Air to turn chilly with ‘Frozen’ return

Winter is coming, again, after Disney unveiled a sequel to the mega-hit animation Frozen.

At the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting in San Francisco, Disney executives announced plans for Frozen 2.

And its official Twitter account said: “Forecast: Winter weather ahead! @DisneyAnimation developing Frozen2 with Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee.”

Kristen Bell, who voices Anna in the film, tweeted: “Dreams really do come 2!!! FROZEN2 its official.”

Since its release in November 2013, Frozen has become a juggernaut for Disney. It made nearly $1.3bn (€1.2bn) at the global box office and generated a massive merchandising revenue stream.

The film also won the Oscar for best animated feature. Walt Disney chief executive Bob Iger announced that directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee will return for the sequel but no actors or other details have been confirmed.

That didn’t stop the stars celebrating. Kristin Bell, who voices Princess Anna, took to Twitter with a suitably chilly set of pictures.

A beaming Josh Gad, voice of snowman Olaf, looked in danger of melting on Instagram with animation legend John Lasseter: “Backstage with #JohnLasseter after announcing#Frozen2. As you can see we are not mildly excited.”

Lasseter added: “We enjoyed making Frozen Fever so much and being back in that world with those characters. Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck have come up with a great idea for a sequel and you will be hearing a lot more about it and we’re taking you back to Arendelle.”

Short film Frozen Fever — featuring favourite characters Princesses Anna and Elsa, woodsman Kristoff and snowman Olaf — is to play in front of Disney’s latest release, Cinderella.

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