Remember a few months ago when Frozen 2 was confirmed and (most of) the world rejoiced? Well, today one of the directors behind Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff has once again excited us all with some hints about the upcoming sequel! Yay!
Despite the sequel not yet having a confirmed release date (though it is rumored to be sometime in late 2018 or beyond), director Chris Buck spoke to MTV at the special screening of the Walt Disney Animation Studios Shorts Collection on August 9th about Frozen, Frozen Fever and also the eagerly anticipated Frozen 2!
First off, the director assured everyone a script for the sequel was very much underway between him and co-director Jennifer Lee. Buck commented that the pair "have an overall idea, a concept" that he thinks "is a very strong one." Awesome! Of course, us Frozen fanatics would expect nothing less, but it's always great to hear the directors are confident in where their film is headed, even well in advance.
Secondly, Buck talked about how the craziness of the Frozen phenomenon was responsible for him and Lee taking a bit of time before even contemplating a sequel, saying:
"After the feature, and because of how it was received, we were all overwhelmed by the Frozen phenomenon. It took us a while just to even get back into things and do the short. And it was as we were doing the short that we started thinking about the next one."
The short he mentioned was of course Frozen Fever which released in theaters in March, ahead of screenings of the live-action Cinderella.
Finally, Buck gave a few ideas about what Frozen fans should expect to see in the sequel, and spoiler alert - it's definitely Elsa and Anna! But aside from being just about the two royal sisters of Arendelle, Buck also mentioned that we should expect the film to send a very strong message to all kids, saying:
"We have two very strong female leads in Frozen. We will keep that going in the next one. We will tackle other issues that, I think, are out there today that boys and girls, men and women, are dealing with.
I think we’re very aware of what is happening in society. I don’t think any of us take [them] lightly, even though they can be very funny and entertaining, the messages that our movies have and the influence they can have on young people. When the kids [watch] them, they watch them over and over again, and if we don’t have a decent message in there, I think we’ve missed an opportunity."
Personally, I think this is brilliant. Children (and adults!) learn so much from examples set out in TV and movies that it's a great idea to include a powerful message in such a popular franchise.
But whatever issues Frozen 2 chooses to tackle in its script, we'll have to wait at least two years to find out about them. Until then, here's hoping Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee give us plenty more hints and spoilers to get us through the long, cold Frozen-less winter.