Being a father to a rather rambunctious four and a half year old daughter in 2020, I can tell you that Frozen has been about as hot a commodity as there ever has been over the last few years. While she doesn’t remember seeing the first one in theaters, my daughter has constantly wanted to watch it at home, buy all of the Elsa dolls, and listening to the soundtrack on repeat so much that Spotify puts ‘Let It Go’ at number one in my 2019 list of songs. So Frozen 2 coming out was, to put it mildly, an exciting time for my household.
I’ll never forget the look on my daughters face when we were in the theater and the screen went dark after the credits and the familiar chanting of the Northuldra, it was quite magical. So was Frozen 2 as big a hit at home as it was on the silver screen?
Of course it was. We got this one in to review right as we were heading on a weekend family trip and it was the toughest time for my daughter to have to wait two whole days to watch it again. She loves this movie so much that after we saw it opening day, her and my wife went two more times in theaters. I mean come on, the kid even dared frown at a water park because she couldn’t watch it that same evening. Disney certainly knows their craft.
Following the same cast of characters as the original, Frozen continues on some of the same themes as well, including the importance of family and the fact that not everything can be done by ones self. However, stakes are much higher this time around, and Elsa is struggling with her destiny, while Anna continues to try and show her that nothing can’t be accomplished as long as they work together. Meanwhile, Kristoff is trying to din the opportune time to propose to Anna. All of this is going down while a mystery voice calls to Elsa from the north – and leads them all to a confrontation with the past that has been needing rectification for a long time.
Disney had quite the challenge in creating a sequel to the behemoth that is Frozen. While I wasn’t as enchanted with the original as the rest of the world was, it is impossible to deny that it was a massive success that is wildly beloved by millions. The soundtrack alone is one of the greatest that Disney – who are known for their top notch music – has put out. So, in saying that Frozen 2 is a better film, I’m expecting some backlash, but I truly believe it is the better film.
To start, and to address my biggest flaw with the original, I feel like Frozen 2 has a more realized plot, at least one that felt more believable. The whole love at first sight subtheme in Frozen was a turnoff. But I digress. Frozen 2 has more going for it, including growing up, dealing with being left behind, and Kristoff’s hilarious attempts to corner Anna long enough to propose. It’s just so good, and I think it edges out Frozen for the better of the two.
As is typically the norm with animated films on 4K, the audio and visual quality is a step above the HD counterparts. The colors and textures pop more, and overall, it is a beautiful film – both in technical and artistic presentations. Similarly, the audio track has more depth with the Atmos offering.
This Blu-ray release comes in a standard blue case with a nice slipcover and digital copy. For special features, sadly,. all but the Sing Alone track are only available on the Blu-ray disc, but what is present is interesting and worth a watch:
- Sing Along with the Movie
- Did You Know?
- The Spirits of Frozen 2
- Scoring a Sequel
- Deleted Scenes
- Deleted Songs
- Gale Tests
- Into the Unknown in 29 languages
- Music Videos – Into the Unknown (Panic At the Disco) and Lost in the Woods (Weezer)
- Song Selection
Our Recommendation for Frozen 2:
I might get some flak for claiming this to be the better of the two Frozen films but regardless of your thoughts, both films are great (especially if you have a young daughter) and both are certainly worth having in your collection,. I’d recommend the 4K over the Blu-ray unless there is a wild price difference – animated films always just pop on the screen in 4K.