Frozen vs Frozen 2


Shevany Moharir, Editorial Board

The big buzz of Thanksgiving 2019 was the premiere of Frozen 2, the sequel to Disney’s Frozen which, at the time of its release in 2013, was the highest grossing animated film in history. It was no surprise that audiences went crazy when Disney announced a sequel to the beloved animated movie. The original movie, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen tells the story of sisters Elsa and Anna, princesses from the fictional kingdom of Arendelle. The film follows Anna, an ice seller named Kristoff, his reindeer Sven, and Olaf the Snowman as they search for an estranged Elsa whose ice powers have frozen the entire village.


The sequel takes place six years after the events of the first movie where the main characters are currently living in the castle in Arendelle. Elsa begins to hear a melody, a song which was shown in flashback to be a lullaby their mom sang to them during childhood, coming from a distance. She refrains from telling Anna or anyone else in order to protect the kingdom. However, she begins to hear the tune more and more often, and eventually decides to venture out to the Enchanted Forest, a place her parents have told her about but has never been to. Anna, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf decide to accompany her as well, and the group go on a quest to discover where this sound is coming from and what lies beneath the Enchanted Forest.


Whenever a sequel comes out for a movie as popular as Frozen, it can be hard to live up to expectations and make it relevant to not only the old fanbase but the new fanbase. However, the film managed to do just that. The plot was definitely more mature and dark and seemed to grow along with the audiences from six years ago, but there was also the same sense of innocence which allowed for a new generation for kids to enjoy the movie.


Compared to the original, the plot for Frozen 2 was not very strong. It introduced multiple storylines which were only somewhat resolved by the end of the movie, rather than having only one or two stronger plotlines to follow and conclude in a satisfying manner. There also seemed to be a disconnect between the two movies where there should have been more of a connection between how the events of the first movie effect the events of the second movie. As for the music, it was definitely just as catchy as the original. Though the Frozen songs will always hold a special place in the heart of its fans, the songs were definitely still an important part of the movie.


All in all, Frozen 2 has everything a Disney movie should have – interesting story, lovable characters, and great music. While the movie may not be as successful as the original movie, it still does well at entertaining audiences new and old which sequels often don’t do. Even if the story doesn’t quite stand up to what the audiences were expecting, any Frozen fans should definitely consider watching Frozen 2.