“Frozen II” warms the hearts of viewers worldwide

The sequel to the 2013 hit "Frozen" recently was released and has been widely accepted by critics and fans as better than the first movie

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“Frozen II” warms the hearts of viewers worldwide

Elsa fending off evil in unknown territory.

Elsa fending off evil in unknown territory.

Photo by Gisselle Acevedo

Elsa fending off evil in unknown territory.

Photo by Gisselle Acevedo

Photo by Gisselle Acevedo

Elsa fending off evil in unknown territory.

Story by Ian Waters, Staff Writer

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   When “Frozen” was released in 2013, no one anticipated how large and successful the film would become. It was an immediate box office hit, making about 1.3 billion dollars worldwide. The film has won many awards including the Academy Award, Peoples Choice, Grammys and much more. Now six years later, Disney Animations released the sequel, “Frozen II.”

   The sequel provided a daring new adventure for the protagonists; three years after the events of the first film, Elsa is facing the challenges of being Queen of Arendelle. When a mysterious voice calls to her from the north, she embarks on a journey with her sister Anna, and friends Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven into an Enchanted Forest to discover the source of Elsa’s magic and save their kingdom from a mystical threat.

   Along with an exciting plot, the film offers seven new songs that will surely get you singing along! “Some Things Never Change,” and “Show Yourself” are upbeat and catchy songs. One that will surely be on replay is “Into the Unknown,” sung by Elsas’ voice actress, Idina Menzel. This song is the “Let it Go” performance of the sequel. 

I thought that ‘Frozen II’ was definitely better than the original. The songs are catchy, but not as catchy as ‘Let It Go.’ I do think though that you could debate ‘Let It Go’ and ‘Show Yourself’ for the best or most catchy ‘Frozen’ song,”

— Abigail Barnett (9)

   “I thought that ‘Frozen II’ was definitely better than the original. The songs are catchy, but not as catchy as ‘Let It Go.’ I do think though that you could debate ‘Let It Go’ and ‘Show Yourself’ for the best or most catchy ‘Frozen’ song,” Abigail Barnett (9) said. 

   The world premiere of ‘Frozen II’ was November 22. Not to anyone’s surprise, critics and fans loved the movie. The movie opened with a whopping 287.6 million dollars, and about 738.6 million worldwide. 

   “I thought this movie was way more emotional than the last one. I feel like Disney can shy away from more emotional or sad concepts in their movies because of their typically young audiences, but I honestly just think the emotional parts added more character to the protagonists and more depth to the story in general,” Charlotte Nite (10) said.

   Since the first film was released six years ago, many of the kids and preteens who watched the original film have grown up. Many of the people going to see the second film grew up on the first one. Meaning that most of them are teenagers now, that won’t stop them from seeing the film. The critics praise the storyline of the film, as it matures and gets a little darker than the original.

   “‘Frozen II’ is a worthy follow-up with enough heart, action, and music to entertain younger and older viewers alike,” said, ReelViews critic James Berardinelli.

   “Frozen II” has officially surpassed its predecessor as the highest grossing animated film in history. The sequel has earned 1.325 billion dollars, more than the original “Frozen” which only grossed 1.281 billion dollars. This film is in every way bigger, more colorful, and more mature than the previous film. Fans that loved the first film are definitely in for a treat with this addition. If you haven’t seen the film yet, you should go see it!