Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Letting It Go One More Time

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Earlier this morning (March 12th), Disney announced plans for a highly anticipated sequel to their 2013 blockbuster film Frozen. John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios made the announcement at Walt Disney Co.’s annual shareholders meeting alongside Disney chief Bob Iger and Josh Gad, the voice of one of Frozen’s characters. Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are returning to direct the project with the assistance of producer Peter Del Vecho. Although fans and critics have been anticipating this announcement for months now, this is the first confirmation from Disney regarding a Frozen sequel.

Disney’s Frozen franchise has become a juggernaut for the company. Armed with an endearing story and a collection of uplifting music, the film garnered nearly $1.3 billion dollars while on screens across the globe and has given birth to wide variety of merchandise. The film received two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez’s “Let It Go” performed by Idina Menzel) as well as several Golden Globes and Grammy Awards. The film’s soundtrack performed equally well, topping the Billboard 200 Albums chart and storming the Billboard Hot 100 with wintery cuts. The film’s most successful single, Menzel’s “Let It Go” peaked at number 5 on the Hot 100.

A short film titled Frozen Fever will be making its debut in theaters alongside Disney’s live action retelling of Cinderella on March 13.  This winter fans were treated to an ice show inspired by the film.  The film is also in the process of being adapted into a musical adaptation.  Little news has been released regarding process on the musical since the announcement of the move to Broadway in early 2014.  President of Disney Theatrical Group Thomas Schumacher stated “it doesn’t need to be fast.  It needs to be great,” regarding the process of transitioning the film to the stage.

At this point there is no official news regarding the casting for the Frozen sequel, possible plot points, or the film’s release date.  It is assumed that the film’s leading characters, sisters Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) and Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) will be making a return to the film.  No matter what, this is exciting news for fans of the film and franchise.

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