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The Elsa ‘Frozen’ Trailer We’ve All Been Waiting For!

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Finally! Disney fans have been clamoring for weeks for a trailer that shows the formerly eponymous Snow Queen, Elsa, in all her glory. Well, the wait was worth it because the Elsa Frozen trailer is finally here.

Playbill got the exclusive trailer, which not coincidentally is the first trailer to showcase the film’s incredible songs by songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Elsa and songs in one trailer? I think I may just die and go to snow heaven.

Watch the trailer below or here:


Trailer Breakdown

Alright, so first off, we hear an ominous-sounding narrator introducing the film’s main conflict in a storybook-like rhyme: “In Arendelle’s fair kingdom, a ruler did appear. Born with a power so great, alone she stayed in fear. Although the force was hidden, one day she let it go. And all the land was covered in eternal ice and snow.” From this simple introduction, the viewer understands that this is a fairytale that we’ve come to love and expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

I also love the internal conflict we see within Elsa from the very beginning. During the coronation and her icy powers begin to slip out while holding the royal sceptre and globus cruciger as we hear her say, “Get it together. Control it.” We even get a glimpse of little Elsa at 0:17, hiding in her room as ice radiates around her. Obviously, hiding these powers have been a nonstop challenge and battle for her entire life.



We see Elsa flee and it finally became clear to me what was happening in this scene. Elsa is running away from Arendelle on the water, each step she takes on the water turns to ice, allowing her to safely cross without falling in. How cool is that?! She also begins to unleash her powers in front of the kingdom residents, to their horror.







We also get to see how important gloves are to containing Elsa’s powers (much like Rogue from X-men). After Elsa flees, we see her discard the gloves and they float into the wind, ultimately signifying that she is ready to “Let It Go.”


We then move into the Kristoff, Anna, Sven, and Olaf traveling scenes, which help to lighten up the mood. I love the part where Olaf (unbeknownst to Anna and Kristoff) is walking behind them and says, “I bet she’s the nicest person ever.” Anna and Kristoff turn around, thinking Sven just starting talking, and Sven makes the goofiest face.


While Elsa is out of the picture and in hiding, we still see scenes of her: creating Olaf, hiding, using her powers.  The second half of the trailer features some reused footage from the first theatrical trailer: feisty pants Anna, the attacking wolves, Olaf’s unicorn nose. Although, we are also introduced another interesting plot line: Anna’s hair progressively becoming more and more white. She starts out with a simple white streak, then that expands, until finally her whole head is white. Another comedic moment happens when Kristoff says, “Your hair. It’s turning white.” Anna replied, “Does it look bad?” To which Kristoff slightly pauses before answering, which Olaf joyfully calls out. We also We see Olaf dancing with the, until now, nonexistent trolls.





Hans also appears a lot more in this trailer. We get to see a tender moment between Prince Hans and a vulnerable Anna. Then we see Hans barging into Elsa’s ice fortress and then pleading with her “to stop the winter, please.” To which Elsa replied, “Can’t you see? I can’t.” I also am pretty fond of Elsa’s fall, which has become the staple move of Disney heroines during distressing times.



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The saddest part of the trailer is seeing Elsa captive in prison, bound by chains. But then the title cards say that “Family is the strongest magic of all.” So hopefully, Anna will come to her rescue.



Also, you’re not an official Disney princess until you do the classic “Disney princess fall.” You know what I’m talking about: that moment in every Disney princess film where the heroine falls down in despair, completely overcome. Snow White did it after escaping the scary forest, Aurora did it after learning she couldn’t meet Prince Phillip, and even Cinderella did it after her dress was destroyed and she couldn’t go to the ball. Well, looks like Elsa does it too!



The Music


We finally get to hear a bit of Anna’s song “For The First Time in Forever”, which thankfully sounds nothing like “For Always and Forever” from The Swan Princess. It’s a charming song that even features a little bit of a duet with Elsa. Kristen Bell definitely has that sweet-sounding Princess singing voice we’ve come to love over the years.

The trailer claims this is the “Greatest Animated Event…since The Lion King.” Wow. That is a really high standard. Let’s hope it lives up to that promise.


Final Thoughts

The trailer really does a fantastic job portraying the more serious plot elements, while balancing that with the humor that his “comedy adventure” has.

Frozen opens in theatres November 27, 2013.

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About Morgan Stradling

Morgan is a native of Arizona and is a desert rat who loves the heat--she doesn’t even turn on the AC in her car in the middle of the summer! She loves big eyeliner, Survivor, Lady Gaga, and, of course, animated films. She has her MBA in Marketing from ASU and now works as a Product Manager for a tech company. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
  • I have a feeling this may be one of my favorite movies of all time.

    • Me too! I’m starting believe all the hype that this movie is “this generation’s Beauty and the Beast.”

      • I agree! Maybe Disney knew what they were doing by waiting till the last minute to give us info about the film.

  • Max den Hartog

    LOVE IT! I think we can all say this is the best trailer YET. I loved Elsa and the parts with her, Idina Menzel did an amazing job and I think Elsa will be one of my favorite Disney characters. ‘For the first time in forever’ sounded fun and I’m excited to hear more from the music. I think this movie will be so emotional, that part with Elsa locked up 🙁

  • I have no words.

  • Alex

    I am crying. That song at the end is stellar. This movie is gonna be amazing. Just, wow. The music, the animation, the characters, the story. Simply stunning.

  • JayEllCee12


  • JayEllCee12

    …Let me elaborate. This is the trailer I’ve been waiting for ever since I found out about this movie, and I’m SO happy with it. It’s got the serious plot-driven ELSA-centered part, and yeah, there’s some comedy with Olaf, but hey, Olaf’s not annoying so let’s shut up about how he is. AND THEN THE SONG STARTED AND I JUST – while writing this, I’ve only seen it once (that’s about to change in about…30.5 seconds), and I already have the first line of that new song in my head – that is how memorable Robert Lopez’s music is.
    Could not be happier, and I just want the movie right now, I can’t take it any longer!!! Maybe I should take a breather or something…or watch the trailer again, I don’t know.

  • PabloRuiz7

    *The Song starts* *Every Rotoscopers staff member or reader dies*

    • Mayra Amaya

      Oh boy….I WAS excited with the first trailer…But I am once again un-excited. You guys have permission to curse me out now.

      • PabloRuiz7

        As Zazu says (about black sheep) “There’s one in every family”

        • Mayra Amaya

          I will happily accept this nomination for “Black Sheep of The Rotoscopers”.

          • PabloRuiz7

            No nomination needed, you already won! Congrats!

  • Aliscen Khaw

    I DIED! haha i shrieked so hard when i saw elsa SPEAK!(but immediately covered my mout so i don’t wake my parents==) this trailer had everything we wanted, more elsa, song less gags more story! THANK YOU DISNEY!!!!

  • Wow, just wow! “Frozen”, will you marry me?

  • *throws money at the screen*

  • Brianna

    I am so happy right now. I almost cried watching this. DISNEY GIVE IT TO ME PLEASE.

  • Fadi Antwan


  • Not Without

    Woot! Best trailer so far.

  • Ariel

    Awesome! 🙂

  • disneyfanguything

    I love it!!

  • disneyfanguything

    I just started crying and yelped for a minute or so. im still dying in tears….. cant wait that long Disney!

  • Debbie

    I love it! That was amazing! I really like the song and it just looks so awesome to me 😀 I wish this movie was out already.

  • Ember Lily

    I’m actually crying
    This is the trailer I was hoping for!

  • Andy Britton

    This Is Awesome and i can’t wait to see this movie and it looks like it’s gonna be a good one i can tell and i’m very optimistic to see this movie =)

  • Kristina

    I am so sick of the haters whining about Frozen. I refuse to look at tumblr or facebook from here on out, i’ll just be watching this trailer over and over and following the Rotoscopers. What more do people want? Are they seriously just hating to hate? AHH! Driving me nuts. I wish they would have said the greatest event since Beauty and The Beast because to me that’s what it feels like. It is a perfect trailer, I love every character and Elsa speaking up and showing some emotion, she was worth the wait. And THE MUSIC!!! Thanks for the breakdown and I can’t wait for Frozen Friday!

    • Jack t

      Its interesting you mention Tumblr hey, since after Frozen came out they went CRAZY for this film. Its converted the haters, now thats a feat.

  • James

    I didn’t know Avatar Roku was going to be in this movie! XD

    Seriously though, AMAZING trailer! I hold my reservations calling it this generation’s Beauty and the Beast until I see the full film, but it definitely has a shot! 😀

  • Butteryfingers

    *Clap* *Clap* *Clap*… i’m speechless.

  • James

    Someone please tell me I’m not the only one replaying the last 20 seconds over and over to hear the song. 🙂

  • morgen71

    I’m unreasonably excited right now… I may or may not have nearly squeezed my dog to death while watching this and squealing at the top of my lungs…

  • meg

    Wow…this actually feels like a DISNEY trailer. I feel like it could go right before my VHS movie and I wouldn’t even be able to tell it shouldn’t be there xD
    I am so pumped! I always love coming here when something new comes out everyone’s so nice and positive :3

  • Stephanie

    I am no longer in control of my emotions or expectations.

  • killercharlie

    Yay! More Elsa! I like that they focused on the more serious parts of the plot this time. (wish they did that from the start but better late than never?)

    I could feel myself getting really emotional when the song started playing. XD

  • Blake Taylor

    We’re living a moment in history with this one. Can’t wait.

  • H

    EPIC !!!!!!!!

  • Not Without

    I love Elsa’s “Let it Go” reprise in the song.

  • Not Without

    Oh yea, I wanted to point this out. This is the first time in forever.. (like since Pocahontas/Hunchback) when Disney was unafraid to use MUSIC in their trailers.. Amazing. I cannot wait until Lopez get his EGOT. Well done!

  • JustinJun

    I think i’ve watched this trailer more than the other! It’s sooo good. One thing I thought initially is that it showed A LOT and I was disappointed that they showed maybe a little too much. But I do think that it just shows that once we think we “know” the movie, there will definitely be more. And I can’t wait.

  • Marcel

    I saw the trailer yesterday and thought that the rotoscopers will go crazy when they see it. 🙂 the only thing I don’t like is the end when they say it’s the best thing since the lion king. Time will tell if this really is the case.

  • disqus_4f0x2ILDgI

    Whoa, I was absolutely shocked (in a good way) to see the “greatest Disney animated event since The Lion King” line in the trailer. Wow, could this be it? The final confirmation that we are in the Second Renaissance? The parallels are already strong- Tangled = The Little Mermaid, Wreck-It Ralph = Rescuers Down Under and now Frozen = Beauty and the Beast!

  • Brandon Kelly

    This trailer really felt like a classic Disney musical. I can’t wait! Elsa will be the greatest new disney character.

  • Karen

    Hey guys check out Demi Lovato’s version of “let it go”! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGlb71bae_I

  • Well, I’m actually much more excited, after several quite disappointing trailers. Olaf makes a lot more sense in this context. And the music was really exciting!

  • Tyronne

    What powered water fountains in those days?

  • JustinJun

    Rewatched the trailer (the video at the very top of they article) and what happened to the audio at 1:45?