Just when you thought you could actually, “let it go,” ABC has announced that the network will give Disney’s animated movie, Frozen, its network premiere this Christmas holiday season as part of The Wonderful World of Disney television specials according to a press release. Frozen will make its TV debut on Sunday, December 11 at 8:00 p.m. followed by The Making of Frozen: A Return to Arendelle TV special at 10:04 p.m.
The award-winning movie Frozen is the highest-grossing animated movie of all time and took the world by storm when it was released in theaters in 2013 making more than $1.27 billion in global box office sales. Frozen won two Academy Awards, the Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, PGA Award, five Annie Awards and two Grammy Awards. The movie’s quadruple Platinum soundtrack has been equally successful. The song, “Let It Go,” written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, sold mover 10 million units worldwide and stayed in the top 5 of the Billboard 200 chart for 13 weeks.
Frozen was directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and written by Lee as well. Since the movie’s release, the pair and Disney have made plans for sequel film (with no release date set at this time), quickly created a follow-up short film, Frozen Fever, in 2015 and are currently working on a untitled Christmas TV special to air on ABC next year. This is in addition to the Frozen amusement park ride that opened up this summer at Norway Pavilion at Disney’s Epcot theme park in Orlando, Florida, and the Broadway stage version of the story being created by the Disney Theatrical Group with hopes of premiering in the spring on 2018.
In the rare case that you have been living under a rock during all this time, Frozen is the tale of two sisters who are separated by their parents when it is discovered that one has magical powers to create snow and ice at will. Feeling like an outcast, Elsa treks up the mountains to create her own ice castle and her sister Anna, with the help of a mountain man and his pet reindeer try to find her and bring her back home. The movie stars the voice talents of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad.
For Frozen 2, there has been speculation that Menzel, who is the voice of Anna, may not be returning to the role with rumors that Taylor Swift or even Rihanna may take over the role, but Disney has not confirmed this. In the meantime, fans can look forward to The Making of Frozen: A Return to Arendelle which will explain the movie-making process, how the story of Frozen evolved over the years and what might be in the story for both the upcoming holiday TV special and movie sequel.
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Disney began toying around with sequels to some of the studio’s best work in the early 2000’s. Most were straight-to-video releases that lacked the quality that Disney was known for. However, there were two stories that did premiere in movie theaters: Return to Never Land, a sequel to 1953’s Peter Pan in 2002 which was followed by The Jungle Book 2 in 2003. Since taking leadership of both Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, John Lasseter has been much more selective on what Disney and Pixar properties can be turned into sequels. The sequel films currently in production at Disney and Pixar include new stories for Toy Story, Zootopia, and Frozen.
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