"Be strong, confront your fears" in Frozen II. This 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film co-directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, written by Lee, and produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. It is the 58th animated film produced by the studio, and the sequel to the 2013 film Frozen. The film follows Elsa, the Snow Queen, and her sister Anna as they embark on an adventure far away from the kingdom of Arendelle. They are joined by friends, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven.
By November 2014, producer Peter Del Vecho, Disney chairman Alan F. Horn, Disney CEO Bob Iger, as well as Lee and Buck stated that a sequel was not in development but was in consideration. However, in mid March 2015, at Disney's annual meeting of shareholders in San Francisco, Iger, Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, and Josh Gad officially announced the sequel was in development with Buck and Lee returning as directors. By late September 2017, both Gad and Idina Menzel confirmed that they would return to reprise their roles. In an October 2017 interview with CinemaBlend, Kristen Bell said that there will be some new characters. In the same month, on the British talk show Lorraine, Jonathan Groff confirmed that he too would return to reprise his role, and had started recording for the film in August. In March 2018, Kristen Anderson-Lopez revealed in an interview that she and her husband, Robert Lopez, would return to write new songs for its sequel, having already recorded a song for the sequel with star Kristen Bell. In August 2018, Allison Schroeder was hired to assist Lee with penning the script after Lee succeeded Lasseter as Disney Animation's chief creative officer. At the 2019 D23 Expo, the directors said that the sequel will answer the questions that were left open by the original film. In addition, it was revealed that there would be seven new songs. Fans campaigned for Elsa to receive a female love interest in the film, Anderson-Lopez confirmed that Elsa will have no love interest in the movie.
The film features the voice talents of Menzel, Bell, Groff, Gad, and Ciarán Hinds, who return to reprise their roles, with Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, Alfred Molina, Martha Plimpton, Jason Ritter, Rachel Matthews, and Jeremy Sisto as new additions. Despite the talented cast and the expressive and detailed computer character animation, both the old and new characters are just not that great, where the characterisations struggle to be front and centre. Which is what you would expect from a sequel that tries to expand upon from the previous film.
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Also, see my review for Frozen.