During the Walt Disney Studios panel at this year’s D23 Expo, co-directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee joined the stage to reveal additional details about Disney’s latest animated feature film, Frozen 2.
The presentation began with the co-directors asking the crowd with this question: “Why does Elsa have powers?” That then led to questions about why her sister Anna does NOT have powers and where their parents were actually going when the ship went down during the opening of the first Frozen film. They also begged the question, “Is there such a thing as a ‘Happily Ever After'”?
“In the end,” Buck explains, “Frozen and Frozen 2 work together to tell one complete story.”
Buck also admits how “in these Disney films, we tend to kill the parents”. In Frozen 2, however, we will see Anna and Elsa’s parents once again in flashbacks. Evan Rachel Wood will be the voice of Queen Iduna and the mother of the two sisters. Sterling K. Brown is also joining the cast as Lt. Mattias. Both Brown and Wood were present on-stage, revealing that they have not seen any footage from the upcoming sequel and were looking forward to a first-look.
Luckily for them, never-before-seen footage was shown during the panel where Queen Iduna was singing a lullaby to the younger Anna and Elsa. There was also another clip of Lieutenant Mattias talking to Anna about the advice his late father gave him about life and how it throws curveballs at you.
We also saw Elsa’s next big number called “Into The Unknown” which will become this film’s version of “Let It Go”. The song is about wanting to chase after the voice from the past that she is now inclined to follow. Lastly, we got to see Kristoff pursue Anna again as he tries to propose to her but she is too distracted by Elsa’s worries so it does not happen.
At the conclusion of the event, Idina Menzel (Elsa), Kristen Bell (Anna), Josh Gad (Olaf), and Jonathan Groff (Kristoff) performed a new song for the audience that will also be heard in the new movie.
Frozen 2 storms into theaters on November 22nd, 2019. Check out the new movie poster below: