In a recent interview, Idina Menzel (voice of Frozen‘s Elsa) was asked about the potential for Frozen 2 as well as a stage musical adaptation, and Menzel replied that “they’re all in the works“.
Although the only currently confirmed Frozen animated project is ‘Frozen Fever‘ – a short film about Anna’s birthday set for a Spring 2015 release – earlier in the month, director Chris Buck also said to PopSugar that he thought there were “other stories to tell”.
When your movie becomes the highest grossing animated film of all time a sequel is obviously going to be an appealing prospect. And certainly their fellow creators seems to be up for it. As far back as March, musical duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez accepted their Best Original Song Oscar singing ‘Happy Oscar to you/Let’s do Frozen 2’.
So if there is a Frozen sequel, what will it be about? Will the franchise go back to its original source? If so…
What is left of the ‘Snow Queen’ fairy-tale for Frozen 2?
Frozen‘s finale sees Anna save her sister from the villainous Hans through an ‘act of true love’ that in-turn also cures the frozen heart Elsa accidentally cursed her with.
Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tale ‘The Snow Queen’ ends in a very similar way, with young Gerda riding on the back of a reindeer (presumably named Sven) to save her friend Kai, who is trapped on a frozen lake by the Snow Queen and only Gerda’s kiss can melt his heart and free him.
Since this is a good, old-fashioned fairy-tale, all of this obviously comes at the end of a long series of vaguely upsetting kidnappings and brain-washings that Frozen‘s creators clearly chose to save young audiences from.
But what if the real Snow Queen makes an appearance in Frozen 2?
The original ‘Snow Queen’ fairy-tale centres around one important event.
An evil troll (not the lovable family members of ‘fixer-upper’ Kristoff but an actually evil troll) holds a mirror that reflects the world as ugly and horrible. He tries to use the mirror to attack heaven, but in the process he drops it to Earth, where it shatters it in to a million pieces that lodge in the hearts and eyes of the humans, leaving their hearts frozen and their eyes seeing only the evil in everything.
One of these shards ends up in landing in the eye of young Kai, Gerda’s childhood friend, who becomes aggressive and unrecognisable from the boy she grew up with.
He is then kidnapped by the Snow Queen, who further transforms him with two kisses – one that numbs him to the cold, a second that makes him forget both his family and his friend (a third kiss would kill him). She sends him out on to the frozen lake where he must solve an elaborate ice puzzle if he is to return home.
Obviously the Snow Queen of this fairytale is a much darker character than the misunderstood Elsa of Frozen (for example, this Snow Queen commands swarms of snow bees against her enemies- yes, snow bees, you heard me).
But what if a Frozen sequel saw Elsa stand against a truly evil Snow Queen; an example of the isolated enchantress she could have become if she hadn’t eventually opened up to her friends and ‘let them in’? (The straight-forward villain she actually was in original versions of Frozen, as can be seen from this early scene).
In the process, a narrative like this could see Elsa acknowledge the power she wields, and in classic superhero fashion, realise that with her great powers come great responsibility.
Beyond standing up against an evil version of herself she could discover the potential for evil in merely having these powers when others do not. After all, isn’t it fair for her subjects to fear her when they are ruled by a powerful young woman who they couldn’t dethrone if they wanted to?
(Maybe the Snow Queen would even hold the secret for how Elsa gained these powers in the first place.)
So what do you think? What would you want to see in a Frozen sequel? And what would you say to: