Frozen Fever, take two?
Frozen Fever, take two? Elsa the Snow Queen (AP photos)
Frozen Fever, take two?
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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 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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  • BolinKatlin-DiB
    3/18/2015 - 09:23 a.m.

    if they make a part two it might be really go but i know that everyone will watch it and then they are going to leave commits on it all over the social media and it will be in the news if they make another part to frozen it will be a big deal because every one loves the original movie and if they make a second one maybe it will be good.

  • RamosDiamond-DiB
    3/18/2015 - 11:13 a.m.

    Frozen 2 is going to be a success in theaters because everybody loves Frozen. The fans been waiting for the announcement. Frozen won Academy Award for best animated feature and the song, "Let it Go" is also popular.

  • lm2000food
    3/18/2015 - 01:08 p.m.

    i think that there is no need for a second movie just yet. i think a cartoon would be better because if the secound movie does not live up to the first movie then fans will be disapoineted.

  • fernandoc-Che
    3/18/2015 - 01:44 p.m.

    To be honest I don't know how to feel about a sequel to Frozen, but I think that people who enjoyed the first Frozen movie are excited for the sequel.

  • apalacio-Che
    3/18/2015 - 01:48 p.m.

    If they do make the second part to the movie it could make lots more money. The movie would do good because some many people liked the first part so I think the second part would do good to.

  • rositap-Che
    3/18/2015 - 01:54 p.m.

    I think they should make a sequel to frozen 2. I think that's a really good movie especially for kids. I didn't know that it made 1.3 million dollars. I thought it was a much lager number cause its a popular movie.

  • DamienQ-Kut
    3/18/2015 - 03:07 p.m.

    I think that they should make a frozen 2 because of the first movie in the series it make's kids want to wonder what happened to Elsa when she let the people see her magic powers and if Anna will live happily ever after.

  • JaylaC-Bru
    3/18/2015 - 05:59 p.m.

    According to "Frozen Fever , Take Two", it says since frozen was released in November 2013 it has made 1.3 billion globally at the box office. Although it did win the award for best animation film. I did like Frozen but they could left out at least some singing parts because it really just didn't seem like they wanted the characters to talk . When they said that they were going to bring back Olaf the snowman , why wouldn't they bring back any other characters to the movie like Elsa, Spen, Ana.

  • amandam-Koc
    3/18/2015 - 06:11 p.m.

    After all the mega-hit of Frozen they are going to make a sequence. Since the move had come out in November 2013 it has made nearly $1.3 billion and won the Academy Award for best animated feature. The only characters announced yet was Josh Gad making the voice of Olaf. The announce made all the fans to weight for more of Frozen.

  • anad-Koc
    3/18/2015 - 09:21 p.m.

    This is one of my favorite movie because it was one of the first Disney movies that show that we don't need a guy to be happy. Sometimes we think true love has to be with a guy but it doesn't. There are girls that are happier single than being in a relationship, it also goes the same way with guys not just girls.

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