Just when you, or your younger sibling, stopped singing "Let It Go," Disney debuted the teaser trailer for Frozen 2, the sequel to the blockbuster 2013 animated musical fantasy. Virtually nothing about the story was revealed by the nearly two minutes of footage, but, to be honest, we're perfectly fine with that.
The footage opens on a gloomy beach as waves crash against the shore. It's not until 13 seconds in that it becomes clear the small dot standing on the beach is Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), who spends the next 45 seconds attempting to use her ice powers to run against the water to parts unknown. The second half of the trailer provides us with a series of images without much context, and with no dialogue, save for a whispered "OK" by Elsa as she attempts to psych herself up. Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) looks to be in the ride of his life atop of Sven, running with a herd of reindeer. Anna (Kristen Bell) makes an appearance while leaping, and snowman Olaf (Josh Gad) is seen hiding behind Elsa while she creates a protective ice circle. The teaser ends with the beloved characters standing together before an autumnal landscape.
It's visually stunning, naturally, but what does it all mean? Well, Disney devotees have more than nine months to find out.
Audiences have complained, not entirely without reason, that movie trailers spoil too much of the plots, months before theatrical release. As evidence, you need look no further than backlash to the marketing campaigns for 2014's How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 2015's Terminator Genisys, which divulged major spoilers. That's certainly not a criticism that can be lodged against Frozen 2, at least this early in the rollout.
The action pieces in the footage are breathtaking, but it's unclear where the characters are trying to go, or who the villain might be. The teaser ends with Anna grabbing Kristoff's sword and swiping at the camera, presumably at an unseen foe, but audiences aren't even given any clues to his or her identity -- not even a sinister laugh. We're presented with no answers, and left with plenty of questions, which feels just about right for a movie still nine months away.
Disney's 2013 original earned nearly $1.3 billion worldwide to become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time. It went on to earn two Academy Awards, for best animated feature and best original song (for, you guessed it, "Let It Go"), and inspire an animated short and television holiday special, as well as a stage musical that was nominated for three Tony Awards.
Arriving Nov. 22. Disney's Frozen 2 reunites directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and producer Peter Del Vecho, with voice actors Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad.