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.
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.
Hyrum Osmond is a Disney veteran who has been animating features at the studio since 2008’s “Bolt.” On “Frozen,” he was the supervising animator for Olaf, the lovable snowman, but he stepped in to animate Prince Hans for that one particular moment. In a phone conversation with Yahoo Movies, Osmond said, “I requested that shot, just because I knew that that was the perfect moment to kind of pepper in that Donny Osmond feel to it.” After all, the song between Hans and Princess Anna is the kind of bubblegum pop number that made the Osmonds famous. Hyrum’s father is George Virl Osmond Jr., the eldest of Donny’s seven brothers, who was born with a hearing impairment and did not perform on stage with his siblings. "Obviously we were exposed to the ‘Donny and Marie’ show.