Frozen came out back in 2013 and even though it has been a few years, it feels like the movie just came out last week. The movie has retained a rabid fan base of seemingly all ages and it is still pretty hard to avoid hearing "Let It Go" every now and again. That being the case it is no surprise at all that Disney is working on Frozen 2, but some fans may have been expecting the movie to be coming out already. Don't fear, because it is happening.
Even if nobody from the original wanted to do a Frozen sequel, it seems likely that Disney would find a way to make it happen. Frozen is not only the highest-grossing animated movie of all time, but according to Box Office Mojo, it is the ninth highest grossing movie ever. Period. With a total take of $1.27 billion worldwide, there is almost no way Disney was going to let the franchise end with a single movie.
Hollywood is very sequel obsessed at the moment and Disney is very good at cranking out a successful sequel. Looking at the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise or any of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies it is easy to wonder why Frozen 2 hasn't already been released. But Disney has had a more difficult road with sequels to their original, animated movies outside of Pixar, which has definitely enjoyed massive success with sequels. Just this year Finding Dory went on to gross more than $1 billion worldwide and was the highest-grossing movie of the year domestically. But Frozen is a special case and the studio will put their resources behind making a Frozen sequel as good as possible.
We have already seen a little bit of the potential that could exist for Frozen 2. When Frozen Forever was released last year in front of Disney's live-action Cinderella, it gave fans a taste of what they can maybe hope for when the sequel finally does arrive. All of the voice cast returned to reprise their roles in the Frozen Forever short, which made it feel authentic but also made fans even more eager to see another full-length movie.
We may not have any specific plot details or anything of that sort, but we do know that Disney has greenlit Frozen 2 and that the movie is being worked on right now. Don't worry Frozen fans, you will soon be able to return to the kingdom of Arendelle to see what Elsa, Anna and Olaf are up to. Here is everything we know about Frozen 2.
Kristen Bell Will be Back as Anna
Unless Disney were going to go the anthology route, Anna is an absolutely essential character to the Frozen franchise. So, it makes total sense that Kristen Bell will be back to reprise her role as Anna in Frozen 2. She committed to the sequel pretty early on, so it seems like she enjoyed making the movie and it wasn't as though Disney had to coax her back. Granted, if for some reason Kristen Bell hadn't wanted to return, they could have tried to recast the role of Anna, but this seems much better. Anna was the emotional center of the first Frozen and Kristen Bell was able to bring a lot to that, so fans will likely be very happy that she is coming back.
Idina Menzel Will be Back as Elsa
While Anna may have been the one we followed during the main journey of Frozen, there is no doubt that Elsa was the character that so many people latched onto. So, it is an absolute no-brainer that Broadway star Idina Menzel will be reprising her role as Elsa in Frozen 2. She couldn't seem to "Let It Go," as it were. One of the most important parts of the first Frozen was the soundtrack. Nobody is going to deny that Kristen Bell can sing, but there is no way of replacing the powerhouse voice of Idina Menzel. Not only that, but it seems like we will get to explore her character a lot more in Frozen 2, given that she won't be burdened by her powers as much and because she and Anna are not at emotional war with one another anymore. Not only that, but in Frozen Forever, we already saw that her character is much more happy, so it will be nice to explore a happy version of Elsa in Frozen 2. No doubt, Disney Princess fans all around the world will be super excited to have Elsa back for Frozen 2.
Josh Gad Will be Back as Olaf
Disney has a very long history of bringing wonderful, lovable sidekicks to the big screen. Especially in their animated movies. One of the best things they did with Frozen was introduce the character of Olaf, arguably one of the most beloved sidekicks in Disney history. Given that Elsa made a point to ensure that Olaf could survive the summer at the end of the first Frozen, it is a sure thing that Josh Gad will be back as Olaf in Frozen 2. Much like Shrek needs Donkey, Frozen is going to absolutely need Olaf moving forward, so it is a very natural that Olaf will back. Not only that, but Josh Gad has continued his good relationship with Disney in the time since Frozen left theaters. He is playing the role of Le Fou in the studio's upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast next year, so Disney clearly likes the guy. Frozen fans love him too, so it will be great to see Olaf back in Frozen 2.
The Original Directors Will be Back
The cast and characters were a really big part of what made Frozen the massive success that it was, but we can't overlook how important that directing was. Frozen was one of the biggest original hits for Disney in ages, so since it isn't broken the studio definitely isn't going to try and fix it. That being the case, co-directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee will be returning for Frozen 2. They were heavily involved in every step of the process in crafting the story of Frozen and most movies pretty much ride or die with their director. So a large percentage of Frozen's success is owed to Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. Not only that, but since they developed and helped to create the first movie, they know the world very well so it would be much easier for them to step in and know where to take the story in Frozen 2. Not that another director couldn't do it, but it seems much more logical to have the original duo back.
The Frozen 2 Release Date
It may be hard to believe, but it has already been three years since the first Frozen came out. Given the massive box office take and the tremendous amount of love from fans one would think that Disney would have already been well into production on Frozen 3. However, that is not the case. Fans are still eagerly awaiting the release of Frozen 2 to see the continuation of Elsa and Anna's story. Disney has yet to announce a release date for the movie yet, but the clock is ticking and we know that the movie is being worked on. Earlier this year while promoting The Boss, Kristen Bell said that she would be heading in to record some of her voice work for Frozen 2 in the near future and made it seem as though the script was finished. Disney hasn't confirmed that the actual production will be starting soon, but we can guess it probably will if it hasn't already. That being said, there is no way the movie will come out in 2017, but it seems almost inconceivable that Frozen 2 won't come out in 2018. That would already put it five years out from the release of the first Frozen. Any later and it starts to make less sense. Get on it, Disney!
They are Taking Their Time With it
In the modern Hollywood landscape, sequels are very often rushed into production if the first movie has any success. In the case of Frozen, the first movie had a record-breaking level of success. As many of us know, just because the first movie is good that does not automatically mean that a sequel will be good and rushing things along certainly won't help. Disney seems to understand that and is allowing Frozen 2 to be developed naturally and isn't rushing things along. In 2015, producer Peter Del Vecho said that "We're excited by the ideas we have, but it's too early to talk about them. We wouldn't be making a sequel if we felt that we didn't have a story to tell that was equal to or greater than the original." That is good news for fans and it is good that the creative team waited for the right idea to come along and didn't force Frozen 2 to happen as a cash grab.
Elsa and Anna's New Looks
If Frozen got one thing right, it was the characters of Elsa and Anna in seemingly every way. Since this is a Disney movie, the look of the characters was very important. If the amount of Halloween costumes, toys and Disney Princess dresses that have been sold with Elsa and Anna on it are any indicator, fans really seemed to love the look. The reason it will probably change for Frozen 2 is because Disney will want to be able to maximize the merchandising potential for the sequel. Girls will beg their parents for the new Elsa or Anna dress or the new doll that has the new look once the movie comes out. We have already seen in some of the new Frozen content like Frozen Forever that Elsa and Anna already have some more stuff in their wardrobe. If Disney changed Elsa and Anna's look for that, be sure that they will do the same for Frozen 2.
An argument could be made that the biggest star of Frozen was the soundtrack. The movie may have made a ton of money, but the soundtrack has endured and was an absolute phenomenon in the pop culture landscape. The Frozen soundtrack has sold more than 4 million copies in the U.S. alone. Rest assured, making the Frozen 2 soundtrack just as successful will be a top priority for everyone involved in the movie. It is not yet known if Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who composed the music for the first movie will be back for Frozen 2, but it is hard to believe Disney won't find a way to bring them back. The studio has deep pockets and outside of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, they would seem like the people you want to pay to come back for Frozen 2. In any case, expect the soundtrack for Frozen 2 to be a heavy focus when the movie comes out. But the idea of topping the success of something like "Let It Go" is no doubt a tall order.
Will Elsa Get a Girlfriend?
We need to start out by saying, probably not for this one, but there is no doubt that this is something that Disney will need to contend with while making Frozen 2. Earlier this year, there was a massive online campaign to #GiveElsaAGirlfriend and it honestly got so large that it would be impossible to just sweep it entirely under the rug. That is not to say that Disney needs to flat out make Elsa an obvious and over-the-top lesbian in Frozen 2, but it would seem like a weird side step to suddenly give her a typical male love interest or something like that. Even Idina Menzel has addressed the issue and seemed to be in support of it. Direct Chris Buck is very aware of it, at one point saying to MTV that "We will tackle other issues that, I think, are out there today that boys and girls, men and women, are dealing with. I think we're very aware of what is happening in society." We don't know what that means or how this will be handled, but it definitely does need to be handled in some way, shape or form in Frozen 2.