Disney Has a Special Look Into a New Song from 'Frozen II,' an Elsa Ballad Called "Into the Unknown"

Marisa LaScala
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From Good Housekeeping

For the longest time, details about Frozen II have been beyond scarce. Ever since Frozen came out way back in 2013, we've been clamoring for more information about the world of Arendelle and the people who live in it. That's a long time to wait!

Now that we've had a few glimpses of what's to come, we're finally getting a few details. Plot details have been loosely sketched out, new characters are coming to light, and people are combing the teaser trailer, the first full trailer — which was the most-watched animated trailer of all time — and now a second tailer and sneak peek to come up with their own theories about what's going on. Here's everything we know so far about Frozen II — and we don't have to wait much longer for the rest of it, because the movie's release date is November 22, 2019.

It tells the story behind Elsa's powers.

According to Disney, this is the official plot summary of Frozen II — a big deal, because this was a secret for a long time. The official plot summary is this:

"Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she'll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In Frozen, Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In Frozen II, she must hope they are enough."

Okay, intriguing. But I need to know more! Variety reports that — and this might be heading into vague spoiler territory here — the film begins when Anna and Elsa are young, and their father tells them a bedtime story, "from his youth, when the young prince himself visited an enchanted elemental forest, before something went horribly wrong and he was quickly brought back to Arendelle. Since then, there has been a disconnect between the people of the town and the elements: Air, fire, water and earth." In the most recent trailer, the father also talks of a forest where no one can get in or out.

Okay, so Elsa has to go on a journey, find the forest, and re-unite the elements an the people, do some magic, meet other creatures and beings who can also do magic, and get the whole thing — to quote a different Disney movie — working in perfect harmony again. Simple, right?

Most of the big characters are are returning — but not all of them.

Of course, Elsa and Anna are back. It wouldn't be Frozen without them, really. And their voices will still be provided by the irreplaceable Idina Menzel (Elsa) and Kristen Bell (Anna). And joining them will be Kristoff, who will still be played by Jonathan Groff, and Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad.

One notable name not on that list? Hans, who was played in the first film by Santino Fontana. It's not clear if he's going to return; Hans isn't in the trailers, and reports about Fontana's involvement have been mixed. On the one hand, it makes sense: Hans — spoiler alert, if your kids haven't recounted the plot of Frozen to you 1,000 times in breathless detail — should still be rotting away in the Arendelle dungeon since he, you know, tried to assassinate the Queen. But Fontana has such a nice voice, it'd almost be a shame if he doesn't get to cameo.

Then again, he might? Are they trying to keep his appearance a secret? When Josh Gad, who plays Olaf, posted a photo of the Frozen II cast on Instagram, he tagged Fontana. But he also tagged a stuffed version of the reindeer, Sven, as The Rock — and he tagged Fontana in what is clearly a photo of Jonathan Groff — so he might just be kidding around. He's a funny guy. Fontana himself hasn't posted any of his own Frozen II promos. Then again, he's got his hands full, starring in a Broadway adaptation of the movie Tootsie (and he won a Tony Award for it!) and preparing for a new baby.

Some newbies are joining the cast.

Variety reports that two new, exciting actors have joined the Frozen II cast: Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown. Fantastic! We love them. But ... we have no idea who they will play, or what they will do.

Fans who watched the teaser trailer carefully spotted a reddish-haired girl in one shot — could that be Wood's character? The trailer doesn't offer any clues, but people are speculating online about whether she'll have airy, autumnal powers to match Elsa's watery, wintry ones.

Plus, there's a sparkling horse!

If there's one thing the full trailer has over the teaser trailers, it's that there's much more magical horseplay going on. The synopsis already hints that there will be more powers at use in the movie, but nothing makes that more plain than a glittering pony. So, what is it?

According to ScreenRant, the horse is a Nokk, which is based on something talked about in German legends: "Elsa encounters a Nokk — a mythical water spirit that takes the form of a horse — who uses the power of the ocean to guard the secrets of the forest." So basically, there are so many powers surrounding Arendelle, and Frozen only gave us a taste — and Frozen II gets to dive in.

It will have its own bring-down-the-house musical number.

Because, let's face it, my daughter has been playing "Let It Go" on repeat for years, and it's time to expand the playlist. Good news for me: Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the duo behind "Let It Go" (and also "Remember Me" from Coco, tears) are returning with some new earworms.

CinemaBlend reports that there are four new songs already in the works. And Disney is letting us listen to one of the ahead of time, a song called "Into the Unknown." It's another Elsa ballad. Take a look.

What do you think? Does it have the chops of "Let It Go?" Or is it at least as good as "First Time in Forever?" (Poor Anna. She sings most of the song in Frozen, but she's forever upstaged by her icy sister. Let's cross our fingers she gets a banger this time around, too.) Hopefully, at least one of the new songs will dislodge "Let It Go" from the most-listened spot on the ol' kid playlist. After all, the past is in the past.

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