Everything you enjoyed about the first FROZEN movie (2013) continues with FROZEN 2. The trailer below provides a good sense of the tone of the movie. FROZEN 2 is rated PG, and I would place it as a high-PG. See my “According to Stella Rating” for more information.
My 15-year old daughter and I enjoyed the movie, and stayed through the credits to belt out some of the songs. I cannot wait to hear your thoughts!
We are pretty skeptical, when it comes to movie sequels. Many sequels tend to be disappointing: recycling jokes and plot-lines, unable to stand-alone as a independent movie, and obviously trying to ride the coat tails of their successful prequel.
FROZEN 2, thankfully, gives us all the feels that we loved from the original, without all the repetitious frustrations of following a blockbuster film.
In FROZEN 2, the story continues as Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and comic relief Sven and Olaf head out on another adventure across gorgeous landscapes and treacherous situations to protect Arendel and solve a mystery.
This time, we delve further into the origin of Elsa’s snow magic. Where did it come from? Why does she have it? How much did her parents understand? What secrets did they try to hide?
As those secrets are revealed, and we learn more about the past, we are introduced to a tribe of indigenous people. As a bilingual educator, I value respectful cultural representation that does not feed into ignorant stereotypes.
I was very impressed to learn that Disney went to great lengths to avoid cultural appropriation. They even signed a contract with an indigenous culture agreeing to respectfully portray their people in FROZEN 2.
In the first FROZEN film, a beautiful unrecognizable choral chant magically set the tone for the story. To the indigenous Sámi culture in Scandinavia, the chant meant so much more that just a song. That song, which is also used throughout FROZEN 2, was written by South Sámi musician and composer Frode Fjellheim, who draws on the ancient Nordic Indigenous vocal tradition joik that was later outlawed.
Disney was inspired by Sámi culture for not only the Northuldra songs but also the traditional dress and their connection to the land and its elements. Getting their clothing right was especially important when considering that indigenous people are often the subjects of cultural appropriation through costumes.
According to Stella Rating: Family Viewing Disclaimer (1/low – 5/high scale)
FROZEN 2 is rated PG. I would place it as a high-PG, for peril/action, intense sequences with brief scary images and complicated themes for younger children. We found FROZEN 2 to be a little darker than FROZEN. Therefore, I give FROZEN 2 the following rating:
- 1 – SEX/NUDITY
- 3 – VIOLENCE/GORE
- 1 – PROFANITY
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The video below is from the closing credits. My 15-year old daughter and I might love this remix more than the original version…
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