As one can imagine, the arrival of #Frozen_2's trailer is more than exhilarating for me. I've been waiting for this damn thing for a while now here it is. There was a time I was very ambivalent about the coming of a sequel to one of Disney's most powerful franchise. But the shorts, especially Olaf's adventure won me over. The idea of a higher quality Frozen movie and the notion of exploring Elsa's emotions outside of freaking out and acting like 'leave me alone' type definitely intrigued me. That and I want to see them explore her powers beyond what has been shown in the original Frozen movie. The Frozen shorts, Frozen Fever and Frozen: Olaf's Winter Adventure showed morsels of her powers here and there but nothing grand. The teaser trailer, however, does a few things that I always pictured Elsa of being able to do. SO.... I want to explore this.
(All of these screenshots are taken from the trailer above. Credit to Walt Disney Studios)
The teaser starts with Elsa--rightfully so--as she is standing in front of the vast ocean with a determined and confident look. I see it play out as three ways:
Elsa is stuck on this island, trying to find a way out.
Elsa is testing out her powers--or trying to relearn them, or something of the sort. Or maybe prepping them, making sure she's up to par.
This is just Walt Disney trying to wind up the hype by showing Elsa use her powers in a level we have yet to really see before.
The likelihood of any of my predictions are as good as any others'; least the ones not involved with the movie, but let's explore! The first bullet point.... well, it seems that they are on a journey of some sort. Maybe she ended up stranded in an island for some odd reason? Second thought I put in, well, by the end of Frozen we're under the impression that she still hasn't FULLY grasped her powers but she's on to a great start with her emotions in the right place. We see minor things in the Frozen shorts. We also see that when she's discombobulated, her powers do odd things that are out of her control (sneezing snowgies). Elsa testing her powers could be Elsa's way of seeing if her powers can take on the ocean; the element that took her parents away. The third point.... well, Disney does it all the time with their Marvel previews. I wouldn't be surprised if its a misdirection of some sort.
When I first saw that leaked photo from THE CALENDAR, I thought that the dress isn't as complex or fancy as her previous ones. Seems I was wrong since said dress has a few intricacy on its own. Look at the details on the back with the snowflake and the likes. Still very Elsa-like.
Underneath her .... jacket(?) is a very familiar clothing. Not going to go into that but Elsa ending her braid only to put it back to a pony tail? A good friend of mine, Evil-is-Relative, asked a GREAT question in her tumblr. Elsa letting her hair go? Might I add that Elsa is a bit in shape for a Queen? Running, climbing rocks, swimming, and the whole thing and all the while she's using ice powers?
I could have taken screenshots left and right of Elsa running, sliding, and swimming in the ocean while using her ice powers but I decided to use photos sparingly. The show of her powers is not anything new since we saw this post coronation scene in the original Frozen. The thing that is impressive with this is that Elsa is taking on something rather than running from something. She's also combining her ability to use her hands and feet to project ice magic intentionally.
BUT, at the end of the day, the Snow Queen don't rule the ocean. And Elsa can get wet too! AHEM. Careful, Elsa, your dress might melt.
The next few scenes showcases the other characters that we expect. Anna being an obvious character to show up again is shown in a familiar part of the castle. It looks like the place where Anna and Hans started singing "Love is an Open Door" together. Or it could look similar. But what are those glowing orbs? Anna looks a bit scared and shocked that they are floating around. They seem to be encased in ice. Perhaps Elsa is containing them? Conjuring them? They give off the impression that they're not very friendly. At least not from the way Anna's expression is and the music playing at this part.
Then there's Kristoff, Sven, and Sven's herd? They look like they're riding into battle or to some kind of rescue mission.
Anna seems to be going through a journey on her own. She has a moment of dejection all by herself and then she's shown jumping across a gap in a mountain area looking dark and dreary. I have a few things to point out here:
What's she holding in her crossover bag?
What's she doing by herself?
What's she so sad about? Maybe because Elsa is so cool and she's not?
I have a feeling that these scenes, or at least variations of them will be in the movie. They seem vital for whatever journey the Frozen crew are going through.
Elsa surrounded by fire? Magic fire? I really like how they're showing Elsa 'fighting' against other elements in here. She's first shown going off against water and in this particular scene some kind of fire element. Elementals in this movie? I could definitely see them put other people with elemental powers. It might not be the most original idea in the world but it could pave way to give some kind of explanation as to WHY Elsa has ice powers. I want them to elaborate on this question: "Born with the power or cursed?"
Then the new character for this movie. She seems like a person that doesn't live in the Arendelle area. Also, is she manipulating wind? A show of wind magic?
Then this male character popped out form the leaves that the mystery girl above was looking at (controlling?). I can't tell who it is. I first thought it was Kristoff since the clothing, at least in color, seems to match but he looks too scrawny to be Kristoff. Also the clothing looks a bit too fancy to be Kristoff's mountain man Frozen 2 outfit. Or maybe it's just the angle? He's shown VERY briefly and it was hard to capture a good screenshot. So here's a thought:
If the mystery lady controls wind, could this man be the one controlling the fire?
Are they friend or foe? Are they even in the same timeline? Could they be a flashback?
Then this closing scene where the five characters are shown looking over the place that seems to be shown a lot in the last few segments of the teaser.
The one thing I noticed while the camera angles from Elsa to the rear view of all five characters is that both Anna and Olaf look at Elsa for a moment as if they were seeing what kind of reaction she would have. This place, this autumn themed place is a big part of the movie I would imagine. The same autumn leaves surround Elsa as she was fending off fire, the mystery girl and guy are around the same place, Kristoff, Sven, and his herd are riding in the same autumn forest.... And before we even saw the trailer, autumn was definitely the theme judging from what the leaked calendar photo was showing. VERY interesting.
And then the title which simply states "Frozen II".
No, wait! Not the title yet! A post trailer scene! Someone sneaking up on the trio? Where's Sven and Olaf? And, wait, what?! Anna can use a sword now? HOLY!
My thoughts are mostly positive about this teaser and it leaves a lot to speculate. I think that there might be more tie ins with the original Snow Queen story, or maybe it's just me hoping that Disney touches more on the roots of where Frozen came from. But before all the gushing positivity, here are some things I want to just HOPE they don't go for:
They'll go through the "Elsa losing her powers" so they're on a journey to get it back.
Hans turns good... wait, where's Hans?
Elsa finds a lover....
It's going to focus on Anna again.
The songs become the reason why the movie is popular again. Let's be honest, Frozen doesn't have the most cohesive story but the song and Elsa's use of ice magic carried it a lot. That and Elsa's just so darn HOTT.
Okay so here are the things I notice about this movie that I really like:
The animation looks ten folds better. I mean, the quality in Olaf's Frozen Adventure was leaps better than Frozen Fever, and Fever was already a step better than the Original Frozen. This movie just looks way better.
This teaser seems to want to focus on something grand. A journey. A test. Seems like all the characters are going through a journey together and on their own.
Elsa seems to be using her powers outside making a dress and making things look nice. We might actually see CONFLICT.
ELSA. ELSA. ELSA. Elsa!
WELL, that's about it, for now. I'm sure as time passes by and more Frozen related thing are shown, I'll have more things to say about it. But that was two minutes of a teaser and not enough to go by to really say anything solid. Regardless, I'm excited and I'm sure the fandom is too. It's definitely fired up my want to continue my Frozen Skyrim story. And I will also commission more Frozen Skyrim related things! Be on the look out for that!
Until Next Time!