For months, the studio and filmmakers have been denying that plans fro Frozen 2 are afoot, but it didn't take a genius to figure that those denials were bunk.
After all, Frozen is the biggest animated release ever, earning $1.27 billion worldwide. As if that weren't enough, the musical also became a bona-fide cultural sensation among kids and adults in no time flat, earning nigh-unanimous acclaim, winning two Oscars, moving a plethora of merch, and launching the soundtrack into chart-topping ubiquity.
The original Frozen creative team and cast already reunited for Frozen Fever, the short film playing in theaters this weekend with Cinderella, much to the delight of kids still belting out "Let It Go" at the top of their lungs whenever possible. Frozen hit theaters in November 2013 but the nation – nay, the world – is still in the throes of Elsa-mania.
During his newsmaking call with shareholders in San Francisco this morning, Iger announced that original directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are returning for Frozen 2, along with Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf, who was on hand for the announcement.
Since Disney is doubtless backing up a money truck on their front lawns, it's virtually guaranteed that Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, and Jonathan Groff will be back to voice Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff. The same goes for Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the Academy Award-winning duo behind the first movie's songs. They've signaled their enthusiasm for a sequel before.
Here's the official announcement, which offers no further details about this already-anticipated return to Arendelle:
Winter weather ahead! Frozen 2 is officially in development at Walt Disney Animation Studios with directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and producer Peter Del Vecho, the Oscar®-winning filmmaking team behind Frozen.
The news was announced at Disney’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders this morning by Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company; John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios; and actor Josh Gad, who provides the voice of Olaf from Frozen.
“We enjoyed making Frozen Fever so much and being back in that world with those characters,” said John Lasseter. “Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck have come up with a great idea for a sequel and you will be hearing a lot more about it and we’re taking you back to Arendelle. We are so excited about that.
A release date and production details are yet to be announced.
To tide yourself over until Frozen 2 finally unleashes Elsa's snowpowers in theaters again, check out Frozen Fever in theaters by seeing Cinderella starting Friday. The short chronicles Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf's attempts to throw Anna a great birthday bash, efforts that get messy when the Snow Queen comes down with a cold, wreaking havoc on Arendelle.
A new original song from Frozen Fever, "Making Today a Perfect Day" by husband and wife duo Lopez and Anderson-Lopez, is now available to purchase on iTunes.
And if you're a real Elsa-maniac, give IAR's exclusive interview with Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck a read.