Frozen II (2019)

Frozen 2 or Frozen II, is the sequel to Frozen (2013) set three years after the original film. Debuted in theaters on November 22, 2019, the film featured the same cast with additional talent as the characters embarked on a journey to save their kingdom. This was Disney’s 58th feature film and earned a nomination for the song “Into the Unkown” as Best Original Song .

The movie begins with King Agnarr ( Alfred Molina) telling his young daughters, Elsa( Mattea Conforti, Idina Menzel ) and Anna (Hadley Gannaway, Kristen Bell), about the story of how King Runeard (Jeremy Sisto) made peace with the Northuldra tribe but helping them build a dam in the Enchanted Forest. Suddenly a fight begins, the King was murdered and the elemental spirits were enraged. The spirits disappear but before they do form a wall of of mist trapping everyone in the enchanted forest. Agnarr was able to escape thanks to an unknown savior.

Fast forward to three years after Elsa was coronated as Queen, she, Anna, Olaf (Josh Gad), Kristoff (Jonathon Groff ) and Sven (Jonathon Groff) celebrate autumn. Elsa begins hearing a mysterious voice calling and singing out to her. One day she ends up following it and accidentally awakens the elemental spirits. The spirits begin disturb Arendelle forcing an evacuation. The trolls, led by Grand Pabbie (Ciara Hinds), advice them to seek the truth and set things right about the kingdoms past. With that, Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Sven, and Kristoff set off to find the Enchanted Forest, which they do so by following the voice. The mist parts for them at Elsa’s touch. The air spirit arrives in tornado form, sweeping everyone up but Elsa stops it using her magic. Sets of ice sculptures appear, showing moments of the past frozen in time. Elsa and Anna quickly learn that their father was saved by their mother, who was of Northuldra decent. The Northuldra tribe and a troop of Arendellian soldiers appear, still in conflict. They were interrupted by the fire spirit who ends up being an agitated salamander. Elsa come him down then comes up with a truce between the soldiers and the Northuldra when she explains how her mother was really Northuldran. The Northuldran’s tell a tale that there is a fifth element which will unite the people and magic. 

After spending time with the tribe, Elsa, Anna and Olaf head further north while Kristoff and Sven were left behind. On their travels, the sister come upon their parents ship wreck. Inside they find a map with a route to Ahtohallan, a mythical river, supposedly containing answers to the past and the fifth element. Elsa knew she had to go alone, so she forces Anna and Olaf away. Elsa reaches the ocean and attempts to cross but the Nokk, water spirit in form of a horse, tries to drag her down. Elsa finally manages to tame the Nokk and crosses to Ahtohallan. She continues to follow the voice but discovers it was her mother;s voice, calling her to her destiny. Elsa understands that due to her mother’s selfless act, she has her gifts and is the fifth element. Using her understanding of her role, her magic shows her that King Runeard used the dam treaty to plan on destroying the Northuldra tribe and their resources. Elsa saw that the fight started when her grandfather, King Runeard, killed the leader of the Northuldra tribe. Elsa sends the information to Anna before freezing up as she ventured further into Ahtohalla. 

Meanwhile, Olaf fades due to Elsa being frozen. Left alone, it was completely up to Anna to save her people and the Northuldra tribe. Anna comes up with a plan to find the gigantic earth spirits and tease them into breaking the dam. She leads them towards it and they destroy the dam by throwing boulders at her while she’s on the bridge. The flood ruses down the the Kingdom of Arendelle but Elsa unfreezes and gets there just in time to save the kingdom. 

The wall of fog goes away. Elsa reunites with her sister and revives Olaf. Kristoff finally proposes and Anna accepts. Elsa explains everything to Anna, about her being the fifth element but together they must be the bridge between the people and magic. Elsa stays in the north with the Northuldra and becomes the protector of Enchanted Forest while Anna is coordinated the new Queen of Arendelle. They visit each other often as peace is now restored. 

Frozen II is far better than Frozen for so many reasons. The songs, the lines, the easter eggs, the story line, Disney really out did themselves. Frozen II deserves all the hype and more it got. It has become one of our favorites in this household. My 7 year old knows all the words and songs, and its something the whole family can enjoy.

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