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Disney Won’t Let It Go; The Not-So-Unexpected ‘Frozen 2’ Announcement

Cornelia Tzana ’17 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

Still from Frozen. Photo Credit: Disney.
Elsa (Idina Menzel) in Frozen. Photo Credit: Disney.

During the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Disney CEO Bob Iger officially announced the development of the sequel to the hit animated movie, Frozen. This comes only a day before the release of the short film Frozen Fever which will be screened before Disney’s live action movie Cinderella.

Only a few days prior to the news, the internet was buzzing with information released by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, the original directors of the first movie, which claimed that the status of Frozen 2 was still being debated on. According to the announcement however, as well as Lee’s excited tweets the movie will indeed be happening.

The announcement, much like the original movie, brought mixed reactions from the people. Some, like Kristen Bell who voiced Anna, and Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf were very happy with the news. Other internet users on the other hand, reacted more cynically and focused on the profits that Disney gained from the success of Frozen.

Anna (Kristen Bell), Olaf (Josh Gad) and Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) in Frozen. Photo Credit: Disney.
Anna (Kristen Bell), Olaf (Josh Gad) and Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) in Frozen. Photo Credit: Disney.

The original film was released at the end of last year and became the highest-grossing animation movie of all time with $1.34 billion in global ticket sales. This record breaking amount gave it the title of the fifth highest-grossing movie standing behind worldwide hits such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Titanic. The film also won the Oscars for best animation and best song.

Lee and Buck will be returning to the project as directors, along with producer Peter Del Vecho and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the creators of the award winning ‘Let It Go’. It will definitely be interesting to see if Frozen 2 will live up to Frozen’s success and audience’s expectations.

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