‘Frozen II’ cast share what’s new in Disney’s latest flick

‘Frozen II’ was directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck. (Supplied)
Updated 20 November 2019

‘Frozen II’ cast share what’s new in Disney’s latest flick

  • The film tells the story of Princess Anna and her sister, Elsa, who has the power of freezing anything with her hands
  • In this sequel, American actress Kristen Bell – who voices the character of Anna – will go on yet another adventure

LOS ANGELES: The cast of “Frozen II” recently sat down with Arab News to reveal why audiences are in for a wild ride in the latest Disney flick, set to be released across the region in the coming days.

The film tells the story of Princess Anna and her sister, Elsa the Snow Queen, who has the power of freezing anything with her hands and accidentally sets off a long winter that is destroying their kingdom.

In this sequel to the smash hit that gave us the earworm “Let It Go,” American actress Kristen Bell – who voices the character of Anna – will go on yet another adventure.

“This movie is more like the first time you leave home and you don’t have the comfort of your own home anymore. The girls are seemingly happy in Arendelle and we’re there for about 10 minutes and then Elsa starts hearing a voice. We go on this epic dangerous adventure,” she told Arab News. 

Actress Idina Menzel, who voices Anna’s sister, Elsa, added: “I feel like the relationships are just even deeper and richer. The things that they’re thinking about and struggling with have evolved because it’s been six years.

“They are all on this journey of self-discovery. They’re all going through this growth,” actor Josh Gad, who voices the lovable snowman Olaf, said.  

For actor Sterling Brown, who voices the new character Lieutenant Destin Mattias, “Frozen II” is not only set to be a blockbuster, the movie could also help to change stereotypes about people of all races. “Since childhood, you’ve been watching these movies and they’ve been shaping… your imagination and so I’m really proud too that there is a person of color of prominence that’s been introduced into this world,” he said.

For actress Evan Rachel Wood (Queen Iduna), taking part in this movie was a dream come true.

“To be part of a phenomenon like this… is just overwhelming. It’s really mind-blowing,” she said.

“Frozen II” promises the return of the characters the audience loved the first time around, along with new friends, new songs and a new, “more mature” plotline, according to Bell. 


What We Are Reading Today: Manhattan by Jennifer Thermes

Updated 08 December 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Manhattan by Jennifer Thermes

  • This volume is a rich, multilayered creation worth leisurely exploration

This is an excellent book about the history of Manhattan island, staring with the indigenous tribes who lived there.

Jennifer Thermes’ illustrated chronicle of the history of Manhattan “is filled with a series of loose-limbed, eye-pleasing maps that trace the island’s transformation from the natural landscape of the native Lenape people to the newly built Dutch and English colony to the gridded American metropolis of the early 19th century and so on until the current day,” said a review in The New York Times.

It added: “Thermes has a gift not only for rendering delicate watercolor, colored pencil and ink illustrations but for narrating history in a way that inspires wonder. How terrifying it must have been to live through the Great Fire of 1835! And how exciting it must have been to ride that first subway in 1904!”

The review said: “Just like Manhattan itself, this volume is a rich, multilayered creation worth leisurely exploration. And it will give all children growing up in New York City a new perspective on their hometown.”