Animation Gold: Frozen Duology

began with two sisters. One born with magical powers, and one born powerless. Their love of snowmen, infinite.” ~ Olaf

After setting off winter in Arendelle, Elsa (Idina Menzel) runs way and isolates herself from everyone. Anna (Kristen Bell) goes after her, teaming up with Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and Olaf (Josh Gad) along the way. When Anna confronts Elsa, she accidentally strikes her through the heart with ice. Only an act of true love will keep her heart from being frozen forever, and it comes from the last person you’d expect.

Frozen was a breath of fresh air for Disney Princess movies. It has the comedy and the catchy songs, but what sets it apart is the focus on the love between sisters, the romance rides shotgun this time around breaking Disney’s long-term pattern which doesn’t happen nearly enough. It’s also the first time a character dare suggest that you can’t marry a man you just met. Somewhere off in the distance all the previous Disney Princesses cry together as one.

Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven are forced from Arendelle, along with the entire kingdom, to a magical forest their father told them about as children. While there, they meet the people of Northuldra and Arendelle who’ve been trapped in the autumn-bound forest for year’s. Elsa promises to bring peace and stability to both kingdoms. In order to do that she must follow a voice only she can hear to discover the origin of her powers and the truth about the past so that Arendelle can have a future.

Frozen 2 was a surprisingly amazing sequel that equals if not surpasses the greatness of the original. The animation is beautiful to look at at, and the backgrounds and nature scenes look incredibly realistic. The songs are even better than the original if that’s even possible. The story has grown along with the audience. The story is darker, more mature, and even goes so far as to kill both Elsa and Olaf before bringing them both back in classic Disney Happy Ending fashion. (Spoilers, but it’s been two years!) Frozen 2 is a beautifully done sequel well worth the watch. Now streaming on Disney Plus.

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