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Should A ‘Frozen’ Sequel Happen?

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It’s snowballed into a global phenomenon that has taken the world by storm since it first hit theatres Disney-Frozen-Posterback in November. Its music has inspired hundreds of YouTube covers and parodies. It’s won two Oscars, and with over $1 billion in worldwide earnings, it’s well on its way to becoming the highest grossing animated film in history. This is the movie they call Frozen.

With the incredible success of this movie, you’d think Disney would do what any modern animation studio would do- make a sequel! But here’s the thing. They shouldn’t do that.

Talks of a sequel began ever since the movie became a pop culture classic, with Disney CEO Bob Iger saying we haven’t seen the last of Frozen. Of course that also refers to theme park attractions and a Broadway adaptation, but the question is, does this movie warrant a sequel?

The original movie closes perfectly: with Anna and Elsa reuniting and regaining their friendship. Anna finds true love and Elsa gains acceptance and embraces her icy powers.The messages of acceptance and true love from the first movie just can’t be redone. Also, throwing the same characters into a new situation just wont have the same impact.

What story could possibly be told in a Frozen 2? Elsa finding love? The story behind Elsa’s powers? Anna realizing she has a secret power? These ideas are either too weak, or best left open to interpretation.

We know what you’re thinking, Toy Story 2. That rare animated sequel actually as good–or even better–than the original. But it needs to be said that Toy Story 2 had characters which could easily fit a variety of situations with comic consequences. Not the case for Frozen–a full on animated drama.

Disney needs to focus entirely on original ideas. In the 90s, that’s what worked. Each movie that followed the last was original, powerful and unique. Their sequels were reserved for home video. Their upcoming slate, Big Hero 6 (November 2014), Zootopia (2016), Giants (2016) and Moana (2018) all look positively unique and original. It’s also certain at this point that the success of Frozen will inspire Disney to release a new musical fairytale every few years.

Disney needs to do use the new property responsibly. An annual Frozen Sing Along Christmas re-release? We’re up for that. A series of theatrical shorts featuring Olaf and Sven? Bring it on! A full length sequel? Maybe not.

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Because blizzards never strike twice.

What do you think? Do you want to see a Frozen sequel? Why? Why not?

About Gary Wright

Gary is a Disney nerd whose favorite animated movies are Beauty and the Beast, The Incredibles and Wreck-It Ralph. He co-hosted Episode 42 of the Animation Addicts Podcast with The Rotoscopers, just FYI. Find out more at: www.garywrightonline.blogspot.com. Follow on Twitter and Instagram: @IAmGaryWright
  • Anthony Raphael

    As much as frozen was an excellent movie, I don’t think it should get a sequel, specials, Definatley, just like tangled ever after, they could do a special of Anna and kristof getting married or do a special with rapunzel and Elsa when they are getting ready for the coronation somehow, I don’t know, but no sequel.

  • Asja Dally

    Songs of Ice and Snow, anyone? I know it’s a fanfiction, but it maps out a fascinating concept of what a Frozen sequel could be. I’m usually someone screaming NO NO PLEASE NO in the face of any and all follow-up movies, but…hm. With Frozen, I feel like there’s a lot of potential, and Songs of Ice and Snow is a great example of that.

    And honestly? I’d kind of like to see a backstory on Elsa’s powers or Anna discovering she has her own! Maybe I’m alone in that…or maybe it would work better as a Christmas special or short. But all in all, for some reason, I feel like Frozen could inspire some great follow-up material? I don’t know. Just my two cents.

    • http://www.garywrightonline.blogspot.com/ Gary Wright

      What is Songs of Ice and Snow? Do share!

      • Mari

        It’s a really popular fanfiction. You can find it here: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9870780/1/Songs-of-Ice-and-Snow

        • A Person

          I love Songs of Ice and Snow! The author is really talented.

        • Biblio-Phil

          OMG!!! I read your comment Mari and started reading the fanfic yesterday I’m already 10 chapters in soo hooked!!! It’s really really good and I SO hope Disney will use parts of it in a short or sequel!!

    • tt

      I don’t want a sequel. however, a TV series in Disney Channel can work better. it can flesh out the characters as well as building the film’s popularity. also, if done well, it can improve Disney Channel’s recent output qualities.

      • Scott

        Love the idea but no way you would be able to get Kristen Bell on board for that. (probably very few of the other stars as well)

  • Christine Huang

    A sequel might not be that bad of an idea. True sometimes sequels are rarely as good as the original, but I can picture a sequel that could draw some attention. In fact, I’m working a fanfiction for it.

    • tt

      then Disney would just follow the route of animation studios these days. making sequels after sequels after a film succeed. the problem is, sequels have tainted Disney legacy, and it shouldn’t be repeated. sure, some films feel like it needs one, but frozen isn’t one of them.
      if you notice, the most successful animation studio in japan is Studio Ghibli,who does hand drawn for all of their films and never, ever make a sequel. and with john lasseter at the helm, I doubt he would approve.

      • Christine Huang

        Some movie sequels are rarely that good, but I have often been told that the ending to Frozen was a little rushed, suggesting a possible sequel. Besides you have no idea what my idea for it is.

  • Bob Smith

    A good sequel isn’t impossible, but I won’t be waiting impatiently for one because of that risk. If there’s no good idea for a sequel, then it shouldn’t be considered at all. Then again, not making sequels can make Disney stand out from its competition.

    • tt

      agree absolutely! by not making sequels, the studio stands out as one that takes risks and shows originality and doesn’t feel like a money-hungry machine. Pixar is also one that stands out, as all of their sequels and prequels r forced upon by Disney during the Eisner-era (toy story 2 was forced to make and was originally direct-to-dvd; also, cars 2, finding dory, MU, and toy story 3 were all about to make by Disney Circle 7, a studio created to make sequels for Pixar, but the studio was closed down and Pixar must make those films or the copyrights of those sequels will go to somewhere else like DisneyToon)

  • Quigley Quagmire

    I cannot see any loose end they could grasp on to make a sequel. As you’ve in the article, a sequel isn’t worth it…

  • Brandon Kelly

    Do I want a sequel? No. Would I like if they did a Tangled/Frozen mash up, maybe. But I think Disney Animation should stay away from sequels. Besides, Giants is coming which is another fairy tale inspired story.

  • http://twitter.com/AlixEcho AlixEcho

    I dunno. If they could pull it off and come up with something that makes sense and adds to the first one, then yes, absolutely. But that’s a big “if,” and personally, I would prefer all those amazing, talented people at WDAS to use their resources to make new films of the same quality, rather than revisiting past stories.

    Shorts like Tangled Ever After would be nice, though. I wouldn’t mind getting little glimpses of the two sisters and how they’re getting on post-reconciliation… or even a short before they were torn apart — little Elsa and Anna causing trouble in the castle? Or Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez could return to write a new song for a short? Lots of possibilities there that don’t interfere so much with the original story.

    • Bob Smith

      Shorts aren’t a bad idea. Although the Tangled Ever After short was fun, it could’ve been more by focusing on Rapunzel and Eugene. So if there’s going to be a short for Frozen, maybe they can show a more of the sisters’ relationship now that they’re back together (like that deleted scene).

      A sequel might even be able to dive more into the sisters’ relationship, but that relationship will have to carry the movie somehow. Maybe Elsa’s work as queen? Then again, that concept might also only be enough for a short.

      • http://twitter.com/AlixEcho AlixEcho

        Yeah, it would be pretty disappointing if they did a short focusing on Olaf and Sven instead of Anna and Elsa…. A glimpse of the two sisters, nice and simple, that’s all! Not too much to ask, right??? :D

        Your comment about Elsa’s work as queen got me thinking… it would be interesting to see a Disney film with a character in a position of power like that, and there is some potential to see themes and ideas that Disney has never explored before in the fairytale/musical films. If they approached this carefully and made it work, it could be something very special and pretty unique in the Disney canon… But again, that’s a very big “if”…

        • Bob Smith

          A short about the two sisters can definitely work. They’re very different people, so their interactions can not only be fun(ny) but also very endearing. And it can also involve Elsa’s position as queen.
          I do think that follow-ups are possible for any movie including Frozen. It’s just maintaining a high quality that’s difficult.

  • Haley TheRadiant

    I would totally be on board for a sequel! More Frozen the better!!

  • Sebastian

    I would only agree on Disney making a sequel for frozen if they absolutely take their time and use their imagination and not cash. However Im glad that they will appear in parks and future video games to come. And even a tv special if it’s possible instead of rushing a sequel (we don’t want another cinderella 2) right.

    I would absolutely like to see a Disney princess or prince movie in Sweden though there it could start something to connect with Frozen perhaps.

    A tv special Yes

    A sequel Perhaps

    A new Disney Scandinavian film Yes

  • http://markb4.wordpress.com/ The Animation Commendation

    I’d rather “Frozen” NOT get a sequel as well.

  • Meh

    What they should do is bring an Oaken’s Trading post and sauna to blizzard beach, bring Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Hans, and many more character meet and greets to Disneyland and Disney World. maybe do some sort of small show for Mickeys Very merry christmas party, (like a totally tommorowland show thing), and turn the Akershus restaurant in Norway in Epcot into a Frozen themed restaurant with instead of princesses, all the characters from Frozen there walking around. This is pretty weird but whatever some ideas i guess

  • Sidnita

    Blizzards actually do strike twice…
    We had like 10000000000 blizzards this year…

  • N.B.L

    It doesn’t need to be a sequel people!!they’d do a kind of spin off or even a sequel about anna and elsa’s past like monsters S.A…

  • fourtris

    They should do a sequel. What if Anna got some kind of power and then covered the kingdom with it? Sure, same plot as Frozen, but Elsa and Anna could get into like a big fight with their powers. Interesting enough.

    • http://www.garywrightonline.blogspot.com/ Gary Wright

      You mean like tropical powers with white sand and warm…fire!

      • Biblio-Phil

        Just like in Songs of Ice and Snow w/ fire powers! (I won’t spoil it go check it out yourself!) :)

    • Biblio-Phil

      By the way “fourtris” is a cool name. I’m a Divergent fan too! :)

  • shaunn

    I am not entirely averse to a sequel, though I agree with many here that there are a lot of ways to keep the characters fresh through short films or specials without doing anything that would undermine the main accomplishments of the film. I would be most interested in seeing shorts about Anna and Elsa doing things together.
    But, as I said, I’m not entirely averse to the idea of a sequel, so long as it is done very well. I trust John Lasseter and the people around him to only do a sequel if they think that they can match or top the original and if they feel they have something to say.

    • Varg2000

      Well said!

  • tt

    its a possibility disneytoon will handle it. coz don want Disney animation to be tainted like and as generic as other animation studios that keep milking their franchises.
    however, I found this article on a website saying that disney shouldn’t make frozen 2. and guess what commenters said? ‘they should make frozen 2 coz of elsa and olaf’. that’s it. that’s the general audience’s motivation for a sequel that could possibly ruin the movie. and 1 even said ‘its not a classic until its spoiled all over’. hello? snow white? Pinocchio? dumbo? the golden age films?
    what im trying to say is, the general audience could care less about animation or the studios’ reputations. they completely ignored the article and just wrote down ‘wanting a frozen 2′. they don’t care. and that’s the general audience that Disney is trying to target. the fans r only part of it, the main target audience is the people who could care less. and with such situations laid before them, frozen could possibly be spoiled all over.

  • Matt

    No no no no no. NO sequel! Fairytales aren’t the type of movies that lend themselves to sequels. They all end with a “happily ever after” type of ending. Where could the story even go? Why does every successful movie have to be milked and shoved down are throats? I kno the answer is money but seriously theres only one good Lion King movie, only one good Aladdin movie. As much as I love all the Toy Story movies I don’t want another one. Shorts fine but please no more sequels. Even good sequels can cheapen the value of the original film if there’s to many.

  • http://www.garywrightonline.blogspot.com/ Gary Wright

    Personally the movie I think deserves a sequel is Wreck-It Ralph!

  • Anna of arendelle

    What if they do like tangled? Not a full sequel I want a short about Anna and Kristoffs wedding day

  • Sandra Monte

    I want Frozen 2, sure… I believe Elsa finding love, true love. A man don´t afraid her…

  • Aliscen Khaw

    question, if beauty and the beast got nominated for best picture, why wasn’t frozen? i mean it was pretty good.or the category for best picture is no longer open for animation anymore? i remember it was since toy story 3 got nominated.

  • Aliscen Khaw

    i definitely hope for a sequel, because i want them to explore more of elsa, and the culture

  • gab

    Hans comes back and finds a way to steal Elsa’s power, and the group (Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf) needs to find him and recover her powers before Elsa dies.

    Or something like that. I do belive it would become a good sequel. Actually, i belive there are many other ideas that could become amazing sequels.

    • Vardenis Pavardenis

      YES!

  • EllaCedar13

    *yells like Animal*

  • Charlie

    As long as it has nothing to do with a Kristanna wedding, I am game for anything. A wedding to me would ruin the original movie lesson.

  • MoeMoe

    No sequel, honestly i’m getting all emotional no sequel please.
    We all loved Frozen, it was amazing all of it why ruin it with a sequel?
    Look no explanation is needed just NO sequel ;(

  • MAE123

    I think that the Frozen movie should get a sequel of Auna getting fire powers from a curse of the duke of weseltun. So then Elsa tries to help her but it doesn’t really work because she has ice powers. But in the end she concurred her fear and marries Christoph.

  • Michael Young

    As long as they have the same creative team (Writers, Directors, Voices, etc.) as the first movie, I’ll be in the line at the theatre!

    Happy Oscars to you
    Let’s do “Frozen 2

    - Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez -

  • Micol Ansini Righi

    I think Frozen should get a sequel. I think they should do it to show us Anna and Elsa rebuilding their relationship, some Kristanna, Elsa dealing with her powers and to me it would be an awesome idea for the main plot to be Hans somehow coming back to Arendelle and trying to redeem himself in the meantime falling in love with Elsa. That would be Awesome, with capital A. Hans and Elsa have this “thing” that to me it makes them perfect for each other. They are so different and yet they are so alike. So yeah, if they do a Frozen 2 it should be a “Hans Redemption” story. It could be a good example for kids to teach them that forgiveness is important. Plus, to all those who will say “Come on! He tried to kill them!” well, think of Brother Bear, Kenai killed Koda’s mom but he redeemed himself and Koda forgave him.

    P.S.
    I’m also a HUGE Helsa/ Iceburns shipper, so… you get my point ;)

  • http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/987/5660/original.jpg AegysLTS

    If there is to be a sequel, I hope it won’t end up like the direct to dvd disaster of Mulan 2, Pocahontas 2, Hunchback of ND 2, TL mermaid 2…….

  • John Allennettopia

    yay frozen. make a sequel. viva la dreamworks and pixar for making frozen. viva la england, the country which made this movie.

  • y

    I’m not really feeling a sequel unless it could be about Anna and Elsa’s childhood •like before they were separated
    •growing up seperatley

  • y

    They could even include the deleted song ” We Know Better”

  • Bella

    I think making a sequel would be a great idea because I want to know what happens to Anna, Kristoff, Elsa and Olaf maybe a wedding for Kristoff and Anna