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Frozen 2 (stylized as Frozen II) is an upcoming American computer-animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The 58th film produced by the studio, it is the sequel to the 2013 film Frozen, and features the return of directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho, songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and composer Christophe Beck. Lee also returns as screenwriter, penning the screenplay along with Allison Schroeder, from a story by Buck, Lee, Marc E. Smith, Anderson-Lopez and Lopez.[2] Veteran voice cast Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, and Santino Fontana return as their previous characters, and are joined by newcomers Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, Alfred Molina, Martha Plimpton, Rachel Matthews, and Jason Ritter.

Frozen 2
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Directed by
Produced byPeter Del Vecho
Screenplay by
Story by
Starring
Music by
Production
company
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • November 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Frozen 2 is scheduled to be released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on November 22, 2019.

PremiseEdit

Three years after the events of the first film,[4] Elsa starts to hear a strange sound from the north calling her. Together with her sister Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven, they embark on a new journey beyond their homeland of Arendelle in order to discover[5] the origin of Elsa's magical powers and save[6] their kingdom.[7][8][9]

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

When asked about future sequels, producer Peter Del Vecho said in March 2014 that Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, and he "work very, very well together, so I believe we will be developing a new project. But I don't know what that is right now."[18] In late April of that year, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan F. Horn said that "we haven't really talked about a sequel" because at that time the studio's priority was the planned Broadway musical, which also required additional songs to be written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.[19][20]

When asked in May 2014 about a sequel, Disney CEO Bob Iger told host David Faber that Disney would not "mandate a sequel" or "force storytelling", because to do so would risk creating something not as good as the first film. Iger also expressed the hope that the Frozen franchise "is something that is kind of forever for the company" similar to The Lion King.[21]

In June, Lee confirmed that then-chief creative officer John Lasseter had expressly granted her and Buck the freedom to explore whatever they were "passionate about": "We don't know what it is yet ... We're actually going to start from scratch. It'll be something completely brand new."[22]

On March 12, 2015, at Disney's annual meeting of shareholders in San Francisco, Iger, Lasseter, and actor Josh Gad (the voice of Olaf) officially announced a full-length sequel, Frozen 2, was in development at Disney, with Buck and Lee returning as directors and Del Vecho returning as producer.[23] Lasseter said that at Disney Animation, "as with Pixar, when we do a sequel, it is because the filmmakers who created the original have created an idea that is so good that it's worthy of these characters." He said that in the case of Frozen, the directors had "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."[24] According to the Los Angeles Times, there was "considerable internal debate" at Disney over whether to proceed with a Frozen sequel at Disney Animation, but the unprecedented success of the first film apparently swayed Disney executives towards making a sequel.[25]

In an interview with The Arizona Republic, Menzel confirmed that she would return for her role a couple weeks after completing her concerts tour; she said, "they haven't even sent me a script".[26]

On September 28, Gad announced his role in the sequel with Buck, Lee, Del Vecho and Lasseter.[27][28]

Jonathan Groff (the voice of Kristoff) said earlier in July 2017, "I don't know anything about it yet other than I'm about to start recording my section of it."[29] On October 11, he confirmed on the British talk show Lorraine that he too had started recording for the sequel the previous month.[30][31][32]

In an October 2017 interview with CinemaBlend, Bell said that there will be some new characters too. She further said that the directors and the producers had "taken their trip to Norway" and took "the entire culture in" to make this "fun home movie." She added that Lee had drafted personal journals in character as Elsa and Anna "for months to try and figure out [what they'd say]".[33]

In March 2018, Lee said in an interview that she was doing the second draft out of six drafts, which she referred as "six screenings".[34] In July 2018, it was announced that Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown had entered talks to join the cast in undisclosed roles.[35] In August 2018, Allison Schroeder, the screenwriter of Hidden Figures and Disney's Christopher Robin, was hired to assist Lee with writing the film's screenplay after Lee succeeded Lasseter as Disney Animation's chief creative officer.[1] The first presentation of completed scenes from the movie was shown at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in June 2019.[36] At the Annecy presentation, head of animation Becky Bresee and head of effects animation Marlon West said that as of mid-June 2019, the film was "still in production, with seven weeks of animation to be completed and 10 weeks of special effects."[37]

At 2019 D23 Expo, the directors said that the sequel will answer the questions that were left behind by the original film; "Why does Elsa have magical powers", "Why was Anna born without powers", "Where were their parents going when their ship sank", and more will be addressed.[5][38] It was announced that Brown's role is a soldier in the Arendelle army who worked for Elsa's grandfather King Runeard,[15] and Wood announced that her role would be shown in flashback and that it would help "uncover some mysteries that we didn't know before".[6] Additionally, while some fans campaigned for Elsa to receive a female love interest in the film, co-songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez confirmed that Elsa will have no love interest in the movie.[39]

MusicEdit

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez returned from the first film to write new songs for the sequel, while Christophe Beck is to return to compose the film's score.[3]

ReleaseEdit

Frozen 2 is scheduled to be theatrically released on November 22, 2019 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.[40] It was previously set for November 27, 2019.[41]

On April 11, 2019, it was announced that a companion docuseries will be launched on the Disney+ streaming service within its first year entitled Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2.[42]

Following the success brought by international productions of the first chapter of the series, which led to the release of a complete set album featuring all the official versions of "Let It Go" released at the time,[43] and on the wake of special dubbings released for the movie Moana, which has gathered in the space of two years from its release a Tahitian,[44] a Māori[45][46] and a Hawaiian version,[47][48] it was announced that a special Northern Sami dubbing will be released for Frozen 2.[49][50]

MarketingEdit

Disney released the first teaser trailer for the film on February 13, 2019.[51] The teaser trailer was viewed 116.4 million times in its first 24 hours, becoming the second most viewed animated film trailer in that time period, surpassing the record of Incredibles 2 (113.6 million views).[52] The second trailer debuted during ABC's Good Morning America on June 11, 2019.[53] The third trailer also released on GMA, on September 23.[54][55] A fourth trailer was released by Disney UK on October 14.[56]

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