“LOOK!” My friend sent me a video link.
“Frozen II? I didn’t know this was even ready yet, for some reason my brain thought it was next year.”
I watched the video after work.
Have you ever seen an animated trailer like this one? I haven’t. This is the most intense animated trailer I have ever seen.
There is zero dialogue. Just a faint okay under Elsa’s breath.
It’s all movement, facial expressions, music, and power. The power of the waves…
…the determination in Elsa’s face…
…the ferocity and strength of Anna’s movements and facial expressions…
…the doggedness in Kristoff.
The wind ruffling through our beloved sisters’ hair, a wind that speaks of change, adventure, and new horizons.
And then the forest, the mountains, the fire, the leaves.
WHAT IS HAPPENING?
Frozen was portrayed to be a cute, playful princess movie. Awesome! We love those! We all went to the theater expecting another delightful Disney experience.
And then BOOM!
Could somebody pick my heart up off of the floor, please?
The level of deep, raw, aching grief in Frozen was unlike anything I’d ever seen in an animated film. The level of loss! The missed love and life that both of our girls were robbed of in their childhoods because of lies and misconceptions.
Elsa’s oh-so-human outburst and relief on that mountain.
I know I left a life behind, but I’m too relieved to grieve…
Sweet Anna’s desperate need to be loved.
…I won’t be alone…
And then that beautiful sacrifice Anna makes to save her sister? An act of true love?
Whew! Way to go for the gut, Disney! Thank heavens we had characters like Olaf, Sven, and Kristoff. Thank heavens Anna has adorable mannerisms! Thank heavens there were some cute inside Disney jokes.
We might have died of grief if the sorrow had not been tastefully interspersed with lighthearted moments.
But we survived Frozen. These characters are a part of us now. We’ve accepted the grief and the loss because we’ve seen the brightness and hope of the future. Two follow-up shorts have shown us the beautiful love and connection our characters now exist in.
And when we’re to-gether…it’s my favorite place to be…
Frozen was such a deep, deep movie. An epic movie. A beautiful movie. An irreplaceable movie.
How do you top that?
This trailer answers that question- you go deeper.
I have a feeling we are in for one of the most epic, intense, and emotional animated adventures to date. Buckle up, Buttercup, they are holding nothing back.
You might say they are about to let it go.
See you in November.