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It’s already been a monumental year for triumphant big-screen homecomings, but the best may be yet to come. Frozen is one of Disney’s most beloved films and a sequel is coming in a little over a week. Frozen II will once again follow sisters Anna and Elsa on an epic adventure full of catchy music and empowering messages.
The film’s star Kristen Bell recently talked about how proud she was of the original film’s themes on self love and familial love over Disney princesses’ typical leaning into the romantic. For Frozen II, here’s what she’s most excited for audiences to latch on to:
So often do we talk about the two-dimensional representation of women in past Disney movies, we forget the men could use a little added depth as well. The other half of iconic Disney couples are often strong princes oozing with valor and suave. How often do they longingly sing about their strong feelings of love? Even if they are part of a love story, their big solo songs are often about their personal journeys such as Hercules’ “Go the Distance” or Aladdin’s “One Jump Ahead” not their ladies. Now things are changing with Kristoff’s upcoming song titled “Lost in the Woods”.
Jonathan Groff’s Kristoff sounds like he’s finally getting a huge moment in Frozen II. The Tony-nominated, Broadway talent known for starring in the original casts for Spring Awakening and Hamilton finally has a full-length song in the sequel! His debut six years ago only gave him 40 second diddy “Reindeers Are Better Than People” and it just wasn’t enough! Kristen Bell couldn’t help but continue gush about his character. In her words:
Whoa! These exchanges between Frozen’s cute couple Anna and Kristoff sound monumental. The sequel seems to be representing a healthy and mature relationship in the film that is rooted in them being equals and having strong and true love for one another! It certainly helps that the two have been together for much longer than most Disney couples. You can watch the original Frozen ahead of the sequel's release, as it's available on Disney+. Sign up for a free 7-day trial here.
Kristen Bell’s words to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon add to the already big hype for Frozen II! Ahead of the film’s release, critics have highly praised the film, some calling it better, darker and more complex than the original. At the box office, the movie is also tracking higher than the 2013 classic, with an expected $100 million opening weekend on its hands.
See Frozen II in theaters on November 22 and check out CinemaBlend’s exclusive interview with the cast and creatives.
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