Sunday, August 10, 2014
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Frozen is officially getting a sequel! Actually, sequels! Yep, multiple Frozen sequels…
They're going to be books.
I'm probably one of the very few folks on Earth that does not want a sequel to Walt Disney Animation Studios' latest film, one of their biggest smash hits and a worldwide phenomenon. Everyone is saying, "Oh of course they'll make a sequel!" I don't quite know about that, especially considering Disney Animation's very tiny crop of sequels and their integrity. As I've said many times before, there are better ways to keep the Frozen gravy train going without making a theatrical sequel or a direct-to-video follow-up (John Lasseter would probably not let that happen), and even though Disney's films didn't get theatrical sequels during the 90s because of the direct-to-video films, I doubt Disney Animation will consider making a theatrical sequel to Frozen solely because the film was a major hit.
I've said it before many times, Disney Animation follows Walt Disney's model of moviemaking. Instead of making a sequel to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt looked into a similar fairy tale princess story for a new feature film: Cinderella. Cinderella is essentially a "Snow White 2" for audiences, Snow White's story ended perfectly and there was no need for a sequel, so Walt instead took another story that was quite a bit like it. Frozen is essentially "Tangled 2" for audiences, because a Tangled sequel is likely not happening. And Giants will be a "Frozen 2" or "Tangled 3" for audiences.
That all being said, nothing is impossible. The people at Disney Animation may one day come up with a great idea for a Frozen sequel, but a Frozen sequel will only happen if a great idea pops into their heads.
Anyways, I like this idea. Books are a good way to continue the story, and you can separate them from the film itself if you wish - i.e. consider it canon or not. The books will hit shelves as early as January 2015, so the wait won't be too long for fans. In the mean time, I think this is what Disney ought to do with the franchise. Keep the stage show, keep the planned theme park stuff, keep everything else, heck I'd be okay with them making a TV series or a series of short films… But no official sequel made by Walt Disney Animation Studios, please. I'd rather see Disney Animation keep doing non-sequel stuff, with the exception of Wreck-It Ralph 2, because its predecessor's world - in my opinion - calls for a sequel.
Good news to say the least, I think.