"Love Casts Out Fear"
What You Need To Know:
FROZEN II provides exceptional, funny, exciting entertainment, with powerful plot points, great animation and a beautiful soundtrack. The movie has a somewhat allegorical Christian, moral worldview. It exalts sacrifice, doing the right thing, friendship, marriage, prayer, and knowing truth. Media-wise viewers will also appreciate how the characters combat fear with love. FROZEN II contains magic, spiritism and politically correct elements, but the redemptive elements eventually take precedence. A few scenes in FROZEN II might scare some younger children. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for young viewers.
Media Wise Questions for FROZEN II
By Evy Carroll and Dr. Ted Baehr
- How is magic viewed in this movie?
- How did Ana help her sister?
- What kind of role models, positive and negative, are the main characters?
- Who is the hero? And, who is the villain? And, how do their character traits agree with a biblical hero or villain?
- Do the moral statements and themes agree with a biblical worldview?
- How are Christians, religion, the church, the Bible, and God portrayed?
- Who is God in the movie?
- How is civilization portrayed?
- Are people in the movie fallen and need salvation?
- How appropriate is this material for my family and me?
FROZEN II is a sweet animated sequel that follows Queen Elsa and her younger sister, Princess Ana, as they venture to learn about their past and unlock the secrets of an enchanted forest. FROZEN II provides exceptional, funny entertainment, with exciting plot points, great animation and a beautiful soundtrack. FROZEN II has a strong moral worldview about doing the right thing and showcases a few allegorical Christian themes of sacrifice and love casting out fear, but a few scenes might scare younger children and some of the elements are politically correct or pagan.
FROZEN II begins with Anna and Elsa as young girls. As the pair plays before bedtime, even foreshadowing Anna’s desire to get married, their parents, the Queen and King of Arendelle, come into tuck them in for bed and tell them a story. Once, there was an enchanted forest that was home to the four elemental spirits, earth, water, air, and fire. One day, the King and the soldiers of Arendelle went to befriend the people who lived in the northern forest. The Arendelle soldiers built a dam in the forest to help conserve their resources and bring peace to the native people. One day, however, things went array, and the forest and all who were in it started to battle against one another. Then, the forest closed its borders with a thick mist.
Cut to present day. Queen Elsa now reigns over Arendelle with her sister, Princess Anna, by her side. Elsa slowly begins to hear a voice no one else can hear. One evening, a ferocious gust of wind threatens the safety of the Arendelle people. Elsa and Anna bring everyone to safety in the hills nearby and set off with Christophe, Sven the reindeer and Olaf the talking snowman, to see about the voice that only Elsa can hear and investigate the changes in weather.
The gang comes upon the mist that surrounds the Enchanted Forrest. With the help of Elsa’s freezing powers, they break through the barriers and meet both the native people of the Enchanted Forest and the Arendelle soldiers trapped inside the forest’s walls. Later, a fire breaks out in the forest and separates Anna and Elsa from Sven and Christophe. Meanwhile, Elsa still hears the voice beckoning her to venture further.
Elsa and Anna find a shipwreck along the coastline. As they explore, they realize it was the ship their parents took to get to a remote island and learn the truth about their Elsa’s magical powers to freeze things. While onboard the wreckage, Elsa and Anna piece together that there’s a fifth spirit. Could that be the voice Elsa hears?
Elsa fashions a frozen boat for Anna and Olaf that takes them in the opposite direction as her to protect them from the dangers of the unknown she will soon face. Anna is frustrated because Else promised they would stick together. Anna and Olaf wind up coming across the paths of Earth Giants and barely make it to safety.
Now, with all the characters separated, how will they ever find their way back to each other?
FROZEN II provides exceptional, funny, exciting entertainment. It has powerful plot points, great animation and a beautiful soundtrack. The voice actors bring the lovable characters to life, with Josh Gad stealing many of the comical scenes as Olaf. Viewers will find themselves singing many of the new tunes after seeing this charming sequel.
FROZEN II has a somewhat allegorical Christian, moral worldview. It exalts sacrifice, doing the right thing, friendship, marriage, and even mentions the need for prayer, and the need for knowing truth. Media-wise viewers will also appreciate how the characters combat fear with love which the Bible calls us to do. The way in which the movie bridges the division between the supernatural magical world in the story and the human beings living in the natural world is ultimately redemptive, although children should be informed about the dangers of spiritism. There’s even a call to pray for safety at one point as well as another prayer. Like TOY STORY 4 released earlier this year, also from Disney, FROZEN II features several moral, politically incorrect moments where Christophe pursues Anna to be his bride and isn’t afraid to show his feelings and tenderness toward her. Also, many characters display patriotism for their land.
FROZEN II has some subtle environmentalist elements about having respect for nature, but the emphasis is mainly on people caring for the land where they live. In fact, in one scene it becomes clear that a comment by some characters that they only trust nature is wrong. FROZEN II contains some talk about magic and animistic spirits behind earth, air, water, and fire, but the redemptive elements mentioned above eventually take precedence and resolve the plot problem. Finally, a few scenes with high stakes and jeopardy might scare some younger children. Furthermore, there are clear politically correct elements, such as the duplicitous grandfather patriarch, but the Father and Christophe are great male role models.
It should be noted, that the northern people in Scandinavia, known as Laps or Sami, had a Christian revival in 1907 and still come together every ten years for Christian revival preaching and teaching. In this regard, they realized that their pagan spiritism was as self-destructive and culturally corrosive to them as to other spiritism native cultures. A great book about a culture being delivered from the horrors of spiritism is Spirit of the Rainforest: A Yanomamo Shaman’s Story by Mark Andrew Ritchie about some indigenous people of the amazon. Also, the diversity in the movie is contrary to the facts of the Scandinavian cultures in the past, although it provides a fictional breadth to the movie.
So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for children and suggests that you have media wise conversations with your children.