‘Frozen 2’: How Disney Swooped ‘Into the Unknown’ With New Tech and Social Engineering

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With “Frozen 2,” Disney got more ambitious with its sequel, exploring the royal family backstory of Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) while explaining Elsa’s mysterious magical ice power. There’s a colorful enchanted forest with earth, wind, water, and fire spirits, along with the monochromatic danger of the Dark Sea and what lies beyond. And it plays out as a contrast between the idealistic fairy tale qualities of Anna and the weightier mythological aspects of Elsa. This pushed Disney to embrace more of a social engineering approach to animation, with closer collaboration between departments, and also required the creation of a pivotal new tool.

The first challenge was the early musical “Into the Unknown” sequence (with music and lyrics by “Frozen” Oscar winners Kristen-Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez), in which Elsa runs out of the castle, led on a new journey by the musical voice in her head (singer
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