Let it go? Never! FROZEN 2 is finally arriving in 2019 and we couldn’t be more excited to take another trip to Arendelle with Elsa and Anna. But we don’t know much about that trip so far. The FROZEN sequel has been in development for years, but Disney’s lips have been iced shut when it comes to details.
Here’s everything we know about the FROZEN sequel, which we’re going to call FROZEN 2 until Disney announces a full title.
The FROZEN 2 Release Date
Make time on your Thanksgiving schedule, because FROZEN 2 is set for release on November 22, 2019. That’s the Friday before Thanksgiving — and it’s a few days earlier than the film’s original release, which was previously set for November 27.
Currently, there’s nothing else set to open on that November 22 date. Smaller films could end up arriving then, especially as the 2019 film festival season reveals the next set of awards contenders. But for the most part, Disney might have that weekend to itself. And really, who will want to compete against the FROZEN sequel?
The FROZEN 2 Title
At this point, Disney and everyone else has just given the FROZEN sequel a basic numbered title. But FROZEN 2 may well not be what the film is actually called. (Just like RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET wasn’t called WRECK-IT-RALPH 2.) If there is a different name for the movie, expect it to be revealed just before the first real trailer for the film.
What About The FROZEN 2 Trailer?
We’ve seen some new footage featuring the film’s characters over the last couple of years, thanks to shorts like FROZEN FEVER and OLAF’S BIG ADVENTURE. But we haven’t seen any real FROZEN sequel footage yet. Judging by Disney’s past patterns, the first FROZEN 2 trailer is likely to debut in the first quarter of 2019. That could be as early as January, and as late as March, timed to the release of DUMBO.
The Directors of FROZEN 2
You’ll be happy to know that the original FROZEN filmmakers, Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, returned to direct the sequel. Before making the first FROZEN, Chris Buck was a director on Disney’s TARZAN, and on the animated film SURF’S UP. He was also an animator on a whole variety of projects, going back to ‘80s Disney features like THE FOX AND THE HOUND and THE BLACK CAULDRON. He also directed the short FROZEN FEVER.
Jennifer Lee co-directed FROZEN FEVER and has done a lot of work as a writer. Her name is on the scripts for WRECK-IT RALPH and A WRINKLE IN TIME. She also wrote FROZEN 2.
Will FROZEN 2 Have New Songs?
Yes! The same team who wrote “Let It Go” and the other brilliant songs for FROZEN is also back for the sequel. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and her husband Robert Lopez are writing new songs for FROZEN 2. Rumor has it that there will be four new songs — dare we hope for more?
The FROZEN Sequel Story
Like so many details about FROZEN 2, the story is being kept secret for now. At least some of the story will bring us back to Arendelle, and we can rely on the appearance of Elsa, Anna, and Olaf.
A leaked promotional image features an image of Anna and Elsa where both characters look noticeably older than in the first movie. So it’s likely that some time has passed since we last checked in with the sisters.
We do have one lead on the new film, however. When the FROZEN musical opened on Broadway in March 2018, songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez suggested something about the sequel. In the musical, Kristoff’s adoptive family, the rock trolls, are replaced by “hidden folk” inspired by folk tales from Iceland. Anderson-Lopez told Variety, “We’ve thought a lot more about those hidden folk. That’s all I’m going to say.”
And Jennifer Lee said the process of making the musical had influenced the development of FROZEN 2. “There’s this really fluid thing going on that we didn’t know about in the beginning as we were getting to know each other,” she said. “We learned this wonderful sort of chicken-and-egg back and forth. Even for the film, we’re building it like a musical, where the story and songs are intertwined and matter to each other.”
The FROZEN 2 Cast
As you’d hope, Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad will reprise their roles as Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf. And there are at least two new additions. Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown are also voicing characters in the sequel. We don’t yet know anything about who they play, however.