Disney and Pixar officially announced the sequel to the wildly successful Frozen on the night that their short film, Frozen Fever was to premiere before the beginning of the new Disney live-action film, Cinderella. The announcement was made during Walt Disney Co.’s annual shareholder meeting that was being held in San Francisco. There hasn’t been much that has been shared about the upcoming film, but everywhere Frozen fans are rejoicing in the news (and maybe some parents are hoping they don’t have another song that will be stuck in their head for days on end) but this is everything you need to know about Frozen 2.
Frozen is the highest grossing film of all time and the fifth highest grossing film in history, standing just behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two and just ahead of Iron Man 3 at $1.3 billion. Will the arrival of Frozen 2 in theaters surpass that total? The announcement of the sequel caused Disney stocks to jump $4.28 on the New York Stock Exchange, closing last Thursday at $107.17, up 25 percent from the previous year.
Disney confirmed that Olaf the snowman will be making an appearance in Frozen 2 and that Josh Gad would be reprising his role. Following the announcement, he took to his Instagram to express his joy.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 12, 2015
However, Gad wasn’t the only one to express his excitement for the announcement of the sequel. Kristen Bell, who voices Anna in Frozen posted a photo of herself resting on a bag of ice with a smile on her face. What isn’t clear is whether or not she will be returning as the voice of Anna for the sequel, but it seems like the answer is obvious.
— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) March 12, 2015
Disney will not hurry the sequel into production despite the demand for the film. They know that fans will wait, and they may have to wait until 2018. When Frozen was first announced, it took another two years for it to hit theaters, so expect about the same for the sequel. Disney CEO Robert Iger stressed the importance of quality.
“We’re not demanding speed, we’re demanding excellence.”
Finally, it seems that Jennifer Lee will be returning to direct Frozen 2 posting the announcement on Twitter just days ago. Joining Jennifer will be Chris Buck, who worked with her on the first film, as well as Peter Del Vecho. Although the pair denied the rumor of a sequel less than a week ago, it seems they had quite a big secret under wraps until the announcement.
At last, I can say – FROZEN 2!!!! I’m beyond excited to create alongside my Frozen family! pic.twitter.com/Xgbt67QuGc
— Jennifer Lee (@alittlejelee) March 12, 2015
One thing is for sure about Frozen 2: it will do what Disney films have been doing for decades; bringing a sense of wonder and enjoyment to people of all ages.