Original Director Jennifer Lee Not Returning for Frozen 3

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Original Director Jennifer Lee Not Returning for Frozen 3

Frozen 3 was recently announced to be in the works but one director will not be returning for the third installment. News broke via The Wrap that the original Frozen director Jennifer Lee will not be returning to Arendelle this third time around. At this year’s Annecy Animation Festival, Lee stated “I can’t say where we are with “Frozen 3.” All our stories are driven by the artists in the studio. Where we’re going with ‘Frozen’ did not come from me. It came from an incredible person. That’s a new piece, I’ve told no one. And I’ve been blown away by it and I’m just having a blast with that team,” she said.

Lee remained quiet on the plot of the upcoming film but teased Frozen 3, “blew her away.” Lee will remain on board to help mentor the directors and animators find their way should they become lost in the woods. Lee has taken on a role as Chief Creative Officer for the Walt Disney Company. She is working on Disney’s Wish and other projects and her new title certainly keeps her busy.

Related: Walt Disney Company working on Frozen, Zootopia, and Toy Story Sequels According to Bob Iger

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Frozen, released in 2013, was a phenomenon and became one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time. It earned over $1.276 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing animated film at the time of its release. It held this record until the release of The Lion King (2019) and later Frozen 2 (2019).


Frozen 2, released in 2019, also had a remarkable run at the box office. It surpassed its predecessor’s success, earning over $1.45 billion worldwide. This made it the highest-grossing animated film of all time until it was surpassed by The Lion King (2019).

Both films received critical acclaim and were adored by audiences worldwide. The success of the Frozen franchise extended beyond the box office, with merchandise sales, soundtrack popularity, and the film’s impact on popular culture contributing to its overall success. While Jennifer Lee has primarily worked on the Frozen franchise, her contributions to Zootopia and A Wrinkle in Time showcase her talent beyond the Frozen universe.


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