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FILM: “Frozen II”

DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney Pictures
DIRECTORS: Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck
PRODUCER: Peter Del Vecho
WRITER(S): Jennifer Lee, Alison Schroeder
CAST: Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood
SYNOPSIS: Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf are going far in the forest to learn the truth about an ancient mystery of their kingdom. (IMDB)

SCHEDULED RELEASE: November 22, 2019

POTENTIAL HIGHLIGHTS:

When “Frozen” came out in 2013, it became a cultural phenomenon. As a result, there’s likely plenty of hype surrounding its successor. Regardless of its reviews, “Frozen II” is bound to be a commercial hit based on the immense adulation for the first film.

There’s also the Disney factor to consider. Animated features from Disney are the ones that typically reign supreme at the Oscars. Particularly, in the Best Animated Feature category. Occasionally, they’ll spread the wealth like last year when “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” won. But Disney still has practical ownership of the Best Animated Feature Oscar.

In addition, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the songwriters on the first “Frozen,” are returning to compose the songs. They won the Oscar for Best Original Song for “Let It Go” which was a key component in the film’s cultural impact. So, they could replicate the same musical magic. Furthermore, the couple recently won the same Oscar for “Coco” with the song “Remember Me.” So, even if the film turns out to be underwhelming, the music might still be memorable.

POTENTIAL CHALLENGES:

“Frozen” may have become a phenomenon. However, will the sequel be able to measure up to it? As previously mentioned, it should easily play well with audiences. But it could have the same fate as “Finding Dory” and become a commercial hit despite not entirely living up to its hype.

In addition, AMPAS tends to be hot and cold on animated sequels. Last year, “The Incredibles 2” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” made the cut in Best Animated Feature. But for every “Ralph Breaks the Internet” that gets in, there’s a “Cars 2” that gets left out. Plus, the aforementioned “Finding Dory” got shafted despite its popularity.

POTENTIAL AWARDS CATEGORIES IN PLAY:
  • Animated Feature (Chris Buck, Peter Del Vecho, Jennifer Lee)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay (Jennifer Lee, Alison Schroeder)
  • Best Original Song (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez)
  • Best Original Score (To be announced)
POTENTIAL KEY NOTICES FROM OTHER GROUPS:
  • Best Animated Feature (Golden Globes): Because the HFPA has a tendency to shape the general awards narrative, if it wins here, then it could become an easy frontrunner.

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