Six years ago, Disney gave us a story of love, family and the importance of warm hugs: Frozen. Taking a beloved movie and making a sequel is a big risk. Disney took that risk and it paid off.
To start, the best improvement is the animation. Animation technology has changed over the past six years so that does give Frozen II a leg up. The animation artists spent four years on it and their hard work shows. A new animation program was developed, which allows them to create realistic hair that reacts in different ways. They also changed the styles of the characters’ hair to show how they have aged and matured. They gave them several outfit changes, but still keep the color pallets for each character in theme to what we know of them. The film is gorgeous from start to finish.
Just when you thought you have gotten “Let it Go” out of your head, there are nine more songs from Elsa and the gang to get stuck in your head. Due to the major success of “Let it Go,” Elsa has two songs in Frozen II. Both are stunningly sung by Idina Menzel. “Into the Unknown” and “Show Yourself” both give Elsa the opportunity to explore who she is now that she broke free from the past.
Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, gets her chance at a character ark power ballad, “The Next Right Thing” as she copes with grief and steps into her own person. Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff, finally gets a solo song. “Lost in the Woods” is the scene- stealer of the movie. He sings about the way love saved him from isolation and improved the quality of his life. Olaf, played by Josh Gad, also got his chance to shine. He matures and grows up in a song titled, “When I Am Older.” He explores the sense of fear and relief of maturing.
Frozen II reigns superior over its predecessor because it is able to dive deeper into the characters and their world. The animation is absolutely breathtaking and is accompanied by a beautiful score all coming together to tell a more meaningful story.
So, “Let It Go” because “All Is Found” in Frozen II.