Disney isn’t letting go of Frozen any time soon. The Mouse House announced on Thursday during its annual shareholder call that it is officially in development on a sequel to the smash-hit animated film Frozen, which won Oscars for Best Animated Film and Original Song in 2014. The news comes just a day before a short film follow-up to the cultural phenomenon, Frozen Fever, hits theaters ahead of Disney’s live-action Cinderella. The sequel will return directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, who also helmed the new short film.
You’ll probably recognize most of the characters in this exclusive poster for Disney’s new animated short Frozen Fever that’s playing ahead of Cinderella starting on Friday. Frozen Fever is the highly anticipated sequel-of-sorts to Disney’s massive 2013 Oscar-winning hit that’s now the highest-grossing animated movie of all time. Fever picks up with our Frozen family as snow queen Elsa plans a surprise birthday party for her spirited sis Anna.
When Disney bought Lucasfilm, they didn’t just acquire Star Wars — they also got access to the brain of its creator, George Lucas. Lucasfilm announced on Tuesday that it will release a new animated film called Strange Magic on Jan. 23. The film, directed by Pixar vet Gary Rydstrom, features a story written by Lucas himself — with an assist from one William Shakespeare.
What is it with Disney movies and conspiracy theories? Following years years of Hidden Mickeys, Pizza Planet trucks, and A113s, we have seen an uptick in dot-connecting in recent months, with hypotheses like Frozen, Little Mermaid, and Tangled all existing within the same universe and Andy’s mom being Jesse’s original owner in Toy Story. Then there’s the brave soul named John Negroni who penned a treatise on how all of the Pixar movies are interconnected.
Disney Consumer Products reports that more than three million Princess Anna and Princess Elsa dresses have been sold this year in North America alone. What makes that statistic even more mind-boggling is the price tag: Those dresses cost between $49.95 and $99.95 at Disney stores, not including accessories. Specifically, products featuring Elsa, who sings “Let It Go” and nearly dooms her kingdom to eternal winter, are much more popular than those featuring her sister Anna, who is actually Frozen’s protagonist.
The official stats on Frozen are staggering: More than six months since the release of the animated avalanche, it’s surpassed $1.2 billion in worldwide box office, and become the fifth-highest-grossing movie ever.
Today, Disney shared these exclusively with Yahoo Movies. Known as “easter eggs,” Disney has become pretty famous for sneaking these self-references into films — to the delight of megafans. It wouldn’t be a proper Disney easter egg list without a hidden Mickey.