After the wildly popular movie Frozen became the highest-grossing animated film of all time, it’s no surprise that the Oscar winner will be back with a full-length sequel. The film grossed more than a billion dollars at the box office, and talk of a second instalment has been going strong for months.
Speaking at the Walt Disney Company’s shareholders meeting on Thursday, John Lasseter said: “We enjoyed making Frozen Fever so much and being back in that world with those characters.
“[Directors] 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.”
Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, Frozen follows Anna, a princess who sets off to find her estranged sister, Elsa, whose ability to turn anything she touches to ice has trapped the kingdom in an eternal winte
Star Kristen Bell, who voiced Anna in the original movie tweeted her happiness at the news. “Dreams really do come 2!!! #FROZEN2 #itsofficial”, she shared with her Twitter followers, along with a humourous picture of the actress sleeping on a bag of ice.
Frozen Fever – the short film sequel to the popular animated movie – will be shown in cinemas ahead of screenings of the upcoming Cinderella, and the first trailer promises the short to be every bit as magical as the original.
Jennifer and Chris have been cleverly keeping the news close – only two days ago the pair told Buzzfeed that they were not working on a sequel. “It’s been in the press that we are doing it, and we would ask each other, ’Are we?’ They’d have a date and a cast and it was like, OK…” said Chris.
Jennifer added: “It all comes down to the story… Until we find our way into what’s next, emotionally, it will feel too big. We just finished the short two weeks ago. One year ago, it was a lot to even think about doing a short. We were quite tired.
“We don’t really know what it’s like to stop for a minute and think about what we want to do next.”