Jonathan Groff is getting ready to record his lines as Kristoff for Frozen 2 in the near future. Frozen, which arrived in theaters in 2013, quickly emerged as the biggest Disney Animation Studios phenomenon of the new century. It combined a pretty traditional Disney formula — a musical, with princesses, based vaguely on classic literature, with a singing snowman — with a modern-day twist, which is that the most important relationship in the movie was not a romantic coupling, but rather the relationship between sisters Anna and Elsa. There were also those Oscar-winning songs, from Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
Frozen earned more than $400 million at the domestic box office - the 26th all time highest total and fourth-highest among animated films (behind only Finding Dory, Shrek 2 and The Lion King). It has also sold an inordinate amount of clothes, costumes and lunch boxes, and will go down as the first favorite movie of an entire generation of young girls and boys alike. Thus, a sequel - along with a Broadway stage adaptation - has long been assured and it's now confirmed that we will get Frozen 2 in late 2019. Now we’re hearing a bit more about what we might see in the Frozen sequel.
Groff, who voiced Kristoff in the original Frozen, confirmed this week that he’s getting ready to enter the recording studio for his part in the second Frozen movie soon. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, done to promote a “podcast musical” he’s starring in called 36 Questions, Groff talked about the plans for the second movie:
“I think I just got an email yesterday where I’m about to go into the recording studio in a couple of weeks, or maybe a month?… They’re about to really get into the thick of recording it, which I’m excited about. I don’t know anything about it yet other than I’m about to start recording my section of it…“I’m just excited that I’m in it [laughs], you know? Excited to be in it and that creative team [directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck and the two songwriters] is also just so amazing, so I’m excited to get back in a room with them and play around.… The four of them are such an awesome team and I really, really love them.”
When Lopez and Anderson-Lopez won their Oscar for writing Frozen’s song “Let It Go” back in 2014, they took the opportunity to sing to Disney/Pixar Animation head John Lassiter, “Happy Oscars to you, let’s make Frozen 2.” Now that they've got their wish, can the second Frozen succeed the way the first one did? It will have all the same elements in place, from the cast to the songwriters to the directors - and with six years between films, those creatives will have plenty of time to get the sequel right.
On the other hand, very few animated sequels outside of the Toy Story franchise have been as strong as their predecessors. Still, it wouldn't be wise to bet against the Frozen team at this stage.
- Frozen II (2019) release date: Nov 22, 2019