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Frozen 2: why Elsa's past is vital for her journey beyond Arendelle


It’s almost the end of 2019, but one of the most anticipated films of the year is still to come. Frozen 2 is out in November, and we don’t need to remind you that it’s the sequel to the global Disney sensation, one that taught everyone to let it go.

There is a lot of hype surrounding this film, but surprisingly not a lot has been revealed in the trailers. But there is a lot to speculate over. The biggest tease in the trailer is the meaning and history of Elsa’s powers, with hints that Elsa’s past is vital to the upcoming adventure.

What is lurking in Elsa's past that is so important? Scroll down beneath the poster to find out...

Frozen 2 Disney movie poster

Introducing Elsa and Anna’s parents

Angarr, King of Arendelle and Iduna, Queen of Arendelle, appear to have significant roles in Frozen 2. They were mentioned very briefly during the introduction to Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) in the first Frozen, but soon afterwards both parents died at sea, leaving Elsa to become Queen of Arendelle.

The parental sequences in the Frozen 2 trailer are clearly flashbacks, as Anna and Elsa are shown as children, which isn't just a device that plays on the heartstrings but a possible indication that past and present are about to intersect. And the seemingly concerned look on Iduna’s face implies there’s more going on than meets the eye…

Are their parents alive?

Could both Angarr and Iduna still be alive? Why were we introduced to the King and Queen in the first film, albeit very briefly, if they weren’t going to be important later on? If they’re still alive, could they be trapped somewhere and in need of rescue? It is probably the most far-fetched theory, but it would be the sort of plot twist that gets Frozen fans talking.

Were Elsa’s parents also magical?

Hear us out. At the beginning of Frozen, we see young Elsa and Anna playing with the former’s magical powers (which, in the process, creates summer-loving snowman Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad).

When Anna accidentally gets hurt by Elsa’s magic, their father Angarr knows exactly how to help her. The family take the stricken child to the trolls who help her with a spell – but how did Angarr know how to heal Anna? Maybe he’s witnessed this magic before, or maybe he has the same abilities as Elsa?

Angarr is the one who gives her gloves, to “conceal, don’t feel, don’t let it show”, in reference to the potentially devastating nature of her powers. Did he know that gloves can help control Elsa's powers because that’s how he learnt too?

In the recent trailer, we also see Papa tell his young daughters a story of his childhood in a flashback. In it he talks about an enchanted forest and we see his childhood, witnessing magic for the first time. This is inevitably going to be important, potentially tying family history to a quest of self-discovery.


Fighting against the waves again

In the first trailer for Frozen 2, we saw Elsa battle against the waves by freezing them with her abilities. She keeps trying to fight the sea, as if she’s training or trying to figure something out.

This is intriguing enough, but even more so when you remember that Elsa and Anna’s parents died at sea – it’s almost like she is fighting the very thing that killed her parents. Could the death of her mother and father, and her magic abilities, be linked in some way?

Is Anna magical too?

Anna survived her heart being frozen once before, so is this an indication that she has her own sort of magical strength? If Anna has powers too, this could mean there is a whole magical family tree within the Frozen universe, expanding not just on Elsa’s past but also her own.

As you can see, the past is just as important as the present in Frozen 2, and it promises to impact Anna, Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Sven and Olaf too. Exactly what is in Elsa's past will remain a mystery until the film’s release on 22nd November.

Nadine Shambrook is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.