Here’s Why Kristoff’s Storyline in ‘Frozen 2’ is So Revolutionary, According to Kristen Bell

Frozen 2 is the most popular animated movie at the moment. It’s the highly-anticipated sequel to Frozen, and both set so many box office records. While there were a couple of standout songs with the first film like “Let It Go” and “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” this film has many. Each character gets their own time to shine in a song, and Kristoff, in particular, has a vulnerable moment.

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Jonathan Groff at the 'Frozen 2' European premiere.
Jonathan Groff at the ‘Frozen 2’ European premiere | Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

‘Frozen 2’ is a great representation for male emotion

While on the View in November, Bell touched on how Frozen really hit on the love between sisters Anna and Elsa, but Anna and Kristoff take more center stage this time. And according to Kristen Bell, Kristoff’s storyline is revolutionary and important. “Everyone talks about how Anna and Elsa are represented as women and I — dare I say — I think it’s more important the things they’ve done with Kristoff.”

The whole film, Kristoff is trying to propose to Anna and just can’t seem to catch a break. To make matters worse, there’s major miscommunication between Anna and him when Elsa needs to head further into the forest to find Ahtohallan. He thinks that she purposely left him with the Northundral, and it just makes him even more insecure about their relationship and her feelings for him.  

Jonathan Groff, Kristen Bell, and Sterling K. Brown pose for a selfie at Disney's D23 Expo 2019 for 'Frozen 2.'
Jonathan Groff, Kristen Bell, and Sterling K. Brown at Disney’s D23 Expo 2019 for ‘Frozen 2’ | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

“Kristoff is having some huge feelings and he’s giving in to them in this amazing, cheesy way,” Bell said, referring to “Lost in the Woods,” Jonathan Groff’s solo.

“Lost in the Woods” lets Kristoff pine for Anna in a way men usually don’t

Another reason why Kristoff’s storyline is so subversive is the way he talks about Anna and his love for her. “Someone made the point yesterday actually that oftentimes it’s girls that are singing about pining after a man and the frustration of not being able to express it or the man has left and now they’re alone singing about it,” Groff said at a press conference for the movie in November. “Like the first Frozen and this Frozen in many ways, it inverts that. So here’s a man pining after a woman trying to come to terms with his emotions and sing about it.”

Co-songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez also talked about how this is a more unique way to show a man’s feelings. “Men being able to sing an ‘I Want’ song is very, very hard,” she said. “Unless they are orphans, new to the country saying, ‘I’m not giving away my shot,’ it’s very hard to have a man sit down and go here’s who I am, here’s what I want. We deal with this all the time.”

Kristoff is a very supportive partner 

On top of Kristoff dealing with his emotions, Bell also notes two lines that he has that highlights how supportive he is of Anna. “There’s two lines that pinpoint why I love his representation in this movie,” Bell said.

Number one, he rescues Anna from something dangerous in the midst of battle. He swoops her up and the first thing he says to her is, ‘I’m here, what do you need?’ He doesn’t say, ‘I’ve got you, stand back.’ He says, ‘I’m here, what do you need? 

— Kristen Bell, The View

And at the end of the film, when they reconcile, Kristoff accepts Anna’s apology, saying, “It’s okay, my love is not fragile.”

Kristoff is a very developed character and gets a chance to shine in Frozen 2. For fans of Groff and the character, it’s a pretty big moment. And results in a very good song.