Frozen 2 Is Happening, Says Elsa's Voice Actor

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Frozen 2 Is Happening, Says Elsa's Voice Actor

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Are you happy at this news, or do you wish Disney would just let it go? (I'm so sorry)

Last year, all over the world, be them children or adults, thousands got wrapped up in Frozen fever. The 53rd animated feature from Walt Disney's Animation Studios was a mega-hit to say the least, thanks in no small part to its incredibly catchy theme song: Let it Go, which invaded radios for several months. It seemed obvious that Disney would milk this one a bit longer, and now, the actress who played Elsa (Idina Menzel) in the original film is claiming that a sequel is already in the works.

When asked about the possibility of a sequel, Menzel replied that "[It's] in the works, ha ha!" She also went on to say that a stage adaption of the film (ala, Disney's The Lion King) is also happening, though she was cautious of her role in both of these projects.

"Ah, yeah sure... Not the stage show - I don't know what will happen with that - but the movie hopefully. We'll see. I'm just going along for the ride."

We would assume her to be reprising her role, however, as Menzel's powerful performance as the Ice Queen is part of what made the movie so memorable.

In her full interview with The Telegraph, Menzel also talks about how she has become a role model for the thousands of young girls who related to her portrayal of Elsa.

"But more than you'd ever think. I remember some of those classic Disney songs from movies, and you knew the character but you didn't know the person behind the song. But this is different, this is weird. All the little girls love Elsa but they also want to meet me. I think that's because of social media, and their parents say, 'Watch this, this is the girl at the Oscars,'" she reflected.

To put into perspective just how popular Frozen is, it is currently the 5th highest grossing movie of all time, and the highest grossing animated film ever, surpassing Disney's prior effort, Toy Story 3.

Source: The Telegraph

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Disney is making a sequel to something?!

Especially something that was a huge success?!

I for one am shocked by this turn of events.

I'm not surprised in the slightest, but god am I disappointed. I realize this years addition to the Disney canon (Big Hero Six) hasn't been the smash hit they where hoping it would be (maybe they should have advertised that it was based on a Marvel property?), but dame it I want Wreck it Ralph 2.

go back around 10 years I'd be concerned

however since they've mostly put a stop the Direct-to-video bullshit AND we live in an era where big sequels to big movies are profitable it *could* be decent

but what fascinates me about this is we've never had a proper sequel to a Disney Princess movie...I mean honest to god "were actually trying" sequel, what happens after the happy ending? you know?

"Now Milk the fuck out of it."

-Disney Executives

Is she going to save herself this time?

Um...I'm hoping that we just mean early, early stages. As in concept art and story suggestions. There needs to be a bit more time before the next Frozen film even begins to make the rounds.

At least this is something that has potential to it. It's not like everything was tied up with a neat bow at the end with nothing left to do. Elsa still has superpowers, is still single, and has a job where problems will inevitably fall into her lap. Neither of the villains are dead and could easily show up again. It's also been clearly established that this is a highly magical setting, so stuff can happen from that end as well. It looks a lot easier to make a decent sequel to Frozen than Wreck-it Ralph or to do another Toy Story.

Steven Bogos:
(I'm so sorry)

You LIE!!!! lol

OT: Yeah there was never a question of if, but rather when the sequal was coming. I just hope it's got the quality of the first movie, Disney seems to be hit and miss with sequels.

...damn you for beating me to the punchline...

OT: That's all fine and dandy, but where are they going to go with this? The story was...well...finished.

Maybe this one will be good? >.>

Disney Animation Studio+Direct Sequel=It has never worked ever.

Even with the new Management in place, I highly doubt they could make a Frozen 2 work. Eisner's crew couldn't make The Rescuers Down Under work, and from what I've seen, that movie was much better then the original The Rescuers. Disney just shouldn't ever do Direct Sequels, because they either fail profit wise (Rescuers Down Under) or just flat-out suck (All the Direct-to-Video Spinoffs at the end of the Eisner era).

A Frozen 2 will sadly fail...

Vault101:
however since they've mostly put a stop the Direct-to-video bullshit AND we live in an era where big sequels to big movies are profitable it *could* be decent

Really? They put a stop to it?

I walked by a "Limited Edition" boxed set of the Cinderella trilogy in Costco the other day.

Let me run that by you again: a Limited Edition boxed set of the Cinderella trilogy.

Not intentionally piling on to you. /hugs

I doubt there's a property that the Mouse won't run into the ground chasing the almighty Disney Bucks. Making a sequel or 14 to Frozen doesn't surprise me at all. They've also ripped out one of the classic rides from EPCOT (the Norwegian boat ride, Maelstrom) to put in a Frozen themed one , thus enabling them to have the two princesses in three of the four parks (not exaggeration).

I suspect that they are working to figure out how to add reindeer or snowmen to the Animal Kingdom so that they can throw Frozen in there as well(that's exaggeration).

very skeptical of course. this could be either very good or very bad. i can see already at work how my little female students will go all crazy again.

Veylon:
At least this is something that has potential to it. It's not like everything was tied up with a neat bow at the end with nothing left to do. Elsa still has superpowers, is still single, .

ohh...OHHHH FIRST GAY DISNEY PRINCESS PLEEEEAAASE!!! YES YES!!

*ahem*

Aggieknight:

Really? They put a stop to it?

I walked by a "Limited Edition" boxed set of the Cinderella trilogy in Costco the other day.

Let me run that by you again: a Limited Edition boxed set of the Cinderella trilogy.

yeah but I thought they came out at least some years ago

...then again when did Lion King 1 1/2 come out?...man that was the most depressing thing ever

I know that some people are going ''They're milking it!'' all cynical like; but I'm looking forward to it and hoping it'll be good.

Walt Disney Animation Studios does NOT do sequels (Rescuers Down Under aside). The division that WAS responsible for all those direct to video crap was DisneyToon Studios.

Walt was always against it and John Lasetter is responsible for stopping the sequels. I have a lot of respect for him for doing that.

He put DisneyToon onto original material such as the Disney Fairies and Planes series.

Now here is the important bit: DisneyToon has had a lot of layoffs and no announced movies in the pipeline. All that is left is a final Fairy movie that they are wrapping up. Normally we'd know what they're coming out with for the next coule years.

It's not impossible that they may go back to doing sequels, but Lasetter seemed pretty adamant about those things being an embarrassment to the studio.

A final note, the last sequel from Disney was The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning in 2008. Anything else you see is an older re-release.

Vault101:
go back around 10 years I'd be concerned

however since they've mostly put a stop the Direct-to-video bullshit AND we live in an era where big sequels to big movies are profitable it *could* be decent

but what fascinates me about this is we've never had a proper sequel to a Disney Princess movie...I mean honest to god "were actually trying" sequel, what happens after the happy ending? you know?

There's a reason for that... the movies more or less end the story and beyond that it's sort of .. well.. boring. It'd be like Lord of the RIngs where we get to see Bilbo putter around the SHire for 50 somethings years.

Why has there been no sequely to a princess movie... because disney princesses tend to be rather simple characters. Not that I'm saying they can't make a good sequel.. just saying they likely wont. TO make a good sequel you have to understand what made the first one good and the marketing departments never usually figure that out. NOw the Toy Story movies stand out as unusual but then again they were simply telling a different story each movie with the same characters.

Not every hit can or should be a franchise. nothing diminishes the impact of a story and the meaning more than it dragging on for too long.

What I predict.. A sequel would probably wind up like Despicable Me 2,

Risingblade:
Is she going to save herself this time?

This pretty much gets to the core of the entire problem I have with a sequel to Frozen. The story works because it's self contained. If they do a sequel to a film with an ensemble cast like this, where the characters were all developed specifically around their role in the story, they are sort of trapped into doing pretty much the same thing. Basically if Elsa can use her powers easily there isn't much of a threat for her to face unless they turn it into a flat out action movie. What's more the other characters in the storyline pretty much exist to get Elsa out of her funk, and comparatively speaking have little role to play in a case where they have "The Ice Queen Of Kislev" (award yourself 50 geek points if you understand the reference) running around a Disney movie is pretending she's Bobby Drake. If you say do a story where fire demons are invading the kingdom or whatever, what exactly is there to do with say Anna, and she's as big a part of the equasion as Elsa is.

I have mixed opinions about sequels to self-contained Disney properties after some very mixed results with their direct to video sequels. Some stories just work better on their own. If Elsa can just be awesome and save herself, it's not really going to be "Frozen".

As far as doing a "what happens after the happy ending" type sequel, to be a story it means things can't be happy, and as a general rule that kind of a story works best for a more adult audience, not the core audience for a film like this. What's more things like "The Tenth Kingdom" tried to do this and while decent failed to catch on, a sequel or spin off TV show never materialized for example. Fantasyland going to pot where you see the classic princesses as fat old ladies (albeit still trying to do the right thing as supporting characters) can be amusing, but I doubt little girls that empathized with Elsa will get into that at this point in their lives, not to mention that if she goes running around flat out as Supergirl I doubt she'll have the same kind of appeal.

That's my thoughts at any rate. To a lot of us hardcore nerds I suppose it might be cool to have a sequel that's an action movie involving all kinds of huge battles involving Ice Manipulation, but as I said... that's spiritually the opposite of what this is supposed to be all about.

That said I'd be deeply amused if they decided to get together with the estate of Ralph Bakshi and do "Frozen 2: Fire and Ice", rate it up to an R, and re-do the story of fire and ice with Elsa dressed in leather playing the role of Nekron, destroying the world in response to the death of her sister at the hands of marauding beast men. A certain former ice salesman must get over his depression and embrace the power of steroids and body building to become manly enough to finally stop her. At the end Olaf can open the gates to the volcano... and of course we'd have to have a currently animated version of that trench/cave run on the back of the Peradactyls... oh sure, it will be a critical flop and an affront to everything Disney tends to stand for, but chances are it would become another one of my favorite movies. Sadly Frank Frazetta passed on so can't consult on the artwork. :)

I don't care but can this one please not be plastered all over the internet for an ungodly amount of time with so many references everywhere and being called the best thing ever?

Least I never hear about the direct to dvd disney movies.

This year Disney on ice, is actually on Frozen. i planned to go with my daugther until i saw the price of the tickets !

maybe they could use the arc they have created for "Once upon a time" and adapt it.

Where can a Frozen 2 really go? It was a nice, self contained story, that didn't leave any threads for a sequel to really pick up on.

Uhh, I think you'll find her name is Adele Dazeem.
John Travolta would never lie to me...

I'd rather see a sequel to Wreck it Ralph. That movie has sequel potential if they had stuck to their original idea of hopping from game to game throughout the movie, instead of just a few.

Frozen 2... is just going to follow the sequel tropes of old. New villain that threatens the land and either counter or take away the ability of our heroine, they have to discover how to get it back and or find out it's origins in the first place. new whacky sidekick that is even more annoying then the original, or dedicate 1/3rd of the movie to said original side kicks. And toss in a love interest for any character that didn't' get one in the first film.

There, I'm calling it. Forgive me if in a few years I find this thread and revive it, if I turn out to be right.

Huh. I just got done watching it again and this pops up in the feed. Weird.

As for my thoughts on a sequel, I'm kinda with everyone else here in wondering where it could all go from there. I mean, I don't think there is nowhere it could go, but I think that where it should go will be a very hard question to answer, since a lot of the possibilities would generally feel like retreads of the first film. I mean, they'd have to figure out how to further explore the core relationship of the film, the bond between the sisters, and still go to a new place with it(maybe Anna is the one with the personal problem this time? Maybe they could explore the healing of that bond, since it atrophied for maybe a decade or so...). Inevitably, however, it will be compared to its predecessor, and with such a strong initial entry I don't think the chances of it being preferred over the first one are high. There is the rare case where the sequel only got better than the previous entry(Toy Story, for example, did this TWICE) but that's rare. Wherever they go, I hope they do well. They made some really good characters with that one, and I'd hate to see them go to waste.

I demand that the climax of the film be a massive wizard duel between Elsa and the villan, I wanna see what she can do when she focuses her power with intent.

Also, the only acceptable romantic partner for her (if she has to have one) is Captain America. I don't give a shit how you do it, Disney, just do it. And the first person to make a Winter Soldier joke gets a potato up the jacksie.

Lion King 2... Little Mermaid 2... Disney was the first to burn me on thinking sequels are good things. If any part of the plot is Elsa has to find a king BS then I'm not watching it.

Vault101:
what happens after the happy ending? you know?

Synopsis:

Prince charming cheats on snow white, and she goes "oh hell naw" and revenge-dates Pancho, a tough no-nonsense hispanic brown beret who takes her on a magic adventure through Aztlan in his magic talking lowrider where she learns not only about another culture but who she is too.

That's what happens. Expect it to drop around 2016.

OT: Oh no are we gonna get another shrek? The ending to the 1st one was definitive. You don't need anything else. Franchises get stale.

... I probably inspired someone's fanfic today.

I don't really see how they can make another with the standard Princess formula, but the entirety of the first movie was about deconstructing and subverting the Princess formula. That's what made it so great, it was essentially the Disney version of Spec Ops: The Line. If there is a sequel, maybe have it be about the politics and reality of ruling. Like, how would neighbouring kingdoms react to the news that the new Queen can freeze a country by accident? Or what if there's someone with fire powers that wants the kingdom? We know Frozen is in the same universe as Tangled, which also had royalty with superpowers. Could try and tie them all together like the MCU. Or have it go the How To Train Your Dragon 2 route, with the characters trying to apply the lessons they learned to a new threat, but have it not work so they need to come up with something new.

Or make a Disney brand cheapquel, but I really hope that won't be the case.

Afterthought, if someone could make a Frozen/How To Train Your Dragon crossover, I think it's safe to say that would be the greatest family film ever.

Too bad the first sucked. I guess this will be even suckier, as per usual with sequels.

Hey, maybe it'll surprise me and not be as boring as the first, but not holding my breath...

Ultratwinkie:
OT: Oh no are we gonna get another shrek? The ending to the 1st one was definitive. You don't need anything else. Franchises get stale.

In fairness, Shrek is one of those franchises like Dead Space or Dragon Ball where the first one was just kinda "meh" but the second was fantastic. Granted all three of those were sequelised and spun off into the ground, but it was fun while it lasted.

I'm sure the self contained story really needed a sequel. I imagine that it will be a sequel much like how BioShock 2 and Halo 4 were sequels, trying to force in some retcons or some extra plot elements where the previous one had left a bit of a gap or blurry bit so that the plot in the present makes total sense guys.

dragongit:
I'd rather see a sequel to Wreck it Ralph. That movie has sequel potential if they had stuck to their original idea of hopping from game to game throughout the movie, instead of just a few.

Seconded! Wreck-it Ralph set up such a large universe that they could even just make an entirely new movie with all new characters. Please, make it happen, Disney!

OT: As others have said, so will I: what's there left for this movie to go? I remember being a little underwhelmed by how traditional a happy ending Frozen had, but it was definitely self-contained.

Draconalis:
Disney is making a sequel to something?!

Especially something that was a huge success?!

I for one am shocked by this turn of events.

Took the words right out of my mouth. :P

I didn't like Frozen, so I really doubt I'll pay any attention to the predictable sequel.

an annoyed writer:
As for my thoughts on a sequel, I'm kinda with everyone else here in wondering where it could all go from there. I mean, I don't think there is nowhere it could go, but I think that where it should go will be a very hard question to answer,

Not G. Ivingname:
Where can a Frozen 2 really go? It was a nice, self contained story, that didn't leave any threads for a sequel to really pick up on.

Personally, I think it would be really interesting to tell a story about Elsa as a ruler: learning to be a good queen and having to make tough choices and sacrifices, maybe explore how it changes her relationship with Anna. That would make for an interesting premise.

Also, if there's 1 thing I hope Frozen 2 will not do, it's replicate the now-famous twist of the original in some way, or worse: try to one-up it.

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