Walt Disney Animation Studios seemed to be having a few awkward production years until it snapped in 2013. Through its subsidiary Pixar, Disney said hold my beer and gave the world the magical winter wonderland themed animation that we all know as Frozen. And audiences ate it up! Just ask all the babies named Anna and Elsa.
Frozen is currently the highest-grossing animated movie of all time, after garnering an eye- widening box office record gross of $1.290 billion. The animation also holds the title of the 14th highest-grossing movie of all time, animated or otherwise. Safe to say these are huge shoes to fill, but chances are pretty high that Frozen 2 will prove itself a worthy successor with a very high chance of joining this list in the near future.
The original Frozen was a visual treasure brimming with emotional takeaways and wonderful music. So many fans were bowled over by Disney’s bold (if not overdue) definition of the quintessential true-love fairytale. The biggest lesson was self-acceptance, tossing out the notion that anyone has to conform or change themselves to fit in with an ideal. And how could anyone forget that poignant line from Olaf the snowman (my personal favorite character) that goes, “some people are worth melting for”?
The best thing about Frozen was that it introduced to the world new-age Disney princesses- who no longer wait for Prince Charming to rescue them. They are brave, enterprising and confident but somehow still tender, vulnerable and compassionate.
If the trailers for Frozen 2 are anything to go by then we are in for yet another enchanting adventure, goosebumps et al. We are going on a back-story journey with Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven beyond Arendelle to discover the root of Elsa’s magical powers.
A mystical voice is calling Elsa, urging to her to save the beloved kingdom of Arendelle. Backed by our adoring cast, she ventures into an enchanted forest -a magical place everyone used to visit until “something went wrong,” denying anyone access in or out. Well, anyone except Elsa and co.
The trailers promise an insight into Elsa and Anna’s parents. We catch glimpses of some high- adrenaline action for the characters. They walk through a huge magical wall of mist, battle some dark forces including fire, Elsa takes on a stormy ocean and rides a mythical looking sea horse, we see some new faces and some pretty intimidating stone monsters. We are in for a ride.
Idina Menzel (Elsa), Kristen Bell (Anna), Josh Gad (Olaf) and Jonathan Groff (Kristoff) are all set to return to their respective roles. New players Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K Brown will also join the cast.
Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee have a massive amount of hype to live up to, but I think they have it handled.
According to the trailer descriptions, “Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In Frozen 2, she must hope they are enough.
Frozen 2 opens in cinemas November 22nd. Buy tickets from www.kenyabuzz.com
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