I remember November 2013 well. I was invited by Disney and treated to two previews of their upcoming releases. The first one Saving Mr Banks followed by Frozen.
Absolutely loved them both, but there was something about Frozen that resonated with me. A moving storyline with a soundtrack so catchy I couldn't help but think at the time it would make a great musical. That's exactly what happened, opening on Broadway in August 2017. I mean, how can anyone forget the film's iconic Oscar-winning song "Let It Go" by the amazing Idina Menzel, reaching top five on the Billboard charts let alone being recognised all over the world in many languages.
Frozen 2 is the follow-up to 2013's Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time in worldwide box office and winning an Academy Award® for best-animated feature film.
Six years later, The Academy Award®-winning team behind Frozen are back! Queen Elsa and her sister Princess Anna, along with their Arendelle friends are hitting cinema screens this November, and it's going to be epic!
Queen Elsa photo: By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use,https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41365875
So what's in store and what can we expect with Frozen 2? It will all centre around why Elsa was born with magical powers and what truths about the past await her as she ventures into the unknown to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond Arendelle. The answers are calling her but also threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she'll face a dangerous but remarkable journey. In Frozen, Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In Frozen 2, she must hope they are enough.
We also know Frozen 2 is directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho produces, and Lee penned the screenplay with story by Lee, Buck and Marc Smith.
Princess Anna. Photo: By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use,https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41809216
Disney hasn't held back in claiming the music of Frozen by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez and Christophe Beck are part of the DNA of Frozen and couldn't agree more. How could you build Frozen 2 without them? They bring such a rich, emotional understanding of the world and characters.
The songs and score of Frozen 2 reflect the growth of the characters and the deepening of their story. We can expect the music to be fun but emotional, personal yet powerful, intimate but also epic. Kristen, Bobby and Christophe have definitely outdone themselves in this sequel, and taken the music to brave new heights.
There will be seven all-new original songs written for Frozen 2. Everything the team created has came from a big question - what is the story that they all as artists, individually and collectively, needed to tell? They approached the story through the lens of which moments of the story lead to big emotions - feelings so strong the characters can no longer talk but need to sing. I mean how could we forget Elsa's transformation as she ventured out into the unknown singing Let It Go, if that's anything to go by.
The Lopez team don't hold back in saying their tradition of songwriting comes from the world of musical theatre, where songs must always forward the story in a fresh and surprising way. Every song has to take a character on a journey - and what a journey Frozen has been on.
The Frozen 2 tracklist will include:
1. "All is Found" performed by Evan Rachel Wood
2. "Some Things Never Change" performed by Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff
3. "Into the Unknown" performed by Idina Menzel (featuring Norwegian singer AURORA)
4. "When I Am Older" performed by Josh Gad
5. "Reindeer(s) are Better than People (Cont.)" performed by Jonathan Groff
6. "Lost in the Woods" performed by Jonathan Groff
7. "Show Yourself" performed by Idina Menzel and Evan Rachel Wood
8. "The Next Right Thing" performed by Kristen Bell
9. "Into the Unknown" performed by Panic! At The Disco (end credits)
10. "All is Found" performed by Kacey Musgraves (end credits)
11. "Lost in the Woods" performed by Weezer (end credits)
According to executive music producer Tom MacDougall, (who won a Grammy for the Frozen soundtrack,) the Frozen 2 soundtrack features a wide range of songs and an eclectic mix of artists performing the end credit versions. Their excitement for this franchise and these songs is represented in their wildly creative takes on each of their versions.
ORIGINAL SCORE COMPOSED BY CHRISTOPHE BECK
Beck, who's behind the score for Frozen, returns to Arendelle for Frozen 2. He ensured a cohesive musical thread throughout the film, weaving elements from the original songs into the score. Beck once again utilised traditional Norwegian instruments to showcase the unique setting of the film - magical, but rooted in real tradition, as well as the Norwegian female choir Cantus, who were recorded in Norway.
According to the composer, the new score reflects the evolution of the characters. Similar to how Elsa and Anna have grown up since the last film, the new score has also matured and introduces more sophisticated musical concepts and thematic elements.
There's many eager Frozen fans awaiting this release, no doubt we're all looking forward to the sequel being as popular as the first. Will Elsa's powers save her kingdom?
Frozen 2 opens in Australian cinemas on Nov. 28, 2019.