator Justin Sklar, the filmmakers were drawn by the organization and graphics of the imagery in Sleeping Beauty.
  • Kristoff's actions of proposing to Anna are similar to that of Bernard from The Rescuers Down Under when proposing to Miss Bianca. Both get interrupted constantly throughout the films trying to propose to their girlfriends and finally succeed towards the films' endings.
  • During a flashback into Agnarr and Iduna's childhood, Agnarr is reading a book that he states is from a "new Danish author". This is a reference to Hans Christian Andersen, the writer of The Snow Queen, the fairy tale by which Frozen was inspired.
  • Despite Elsa being the main protagonist, she isn't listed on top of the credits. Instead, it's still Anna.
  • Some of the scenes from the trailers didn’t end up in the film, such as Elsa protecting Olaf from the flames.
  • During the post-credits scene, Elsa's coronation tiara is shown on Marshmallow's head.
  • Frozen II shares many similarities with the Frozen arc of Once Upon a Time. Both act as sequels to the first film, Anna and Kristoff are engaged, both involve venturing into an Enchanted Forest, both reveal that the reason for the King and Queen's voyage was due to Elsa's powers, both explore the Queen of Arendelle, in her youth and both have Anna and Elsa find preserved memories of their mother.
    • It is unknown if the directors made the film similar to the show on purpose.
  • According to Jennifer Lee in a Q & A session:
    • The prologue of the sequel took place on the same night of the accident in the first film.
    • Elsa is still human despite becoming the Fifth Spirit, putting to rest the theories on Elsa being immortal in which fans had speculated.
    • The sequel served as the end of the franchise as it served the end of the character arcs of Anna and Elsa.
      • In addition to this, both Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck mentioned in an interview that with the sequel, they have told the complete story of the franchise.
  • There are a few continuity goofs.
    • In the library in the first film, Agnarr's portrait is closest to the door and the portraits of Runeard and Mattias are not there.
    • Elsa is somehow aware of Olaf's death despite the fact she wasn't there to witness his death.
    • Elsa freezes to death despite the facts her line "The cold never bothered me anyway." from Let it Go and that Ahtohallan is the source of her magic.
    • During "Into the Unknown", the clock shows midnight when Elsa answers the call of Ahtohallan, despite claims by songwriters Robert and Kristen Anderson Lopez that Elsa sang it at 3 a.m. that night during the interview.
    • A map in the ship shows the dam's path has two openings one taking to Arendelle and the other to sea however it still takes the path to Arendelle if there are no two paths during "Into The Unknown" after Elsa said the title 3 times the shot shows there is no canyon big enough for the flood.
  • This is the first Disney film to feature a non-cinematic main menu and an unnamed scene index for its home media releases.
  • This is the second Frozen story to be released in 2019 the first being Kingdom Hearts III where the story was based on the first film.
  • This is the darkest sequel in the Disney Animated Canon to date as it deals with mature, dark and realistic topics such as homicide, xenophobia, depression, indoctrination, mental abuse, mental health as well as colonization.
  • This is the first Disney film to stream on Disney+ about three weeks after its Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD releases (and one month after its digital release), due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • This film shares many similarities with the first film.
    • Elsa endangering Arendelle (in the first film, it's her powers; in the second film, she actually awakens the spirits).
    • On the way to the forest, Kristoff and Anna sit next to each other in the front of the sled. The moment is somewhat similar to their first sled ride together.
    • Elsa freezes similarly to how Anna froze in the first film.
    • When they reunite, Elsa and Anna hold hands in a similar manner in the first film after Anna thawed.
  • In contrast to its predecessor, the word "frozen" is only spoken twice in Frozen II. The first time is when Anna argues with Elsa about the former going with the latter to the Enchanted Forest by saying, "Excuse me, I climbed the North Mountain, survived a frozen heart, and saved you from my ex-boyfriend." The second time is when Elsa and the Nokk come upon Ahtohallan, and she says, "Ahtohallan is frozen."
  • This was the last Disney animated feature film to be released theatrically before the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Despite being the highest-grossing fully-animated film at the time, the film did not receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature, though the song "Into the Unknown" was nominated for Best Song but did not win.
  • In the documentary "Into the Unknown" Songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez states that she wrote the song "This Will All Make Sense When I Am Older" at a skating rink. After dropping off her kids at school Anderson-Lopez would often go to a local skating rink to relax and focus on the film's songs.
  • The song "The Next Right Thing" was not written for "Frozen II". Songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez has a bachelor's degree in psychology and was training to become a psychologist when she switched careers to become a Broadway singer/songwriter. The song "The Next Right Thing" was written just after the release of "Frozen" in November 2013 to consol Director Chris Buck, who's 23-year-old son Ryder had just died in an auto accident, as well as one of the film's producers who had just lost her 13-year-old daughter to cancer. The song uses proven methods for grief management that Anderson-Lopez was familiar with. It was incorporated into "Frozen II" when other songs were cut and there was time for it.
  • The character Ryder Nattura is named in memory of Director Chris Buck's 23-year-old son Ryder Buck who was tragically killed in an auto accident just weeks before the release of "Frozen". His son's death caused Chris Buck to miss the film's international promotional tour
  • The dam depicted in the film that is harming the Enchanted Forest is based upon an actual incident. In 1979 the government of Norway constructed a dam on Sami lands over the objection of the Sami people that flooded a large Reindeer birthing area crucial to their herds. The writing team learned of this while meeting with the Sami in preparation for writing the film, and it serves as the film's subplot on protecting the environment and indigenous peoples.
  • The Voice heard calling to Elsa in the film belongs to Norwegian singer AURORA and was recorded in a large Lutheran cathedral in Oslo that possesses excellent acoustics.
  • In an early version of the script Jennifer Lee intended to kill both Elsa and Olaf. Elsa was to have drown at Ahtohallan and her body brought to shore by the Nook. Elsa would appear to Anna at the film's conclusion as an immortal spirit finally free from the pain she suffered growing up in isolation. John Lasseter strongly objected to killing Elsa and insisted that she remain a mortal young woman with magical powers. The concept art depicting the Nook carrying Elsa's lifeless body to shore can be seen in the book "The Art of Frozen II," and now hangs in Jennifer Lee's office at Disney Animation Studios.
  • In an early version of the script the wave heading to Arendelle is not stopped by Elsa because she has died. It reaches Arendelle and destroys the Royal Palace. After meeting with Elsa's spirit Anna vows to rebuild the palace in a combination of Arendellian and Northuldran styles, symbolizing the union of both cultures. The last scenes of the film were to show the newly rebuilt palace, which combines both styles.
  • Teaser trailers for the film show Elsa using her magic against Bruni to protect Olaf, but in the final film Olaf is not seen. The directors elected to remove Olaf from the scene fearing it might scare kids.
  • Teaser trailers show young Iduna toying with young Agnar in the Enchanted Forest by allowing Gail to throw him into the air. This was part of an expanded Prologue sequence that originally showed the two meeting in the Enchanted Forest, which was cut from the film.
  • According to Director Chris Buck the scene in which Olaf is revived was originally much longer and briefly made it appear that he might not be able to be saved. The scene was shortened when Buck observed young children at a test screening being escorted from the theater in tears believing that Olaf was dead. Buck states, "we didn't want to torture children."
  • According to Director Chris Buck the last cuts made to the film was the removal of a sequence that made it appear that the Nook was attempting to drown Elsa, and that she was in genuine danger. It was removed the night before the film's premier.

Cameos and other Disney references[]

  • At the beginning of the movie, Snow White, Dumbo, Bolt, and Baymax cameo as some of Elsa's snow dolls.
  • During the charades game, Olaf shapes into Mickey Mouse.
  • During a flashback into Agnarr and Iduna's childhood, Agnarr is revealed to be reading The Little Mermaid in which Ariel's pose from the teaser poster is shown on the book cover if one looks closely.
  • During "When I Am Older", Olaf passes by a multitude of unknown hidden creatures staring at him with scary red eyes and sharp teeth before walking away quickly. This was a deliberate gag on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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