Since its launch in 2013, Disney's Frozen has become the highest-grossing animated feature of all-time, grossing more than $1.27 billion in box office sales worldwide. Yet, its much-anticipated sequel is seemingly still on ice (pun intended).
But a #Frozen2 there will be, as #Disney has officially confirmed it in early 2015, just that we are unlikely to see it before *gulp* 2019, as it was not included in the House of Mouse's theatrical schedules for 2017 and 2018.
Of course, there was the 2015 short film, Frozen Fever, but let's face it: That was just an appetizer (plus we were rather distracted by Queen Elsa's bad cold and her mischievous snots, cute as they may be.)
There was also the LEGO Frozen Northern Lights series of shorts on the Disney Channel, which featured building block versions of key characters Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven on a quest to restore the Northern Lights before they disappear from the kingdom of Arendelle's sight. It's a cute (and extremely corny) series, meant for very young kids, but it's not quite like the real thing. For those who haven't seen it (and there probably will be repeats on the Disney channel) here's the trailer:
Till the eagerly-awaited sequel comes along, here are seven things Frozen fans can look forward to in 2017 and beyond.
1. Olaf's Christmas Special
Come Christmas 2017, a Frozen TV special, Olaf's Frozen Adventure, is set to air on the ABC network. Focus will be on the lovable snowman, with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Sven also set to return, including the original voice cast of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Josh Gad. New songs can be expected too — woo-hoo!
2. 'Frozen' Goes To Broadway
There's already Disney on Ice Presents Frozen, now meet Frozen — The Broadway Musical. The stage musical adaptation of the hit movie will take its bow at the St. James Theater in New York in Spring 2018. Prior to that, a two-month test run will take place at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in August 2017. Much is expected from the musical, as it is written by the same Oscar-winning team behind the 2013 film — book by Jennifer Lee, screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck), and music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, responsible for the film's brilliant songs including the stirring "Let It Go." The cast has yet to be confirmed, but just for the fun of it, which current pop star do you think is best to play either Elsa or Anna?
3. 'Frozen 2' Will Have Another 'Let It Go'
Insiders are saying that the reason why Frozen 2 is taking so long to materialize is that Disney wants to get it absolutely right. As a sequel to a highly successful musical, not only does it need a strong storyline, it needs to have a showstopper tune as good as "Let It Go," if not better. It's not going to be easy — the Lopezes have yet to say yes to the sequel, as they are fully focused on the Broadway musical. Well, here's hoping they will find the time and maybe, just maybe, we can expect a big duet between Anna and Elsa. Cue sisters and mothers-and-daughters' sing-a-longs all over the world.
4. The Princesses' New Clothes
The #DisneyPrincess franchise is a big multi-billion dollar business and when Frozen took the world by storm, so did all all their merchandise — from costumes to bedsheets, coloring sets to backpacks. Queen Elsa's iconic icy blue dress is still a hot seller, while in Frozen Fever, Elsa and Princess Anna don new, green-hued dresses with floral prints. Expect a whole new line of wardrobe for the two beauties in Olaf's Frozen Adventure as well as Frozen 2.
5. Potential Wedding For Anna And Kristoff
Judging by online chatter, this seems to be the plotline that most fans want to see in Frozen 2. How exciting can that be? Wouldn't it be more intriguing if they continue to learn about each other, finding out what exactly makes each other tick, or get on each other's nerves a bit to see if they can really stand a lifetime together? Instead of focusing on their wedding plans (although they can), it's arguably more fun to see them trying to find a love interest for Elsa, which brings us to our next point:
6. Elsa's Love Life
This is another popular topic among Frozen fans. Many it seem would like to see Elsa romantically linked to a king, prince or anyone who proves himself worthy of our queen. A plotline akin to The Princess Diaries 2, in which Princess Mia (played by Anne Hathaway) has to find a suitor in order to become queen of Genovia, could be quite fun. Or, encountering a royal who is as cold as Elsa (think: Pride And Prejudice's Mr. Darcy), only to have his aloofness thawed by the Snow Queen (oh, the irony) could be another cool idea. We could also have Anna and Kristoff (and Sven and Olaf) sizing up suitors in and around Arendelle to see who's right for Elsa. Then, who knows? We could have a double wedding in Frozen 3!
Then again, there's absolutely no reason why Elsa cannot remain a swinging single (Brave's Merida was one). Besides, she also has a kingdom to run. (Not that we're saying that she can't reign as queen and have a relationship at the same time, mind you). Still, we can absolutely guarantee that seeing Elsa meeting a potential King or Prince Charming in Frozen 2 will certainly be intriguing than watching her discuss trade matters with dignitaries from neighboring countries!
7. More Of The Snowgie Squad
The cutest things in Frozen Fever are Elsa's snots or snowgies, the lively little snowmen that materialize each time she sneezes. After they appeared again in LEGO Frozen Northern Lights, we would like to see Olaf form a squad (a la Taylor Swift) with the snowgies and cause some mayhem in Frozen 2. Of course, this being a Disney film, we're sure their mischief will be nothing but fun and they will become good at the end. Besides, think of all the Snowgie Tsum Tsums they can sell.
As it is, Disney is going to wrap the Frozen sequel in cotton wool until they are 101 percent certain that they have a sure winner (which will launch a gazillion merchandise items and garner a few more Oscars). In the meantime, fans just have to make do with the Frozen offerings on TV, the stage, and in the Disney theme parks.
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(Sources: telegraph.co.uk, businessinsider.com, slashfilm.com, broadwayworld.com)