It’s hard to believe that “Frozen” came out less than three years ago, since it has become such a big cultural phenomenon. Not only did “Frozen” end up becoming the highest grossing animated film of all time, but because the characters and story of “Frozen” are beloved by so many it has not only inspired many pop-up attractions at Disney theme parks, but will also get its own Broadway show for 2018, stage show at California Adventure this summer, and a permanent attraction in Epcot at Walt Disney World in 2016. All of us who can’t get enough “Frozen” had been hoping for a sequel, and Disney CEO Bob Iger gave the official announcement at a shareholder meeting last year that we would be getting a “Frozen 2“!
We will be getting the same iconic songwriting team, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who wrote the songs for “Frozen,” “Frozen Fever,” and are writing songs for Disney’s 2018 animated film “Gigantic.” It has been confirmed that actors Idina Menzel (Elsa), Kristen Bell (Anna), Johnathon Groff (Kristoff), and Josh Gad (Olaf) will be reprising their roles. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, who were the directors and screenwriters for the original film will also be returning.
Aside from last year’s announcement, little has been revealed about “Frozen 2,” but Kristen Bell did give us a little update today, saying that Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee have finished the script for the film (which she has said is fantastic, of course!). With the script finished and just some fine tuning to it needing to be done, Bell seems confident that recording will start incredibly soon, possible within the next month!
In a recent interview where she gave us some insight on the progress of “Frozen 2,” she had this to say when she was asked if she had begun doing any work on the songs for the new film:
No, not yet. We record all the time for different parks or different parks that open overseas, we’ll do a mashup for the rides. So we actually get to go in — Josh [Gad] and Idina [Menzel], Jonathan [Groff] and I — all the time and record new bits of the music. When Epcot center opens we’ll record a bunch of new music. So we have little bits of Frozen in our life at all times, but I’m excited to get started on the new movie.
No release date has been set yet, but with Frozen being one of my favorite Disney movies of all time, I can’t wait to find out more news as production begins. In the meantime, I’ll be enjoying the new Frozen Musical at Disney California Adventure in May!