Disney has changed the release date for Frozen 2, opting to "Let it Go" into theaters a whole week earlier. Co-written by Hidden Figures scribe, Allison Schroeder, the film will serve as a follow-up to 2013's smash-hit animated musical, continuing the adventures of Anna and her magical sister, Elsa. Stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel will reprise their roles, with Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad returning in support as Kristoff and Olaf the snowman, respectively. They will be joined by Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown in undisclosed roles.
The characters were last seen in Olaf's Frozen Adventure. The short was poorly received when it debuted in front of the Oscar-winning Coco, but since fared better on TV. Still, expectation and anticipation for the sequel remained high. Little remains known regarding the plot. Gad, however, has gone on record to announce that it'll be "worth the wait". Speculation also remains rife that Princess Elsa will receive a female love interest.
According to Deadline, fans will not have to wait as long as previously expected. The film was originally scheduled for a Thanksgiving Eve release, but will now hit theaters on November 22. The only other film penciled in for that date was an untitled Fox/Marvel film. With Disney's acquisition of Fox set to be finalized in the coming months, that will no doubt change - or be scrapped altogether.
The day before Thanksgiving is usually Disney's release date of choice, with 9 of the Top 10 Thanksgiving opening releases being Disney creations. Disney previously carved out that weekend for the releases of Moana, the aforementioned Coco, and The Good Dinosaur. Even Frozen was originally released around that time, ultimately going on to achieve a spectacular 5-day return at the box office. Disney will be seeking to replicate that success in 2018 with Ralph Breaks the Internet.
No reason has been given for the decision to switch the dates. In all likelihood, however, Disney is probably looking to capitalize on having audiences all to themselves that weekend. The move will also allow the studio to potentially reap the benefits of repeat viewings for longer. It's a plan that will almost assuredly pay off, with children no doubt already eager to see what happens next to their beloved characters - as well as what new songs they can help get stuck in their families' heads over the holiday period.
- Frozen II (2019) release date: Nov 22, 2019