After its record-breaking run at the box office and billions made in tie-in merchandise, it’s no surprise that Disney isn’t ready to let ‘Frozen’ go. The House of Mouse was quick to spin the major characters off to its live-action TV series ‘Once Upon A Time‘ (which airs on ABC, which Disney also owns) and to include them in its live productions like ‘Disney On Ice.’
Nowadays, it’s a no-brainer for a movie that grosses over a billion dollars to automatically get a sequel, but Disney’s track record with follow-up films has been less than stellar. During the 90s, the studio produced sequels to many of its classic films as well as newer productions, but most of those were straight-to-video and largely forgotten, due to their sub-par animation and voice acting.
It’s certainly not impossible for the studio to craft quality sequels. The ‘Toy Story’ movies kept getting better, but those are Pixar movies (a subsidiary of Disney). Can they catch lightning in a bottle a second time with the ‘Frozen’ brand?
There is already a short film follow-up called ‘Frozen Forever’ in the works, but then again, ‘Toy Story 2’ was intended to be a home video release before Disney execs watched some of the completed animation and decided that it deserved to be a full-length theatrical film. Will the same happen to ‘Frozen Forever’?
Actress Idina Menzel (or Adelle Dazime, if you prefer) let slip that not only is a full-length sequel in the works, but a Broadway stage production, similar to ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Aladdin’ as well. The actress, who voiced the iconic ice-powered Queen Elsa in ‘Frozen’ stated, “They’re all in the works.” It’s unlikely that Menzel will actually embody Elsa on-stage, despite her prestigious career as a Broadway actress, having starred in huge hits like ‘Rent’ and ‘Wicked’, but the ‘Let It Go’ belter is hoping to reprise her role in the animated sequel film.
And naysayers, think what you will, but there’s only one chance we have of getting ‘Let It Go’ out of our brains and that’s for Menzel to sing an equally catchy jingle in the second movie. Plus, I mean, Olaf is pretty irresistible, right?
What do you think? Are you ready to journey back to Arendelle? At least to shut your kids up?