Why Frozen 2 Has Taken So Long, According To Kristen Bell

As hard as it may be to believe, it’s already been three years since Frozen hit theaters and everyone collectively started singing "Let It Go." In the time since the film’s release, Frozen has gone on to become a modern classic in the realm of animation, prompting many of us to wonder when Disney would bring us a follow-up. We know Frozen 2 will eventually hit theaters, but the wait has become tedious to say the least. According to Kristen Bell: Disney is taking its time to make sure it gets the sequel just right.

Sitting down for an interview with Collider, actress Kristen Bell explained that she has not yet begun her voice work as Anna for the upcoming Frozen 2 because Disney has taken their time developing the sequel:

We’re just about to. They’ve just written it and they’re still doing tweaks, but I think we should be recording this month. The story is great, and they exude quality. What I know about that whole team is that they wouldn’t just put something out to put it out. That’s why it took them so long to even announce that we were doing a second one. Generally when you have a first successful movie you want to make a second one. It took them a while because they wanted to figure out what story they needed to tell and what would be important and engaging and I think they found it.

While Frozen 2 is most certainly on the way, it’s taking a long time because the folks at Disney want to make sure they craft the best possible story. As Kristen Bell explains, they didn’t want to rush a sequel to Frozen because they wanted to ensure that the film’s quality will live up to the reputation of the original film. Frozen told a particularly engaging and groundbreaking Disney narrative about sisterhood and feminist ideals. It received immense praise for its portrayal of its lead female characters, and the filmmakers need to make sure that whatever story they set forth on during the events of Frozen 2 remains faithful to the progress they made in the first installment.

Of course, there’s also the fact that Disney has kept busy following the release of Frozen in 2013. Between other animated features like Big Hero 6 and the recent Zootopia, the studio doesn’t exactly need to rely on sequels in order to generate audience enthusiasm. Frozen 2 may be taking a long time, but the studio has kept us more than satisfied with their original content over the last three years.

We will keep you up to date regarding any and all important details related to the upcoming production of Frozen 2. For now, be sure to check out Disney’s latest critically acclaimed animated feature, Zootopia, which is currently in theaters.

Conner Schwerdtfeger

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.