Director: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
Year Released: 2019
As youngsters, Ice Queen Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) and sister Anna (Kristen Bell) remember hearing stories of the mystical Enchanted Forest told by their father, but years later - when they're adults - Elsa hears a female voice calling her to that area, which is locked off from the rest of society. The first Frozen acted as a thinly veiled metaphor for Elsa's "being different" (read: not heterosexual), but this takes a sizeable step away from that concept (it is a Disney movie after all, and they are worried about box office revenue) and turns it into a story about the need for the current generation to "right past wrongs" and "restore peace." This may have earned the studio billions, but it's still - speaking as someone not in their target audience - a rather stale proto-musical, with songs that anyone over the age of 12 should forget as they exit the theatre. There are some 'cutesy' elements for the younger crowd - magical snowman Olaf (Josh Gad) and a salamander that can set a forest ablaze - but older folks might find it the equivalent of eating a block of graham crackers without milk.