‘Frozen 2’: Kristen Bell Reveals the Biggest Differences Between the Disney Sequel And the Original

It’s the holiday event of the season, at least as far as young children are concerned. Frozen 2 was debuted in theaters to a spectacular opening weekend that’s likely to only continue through the holiday season. If you haven’t seen it yet, Kristen Bell explains what you need to know about the differences between the sequel and the original Frozen film.

‘Frozen 2’ is now in theaters

The latest Disney animated film is Frozen 2. The sequel to the original 2013 film was a long time in the making, but it has finally arrived. It brings back the original characters: Sisters Anna (Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel), Kristoff (Jonathan Gross) and his reindeer Sven, and, naturally, Olaf (Josh Gad) the sentient snowman.

Many details of the sequel were kept under wraps for quite some time. But over the past year or so, we’ve learned a lot about what’s to come, including the journey taken by the main crew, as well as the new characters, voiced by the likes of Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, and more

Star Kristen Bell breaks down the themes of ‘Frozen’

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You’ll recall that the first movie was really focusing on the relationship between Elsa and Anna. Bell elaborates on this in an interview with Variety, saying it was about “an intimate problem — the walls between them, breaking them down.”

“We explored these ideas that had never really been brought to the surface before: The idea of familial love and self-love,” Bell explained. “Which, dare I say, are more important to introduce to people than romantic love.”

She continued, saying “In the first movie, they were sort of looking towards each other and encouraging one another to be who they are, and have Elsa know that her powers are a part of her and not be scared of how powerful she is.”

How ‘Frozen 2’ is different

So what’s different in Frozen 2? “The second movie is much like when you leave the house for the first time at 18. When you’re out of your nest. Because we’re in Arrendale for ten clocked minutes and then we’re out in this enchanted forest. We’re experiencing things we never saw before,” said Bell.

She continued, “Everyone’s changing, and that’s what the big, bad world does to people. But there’s still this fierce sense of loyalty between the sisters. But in this one, Anna, my character, gets a lot more of the self-discovery that Elsa was able to get in the first film. She develops and sort of learns who she is and deals a lot with her codependency.”

Why she loved the premiere

Kristen Bell attends the world premiere of Disney's 'Frozen 2'
Kristen Bell attends the world premiere of Disney’s ‘Frozen 2’ | Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Though Bell did not bring her own children to the premiere, she did say it was “electric” to see the film with an audience full of kids. “The high you get off kids that are enjoying life — it’s something we lose as adults and it’s something we don’t really talk about.”

There was one specific child at the premiere that she spoke about, who was able to come via a raffle Bell organized with the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund. “The most excellent little girl I’ve ever met named Mia came. And she was dressed in full Anna [costume], and she sat next to me. She talked from the moment the movie started until the end of the credits. But I got to go through her narration… it felt like I was floating,” said Bell.