Frozen Fever, take two? Elsa the Snow Queen (AP photos)
Frozen Fever, take two?
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Let it go (on)!

The Walt Disney Co. has announced plans to make a sequel to the animated mega-hit "Frozen."

The sequel had been widely expected for a film that has become a juggernaut for Disney. Since its release in November 2013, "Frozen" has made nearly $1.3 billion globally at the box office, generated a massive merchandising revenue stream and won the Academy Award for best animated feature.

Disney didn't announce any details on the sequel's plot or a release date, but said directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck will be returning.

Bob Iger, Walt Disney Co. chief executive and John Lasseter, head of Walt Disney Animation Studios, joined in officially announcing "Frozen 2" at the company's annual shareholders meeting in San Francisco.

"We enjoyed making Frozen Fever so much and being back in that world with those characters," said Lasseter. "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."

Though a sequel was always only a matter of time, fans have waited eagerly for the announcement. Most big box-office hits generate sequel announcements within weeks of opening.

But any delay in a "Frozen" sequel has been easily assuaged by the film's unabated popularity. "Frozen" is by far the biggest grossing animated film ever and its soundtrack, led by Idina Menzel's "Let it Go," remains ubiquitous. A "Frozen" short is to play in front of Disney's latest release, the live-action "Cinderella."

Josh Gad, the voice of the snowman Olaf, will be returning for the sequel. No other returning characters were announced.

At the shareholders meeting, Disney also announced a release date for "Star Wars: Episode VIII": 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?

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COMMENTS (61)
  • brandonr-DiB
    3/17/2015 - 10:54 a.m.

    The audience because they just love the show so much they might as well make a second one. They all care about the movie what is part two gonna be like?!

  • brianp-Che
    3/17/2015 - 11:46 a.m.

    Hollywood stands as the most to gain from this sequel next to walt disney because there is so much money to be made from this movie. I would go watch it with my siblings, because even adults would agree that movie was okay up unil the point that their kids wouldn't stop singing "let it go".

  • rm00pennie
    3/17/2015 - 12:59 p.m.

    the people who created the frozen take two should be the ones to make the most money because th eplaces showing the movie hae to pay to show it and the people who want to actually buy it have to pay for it as well.

  • DD00BASEBALL
    3/17/2015 - 01:02 p.m.

    Disney will stand to gain the most from "Frozen 2" bc the are the ones who made the movie and they will get most of the income.

  • pp2000boa
    3/17/2015 - 01:04 p.m.

    I think this is a horrible idea, Frozen is so immature and uncreative. The other sister's role promotes possibly to not leave people alone to go off on their own. There's no purpose in the story at all, the humor is too cliche, and the song isn't that good besides catchy. I don't see why it's so popular.

  • cc2000ProEra
    3/17/2015 - 01:12 p.m.

    i get how they want to make a new frozen but i dont want them too it was really cliche and its cool for kids but i wouldnt want them to make a new one. i wish i could make that much money

  • am2000peanut
    3/17/2015 - 01:17 p.m.

    Children because they were the most people out of the population that mabe the movie a big hit. And it teaches the kids vaulable stuff.

  • tylerha-And
    3/17/2015 - 03:51 p.m.

    The person who gaines the mostfrom Frozen 2 is Disney co. because they will get all of the money the movie makes plus the awards and proceeds.

  • CapeleyZ-1
    3/17/2015 - 07:27 p.m.

    This article was bout how Disney studios have announced a Frozen sequel. It is no surprise that a sequel is in the making because it i by far the most grossing and successful animated movie of all time. No clues to the plot were revealed and the only character who is for sure going to be in the movie is Olaf with Josh Gad as the voice of him. Apparently it took so long for Disney to make a sequel because of the popularity and many pieces of Frozen merchandise is still regularly being made. Im not surprised that hey are making a Frozen 2 but i really dont want there to be a second one because i feel like it'll ruin the magic and spirit of the first.

  • JU00baseball
    3/18/2015 - 08:39 a.m.

    I think its really cool that they are making a sequel to frozen, because i really liked the moie so i wouldnt mind watching it again. Anyways i just hope this one is as good as the first one or better then it.

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