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Here’s Everything We Learned From The New “Frozen 2” Teaser Trailer

No need to let it go anymore, because the cold doesn’t bother Elsa anymore… or anyone it seems, according to the new teaser trailer for Disney’s “Frozen 2”. Looks like our characters have left the safety of the castle, and are on a quest somewhere very different, and very dark. We took a look at the new video and broke it down to see what we can figure out from it.

Check out the teaser trailer below:

The biggest thing to note right away is the seriousness of this trailer. There are no jokes, and more importantly, zero dialogue. Something big is happening here, and we are thrust into the drama of it immediately.

As we can see at the start of the video, Elsa is testing her powers, and she’s learned a lot since the first movie. Now, she can use her powers to essentially walk on water by freezing the ground under her when she steps, and she is exhibiting some Todoroki powers a la My Hero Academia when it comes to ice blasts.

It may just be my own theory, but her dress does not seem to be fabric, or at least made entirely of cloth. The way it seamlessly blends with her skin by her chest and shoulders makes me think she made that out of ice and snow, which is pretty nuts. Has Elsa’s power become that strong since the last time we saw her?

After Elsa battles the sea, Anna is observing a collection of pastel-colored crystals outside her windows – whose are they? They don’t seem to match the color palette of Elsa’s abilities, so it must be someone, or something else. Next, we see Anna and Kristoff journeying around. But where are they?

Director Jennifer Lee previously hinted to Variety that the upcoming animated adventure will still focus on Arendelle royalty Elsa and Anna, but it will be “bigger” and “more epic” in scale. “They’re going to go far out of Arendelle,” she said. This appears to be that far away.

We follow this with Kristoff and Sven riding with a herd of moose in a very autumnal setting, followed by a very gloomy Anna (with a new hair style) sulking in the woods.

Next, it looks like Olaf has returned, at least for a little bit since this is the only time we see him in the entire trailer. Elsa is using some crazy ice blasts to keep some purple flames away from her buddy, but it looks like it will be for naught.

Perhaps this means that Arendelle has become under attack by some other elemental power user, and chances are this means Olaf may be melted before the end of the first act… at least until he is revived by the end of the movie (parents, get ready for some tears).

After that… who’s that? There appears to be a never-before-seen red-haired character hanging out in this crimson forest, and she may have those aforementioned elemental powers. She wind-blasts somebody out of a pile of leaves, but who is that dude? It’s hard to say, but it’s either an entirely new character, or it could be the return of Hans, the bad guy from the first movie.

Finally, the bulk of the teaser ends with our heroes overlooking this vast landscape, unfamiliar to them and a huge change from what we remembered in the first movie. Where are they, and what’s going to happen next? This is likely the start of their journey to figure out what’s up with the elements, but who really knows?

After that title sequence ends, we land on an over the shoulder shot of the trio in the woods (no Sven or Olaf, so this may be earlier in the film after Olaf is downed, which also means Sven may get separated and meets his moose brethren, rejoining them later for that big shot earlier in the trailer with the herd), but whose view point is that? Possibly the redhead and her friend from earlier, but whoever it is just got the bad end of Anna’s sword!

Also of note, Elsa no longer has her strapless ice dress, so maybe she loses her powers at some point in the movie and must resume wearing fabric clothes.

We will have to wait a few months to learn the answers to these mysteries, but it seems like it will be well worth the wait. So far, “Frozen 2” looks like a very different movie tonally. It almost feels like the movie franchise is maturing with its original audience, giving the kids who grew up with the original 2013 movie something they can still be interested in six years later.

With the same song-writing duo from the original once again doing music (Kristen and Robert Lopez), this means we are still getting a traditional Disney musical, but this Broadway power couple may flex their dramatic muscles with new songs to better fit the drama unfolding on-screen. I theorize there will be some direct Sondheim references in this, since it seems the characters are going “Into The Woods” after all.

“Frozen 2” stars Elsa (Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell), Olaf (Josh Gad), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), and some other surprises that will be revealed as we get closer to the release date. The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.

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First Look At Live-Action “Aladdin” Movie From Disney Underwhelms

Last night during the Grammy Awards, we got our first taste of how the new live-action remake of Disney’s “Aladdin” will look, and it needs to be seen to be believed… for better or worse, you decide!

To be perfectly honest, it’s a pretty underwhelming trailer, both in terms of information and visuals. The biggest buzzkill has to be seeing Will Smith as The Genie. To say he looks like a knockoff alien from Avatar would be putting it mildly. One can hope that this is still an early version of the visual FX, but if this is the final product – yuck.

Another thing that seems very telling to me is that the scene in the trailer was quite dim. I brightened this screenshot up in Photoshop to give you all a better look, and it’s not much better. Aside from looking very flat, it mostly appears like they cut out Will’s face, rotoscoped it on top of a CG model, and called it a day. This would explain the uncanny valley, and how it looks like Smith’s head is floating independently of his misshapen body.

We also got a brief look at Abu and Carpet in the trailer, along with the rest of the effects. Overall, it’s not the most impressive, especially when you consider we are talking about Disney money here, but let’s be optimistic and hope when the film comes out everything will look way better.

We may not be the only people that feel this way. As of the time of this video being posted (about 10 AM EST), the reception is pretty mixed – with over 2 million views, the thumbs up are about the same number of thumbs down, which is hovering around 20K.

The film stars Will Smith as the Genie; Mena Massoud as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar; Navid Negahban as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia; Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim.

“Aladdin” is produced by Dan Lin, p.g.a., and Jonathan Eirich, p.g.a., with Marc Platt and Kevin De La Noy serving as executive producers. Eight-time Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Oscar-winning lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and includes two new songs written by Menken and Oscar and Tony Award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

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WATCH – BroadwayCon 2019 Review: A Smash Hit or A Broadway Flop?

Andrea went to BroadwayCon 2019, and here is her review of what she saw, what she liked, and what she didn’t like about the fourth edition of this theatrical super-con!

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WATCH – “Disney Theatrical at 25: The Stars Align” Panel Highlights – BroadwayCon 2019

Check out some highlights from the BroadwayCon 2019 panel, “Disney Theatrical at 25: The Stars Align”. This panel featured questions and answers with the stars of the Broadway versions of Aladdin, Mary Poppins, Tarzan, Aida, and Frozen, with James Monroe Iglehart, Thomas Schumacher, Ashley Brown, Merle Dandridge, Christian Borle, Patti Murin, and Susan Egan.

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