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Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck created Disney’s biggest animated sensation since The Lion King. But as the duo confessed to BuzzFeed, they only returned for the new short film, Frozen Fever, for one reason. And it’s this same reason that’ll ultimately decide the fate of Frozen 2.
It all comes down to the story. Like with the short, it was so daunting until we found the story. Then it was all of the things it usually is, and we were thinking of every emotion and moment and feeling. I think that’s all we can do. Until we find our way into what’s next, emotionally, it will feel too big.
It’s no easy task to up the ante after you’ve reached a movie milestone. It’s for this reason that Lee and Buck were pretty ambivalent about returning to work on even a Frozen-themed short. As Buck described, there’s that "drop-the-mic thing" after you’ve achieved such widespread acclaim. Frozen won Best Animated Feature Film at the 2014 Oscars, in addition to Best Original Song for "Let It Go." The catchy tune’s singer, legendary Broadway actress Idina Menzel, has received even more fame for her role of Elsa.
After John Travolat’s dubbed her "Adele Dazeem," Menzel told The Telegraph in an interview that Frozen 2 was "in the works." Soon after this quote was released, it hit the digital fan and spread all throughout the Internet. In doing damage control, she went on the Today show and took it all back. She said that, like the rest of us, she merely presumed Disney had a follow-up in store. As of right now, though, Lee and Buck reiterated to BuzzFeed that Frozen 2 has not officially been green lit.
You can return to the world of Frozen in theaters this weekend when Frozen Fever screens in front of Disney’s live-action Cinderella. The Oscar-winning music and lyricist team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez composed a post-"Let It Go" number for the affair. So, naturally, expectations are pretty high.