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. The film has become a powerful force for Disney. Since its release in November 2013, "Frozen" has made nearly $1.3 billion globally at the box office. It also generated massive sales of related merchandise. And it won the Academy Award for best animated feature.

Disney didn't announce any details on the sequel's plot or 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."

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. 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 (357)
  • CT14
    3/17/2015 - 01:00 p.m.

    I'm not even gonna lie I'm a Frozen fan and I'm excited at the idea of a sequel. With this new sequel underway fans can only wonder what the plot fr the sequel to this smash summer hit be. Based on prior evidence it's safe to assume that the sequel will do just as well and possibly even better then its predecessor.

  • AC1999jamaica
    3/17/2015 - 01:03 p.m.

    i really never liked forzen so if there making a second one im not going to like it. they would song songs every five seconds

  • MS01tumblr
    3/17/2015 - 01:05 p.m.

    Frozen is one of my favorite movies! And i couldn't be any happier to hear that they are making another part of it. The movie is a hit. Now imagine the second movie? Might be ten times the hit of the first.

  • b.m2001empire
    3/17/2015 - 01:07 p.m.

    I think the new movie Cindrella will gain the most from Frozen 2. The text says that " A "Frozen" short is to play in front of Disney's latest release, the live-action "Cinderella."

  • AC2001basketball
    3/17/2015 - 01:17 p.m.

    I can't wait for Frozen 2 to come out. Its gonna be really good just like Frozen. I love Olaf. He's an inspiration even though he's just a character in an disney animation movie.

  • maddyc-Orv
    3/17/2015 - 01:22 p.m.

    Well my sister says the next Frozen movie is going to be about Anna's birthday. I don't know if she got that from a reliable source but I believe her... I guess, even though this article says they have not released the plot yet. I hope they show Hans going to jail because I hate him. I think Disney is going to gain the most from Frozen 2. Or maybe the viewers. It matters if this movie is going to be as good as the last.

  • ZackJ-Kut
    3/17/2015 - 02:02 p.m.

    thay are making # 2 of the annoying movie !
    in a way my 2 little sister are going to be happy.
    hope olaf be funner than frozen 1.
    hope thar are no let it go.

  • ZackJ-Kut
    3/17/2015 - 02:07 p.m.

    no thay are making frozen 2 .
    this is a nighmare.
    way are thay making frozen 2 .
    i rather which tracefomer2 than whach frozen 2
    it is stupid

  • ZackJ-Kut
    3/17/2015 - 02:13 p.m.

    i am going to talk about the frozen sequel. well frozen 2 probable going to good film but i don't know .
    there are going to be Elsa and Anna actor will be back.

  • JaysonSGrey
    3/17/2015 - 02:34 p.m.

    My little sister absolutely enjoyed Frozen and instantly pulled me into it after she watched it for the first time! She's like a crazy, mini Harry Potter fan, but with Frozen. I'm actually kind of excited myself about the release of the sequel! Keep up the good work, Disney!

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