Let go of the past. The FROZEN story continues on November 22, and while the characters we know and love return, the sequel is all about change.
AMC joined the FROZEN II filmmakers at Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California, to dive into what fans can expect from the new animated adventure, which promises to be even bigger and more epic than the original.
FROZEN became an instant hit among audiences of all ages in 2013 and remains the highest-grossing animated film of all time in worldwide box office. But what called the filmmakers back into the studio was the characters, to find out what happened to them after “happily ever after.”
FROZEN II picks up three years after the conclusion of the first movie: Elsa is queen, and Anna is happy to have everyone she loves under one roof. The bond between sisters is strong and anchors the story. But there is also an underlying current of unrest and angst that ultimately leads to an action-packed adventure — one that will bring clarity to everything we know about these characters.
“We realized there were lingering questions within us,” co-director Jennifer Lee said. “We wondered what Anna would do now that she has everything she’s ever wanted. We felt there were unanswered questions about their parents and where their ship was going when it went down. And the biggest one: Why was Elsa born with magical powers?”
FROZEN II centers on this mystery, and to find the answer, Elsa will have to leave Arendelle and venture deep into uncharted, enchanted lands. You will notice the drastic change of scenery from the first film as she steps out of the snow and into an autumnal world. The filmmakers went on a research trip to Norway, Finland and Iceland to study the landscapes, people and cultures, and they brought that inspiration into FROZEN II.
Nature plays an important role in the continued story, as its scope and power pushes Elsa’s own abilities to their limits. But she’s not alone in her journey. Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven stick by her side as she fights to discover who she is and who she is meant to be.
“We love these characters,” producer Peter Del Vecho said. “They feel very real to us. It was just sort of letting them tell us what’s right for them.”
With heart and humor, FROZEN II is a can’t-miss movie this fall, especially for families. Get your advanced tickets today to see the film opening night, November 22.