Despite the ongoing D23 Expo in Anaheim, California where everything Disney takes the center stage, one property in the planned Frozen 2 still lacks any official update. Despite this, the House of Mouse made up for it by giving the event attendees a glimpse as to how the production process is currently going, as well as, shining a light on the new upcoming offshoot with Olaf scheduled to debut this fall.
The follow-up film to the 2013 smash animated hit is scheduled for a November 2019 roll-out with most of the principal voice cast returning like Josh Gad (Olaf), Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa) and Jonathan Groff (Kristoff). Original movie helmers, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, are also back behind the lenses for a new narrative for the princesses of Arendelle. The sequel has some big shoes to fill, both in terms of box office and critical success. Its predecessor raked almost $1.3 billion in worldwide box office revenue - making it the highest-grossing animated film of all time. Much like the movie itself, its official soundtrack has also become a huge hit, spawning some of the most memorable Disney songs like Let It Go, which even won the Academy Awards Best Original Song Category.
Despite not revealing anything huge in terms of the Frozen sequel, Disney still prepared something with regard to the much-anticipated movie. As part of the animated panel in this year's D23 Expo hosted by Chief creative officer of Pixar John Lasseter, Bell and Gad stepped into the stage to share a behind-the-scenes clip of the directors’ recent research trip to Norway, Finland, as well as Iceland.
Further, a new Frozen story titled Olaf's Frozen Adventure was also highlighted. The spinoff, which will be part of the property's holiday featurette, will tackle the story of the Arendelle sisters feeling gloomy upon realizing their lack of holiday traditions. Hoping to solve the princesses' woes, Olaf goes on his mini-adventure collecting customs. Gad, performed the new original song from the upcoming project titled "That Time of Year" written by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson. The track is part of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming 21-minute featurette, attached to Disney•Pixar’s Coco, which hits the big screen on Nov. 22, 2017.
While the presentation failed in terms of delivering significant Frozen 2 news, what helped the situation is Gad's comedic presentation which was still very entertaining for the crowd. At one point, he even joked about the yet-to-be-revealed-title sharing rejected ones including Frozen Assets, Frozen Peas and Fro-Yo.
In March last year, Bell revealed that production for Frozen 2 is already about to start. A few months later, she retracted her earlier comments explaining that she was mistaken. The actress thought that they were already working on the sequel when in fact,they were actually doing the upcoming holiday special, which we now know is Olaf's Frozen Adventure. Hopefully soon we learn more about the proper sequel.
- Frozen II (2019) release date: Nov 22, 2019