Frozen 3 might have seemed like a sure thing after the undeniable success of Frozen 2 (it was the highest-grossing animation ever following its release in November 2019) but a threequel has yet to get moving at Disney.
In fact, the last time we heard any concrete details about it was around the time that Into the Unknown was released on Disney+ in June 2020. “We have not had that discussion,” said Mark Smith, director of story on Frozen II, about a third movie.
His thoughts were echoed by Chris Buck, who co-directed both Frozen movies with Jennifer Lee. “I always say ask us a little bit later… for us, I would say… ask us in six months!” he told RadioTimes.com.
In June, Kristen Bell confirmed Frozen 3 with zero authority to actually confirm anything. She said:”Please bear in mind I did say zero authority because I can’t do that. I can’t do that. I’m not in charge.
“But there could be something maybe in the works and maybe happening… maybe.”
Talking to Digital Spy before the sequel’s release though, Lee did say that the second film felt like it could be the end for Anna and Elsa. Yet, as she also pointed out, they also said the same at the end of the first movie.
“For us, this feels like what we set out to accomplish. It feels like the end, but the first one felt like the end when we did it. We don’t know. I think, right now, it feels like the end,” she explained.
With all this in mind, here’s what we can guess about a potential Frozen 3.
Watch Frozen 2 on Disney+Frozen 3 potential release date: When could we expect Frozen 3?
As mentioned, there were six years between Frozen and Frozen II, so even if Frozen 3 became a thing, fans might have to wait until 2025 for the return of Anna and Elsa.
The excellent making-of Frozen II documentary series Into the Unknown (available to watch on Disney+) goes into the sheer level of detail that goes into creating an animation, so it’s understandable that there could be such a gap.
At the time of writing, it feels like there will be a long wait for Frozen 3. So here’s hoping that Disney starts talking about it in the near future and then we can have a better idea of when to expect it.Frozen 3 cast: Who’s coming back for Frozen 3?
It wouldn’t be a Frozen movie without Kristen Bell as Anna, Idina Menzel as Elsa — both stars have voiced their willingness to return to their respective roles if a third film was confirmed. Likewise Josh Gad as Olaf and Jonathan Groff as Kristoff (and Sven) would likely return.
We imagine that they would all be up for coming back, and since the sequel’s release, Gad has already reprised the role of Olaf for the digital series At Home with Olaf.
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Elsewhere, there are likely returns from Sterling K Brown as Mattias, Jason Ritter as Northuldra member Ryder, Rachel Matthews as Ryder’s sister Honeymaren and Ciarán Hinds as Rock Trolls leader Pabbie.
After flashbacks in Frozen II, we could also see more of Evan Rachel Wood and Alfred Molina as Anna and Elsa’s parents Iduna and Agnarr.
Given that a third film hasn’t even been confirmed by Disney, all of this casting is total speculation.
DisneyFrozen 3 plot: How does Frozen 2’s ending set up a third movie?
The sequel sees Anna and Elsa head to the enchanted forest outside of Arendelle to discover why a mysterious voice has been calling to Elsa, and stop the enchanted spirits from destroying Arendelle.
It turns out that back in the past, there was a battle between Arendelle soldiers and the people of Northuldra who live in the forest, leading to the forest being blocked off from the rest of the world.
Long story short, they discover that their parents were on their way to Ahtohallan to discover the source of Elsa’s power when they were shipwrecked. Anna and Elsa find their ship in the enchanted forest and discover that their mother was Northuldran.
What’s more, their grandfather was responsible for the conflict and created a dam in the forest that was intended to weaken the Northuldran people. To right the wrongs of the past, Anna realises she needs to break the dam to free the forest.
And she does it just in time as Elsa was frozen in Ahtohallan seeking the voice, which turned out to be a memory of her mother. Elsa becomes the “fifth spirit”, the bridge between the magical world and the human world, but as we all know, a bridge has two sides and Anna is the other one.
Elsa stays in the forest and Anna becomes Queen of Arendelle, ensuring that the two kingdoms live happily ever after.
It feels like a natural conclusion to the arcs set up in Frozen, delivering on the promise of the producer that the two movies would tell “one complete story”. Elsa has now fully accepted her magical side and Anna has found her place in the world.
If there was to be a third movie, they’d have to manufacture some conflict that meant Anna and Elsa were threatened once again, and it could risk becoming an unnecessary sequel.
It’s why Gad feels like there will only be a third movie if there “was a reason to exist” like with the sequel. “I don’t know if and when there will be a Frozen 3. That’s way above my pay grade,” he told PopCulture.com.
“If there’s always a story worth telling, I’m sure that Jennifer Lee and the incredible team over at Disney animation will tell that story one day.”
DisneyFrozen 3 trailer news: Any Frozen 3 footage yet?
Given it has yet to be confirmed by Disney there’s nothing we can show you from the third movie. But there’s plenty of Frozen stuff to watch if you’re feeling nostalgic for Arendelle.
Frozen 2 is available to buy on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD, and Frozen and Frozen 2 are available to watch on Disney+.
Frozen 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Elsa Singing Doll, Frozen 2
Frozen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack/Deluxe Edition)
Elsa’s Magical Ice Palace
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Frozen (Digital Download)
Frozen Fever (Digital Download)