Frozen 2 is an unexpectedly ambitious sequel

Queen Elsa and Princess Anna return in a narratively complex, visually inventive follow-up to the 2013 smash hit

Frozen II.
(Image credit: Copyright 2019 Disney)

Here's a word most assumed wouldn't apply to a second Frozen movie: ambitious.

After the 2013 film was an unprecedented phenomenon for Disney, launching "Let It Go" into regular radio rotation and becoming the highest-grossing animated film ever made at the time, just the title Frozen 2 naturally provoked skepticism. Given that Frozen didn't present any more obvious need for a theatrical sequel than all of the other Disney princess movies that came before, it sure smelled like a cynical cash grab, and a safe second installment following a familiar template for another easy $1 billion seemed likely to be in the cards.

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