Yes, I Am Also Freaking Out About The New 'Frozen 2' Trailer

Yes, I Am Also Freaking Out About The New 'Frozen 2' Trailer

November 22, 2019 can not come soon enough.


Yes, I am a college student, and yes, I absolutely love "Frozen". The music, the characters, the heartwarming moments, the funny moments, the movie itself just brings me joy (and Elsa is awesome and the Disney Princess we need). So naturally, with my childlike love of "Frozen," I was crazy excited to finally watch the newly released teaser trailer of "Frozen 2".

I wasn't the only one. After precisely 24 hours, this movie's teaser was awarded the honor of most watched animated film trailer of all time. If you haven't seen the new teaser trailer for Disney's "Frozen 2" (which you can find here), then be wary to read ahead because this post contains spoilers (for the trailer anyway). If you have seen the trailer, you're most likely observing and wondering the same things I am. Below contains a list of observations and questions (possibly some theories, though I can't definitely answer anything), of "Frozen 2" based on the trailer we were given.

And trust me, there's a lot to talk about.

1. First of all, that was EPIC!

Elsa freezing the ocean

The teaser trailer for the first "Frozen" movie capitalized on laughs and cute characters (Olaf and Sven) to amuse children and convince them to bug their parents enough to see Disney's newest animated feature.

But that was then, this is now.

Between crashing waves, quick sword-handling, and more than one breath-taking use of magic, this trailer gives the upcoming movie a tone of perilous adventure and fight for survival. Possibly one of the best showcases of Walt Disney Animation Studios' talent of all time, the dramatic seascapes and dark imagery are sure to get any action movie fan out of their seats and into the theater.

However, it is also possible that they just took all the epic parts of the movie and put them into this one trailer so they could get people hyped up.

2....but why is it so epic? Are they stuck somewhere?

Anna on Balcony

We have scenes of both Elsa and Anna near the sea by those huge, black, foreboding rocks. While the first scene could very well just be Elsa trying to prove to herself that yes, she can conquer the ocean (because that's just the kind of defiant person she is), but there is a certain franticness (not quite a word, but seems to fit) to her actions that may point to a deeper peril. Then we get Anna crying and climbing over the same types of rocks, so Elsa is not the only one facing some sort of obstacle around this particular occasion.

In fact, the only image we actually get of Arendelle is Anna running on her balcony for a second in the middle of the trailer. Could this have been from the very beginning of the movie, before they get stuck on the rocks, and they are in fact trying to get back to Arendelle?

3. Honestly, it's really hard to figure out a plot to this new movie.

Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Sven

At it's most basic level, it looks as though fall has finally found it's way to Arendelle after the unexpected winter of the last movie. And yet, there is something about this fall that our heroes don't seem to like (just look at their worried faces at the end of the trailer to see what I mean). Is there a new character with fall powers of some sort, like Elsa with her ice/winter powers? And if so, why is that a bad thing?

4. There's two new characters! Who are they? Where did they come from?

While we only get quick glimpses of them in trailer, they certain open the story to a world of possibilities. Do they have something to do with the fall that's swept the land? Are they Easter Eggs like Rapunzel in the last movie (do they have any relation to her)? And possibly the most important question, do they pose a threat to Anna and Elsa?

5. New hair, who's this?

Elsa and Anna Hairstyles

Elsa ties her hair up in a ponytail at the very beginning of the trailer, a far cry from her classic braid, while Anna forgoes the braids altogether in favor of loose hair blowing in the wind. While both the princess and Queen look wonderful, I definitely think Elsa's iconic braid should be here to stay. And in the last image of the trailer, it looks like it does make at least one appearance.

(I also feel the same way about her ice dress. Yes, the new outfits look cool, but I want to see that dress at least once in the new movie)

6. Kristoff is definitely NOT your typical knight-in-shining-armor.

Kristoff leading a herd of reindeer

When we first meet Kristoff, he is anything but the normal, well-mannered, charismatic, considerate prince that frequent Disney princess movies. Sloppy, smelly, a little rude, and lives with a reindeer, Kristoff does not seem fit for a princess. But as we come to really know him, he proves that first impressions are never quite as good as reality, and his aversion to the royal prince stereotype makes Anna's love for him all the more powerful.

This same idea is enforced in the new trailer when Kristoff is seen leading not soldiers and majestic horses into battle like one would generally assume for a Disney hero, but a herd of reindeer, with him and Sven determinedly at the front. While this scene contributes to the overall epicness of the trailer, as it is coupled with brilliant autumn colors and a frantic tone, it also serves to show that these characters are still the same ones we fell in love with in the first movie.

Also, where did he find that herd of reindeer? And why does he need them? Is this leading us to believe that there will be an epic battle of some proportion at the end of the movie?

7. Anna is about to wreck havoc with that sword.

Anna With A Sword

I love Anna's character to death, but she is a feisty one. And I fear for the person on the other side of that sword.

8. What secrets does the new Frozen poster hold?

Frozen II Teaser Poster

After the release of the new trailer and movie poster for the second "Frozen" movie, Josh Gad tweeted "If you look hard enough, this teaser poster will reveal quite a few surprises". The new poster features a snowflake, not entirely like the one from the first movie, front and center, with four small symbols within each main icicle. Naturally, Frozen fans like myself won't stop speculating as to what these symbols and this snowflake mean.

Some popular theories indicate that these could represent the four elements, or possibly even the four seasons (which corresponds with the theory that this movie will find Elsa discovering others with powers similar to her own). These four symbols also appear in the ice features Anna sees outside her balcony in the middle of the trailer.

This is only the teaser trailer, which means there's loads more "Frozen 2" content to come. From a full-length trailer, more posters, and finally the movie itself, it's no secret that the world is begging for more Frozen, and fans like me will be there the entire time, speculating, questioning, and overall supporting the characters and their music.

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The 9 Eras Of Disney Animation

The evolution of Disney animation over the years

As a kid I always loved movies, and no movies did it quite for me like Disney movies did. Whether they were old or new, there was something about Disney movies that just spoke to me. The music the characters, the stories-- they all helped to shape some of my fondest childhood memories and are responsible for many of my interests and beliefs today. But what I always found most interesting is the history behind these films, how the time they came out influenced their themes and meanings. So today I’ll be exploring just that-- the nine eras of Disney animations.

1923-1928: The Silent Era and the Origins of Disney

The history of Disney begins with the Silent Era. In 1923, Walt Disney, working for Laugh-O-Gram studios out of Kansas City, Missouri, created a short film called Alice’s Wonderland, which would serve as the first of the Alice Comedies. After the company declared bankruptcy, Walt moved to Hollywood, where he and his brother Roy formed Disney Brothers Cartoon Studios. They worked out a deal with Winkler Productions to produce the Alice Comedies and eventually, in 1926, moved their company to Hyperion Street, where it was renamed Walt Disney Studios. After the decline of the Alice Comedies, Walt created his first ever original character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, and produced 26 short comedies starring the character before a falling out with Charles Mintz, who had by 1928 taken over Winkler Productions. Legally, Oswald belonged to Mintz and his company, so he took the character and four of Disney’s animators and started a new animation company, Snappy Comedies.

1928-1937: Pre-Golden Age and Mickey Mouse

The Pre-Golden Age saw Walt recovering from the loss of Oswald and also set the stage for Disney as we know it today. In 1928, Walt, in collaboration with Ub Iwerks, created a new character that he originally named Mortimer Mouse. However, his wife didn’t like the name, so he renamed him Mickey (I think we can all agree this name is much better). Mickey made his first appearance in 1928 in a test screening of the short film called Plane Crazy. However, the film failed to pick up a distributor, so Walt went back to the drawing board and created Steamboat Willie, which was released in 1928. The film was an immediate success due to the fact that it was the first cartoon to feature synchronized sound and established Mickey as the mascot of Disney. After this, a series of Mickey Mouse cartoons were released. This series also saw the introduction of many Disney staple characters, such as Minnie Mouse, Pluto, and Goofy. Donald Duck, another iconic Disney character, first appeared in Disney’s Silly Symphonies, a series of animated short films that were popular for their innovative use of Technicolor. With this, Walt had successfully bounced back from the hardships of the Silent Era and set the stage for the Golden Age of Disney.

1937-1942: The Golden Age

The Golden Age of Disney began in 1937 with the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The film was the first full-length feature film to use traditional animation and was an immediate commercial success, establishing Disney as one of the leaders of animated filmmaking. Other films that were released during this time include Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi. Although all of these films would go on to become considered classics, at the time of their release only Snow White and Dumbo were commercially successful. What made this time considered the Golden Age wasn’t the commercial success of these films though, but rather the trends they created in terms of Disney filmmaking. Snow White was the first of the fairytale-based movies that Disney is known for and established the “Disney Princesses,” Pinocchio started the concept of taking well-known literature and turning it into a child-friendly film and Bambi explored the possibilities of making a movie through the eyes of a non-human character. Other Disney staples such as exaggerated villains, the use of music and prominent, comedic sidekicks were first introduced during this time as well. Another key characteristic of the films of this time was the inclusion of many dark scenes, which were usually sandwiched between upbeat and light scenes in order to create a mood shift. A similar, toned down version of this techniques would also be used in later films.

1943-1949: The Wartime Era

With the U.S.’s entry into World War II, Disney Studios faced lower budgets and a smaller team of animators as it entered the Wartime Era. Also known as the Package Era, the films of this time included Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros, Make Mine Music, Fun and Fancy Free, Melody Time, and The Adventures of Icabod and Mr. Toad. What made these films distinct from the Golden Age films is that instead of telling a single, continuous story, these films consisted of multiple short films within each. These films are largely ignored and widely unpopular, with fans criticizing them due to their lack of consistency and tone in each short. The Wartime Era also Disney Studios producing wartime propaganda, which included anti-Nazi commercials and flyers encouraging Americans to support the war.

1950-1967: The Silver Age and the Death of Walt Disney

Disney’s Silver Age, also known as the Restoration Age saw the return of many of the trends set forth by the Golden Age of Disney. Films released during this time include Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, and The Jungle Book. What made these films distinct from its predecessors was the use of more ornate backgrounds and softer colors. Furthermore, the Silver Age also saw the use of lighter themes balanced with more complex characters, creating many of the well-known characters that are still considered fan-favorites today. The Jungle Book was the last film that Walt himself worked on before his death in 1966, and the movie’s release marked the end of the Silver Age

1970-1988: The Dark Age and the Decline of Disney

Hope you guys have a flashlight ‘cos we’re about to enter a dark place, or rather a dark age (see what I did there?). The Dark Age of Disney, also known as the Bronze Age, saw Disney Studios struggle to find their footing without Walt there to hold the reins. This was a time of trial-and-error in which the animators shied away from traditional storytelling tropes seen in the Golden and Silver Ages and instead shifted toward darker and more secular stories. Films released during this time include The Aristocats, Robin Hood, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Rescuers, The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, and Oliver and Company. With the exception of The Great Mouse Detective, which was both critically and commercially successful, most of these films only received little success, with The Black Cauldron being a box office flop. These films lacked Walt’s imagination and were criticized for only being intended to bring in money. The greatest criticism of these films was their departure from traditional animation and their use xerography. This saved both time and money, allowing animators to directly print their drawings onto cells. However, this process did have its limits and initially only black lines were possible using this method. As a result, films during this era are known as “Scratchy Films” because of the heavy black lines in their animation. While these films weren’t initially successful upon release, many have gone on to become cult classics. Also, the Disney Dark Age helped set the foundation for the pinnacle of Disney animation

1989-199: The Disney Renaissance and Birth of the Millennials

If you’re a millennial like me, then most of your favorite Disney moments and films likely come from the Disney Renaissance. The Disney Renaissance saw a return to the musical fairy-tale storytelling seen in the Golden and Silver Age while at the same time expanding on many of the themes and techniques introduced in the Bronze Age. Films released during this time include The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mulan, and Tarzan. These films were also the first films that Howard Ashman and Alan Menken worked on, both of whom are key elements to Disney’s musical success. The films during this time also had many important themes that would influence the current views of millennials; Beauty and the Beast and The Hunchback of Notre Dame taught us not to judge people by their appearances; Mulan and Hercules taught us the importance of making sacrifices; and Aladdin taught us that there’s nothing wrong with being ourselves and that the circumstances of our birth don’t have to dictate who we grow up to be.

2000-2009: Post-Renaissance Era

Also known as the Second Dark Age, the Post-Renaissance Era was unique in that whereas previous eras were marked with having a common theme about them, this era was defined as a time in which Disney tried their hands at new methods in storytelling, similar to the Bronze Age. Films from this time include Fantasia 2000, Dinosaur, The Emperor's New Groove, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Lilo and Stitch, Treasure Planet, Brother Bear, Home on the Range, Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, and Bolt. These films explored new storytelling elements marketed towards kids and more mature themes marketed towards the kids that had grown up during the Disney Renaissance that were now teenagers and young adults. While Lilo and Stitch was a commercial success, spawning several sequels and a T.V. show, most of the other films released during this time only received moderate success. This was in part due to the fact that they also had to contend with huge movie franchises like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Despite not doing as well as their predecessors, the films released during the Second Dark Age are well known for their innovation. Dinosaur was the first Disney film that used CGI animation, which would become a popular element of this era’s successor.

2010-present: Marvel, Star Wars, and the Second Disney Renaissance

Just as a Renaissance followed the first Disney Dark Age, a Second Disney Renaissance followed this Second Dark Age. Also known as the Revival Era, this era marked a return to the fairy-tale storytelling seen in the Gold and Silver Ages as well as the first Disney Renaissance. During this time, Disney bought the rights to Marvel and Lucasfilm, meaning they no longer had to worry about trying to market their films toward older audiences since the MCU and Star Wars did that for them. Films released during this time include Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Winnie the Pooh, Wreck it Ralph, Frozen, and Big Hero 6. Like the first Disney Renaissance, the Second Disney Renaissance built off several things introduced by its predecessor. Tangled, for example, used the CGI techniques first used by Dinosaur. Most of the films of this era have been met with great popularity, with Frozen being the highest grossing animated film of all time and Big Hero 6 being the highest audience-rated film of this time period.

And there you have it, the nine eras of Disney animations. I hope you guys enjoyed reading about the history of Disney and its growth through the years. I personally loved writing this article and look forward to writing more like this one.

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14 Superheroes That I Wouldn't Mind Being Trapped In A Dungeon With

Normally, I would freak out, but I would be okay sitting in the room with these guys.


I love action movies and when I say I can talk about them forever, I can talk about them forever. My first encounter with superheroes and action movies was the first "Spider-Man" movie that was released in 2002. However, I didn't watch it until I was five years old, so I was 3 years behind the whole Tobey Maguire train. I'm a huge Marvel fan (Tony Stark is my favorite), but I'm also a little biased towards Barry Allen from "The Flash," (which is a DC character). My conflicting tastes doesn't mean that none of these other heroes can't save me if we were trapped in a burning building.

1. Iron Man

Tony Stark is my favorite superhero mainly because of his sarcasm. He often times finds himself getting caught in a situation rather than helping you, but he always finds a way out of it.

2. Captain America

Steve Rogers is determined and wise — he'd think of a smart way to escape rather than bull rushing his way through it; a totally different approach than his Avenger friend, Tony. Simple, yet effective.

3. Thor

He controls lightning, so either we'll be out of the building in no time or fried, but either way, I'm happy as long as I'm with him.

4. Spider-Man

Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland's portrayals all differ, but I wouldn't mind being trapped in a burning building with any of them. Tobey would be the one would try and talk the entire time, Andrew would be cocky, sarcastic, and funny all in one, and Tom is just a precious little angel that needs to be protected at all costs.

5. Anakin Skywalker

He was good, then he was evil, and then he was good again. Hopefully, he won't choke and kill me. He needs to use that rage to get us out of the building.

6. Black Panther

His suit is powered by kinetic energy, so if I hit him enough times and throw my shoes at him, his suit should be able to bust a door down.

7. Aquaman

Jason Momoa. That's it.

8. Batman (Christian Bale)

With all his gadgets and gizmos, we'll be free in no time.

9. Green Lantern

Ryan Reynolds. That's it.

10. Wolverine

Hugh Jackman better sing songs from "Les Miserables" and "The Greatest Showman" while he's scratching down the walls. I wanna be entertained while I wait to be rescued

11. Loki

Either he would save himself or he would save both of us. It's one of those and I'm hoping for the latter.

12. Green Arrow / Oliver Queen

I don't know much about OQ, but with the number of bows he carries, he obviously has one that can act as a zip line and get us to safety.

13. Flash / Barry Allen

He can use his arms to make a whirlwind that'll get rid of the smoke so we can see our way through or his body's vibrational frequency will allow him to knock the doorknob off doors off the hinges itself, so he's my best bet. Plus, Grant can sing.

14. Robin (Joseph Gordon Levitt)

He's just an angel and when I see him, I think of his character in "10 Things I Hate About You."

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