Disney is going to let ‘Frozen 2’ go a week earlier than expected. The sequel to the #1 animated movie of all time was scheduled for release on November 27, 2019, but has been bumped up a week to November 22. The original ‘Frozen’ won two Oscars, for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Song for the inescapable anthem ‘Let It Go’ and grossed $1.3 billion at the box office. (We can only imagine how many billions it generated in licensed merchandise sales.) In addition to being the highest-grossing animated movie of all time, it is the 13th highest-grossing movie of any sort.
The directors of the first movie, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, returned for the sequel. The first ‘Frozen’ was written by Lee, based on a story by herself, Buck and Shane Morris, based on the classic tale ‘The Snow Queen’ by Hans Christian Andersen. Lee penned the screenplay for the sequel with ‘Hidden Figures” Allison Schroeder.
Most of the original voice cast is back– Idina Menzel as Elsa, Kristen Bell as Anna, Jonathan Groff as Kristoff and Josh Gad as Olaf. In addition, Sterling K. Brown and Evan Rachel Wood join in undisclosed roles.
This will be the official sequel, but there have been two animated short follow-ups. ‘Frozen Fever’ depicts Anna’s birthday celebration and was released theatrically as an extra before screenings of the live action version of ‘Cinderella’. ‘Frozen Fever’ included a new song called ‘Making Today a Perfect Day. Later, ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ was released similarly ahead of screenings of ‘Coco’ but after protests that it was too long and was a poor fit for the feature film, it was dropped. ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ featured three new songs (okay, maybe it was too long), ‘Ring in the Season’, ‘That Time of Year’ and ‘When We’re Together’.
You can bet the new film will feature many more new songs, some of which might get stuck in your head as badly as those from the first.
‘Frozen 2’ will now ice up theaters on November 22, 2019.