Everything We Know About Frozen 2

Idina Menzel in Frozen II (2019).
Idina Menzel in Frozen II (2019).
© 2019 Disney

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.

Mental Floss's Three-Day Sale Includes Deals on Apple AirPods, Sony Wireless Headphones, and More

Apple
Apple

During this weekend's three-day sale on the Mental Floss Shop, you'll find deep discounts on products like AirPods, Martha Stewart’s bestselling pressure cooker, and more. Check out the best deals below.

1. Apple AirPods Pro; $219

Apple

You may not know it by looking at them, but these tiny earbuds by Apple offer HDR sound, 30 hours of noise cancellation, and powerful bass, all through Bluetooth connectivity. These trendy, sleek AirPods will even read your messages and allow you to share your audio with another set of AirPods nearby.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

2. Sony Zx220bt Wireless On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones (Open Box - Like New); $35

Sony

For the listener who likes a traditional over-the-ear headphone, this set by Sony will give you all the same hands-free calling, extended battery power, and Bluetooth connectivity as their tiny earbud counterparts. They have a swivel folding design to make stashing them easy, a built-in microphone for voice commands and calls, and quality 1.18-inch dome drivers for dynamic sound quality.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

3. Sony Xb650bt Wireless On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones; $46

Sony

This Sony headphone model stands out for its extra bass and the 30 hours of battery life you get with each charge. And in between your favorite tracks, you can take hands-free calls and go seamlessly back into the music.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

4. Martha Stewart 8-quart Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker; $65

Martha Stewart

If you’re thinking of taking the plunge and buying a new pressure cooker, this 8-quart model from Martha Stewart comes with 14 presets, a wire rack, a spoon, and a rice measuring cup to make delicious dinners using just one appliance.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

5. Jashen V18 350w Cordless Vacuum Cleaner; $180

Jashen

If you're obsessive about cleanliness, it's time to lose the vacuum cord and opt for this untethered model from JASHEN. Touting a 4.3-star rating from Amazon, the JASHEN cordless vacuum features a brushless motor with strong suction, noise optimization, and a convenient wall mount for charging and storage.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

6. Evachill Ev-500 Personal Air Conditioner; $65

Evachill

This EvaChill personal air conditioner is an eco-friendly way to cool yourself down in any room of the house. You can set it up at your work desk at home, and in just a few minutes, this portable cooling unit can drop the temperature by 59º. All you need to do is fill the water tank and plug in the USB cord.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

7. Gourmia Gcm7800 Brewdini 5-Cup Cold Brew Coffee Maker; $120

Gourmia

The perfect cup of cold brew can take up to 12 hours to prepare, but this Gourmia Cold Brew Coffee Maker can do the job in just a couple of minutes. It has a strong suction that speeds up brew time while preserving flavor in up to five cups of delicious cold brew at a time.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

8. Townew: The World's First Self-Sealing Trash Can; $90

Townew

Never deal with handling gross garbage again when you have this smart bin helping you in the kitchen. With one touch, the Townew will seal the full bag for easy removal. Once you grab the neatly sealed bag, the Townew will load in a new clean one on its own.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

9. Light Smart Solar Powered Parking Sensor (Two-Pack); $155

FenSens

Parking sensors are amazing, but a lot of cars require a high trim to access them. You can easily upgrade your car—and parking skills—with this solar-powered parking sensor. It will give you audio and visual alerts through your phone for the perfect parking job every time.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

10. Liz: The Smart Self-Cleaning Bottle With UV Sterilization; $46

Noerden

Reusable water bottles are convenient and eco-friendly, but they’re super inconvenient to get inside to clean. This smart water bottle will clean itself with UV sterilization to eliminate 99.9 percent of viruses and bacteria. That’s what makes it clean, but the single-tap lid for temperature, hydration reminders, and an anti-leak functionality are what make it smart.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

Prices subject to change.

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. If you haven't received your voucher or have a question about your order, contact the Mental Floss shop here.

The Long-Awaited Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Will Open in April 2021 With a Hayao Miyazaki Exhibition

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

The opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has been delayed multiple times—first due to construction setbacks and then as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, Deadline reports that the highly anticipated attraction has a new opening date: The Academy Museum is scheduled to debut to the public on April 30, 2021, with an inaugural exhibition celebrating Hayao Miyazaki.

The Academy Museum comes from the same organization behind the Academy Awards, and will honor the "past, present, and future" of cinema. The Hayao Miyazaki exhibit will be among the first of many temporary installations at the museum. The Japanese writer/director co-founded the animation production house Studio Ghibli in 1985, and has gone on to direct such classics as My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Princess Mononoke (1997), and Spirited Away (2001).

The retrospective will trace Miyazaki's career through more than 300 artifacts, including original storyboards, cels, and character designs. The installation is split into seven immersive sections that highlight the filmmaker's characters, worlds, and themes. Created in collaboration with Studio Ghibli, it's set to be the first-ever retrospective of Miyazaki's work displayed in North America.

Miyazaki's body of work is just one part of movie history that will be examined at the museum. The rest of the museum will look at cinema from its inception in the late 19th century through today, highlighting artists like Bruce Lee and films like The Wizard of Oz (1939) and The Matrix (1999). The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is scheduled to open with a gala on April 30—five days after the 2021 Academy Awards, which are now planned for April 25, 2021.

[h/t Deadline]