• “Frozen” team made an animated short based on film, which is playing before “Cinderella.”
• Broadway version of “Frozen” is top priority.
• “Frozen” ranks fifth in world box office numbers.
“Frozen 2” is in development at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and producer Peter Del Vecho, the Oscar-winning filmmaking team behind “Frozen,” announced the sequel last week. No release date has been announced.
Don’t expect “Frozen 2” anytime soon.
During an interview to talk about their work on the animated short “Frozen Fever,” which is featured with the live-action movie “Cinderella, Buck and Del Vecho explained they had another project that was taking up their time: mounting a Broadway production based on the animated film.
The stage production, the short and the sequel are all in response to the huge fan base for “Frozen.”
“We knew we had something special when we previewed the movie, because we could tell by the audience reaction right away. I don’t think anyone at the studio could have predicted the sort of phenomenon it became,” Del Vecho says. “Our movie has become their movie now and that’s very exciting to watch, but is not predictable.”
Buck adds that they were hoping “Frozen” would do as well as “Tangled” at the box office, because they were similar musical productions. “Frozen” not only eclipsed “Tangled”; it became a hit around the globe.
“Frozen” has made more money than any other animated movie in film history. It surpassed “Toy Story 3,” which pulled in $1.063 billion. It’s now the fifth highest grossing movie in the world with $1.27 billion behind only “Avatar,” “Titanic,” “Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.”
“You couldn’t fathom the success. It’s amazing how people have embraced it,” Buck says. “Also, what you can never forget about this movie is how touched people can get. A woman told us that she was in a very bad place in her life and about to commit suicide. She saw ‘Frozen.’ Saw Elsa’s journey. And that inspired her, and she is still here today.”
Both the producer and director have been told by parents of autistic children that “Frozen” is one of the first things their children will focus on and watch.
That kind of response has been overwhelming to the pair.
To help you pass the time while you wait for “Frozen 2,” check out “Frozen Fever.” It’s a funny and sweet look at what would happen if Elsa got a cold.
Buck and Del Vecho were approached to make a short film based on the “Frozen” characters soon after the original film was released. They worked with the same songwriters who did the original movie — Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez — to create a new tune for the short.
“When you make a short, you want to know how it’s going to be used and they told us that it would be released with a live-action movie,” Buck says. “ ‘Cinderella’ seemed like a good pairing for us by keeping it in the fairytale world.”