2019-06-12



Sequels have been losing steam at the box office lately, with “The Secret Life of Pets 2” and the X-Men film “Dark Phoenix” the most recent disappointments. Disney hopes to reverse that trend with “Toy Story 4,” opening June 21, followed by “Frozen II” five months later. The first full-length trailer for that movie has just been released.
After whetting fans’ appetites with a dialogue-free teaser in February, the studio revealed a bit more of the follow-up’s story in the new clip. Princesses Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) leave the kingdom of Arendelle behind to travel over raging waterfalls and past Stonehenge-like monuments on a perilous quest to unravel a mystery about their homeland.

The trailer has a surreal feel, as a glowing horse appears to Elsa underwater and a rolling boulder transforms into a troll-like creature, who warns her, “The past is not what it seems.” As Elsa unleashes her icy powers, Anna vows to protect her older sister: “I won’t let anything happen to her.”

“Frozen II,” directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, will reach theaters on Nov. 22, six years after the original film’s release.
Move over Iron Man and Luke Skywalker. Queen Elsa is here to remind Hollywood that Disney Animation can still conjure up blockbuster magic of its own.

The first full trailer for "Frozen 2" premiered on Tuesday and it has already racked up more than 700,000 views on YouTube. The two-minute peek brings viewers back to Arendelle -- a frosty but lucrative world for Disney (DIS).
The sequel, which marks the return of voice work by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, follows one of the most successful animated movies in Disney's history. The original 2013 film earned more than $1.27 billion at the worldwide box office.
While Disney's Marvel and Star Wars brands have broken box office records in recent years, Disney Animation, which launched nearly 100 years ago, still maintains a reputation for producing solid hits.
"Ralph Breaks the Internet," "Tangled," "Moana," "Big Hero 6," "Zootopia" and "Frozen" have each made more than $500 million worldwide since 2010, according to Comscore (SCOR). "Frozen" and "Zootopia" both made more than $1 billion each worldwide.
The studio has also won the best animated feature Oscar three times over the last decade for "Big Hero 6," "Zootopia" and "Frozen."
And "Frozen" is more than just a hit film for Disney, it's one of its most popular franchises.
There's the endless inventory of "Frozen" merchandise and the hit soundtrack to the original film, which went on to sell over 3 million copies by the summer of 2014. That made it one of the top-performing albums of the year. "Frozen" also inspired a Broadway show and a theme park ride at Disney World's Epcot.
"This is definitely up there in terms of our top, probably, five franchises," Disney CEO Bob Iger said of "Frozen" in 2014. "So you can expect us to take full advantage of that over the next at least five years."
"Frozen 2," which hits theaters November 22, is also another potential hit on Disney's 2019 film lineup.
The studio has the top three highest-grossing films of year with "Avengers: Endgame," "Captain Marvel" and its live action reboot of "Aladdin."
Aside from "Frozen 2," Disney is releasing "Toy Story 4" next week, "The Lion King" in July and "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" in December.
There was much excitement when the trailer for “Frozen 2” dropped this week.

But some people couldn’t help feeling that the title could have been a bit more adventurous. “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert joked Tuesday that the sequel to Disney’s 2013 movie should have been called “2 Frozen 2 Flurrious.”

I can’t believe Disney didn’t call it “2 Frozen 2 Flurrious.”

— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) June 12, 2019
Kristen Bell, who voices Elsa’s sister Anna in the movies, posted this tongue-in-cheek reply:

We blew it, guys. https://t.co/0jnweTTqwu

— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) June 12, 2019
And it sparked an avalanche of other amusing title suggestions, ranging from “Frozen 2: Freeze Harder” to “Fro2en.”

Frozen 2 The Glacial Boogaloo.

— WilliamSpeaksHere (@WEMwanders) June 12, 2019
Frozen 2: Freeze Harder

— Kevin J. Mier (@KevinJMier) June 12, 2019
Frozen 3, Talkin’ Yo Snowdrift?

— Kyle Vogt (@kylevogt) June 12, 2019
Frozen 2: This time it’s Celsius.

— Lostradamus (@dark_gone) June 12, 2019
I jokingly said “Frozen 2: Let It Go Again” and my sister-in-law asked if that was the actual title.

— Kayla 🐻🌷 (@Kaylorraine326) June 12, 2019
Fro2en

— Owen Gillard (@oggranary) June 12, 2019
Frozen 3: Snowkyo Drift.

— Megan L Hewitt (@MeganLHewitt) June 12, 2019
Highway to the FroZone

— Ambien (@AskMrOwlAgain) June 12, 2019
Everybody knows Disney is merging it with their Star Wars franchise. “Snowballs: Attack of the cones”

— Chris Hall (@CHRI5HA11) June 12, 2019
There’s always Frozen 3: Tokyo Draft.

— CTUAgentIvan 😺 (@CTUAgentIvan) June 12, 2019

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