Kristen Bell Explains Why It's Taken So Long To Make Frozen 2Reported on Thursday, August 29th 2019
Come November when Disney's Frozen 2 will hit theaters, it will have been 6 years since the first global phenomenon of a film was released.
Normally when a movie crushes it at the box office (Frozen made over one billion dollars), studios are quick to greenlight a sequel. However, in the case of Frozen 2, production wasn't officially announced until 2015. Add on the average 4 year development time for animated features and you land here in 2019.
But as the voice of Anna (Kristen Bell) explained, it was a matter of Disney first deciding what the premise would be, followed by going back again and again to deliver the best story and character growth possible.
"The reason they didn't green light it so quickly is because nobody knew what it was gonna be. Nobody wanted it to be Episode 2 of Frozen, where Anna lost her shoes. No. It was about, what are the emotional undercurrents where we can show growth and character development in these people? What are we saying? It's not just about providing a problem and have an end of a second act, and then a third act. It’s a beautiful story, and I think it says something pretty powerful. I'm glad that they took the time that they did because I think it’s really good. And it’s definitely a different Frozen. It’s a more developed Frozen."
"They took so much time with it, for a reason. It went through so many filters, and Jen (director Jennifer Lee) kept going back to the drawing board, until she got it exactly right. To even find the story, she journaled, as the characters, for months. She would open a journal and be like, "What’s Anna doing today?," just to find where she’s stunted, where does she needs to grow, and what’s important. It was pretty impressive."
Frozen 2 will chill out in theaters on November 22nd, 2019.