Frozen was the biggest movie the that the animation division of Disney had seen in a very long time. Between the fact that the film put a major twist on the princess tropes that Disney themselves had created, and the fact that the movie had that song you couldn't escape, Frozen was absolutely everywhere. While Disney Animation frequently avoids making theatrical sequels to their animated movies, it was obvious that if an exception was going to be made, Frozen would be it, and after rumors implied one was probably happening, it was eventually confirmed to be on its way.
While we still have a lot of time to wait for Frozen 2, or whatever the new film will be called, Frozen as a brand has not stopped producing material, which means that we at least have an idea of where the story of the sequel may be headed. Here's everything we know so far about Frozen 2.
Frozen 2 is currently set for release on November 27, 2019. This is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in 2019, which is a release date that Disney has had nailed down for years. It's the same spot where the original Frozen was released back in 2013, and, in fact, it's the exact same day of the month. There's currently an unknown Fox/Marvel movie set to debut the Friday before, although, with the pending Disney/Fox purchase likely to have been completed by then, there's a decent chance that movie will get moved, assuming it happens at all, to make sure it doesn't interfere with Frozen's success. The next major release won't be for a couple of weeks when the planned Masters of the Universe movie opens a couple of days before Star Wars: Episode IX, which was pushed back from it's previously scheduled summer release.
This early it's impossible to know what the MPAA rating of Frozen 2 will be, but the studio's recent efforts, including the original Frozen, have been rated PG rather than the more traditional G, and there's a good chance that Frozen 2 will follow suit. It's a safe bet we won't see anything beyond PG. Disney Animation has never gone that far before, and we wouldn't expect Disney to do anything that might cause families to reconsider which members should be attending the film.
While Frozen 2 has been officially announced, if the movie will have any title beyond that, it's currently unknown. One rumor has hinted at a possible title, or subtitle, of Strange Magic. Since Disney rarely actually makes direct sequels to their animated films, we don't have a lot of history to give us an indication of what sort of title we might get. Wreck-It Ralph is actually the first movie getting a theatrically released sequel and its title is a little odd, with the subtitle Ralph Break the Internet, actually coming before the title Wreck-It Ralph 2. If that is meant to be an indication of how Disney sequels will be titled, we could be getting ready for Strange Magic: Frozen 2, or something along those lines.
Frozen 2 is set to be co-directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck. This will be good news for Frozen fans as it means both of the directors of the original Frozen will be making their return. Chris Buck has been very Frozen focused since the original film, with his other major project in the intervening years being the writing and directing of the Frozen Fever animated short.
Jennifer Lee has been a bit busier since the original Frozen, while she co-write and directed Frozen Fever as well, she also co-wrote the story for Disney's other recent smash hit, Zootopia, and she also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time.
Interestingly, there has been little officially stated about who is writing Frozen 2. Jennifer Lee wrote the original screenplay and, based on comments from Kristen Bell, it appears she's doing the same for the sequel, but if she's working alone or with any others is not known. The story of the first film was a collaborative effort between Lee, Chris Buck and Shane Morris. We do know that the songs for the new film will be written by the same husband and wife team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez who wrote the music for the first film and brought us the epic "Let it Go."
Animated films take years to produce and often go through significant changes during that time. As such, we know next to nothing about what the plot of Frozen 2 will be, and even if we did, what we know now could very possibly go through significant changes before it actually makes it to the screen. At one point in the production of the original Frozen, Elsa was supposed to be a more traditional villain after all, which shows how much things can change. The film is apparently still in the storyboarding phase which means they're still very early in production right now.
Chris Buck has said that we'll see more of Elsa enjoying her new found freedom, something that was touched on in the Frozen Fever short. In addition, Josh Gad has said he would like to see Olaf grow up a bit, since he is essentially a child in the first film and should hopefully mature, at least a bit, in between films.
The first Frozen was based, very loosely, on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen. Frozen 2 will, more than likely, be very much its own story, taking the Disney version of the characters forward into a wholly original tale.
In the first Frozen, we watched Elsa ascend to the throne of Arendelle and come to terms with her magical abilities. There really wasn't anything specifically set up for Elsa to do next, so while she'll almost certainly take a lead role in the new film, who knows what she'll be doing. She currently stands as one of the few Disney heroines who doesn't have a romance during the film, so, perhaps, that will happen here. If it does, there's a significant contingent of fans who would love to see Elsa's love interest be female. Considering the way the original Frozen was willing to go against Disney's own established traditions, perhaps they'd be willing to take this major step as well, one that we're sure will happen one day.
One thing we don't know about Elsa is exactly why she has her magic powers. Perhaps there's a story there that would be interesting to explore.
Anna was possibly the more interesting princess in the original Frozen. She's the one who fell in love with a character she just met, in traditional Disney fashion, though by the end it was her act of true love that broke the spell that was hurting her. At the film's close, Anna and Kristoff had begun a relationship. Depending on how much time will have passed between Frozen and Frozen 2 we could see that relationship become more serious, or, if they want to drive home the idea that the pair are taking it slow, we could see them together, but without making the relationship itself important to the story.
Olaf took center stage recently as the lead character in the holiday special Olaf's Frozen Adventure. When it comes to Disney sidekick characters Olaf is pretty popular. In the first film, he was solid comic relief without being over the top or childish. Could Olaf taking on a larger role in the holiday special be an indication that he'll be more important in the theatrical sequel? One of the never answered questions in Frozen is why Elsa's magic has the power to give Olaf life. If that question is in any way at the center of the film's plot, it could very likely mean that Olaf could be quite important.
The other two characters that we know we'll see in Frozen 2 are Kristoff and his reindeer Sven. If Anna and Kristoff's relationship is important to the sequel's story, then Kristoff could have a key role in the new movie. Otherwise, we'd expect Frozen 2 to focus on the two sisters, with Kristoff being an important side character, not unlike Olaf. Sven will also be there to add his special brand of humor.
We do know from what Kristen Bell told us that Frozen 2 will include a pair of brand new characters, though she was certainly tight-lipped about them, which means we don't know anything beyond the fact that they'll exist. Are these new allies or is one of them a villain? While Disney animated films have had some of the best villains in movie history, not all films even have traditional villains. The original Frozen being a prime example.
There's a decent chance that we'll see the Duke of Weselton again, if only in a brief cameo. The character was voiced by Alan Tudyk, and he has been lending his voice to every Disney feature in recent years, so there's a good chance we'll see that character again. If not, expect to hear Tudyk's voice, but in a less recognizable place. He played a chicken in Moana, so he could voice an animal, or something else that doesn't speak, if they don't want a character to sound too much like the Duke of Weselton.
We'd expect the rock trolls to at least make an appearance in Frozen 2 as well. The trolls' knowledge of magic was key to the first movie. If magic is important in the sequel, and one rumored title would imply that it is, there's a good chance they'll appear. Even if magic isn't key to the plot of Frozen 2, we'd expect they'll still show up, if only as part of a comic aside.
The other major character from the original Frozen who is a question mark at this point is Hans. He was the underhanded prince who tried to marry Anna in order to gain the throne. At the end of the film, he's sent back to his home, where his elder siblings were, apparently, none to happy with his plot. We see Hans briefly at the end of Frozen Fever, so perhaps he, or the rest of his family, will also play a part in the sequel.
The first piece of Frozen material that we got following the film was the animated short Frozen Fever. It followed Elsa's attempt to throw a birthday party for her sister. While it's easy to write this off as simply a bit of fun, and it is mostly that, the short does include some material that's potentially relevant to the sequel. First, we see Elsa conjure dresses for herself and Anna using magic. While we saw Elsa do this in Frozen, these dresses are green and distinctly non-ice related. It would appear that her magic has some additional power beyond simply the ability to make ice. We also see her accidentally create tiny snowmen (called snowgies, if you care) due to her being sick. At the end of the short, we see the snowgies move into Elsa's ice palace with Marshmallow, the abominable snowman. We could potentially see them in Frozen 2.
Olaf's Frozen Adventure is Disney's newest holiday special that saw a brief theatrical release along with Pixar's Coco before debuting on television. It follows Olaf's attempts to find a holiday tradition for Anna and Elsa, something they never found themselves due to being separated for so long due to Elsa's powers. Ultimately, it's discovered that the two did have a tradition, as Anna would make Olaf-inspired gifts for Elsa every Christmas. This gave us a look at a previously unknown part of their lives that took place during the "Do You Want to Build a Snowman" montage in the first film. It's possible there could be more information during that part of their lives that could be created in order to give Frozen 2 a place to start.