Everything We Know About Frozen 2

Idina Menzel in Frozen II (2019).
Idina Menzel in Frozen II (2019).
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Six years after Disney’s Frozen became an obsession for kids around the world, the story of Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven will continue with Frozen II. The long-awaited sequel will see the animated gang leave Arendelle and travel to an ancient forest where they hope to discover the origins of Elsa’s extraordinary powers.

Directed by: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee

Written by: Jennifer Lee and Allison Schroeder

Starring: Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Jason Ritter, Josh Gad, Evan Rachel Wood, and Sterling K. Brown

  • The original Frozen currently ranks as the 15thhighest-grossing movie of all time; it earned $1,276,500,000 worldwide.
  • While the enormous success of Frozen had audiences eager for a sequel, it took a while for Disney to officially announce the idea. When asked about the possibility of another film in April 2014, Walt Disney Studios co-chairman Alan F. Horn said that their main focus at the time was getting the Broadway musical version of Frozen off the ground.
  • Frozen II was officially announced in March 2015, during a Disney shareholders meeting.
  • Disney chairman/CEO Bob Iger believes that Frozen could become one of the company’s key properties. “Mickey Mouse was created in 1928, and he’s still one of our most popular characters,” Iger told CNBC in 2014. “People are downloading Mickey Mouse shorts on the internet fairly regularly. I think that’s an interesting example of when you have a character or stories that people love, there’s no reason why if we don’t continue to support these characters and this franchise, there is no reason why it can’t last a very, very long time ... [W]hen you have something that is as good as Frozen in today’s world, and you treat it well, meaning you continue to support it and fuel it with basically new creativity, there’s no reason why it can’t keep going at all. It’s not a fad.”
  • The first official teaser for Frozen II dropped on February 13, 2019 and logged 116.4 million views in the first 24 hours it was online, making it the most viewed animated movie trailer of all time (and the 15th most viewed movie trailer overall).
  • Like the first film, Frozen II will be rated PG.
  • Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, who co-directed Frozen, will reunite to co-direct the sequel. But don’t be surprised if you see a lot less of Lee in the director’s chair: In June 2018, it was announced that Lee and Pete Docter would be taking over as chief creative officers at both Disney Animation and Pixar.
  • Expect to see a lot more of Elsa’s personality in Frozen II. In an interview with Fandango, Chris Buck noted how Elsa “had such a dramatic journey, and at the end she's just starting to feel like she can open up and have some fun again. That's what was really good about the short [Frozen Fever]—we could have fun with Elsa. And that personality ... you will see in the next one."

Walt Disney Studios will release Frozen II on November 22, 2019.

Taika Waititi Hints That The Mandalorian's Baby Yoda Could Be Female

© LUCASFILM
© LUCASFILM

Various collaborators behind The Mandalorian have made it abundantly clear that while we're all obsessing over Baby Yoda, the show’s tiny breakout star, we really don’t know much about him. Including whether the character officially known as "The Child" is a "him" at all.

Entertainment Weekly reports that JoJo Rabbit director Taika Waititi, who directed The Mandalorian's season 1 finale, recently blew Baby Yoda fans's minds when he suggested that he could be a she. "I knew that people would be talking about Baby Yoda, but I also know Baby Yoda’s real name," Waititi said. "So if you’re gonna do me a favor, please stop calling him Baby Yoda. Or is it a her? No one knows!"

Both Waititi and series creator Jon Favreau have debunked the worldwide nickname of the miniature character. The two have corrected fans, explaining that The Child couldn't actually be a younger version of Yoda because the timelines don’t match up. The Disney+ show is set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, which means Yoda is already 905 years old. The Child, however, is only about 50. Though clearly he (or she) is the same species as the iconic Jedi master, whose origin story has always been very secretive, none of this will do anything to dissuade us from calling the creature Baby Yoda.

Keep your eyes peeled for season 2 of The Mandalorian, which will debut in fall 2020, to (hopefully) find out more about Baby Yoda’s true identity—and gender.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite Makes History With Its Best Picture Oscar Nomination

Ji-so Jung stars in Bong Joon Ho's Parasite (2019).
Ji-so Jung stars in Bong Joon Ho's Parasite (2019).
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Ever since Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite became the first Korean film to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival last May, critics have been whispering (or shouting) about its potential to take home the Best Picture Oscar, as well.

Now that goal is within reach: This morning, the gripping thriller secured a Best Picture Oscar nomination—a first for a South Korean film. Though none of the individual actors were nominated for their performances, Bong Joon Ho made the list for Best Director, and the film is also in the running for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, and Best Film Editing.

If Parasite wins Best Picture this year, it won’t just be the first South Korean film to do so—it’ll be the first foreign film to ever walk away with the award. Many thought Roma had a good chance of achieving that honor last year, but the Netflix-distributed Mexican drama ultimately lost to Green Book.

According to Variety, Parasite has grossed $25.4 million at the U.S. box office and an overall $132.3 million worldwide, and HBO is currently developing it as a miniseries.

The film, which is almost entirely in Korean, has helped many viewers overcome a characteristically American aversion to subtitles, something that Bong Joon Ho didn’t fail to mention in his Golden Globes acceptance speech after winning the Best Foreign Film award.

“Once you overcome the 1-inch-tall barrier of subtitles,” he said via his translator, “You will be used to so many more amazing films.”

This year’s Academy Awards air on ABC on Sunday, February 9.

[h/t Variety]

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