Frozen 2 is a highly anticipated sequel to the original Frozen film. Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the movie, produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, follows up with Princess Anna (Kristen Bell), Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), and Olaf (Josh Gad).
The follow-up story to 2013’s smash hit, which featured award-winning songs like “Let It Go,” also brings back beloved characters such as Kristoff, and Sven. Taking place three years after the events of the first film, Frozen 2 (2019) follows the characters on a new adventure.
Bringing back the vocal talents of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, and Josh Gad was a no-brainer as, to date, the first film in the series was garnder The Walt Disney Company a whopping 1.2 billion in revenue.
In Frozen 2, the Arendelle royal family investigates the origins of Elsa’s magical powers. The story unfolds as Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven journey into an enchanted forest. There, they encounter magical elements and ancient secrets that are tied to their kingdom’s history. The characters face new challenges, test their friendships, and learn more about themselves and their place in the world.
This sequel introduces new characters, including Honeymaren (Rachel Matthews), Lieutenant Mattias (Sterling K Brown), Queen Iduna (Evan Rachel Wood), and the mysterious Nokk. It delves deeper into the personal journeys of the protagonists, exploring themes of identity, self-discovery, and the importance of family and love.
Frozen 2 showcases visually stunning animation, captivating musical numbers, and a compelling storyline. The film was a box office success, grossing over $1.4 billion worldwide. Its catchy songs, such as “Into the Unknown” and “Show Yourself,” have also become fan favorites.
As well, the sequel film notably includes the out-of-character song entitled “Lost In The Woods” by Tony-award-winning singer and songwriter Jonathan Groff.
Overall, Frozen 2 is a worthy follow-up to the original film, delivering a magical and enchanting experience for audiences of all ages. Whether you’re a fan of the first film or new to the franchise, Frozen 2 will take you on an unforgettable journey filled with adventure, heart, and the power of true love.
The beloved franchise has been a proverbial cash cow for Disney, which possibly explains why they let the news of a fourth installment out of the bag before a third sequel finished production.
Disney has wasted little opportunity in continuing the success of Frozen; you’ll easily find characters like Anna and Elsa plastered all over merchandise in stores, and at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
Kristen Bell, Menzel, and Gad have all become synonymous with their roles, often carrying on their character’s legacies and performances outside of the film, such as hilarious jokes made by Gad on social media announcing that he’s finally found Samantha.
Due to the extreme popularity of Frozen and Frozen II, Disney recently released Into the Unknown: The Making of Frozen II on Disney+.
‘Into the Unknown: The Making of Frozen II’
Into the Unknown: The Making of Frozen II is a behind-the-scenes documentary that provides a fascinating look into the production process of the highly anticipated sequel. The documentary explores the challenges, triumphs, and creative decisions that went into bringing this magical world to life once again.
From the initial story development to the intricate animation and breathtaking musical numbers, viewers get an in-depth glimpse into the hard work and dedication of the talented team at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Director Jennifer Lee and producer Peter Del Vecho, along with the cast and crew, share their experiences and insights, offering a unique perspective on the making of Frozen 2. The documentary highlights the collaborative nature of the filmmaking process, showcasing the synergy between directors, animators, composers, and voice actors. Through interviews, on-set footage, and concept art, audiences gain a deeper appreciation for the artistry and craftsmanship that went into every frame of the film.
One of the key aspects explored in “Into the Unknown: The Making of Frozen 2” is the evolution of the characters and the story. The filmmakers take risks and push boundaries, seeking to expand the world of Arendelle and delve into the characters’ inner struggles. From Elsa’s journey of self-discovery to Anna’s unwavering determination, the documentary provides valuable insights into the character development process.
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As great as the documentary is, you may have missed a small detail during your viewing, something that may remind you of Disney animation back in the early 90s when claims of animators hiding inappropriate details throughout their movies ran rampant.
We’ve likely heard the claims of explicit, sexual-based messaging and jokes being added to films like Lion King (1994) and Aladdin (1993). There are some that even claim suggestive imaging is present in The Little Mermaid (1989).
Olaf Goes Full-Frontal in ‘Frozen II’
However, as one Reddit user discovered, there may be some serious truth to that as a still storyboard image caught on film in the documentary displays a not-so-family-friendly moment of Olaf wearing his carrot nose as an “extra appendage.”
Reddit user @u/Low_Departure_5853 noticed the image after pausing her viewing of Into the Unknown: The Making of Frozen II, catching the still image of Gad’s Olaf in the background.
Watching “Into the Unknown: The Making of Frozen 2” on Disney+ & saw this in the background of a shot. NSFW! Makes me think of the 90s movies when they supposedly snuck dirty things in the movies (‘sex’ in the clouds in Lion King, “Good teenagers take off their clothes” in Aladdin, priest boner, etc
The shocking image is hard to deny and obviously never made it into the final product that saw it’s theatrical debut in 2019. Unlike claims regarding past Disney films which note that suggestive imaging did make its way to young viewers, it seems this storyboard was likely more of a joke than a serious consideration for the film.
Although the image may be disturbing to some and it didn’t make it into the final production of Frozen 2, it’s still interesting that it mistakingly wound up in the documentary, which is streaming live right now on Disney+. After a quick check myself, yes, it’s there; Olaf in all of his glory to behold.
A Sad History of Inappropriate Jokes
As mentioned a couple of times, this isn’t the first time awkward, and sometimes downright R-rated easter eggs have found their way into Disney productions.
Most notably, in the 1995 VHS release of The Lion King, a scene which shows Simba lay down, upheaving leaves, briefly spelled out the word “Sex,” or at least that’s what people claimed to see.
In 1993, during one scene in Aladdin, Chaos ensues, and at one point, Aladdin and Jasmine are standing on top of an elephant when one of the villains jabs it in the rear with something sharp.The animal shakes leaving Jasmine and Aladdin shocked, before the Genie quips: “I thought the earth wasn’t supposed to move until the honeymoon?” according to The U.S. Sun.
There are plenty of other inappropriate jokes throughout the history of Disney and Pixar, most slight and nods to the adult audience accompanying their children to the movies. However, as pointed out by the original poster, this one was more egregious, much like references to the “all teenagers take their clothes off” and other sexual references in Aladdin.
‘Frozen 2’ is For Kids, So Why the Drawing?
Obviously, kids adore Frozen. The franchise has garnered heavy popularity since its inception, and there’s absolutely no way that Disney isn’t aware the impact any sort of messaging could have on audiences at impressionable ages.
The series is so popular with children that it’s even become part of holiday celebrations, offering a new show called Letters to Santa: Frozen II in places like Orlando that includes milk and cookies.
It’s difficult to assume the reasoning behind creating such a drawing or why it would be overlooked in the final production of Into the Unknown: The Making of Frozen II. In fact, we can’t really derive anything without assuming.
However, the safest assumption is that it was simply a joke that was overlooked in post-production of the documentary series.
Have you ever noticed any other inappropriate jokes or scenes in Disney films?