It’s funny. When Disney first started promoting Frozen, the studio went with a poster design that tried to hide that its heroes were girls, by burying them in snow. Who’d have thunk it? Audiences didn’t just turn out for a tale of two sisters, they made Frozen a phenomenon that broke box office records, busted onto Billboard charts, and even toppled Barbie. So news that Disney has deigned to make a Frozen sequel can be filed under “No shit, Sherlock.”
The news was unveiled at Disney’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders, and spread like wildfire. The salient details are these:
— Frozen co-directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee will return to helm.
— No release date, production schedule or plot has yet been revealed for Frozen 2.
— Josh Gad—who voiced Olaf the adorable, summer-loving snowman—was there to make the announcement along with a slew of suits, suggesting the original cast will return.
— Kristen Bell—who voiced the plucky heroine Anna—is thrilled:
It’s easy to roll your eyes when a sequel is announced to a movie that worked perfectly well as a self-contained story. But as someone who’s seen the new short “Frozen Fever” (which plays before Disney’s live-action Cinderella), I’d say there is room to grow the story of Elsa and Anna. As to where Frozen 2 might go, I’d bet Elsa will get more screen time than she did in the first film, as Elsa merchandise outsells Anna nearly 2 to 1.
Personally, “Frozen Fever” made me crave more scenes of the girls together. Maybe Disney could develop an adventure that has the spontaneous Anna and the type-A Elsa joining forces on a road trip/quest. Of course with Olaf in tow for giggles and jaunty song numbers.
In the meantime, enjoy this sneek peak at “Frozen Fever”: