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The Walt Disney Co. has announced plans to make a sequel to the animated mega-hit "Frozen."
The sequel had been widely expected. The film has become a powerful force for Disney. It was released in November 2013, Since then, "Frozen" has made nearly $1.3 billion at the box office. It also generated massive sales of related merchandise. And the film won the Academy Award for best animated feature.
Disney didn't announce any details on the sequel's plot. The company also did not provide a release date. But directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck will return.
Bob Iger, Walt Disney Co. chief executive and John Lasseter, head of Walt Disney Animation Studios, joined in officially announcing "Frozen 2." They were at the company's annual shareholders meeting. It was held in San Francisco.
"We enjoyed making Frozen Fever so much and being back in that world with those characters," said Lasseter. "We're taking you back to Arendelle."
Fans have waited eagerly for the announcement. Most big box-office hits generate sequel announcements within weeks of opening.
"Frozen" is by far the biggest grossing animated film ever. Its soundtrack is led by Idina Menzel's "Let it Go." It is played often. A "Frozen" short is to play in front of Disney's latest release, the live-action "Cinderella."
Josh Gad is the voice of the snowman Olaf. He will return for the sequel. No other returning characters were announced.
At the shareholders meeting, Disney also announced a release date for "Star Wars: Episode VIII." It will open May 26, 2017. Rian Johnson ("Looper") is confirmed to write and direct.
Critical thinking challenge: Who stands to gain the most from "Frozen 2," and why?