Frozen II - 2019
Age-appropriateness: Many references and explanations of godlike, magical spirits. Some scary imagery. Complex plot and themes. More “mature” than the first Frozen installment.
Overview: Elsa tries to find her calling and purpose as she and Anna try to understand their past. Their love endures through darkness, leading to transformation on many fronts.
Themes: siblings, calling, purpose, love, growing up, loyalty, change, darkness, transformation, marriage, spirituality
The Quick 3
Ask these quick questions to hit the major themes of the film.
1. Spirituality. Do you think any of the magic that you saw in the movie was real? Do you think there are spirits that do actually exist?
The magical spirits in the move (earth, air, fire, and water) are not real. However, there is a spiritual component to our life. Once we start following Jesus, God gives us the Holy Spirit to live inside of our hearts.
2. Jesus. How does Jesus connect us to God?
The fifth spirit is said to be a bridge between nature and mankind. In a way, Jesus is kind of like a bridge as well. He’s a bridge that connects us and God. Our sins separate us from God, so Jesus took the consequence for us, paying the penalty for our mistakes. Now, because of Jesus, there is a “bridge" for us to be with God again, forever!
3. Transformation. How can our lives be transformed by Jesus?
Olaf refers to “transformation” multiple times. Transformation is a “dramatic change in a person or a thing".
After The Movie Discussion Guide
Follow this 5-10 minute discussion guide to drive an in-depth conversation.
1. Anna and Elsa are two sisters who support each other and love one another always. How close are you to your siblings (or closest friends)? Do you ever feel like you shut them out? How can you show your love and gratitude for them this week?
2. Kristoff tries to propose to Anna throughout the movie. In Ephesians 5, husbands are told to love their wives like Jesus loves the people who follow Him. And He loved them so much that He died for them. Did you realize that next to Jesus, a spouse is the most important human relationship that someone could have? What questions do you have about marriage?
3. There are many magical spirits in the enchanted forest. The forest is influenced by four elemental categories: earth, air, fire, and water. This is a fictional part of the story - the magical spirits are not real. However, there is a spiritual component to our life. For instance, once we start following Jesus, God gives us the Holy Spirit to live inside of our hearts. 1 John 4:4 says "But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” How do you feel, knowing that the power of God can live inside you, helping and guiding your life?
Parent resource: How to Talk to Your Kids about Magic.
4. The fifth spirit is said to be a bridge between nature and mankind. In a way, Jesus is kind of like a bridge as well. He’s a bridge that connects us and God. Our sins, the mistakes and decisions we make that go against God’s best plan for us, separate us from God. This is because God is perfect and He cannot sin. But Jesus loves us so much that He was willing to take the consequence for our sins. And now, only because of Jesus, we have a bridge that allows us to be with God - and we’ll be with Him forever, in heaven, where everything is perfect and it never ends! Does the idea of "Jesus being a bridge between us and God” change the way you view Him?
5. Olaf refers to “transformation” multiple times. Transformation is a “dramatic change in a person or a thing". The forest and the characters transformed - they became totally different. When we give our hearts to Jesus and start following Him, our lives are transformed. Our lives change and will never be the same. Read 2 Corinthians 3:18. How is your life transformed because of Jesus?
Minute By Minute Guide
Use this break down of the entire movie in addition to the “After the Movie” discussion guide. Great for repeat viewings.
:06 “The Northuldra”. Anna and Elsa’s mom sings them a song about their past and where they came from. Do you have any questions about your upbringing? What do you remember most about where you grew up?
:09 “Some Things Never Change”. What has changed in your life recently? What do you hope never changes?
:17 “Into the Unknown”. Elsa feels called to a new area of her life, but she isn’t sure what it will look like. She decides to go after it anyway. Do you ever feel like you should go somewhere or do something? Your “calling” is the unique reason that God put you on this Earth. There are times God calls us to unknown places or situations. Following our calling might be scary/uncomfortable. Where do you think God might be calling you?
:23 The troll says, “When one can’t see the future, all they can do is the next right thing”. When you are uncertain about what to do, how can you simply focus on doing the next right thing?
:30 “When I’m Older”. Olaf dreams about growing up and how he will mature. He thinks that everything will make sense when he’s older. Read 1 Samuel 2:26 ("Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew taller and grew in favor with the Lord and with the people.”). As you grow taller, how might you grow in favor with the Lord and with other people?
:46 Anna reminds Elsa that the goal is “to find the voice, the truth, and then to go home.” In John 14:6, Jesus calls Himself “the truth”. Read John 10:1-5. Jesus explains that He is the Good Shepherd and his sheep are able to recognize His voice and follow Him. Have you gotten to know Jesus well enough to recognize His Words? Do you know Jesus well enough to know His heart and what He wants for your life?
:50 “Lost in the Woods”. Kristoff feels lost in his journey with Anna. He’s confused and not sure who he is or what to do next. Have you ever felt lost like this? How were you able to determine where to go and what to do?
:57 Anna begs Elsa not to go to Ahtahollan on her own. They both want to protect each other. Each sister shows a ton of loyalty for one another. Loyalty means “showing trust and constant support for someone". Who are you most loyal to? How might you protect that person?
1:03 “Show Yourself”. Elsa feels at home at Ahtahollan, eager to learn about her past. She’s excited to learn about her purpose in life. Why do you think God created you specifically? What makes you unique and special compared to everyone on earth? What do you feel you were put on this earth to do?
1:08 Elsa says, “fear is what can’t be trusted.” What are you afraid of? Why do you think that fear can’t be trusted?
1:12 Olaf begins to flurry away. He explains that love is permanent. What must Anna be feeling right now? 1 Corinthians 13:8 explains that love will last forever. What do you think this means? How can love last forever?
1:15 “The Next Right Thing”. Anna is feeling grief in the middle of darkness. She feels lonely, cold, directionless, and empty. Have you ever felt this way? God is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit (Ps. 34:18). Anna says she will just stumble towards the light. We should do the same: when we feel sad, lonely, and in the middle of darkness, run towards Jesus (our Light) and he will be there for you.
1:21 Anna makes the decision to do the right thing, even when it’s difficult. She made the incredibly difficult choice to be willing to sacrifice her home, Arendelle, in order to make things right. Anna has integrity. Having integrity means “doing the right thing, even when it’s hard”. When was the last time it was really hard for you to do the right thing?
1:24 Anna is reunited with Elsa. Anna sees Elsa coming at her on the water as she waited by the shore. Peter, a follower of Jesus, experienced something like this. Read Matthew 14:25-33. When Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he was saved. How can you keep focusing on Jesus, even with scary things (like the wind and waves) all around you?
1:26 Olaf comes back to life. How do you think everyone feels, seeing Olaf alive again when they thought he was gone forever? When Jesus came back to life on Easter Sunday, the people who loved Him had trouble believing it at first. But once they realized it was truly Him, their entire lives were changed! They were so happy and went around telling everyone about Jesus. Do you believe that Jesus came back to life after dying? Who can you go and tell about it?