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Frozen II (2019)

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In Frozen II, a strange voice calls out to Elsa which causes elemental forces that threaten Arandelle. In order to save their home, Elsa, Anna, and some friends, journey to the enchanted forest. There they discover the truth behind their family, kingdom, and the origins of Elsa’s magical powers.

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‘Frozen II’ Movie Summary

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Frozen II (2019)Frozen II begins years before the events of the first Frozen film. King Agnarr of Arendelle (Alfred Molina) tells a story to his two young daughters, Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell), that their grandfather King Runeard (Jeremy Sisto) established a treaty with the neighboring tribe of Northuldra by building a dam in their homeland, the Enchanted Forest. However, tensions arise and the two sides begin to fight. As a result, Runeard is killed and the elemental spirits of Earth, Fire, Water and Air become enraged. Due to the spirits disappearing, a wall of mist forms and traps everyone in the Enchanted Forest. A young Agnarr manages to escape due to the help of an unknown savior.

The film then jumps to three years after the events of the last film. Queen Elsa begins to hear a mysterious voice calling out to her from the north. One night, she follows the voice and unintentionally awakens the elemental spirits, who begin causing destruction in Arendelle, forcing everyone in the kingdom to evacuate. As the citizens of Arendelle take shelter in the mountains and try to figure out what to do, Grand Pabbie (Ciarán Hinds) and the trolls arrive and inform Elsa and Anna that they must set things right by discovering the truth about the kingdom’s past.

Elsa, Anna, Olaf (Josh Gad), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), and Sven head off to the Enchanted Forest. Once they arrive, the mists part at Elsa’s touch. Once inside the forest, the air spirit, referred to as Gail, forms a tornado and sweeps the five some up into its vortex. Elsa stops it with her power, which forms a set of ice sculptures. Anna and Elsa recognize the sculpture’s images as those of their father and mother’s past. They determine that their mother, Queen Iduna (Evan Rachel Wood), was a Northuldra and was the mysterious person that saved their father.

They encounter a group of Northuldra and a troop of Arendellian soldiers who have been fighting for 37 years. Before Elsa can settle the dispute, the fire spirit appears in the form of a flaming salamander and begins to set the forest on fire. Elsa is able to calm the spirit once it sees that she means it no harm and he extinguishes his fires. Elsa and Anna are able to negotiate a temporary truce between the Northuldra and Arendellian fighters. During their conversations with the groups, Elsa learns the existence of a fifth spirit who will unite the people and the magic of nature.

Elsa, Anna, and Olaf continue their quest north, leaving Kristoff and Sven behind to play with their new reindeer friends. The sisters discover their parents’ wrecked ship that contains a map with a route to Ahtohallan. Ahtohallan is a mythical island that their mother told them contained all explanations of the past. Knowing that the journey north will be perilous, Elsa sends Anna and Olaf away to safety against their wishes. Elsa continues north by herself and soon encounters the water spirit at the ocean’s edge.

The water spirit, Nøkk, is tamed by Elsa, who rides the spirit in the form of a water horse all the way to Ahtohallan. Once there, Elsa discovers that the voice she has been hearing is that of her mother. She also learns that her powers were given to her by nature because of Iduna’s selfless act of saving Agnarr. Most importantly, Elsa learns that she is the fifth spirit, the one that can unite the other four spirits.

While looking at the images of the past, Elsa learns that the dam was built as a ruse to reduce the Northuldra’s resources. King Runeard disliked the tribe’s connection with magic and intended for their lands to be incorporated into his kingdom. Most importantly, she learns that King Runeard was the one who initiated the conflict between the factions by killing the unarmed leader of Northuldra. Elsa is able to send the information to Anna in the form of frozen water before she is frozen herself in Ahtohallan. Anna receives the message and determines that the dam needs to be destroyed. However, Olaf begins to melt away as Elsa’s magic is no longer maintaining him. Once Olaf disappears, Anna continues on her quest all by herself.

A distraught Anna knows what she has to do. She runs to a herd of sleeping gigantic Earth spirits and wakes them. She lures them back to the dam. The head of the Arendellian soldiers, Mattias (Sterling K. Brown), tries to stop her from destroying her grandfather’s legacy, but when she informs him of what her grandfather did, he joins her quest. Mattias and Anna are able to lure the giants into throwing boulders at the dam, which destroys it. The dam’s destruction sends a flood of water down the fjord towards Arendelle. With the dam destroyed, Elsa thaws out and she immediately returns to Arendelle riding the water spirit. She is able to divert the flood waters using her ice powers and saves Arendelle.

At the same time, the wall of mist disappears, the soldiers and the Northuldra who have been trapped behind it are now free to leave. Elsa reunites with Anna and revives Olaf. Kristoff finally asks Anna to marry him, something he has been trying to do throughout the film. Anna accepts with glee. Elsa explains that she and Anna are now the bridge between the two people and the magical spirits, which will require Elsa to step down as Queen. Anna will become the new queen of Arendelle while Elsa will become the protector of the Enchanted Forest. The two keep in regular contact as Elsa returns to Arendelle and the island of Ahtohallan often.

In an end credits scene, Olaf tells the tale of the film to Marshmallow, the giant snow monster, and a crowd of tinier snowmen. At the conclusion of the tale, Marshmallow and the other snowmen cheer.

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