Synopsis: Elsa the Snow Queen has an extraordinary gift -- the power to create ice and snow. But no matter how happy she is to be surrounded by the people of Arendelle, Elsa finds herself strangely unsettled. After hearing a mysterious voice call out to her, Elsa travels to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond her kingdom -- an adventure that soon turns into a journey of self-discovery.
Main Feature: Even I, a 36 year old man, can admit that "Frozen" is fun. Its a classic-style story that isn't meddled with too much. The songs are as memorable and sticking as the classic Disney animated features. And the animation is sharp and epic. Needless to say, it was a high bar to reach for if any sequel was to be made after the film's enormous success in 2013. We're talking about the Mouse Ears--of course there would be a sequel. And it falls into that typical sequel trap: find another story that connects to the self-contained without feeling repetitive. The only repetition Disney had hoped for was success and more 'ear worm' songs. The box office was there, but it does not translate well. The story is not engaging enough to feel unique and connected. The songs are neither imaginative nor toe-tappers. In the end, "Frozen II" is not the avalanche of quality Disney had hoped for.
Bonus Features: Another Disney release, and another batch of basic extras. Outtakes, sing-alongs, music videos, etc. In fact, the focus of about 90% of the bonus features is the music--songs, videos and the score. Disney needs to up the extras game or devise something inventive that makes their product stand out.
Final Call: "Frozen II" ices up on the creativity, letting go of the original's spontaneous enjoyable entertainment.