It’s time for every superfan between ten and thirty to get excited and for every parent to start crying, because the first trailer for Frozen 2 is finally here! That’s right, after the unprecedented success of Frozen, which broke the record for highest grossing animated film originally set by The Lion King by returning to Disney’s roots of traditional, fun musicals, Disney broke their own rule of “No Sequels” by greenlighting Frozen 2. And despite skepticism around the entire project, the first teaser trailer looks pretty damn good.
Elsa (Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Olaf (Josh Gad), and Sven (no one, he’s a reindeer, dummy) are back, ready for a new adventure that will take them deep into the forest of Arendelle in order to learn the truth about their mysterious kingdom.
You know, I’m gonna be honest: I’m actually looking forward to this movie. I mean, yes, the short film Olaf’s Frozen Adventure was an abomination from the pits of Hell, but Frozen Fever (the other short) wasn’t so bad, and I’ll go to my grave defending the true greatness of Frozen. It stands up musically, narratively, and visually. I really like the look of this trailer – that opening involving Elsa battling the waves is stunning to look at. And while I’m not necessarily thrilled with the idea of a Disney sequel (most of the “classics” like Belle’s Enchanted Christmas, The Lion King 2, and Cinderella 2 and 3 were straight-to-DVD by a Disney offshoot), Ralph Breaks the Internet shows that if there’s a great idea, a great script, and a game cast, sequels aren’t necessarily a bad thing. Frozen 2 has a script by original scribe Jennifer Lee and the Hidden Figures/Christopher Robin screenwriter Allison Schroeder, and will also feature the voice talents of Santino Fontana (back as the villainous Hans), Evan Rachel Wood (be still my beating heart), and Sterling K. Brown (be stiller). It will be released on November 22nd, and you can watch the trailer below. Here’s hoping nothing is as infuriatingly catchy as “Let It Go” (but please let the songs be just as good).