November 2019 I was invited by Disney to walk the red carpet of the Frozen 2 Premiere. I fell in love with this movie! If you wanna see pictures of my fancy dress and the celebs I met at the after party, come take a look My Experience Walking the Red Carpet Frozen 2 Premiere.
A few days after the premiere, I attended the global press junket for Frozen 2 where select media and I were able to interview the directors, producer, composers and cast of the movie. It was so insightful to hear the background of putting together this franchise and telling this sequel. I wanna spill the tea on everything they said, so keep scrolling!
Kristen Bell and I were totally vibe-ing!
Midway through the press junket, I wrapped my fingers around the microphone and asked the cast “Why do you think this generation is obsessed with origins stories and knowing the backgrounds of the characters we already love?”
The cast passed around the microphone and bit and Kristen Bell gestured for it. I could tell in her eyes that she had a profound answer welling up inside of her!
I stood there facing Kristen Bell, maybe 15 feet in front of her. She finally grabbed the mic, looked me dead in the eyes and said…
“It’s important to put this complex idea in front of kids of ‘Hey, you ever thought that maybe past generations didn’t behave that great? Or that they could have done it better?’ We should evolve and do better than the past. It’s that idea. Because of this social media connectivity and online community we can collectively agree that evolving is a cool thing. We have to learn from history. And to learn from it you need to know it!” – Kristen Bell
I was floored! This is exactly what I’ve been discussing with my friends back home when we are talking about what makes the millennial generation so impactful on society.
Millennials know that our ancestors didn’t do it right. We want better for humanity. That is why this generation is obsessed with origin stories.
Anna & Elsa | The Sisterhood played by Kristen Bell & Idina Menzel
Kristen Bell said “Anna is more like “me” than any other character I’ve ever played. Including her struggle with codependency.”
Kristen and Idina Menzel are such a beautiful pair on and off screen. You can tell they really have love for each other.
Kristen told the story of when they first met. Kristen went over to Idina’s house to see how their voices blended together. The producers of Frozen were there are asked them to harmonize “The Wind Beneath My Wings” (can you imagine!)
Well, I don’t have to imagine because they did a short rendition for all of us there in the global press room! It was magical! The composers revealed that the Frozen original project with moved up a whole year because of the chemistry they had and how well their voices worked together!
Idina wanted to credit the story tellers on the development of her character. “Elsa is a complicated woman who isn’t a black and white character. She could seem like a villain but is actually a loving sister.”
The Genius Composers Behind “Let it Go” & “Into the Unknown”
The couple who write music for the Frozen franchise have 3 EGOTS (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony Award) between them! The new front runner song in Frozen 2 is called “Into the Unknown”
“Into the Unknown” will be the juggernaut that “Let it Go” was. Trust me. I heard it once at the premiere and the parts that I can remember are still stuck in my head.
Olaf, Arendelles #1 Comedian | Olaf
Josh Gad plays Olaf again in Frozen 2. He brings his A-game to the sequel! Josh was asked to describe Frozen 2 in one word. He replied, “Residuals”. LOL. This is the HILARIOUS humor that Josh Gad brings to Frozen 2.
YAAAASSSS My review: Two snaps and a warm cuddle for #Frozen2. @joshgad you did it again, you beautiful snowman. Olaf is the sweet force of comedy we all need RN. #Frozen2Premiere #TheGeeklyRetreat #Frozen2 #Firstimpressions pic.twitter.com/giIrpWbjTt
— Meg Harrell (@MeaganHarrell) November 8, 2019
During the interviews, Josh Gad admits to being “in love” with Idina Menzel. Josh said, “She is one of the most talented names alive.” If you were on the red carpet, you would have seen that he actually tried to propose to her! I’m sure it was a joke, but still funny! Josh: “From the moment I saw her on broadway, I knew, I’m either going to marry her or do an animated franchise with her.”
In all seriousness, Josh Gad says the greatest part of being in Frozen is that he gets to share these fiercely independent Disney princess role models with his young two daughters.
He also spoke to his characters journey. Josh Gad feels that Olaf is a ball of naiveté in the first movie and the second movie he is asking life’s difficult questions. A beautiful emotional arch of a journey.
Why do we come back to these Disney Sequels?
Frozen 2 shows a deeper side of a Disney fairytale where the characters grow through trauma and struggle. It’s an incredibly powerful story that ends with everyone taking a new role that you don’t see coming!
The real reason why people will continue to come back for these beloved Frozen characters, is that it fills them with joy.
It also fills the creators of the movie with joy. You can tell from talking to them that they have genuine love for this story and these characters.
Director Chris Buck explained “It’s not about the box office numbers or how much the movie makes. It’s about that person that says their family was brought back together after watching, or the college student who is inspired to go into animation, or the person who was ready to commit suicide and they are still here because of the movie.”
“It’s about touching people and touching lives with this story.” -Chris Buck, co director of Frozen 2
“After watching Frozen 2, I hope people feel fulfilled and inspired to step into their own “unknown”.” – Jennifer Lee, director of Frozen 2
To read my full review on Frozen 2 and how it silently wars against toxic masculinity, CLICK HERE: MEGFORIT Frozen 2 Movie Review | The Prince We Have All Been Waiting For!
Frozen 2 is in theaters November 22nd 2019.
What a great write up! I love reading about the actors/actresses and their feelings on their characters! I’m a GEN X, but I agree. We have seen the mistakes and try to do better!