Frozen 2 not only was one of the most successful films of 2019. It is also one of the most expected films in the Disney+ platform. Since last Friday, June 19 you can already enjoy it. But for those who want to know more, this Friday is the premiere of ‘Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2’.
This documentary series is divided into 6 chapters of between 30 and 40 minutes. It begins a year before the premiere of the long-awaited sequel from Walt Disney Animation Studios and follows the whole team that is developing the film. From Jennifer Lee, director, screenwriter, and creative director of Frozen 2 to the film’s technicians, including director Chris Buck, producer Peter del Vecho and actors Idina Menzel (Elsa), Kristen Bell (Anna), and Evan Rachel Wood (Iduna).
This documentary shows the ins and outs of the Disney studios. The challenges they had to face to make Frozen 2, explaining how animation is made today.
In fact, in the first three chapters, one of the film’s animators explain that Menzel was recorded making the same gestures as Elsa in a part of Into the Unknown so that the animation would be as realistic as possible. That same animator later did something similar in the video clip scene in which Kristoff sings his ballad Lost in the Woods. But not only with the main character but she did the same with all the reindeer that were in the scene, those that sang and those that didn’t.
During these chapters, you also get to know the actors who put voice and life into the characters better. Besides explaining how they did their job (and showing it in the documentary itself), you can see them getting excited and enjoying it.
Two scenes stand out from the rest. One is when they record with the Into the Unknown orchestra, and the whole team gets excited to see how the song looks. The other, when Kristen Bell is singing The Next Right Thing. This is a song with many feelings since Anna has just lost Elsa and Olaf, but she can’t stop crying as she would like to. She has to save Arendelle. Thanks to the documentary, we can see how that work went and all the feelings that both Bell and the team put into making it perfect.
If you’re a lifetime Disney movie fan, probably one of the things that fascinate you about it is the songs. Frozen 2, like its predecessor, is a musical.
The songs in both movies have been written and composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. And in the documentary, you can see how they created the songs, the last-minute changes they made, and how much they enjoyed their work.