We all suspected it was happening, because audiences cannot and will not “Let it Go,” and now Idina Menzel appears to have confirmed that Frozen 2 is in the works.
In an interview with The Telegraph, the singer, who voices Queen Elsa in the hit movie, was asked if she could say anything regarding the alleged stage musical and movie sequel.
“That they’re all in the works,” she replied, adding that while she expects to be asked back to voice Elsa for the second Frozen instalment, she will not be involved in the stage show.
“Not the stage show – I don’t know what will happen with that – but the movie hopefully. We’ll see. I’m just going along for the ride,” she said.
As a proud Frozen superfan, I naturally have rather a lot to say on this. Firstly, I have mixed feelings about a sequel, because you have to get it so spot on to be considered a success, and coming as a sequel to the biggest animated film of all time, the critics are going to be looking for any flaws in plot, score or performance that they can, just so they can say it wasn’t as good as the original.
Frozen 2 can go one of two ways. One is that Disney will rush to get the film made in order to satisfy the thirst the public has for this amazing film, thereby ruining everything, or they’ll keep us waiting, and in a few years time they’ll wow us all over again just like they did with the Toy Story sequels. Obviously, I am fervently hoping for the latter in this instance.
Regarding the stage show, well, again I am mixed. I’m not surprised to hear Idina won’t be involved, to be honest I doubt any of the main original cast will be, simply because they’re too old. That, and Josh Gad is not actually a snowman. As wonderfully talented as they all are, Elsa is supposedly 21 while Anna is 18, and I am putting Kristoff at around 20. Idina Menzel is 43, Kristen Bell 34 and Jon Groff 29. Do you see the problem here?
However, I am really excited for the stage show to come about as the music from the film deserves to be heard night after night on the Broadway stage.
I love that the Frozen trend continues, with its re-release in cinemas for the festive season, its sing-a-long DVD release and countless items of merchandise. I am pleased for Disney, that the public took this movie to its hearts because it’s a twist on a love story and gives us real, likeable characters who are flawed, yet all with good intentions.
Frozen captures us in the most magical of ways, and I don’t know a single child who isn’t obsessed by it. Of course, we all love to think we can sing “Let it Go” better than the next person, which is silly when I am, in fact, queen, but Idina has some advice for us all regarding how the song should be approached.
“I guess my advice is that everyone who likes to sing it should sing it loud and proud and karaoke it out, sing it in the shower, sing it in the car and don’t worry about hitting the high notes.”
See? I don’t know what my neighbours were complaining about.
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