Frozen II: magic begins to thaw out

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Jillian Dames, Staff Writer

 

            On November 2013, people across the globe crowded the cinemas to watch the well-received Walt Disney Animation Studios film, “Frozen”. What was supposed to be a simple, family film, quickly turned into a worldwide phenomenon. It earned $1.2 billion worldwide, has received two academy awards and its soundtrack has sold over a million copies. With the drastic success, we were bound to have a sequel. However, Walt Disney Animation Studios didn’t give us one until late fall, 2019. 

            Wale Disney Animation Studios hasn’t had much luck with sequels, as most are flops such as “Mulan II”, which has a 0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, or “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure”, which is a dull copy of the original, except it’s their son, Scamp. And there’s a reason you probably haven’t even heard about that one. But despite Walt Disney Animation Studios’ past sequels, “Frozen” seemed like it would change that, and audiences were under the impression the screenwriters were going to take the time to do it right. 

Leading up to the release, fans hadn’t got much about the story or plot from the trailers. The characters were in this new, autumn-like environment, clearly on a mission. A mysterious and mature theme ran clear through these trailers, knowing that the audience had grown up as well. But despite what the trailers were hinting at, the sequel went the opposite direction– downhill. 

After the release of the sequel, fans were ecstatic and crowded the cinemas to watch the beloved characters: Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf go on their next adventure. However, many left feeling oddly unsatisfied. 

The overall plot of the movie seemed unoriginal and lacked substance. In the film, the call to action is a voice calling them to action. Elsa runs away and the rest of the crew follows them into the mysterious Forbidden Forest their parents told them about when they were children. 

The characters meet the Northuldria people, who speak about a vague curse on the forest. They also tell the characters about how there are four spirits in the forest: fire, water, wind, and earth. However, there is also a fifth spirit that acts as a bridge to the other four. 

After a few songs and exposition, we learn that Elsa is the fifth spirit. However, there is one issue with this. Elsa has ice powers, which is a form of water. There is already a water spirit. It doesn’t make much sense for her to be a spirit of her own. 

The plot mostly moves with Elsa for the whole movie. However, we can’t have “Frozen” without the rest of the cast of characters. Unfortunately, these characters are side-tracked and don’t get much development.

For instance, Anna becomes an obsessed sister who doesn’t care about anyone’s safety other than Elsa’s, not even Kristoff’s. She’s constantly worried about her and even leaves Kristoff without telling him. 

Kristoff spends the entire movie trying to propose to Anna and just turns into a bumbling idiot. He does get his own song, but it’s mostly just a gag at eighties rock bands. 

Olaf, however, isn’t much different. He continues to tag along with the gang, trying to adapt to his new, warm environment. 

We are introduced to new characters, such as the Northuldria people and trapped Arendelle soldiers. However, each is only given only one, maybe two lines for the entire movie. 

Overall, the movie is rushed and lacks creativity. It’s embarrassing that Walt Disney Animation Studios hasn’t yet figured out how to make a worthwhile sequel. After countless terrible sequels, they should just let their films and characters simply live happily ever after.