It seems we haven’t seen the end of some Disney movie franchises quite yet.
After a disappointing year for Disney animation, Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger revealed that Disney is moving towards producing sequels of some of its most popular franchises – but they may not be the ones Disney fans were hoping for.
With Disney’s 100th anniversary already being celebrated at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, it seems Disney execs are wanting from its movie studios, and are banking on some Disney favorites to help boost Disney and Pixar animation.
The Walt Disney Company hosted its first quarterly earnings call since Bob Iger returned as CEO of the company today, Wednesday, February 8, 2023. On Disney’s Q1 earnings call, Iger revealed that three Disney animated movie sequels are in the works for Walt Disney Animation Studios.
After some dismal box office performances in 2022 – including Pixar’s Lightyear (2022) and Disney’s Strange World (2022), Iger revealed that Disney is planning sequels for some of its most popular and profitable movie franchises.
On the list? Frozen, Toy Story, and Zootopia. Looks like we’ll be getting a Frozen 3, a Zootopia 2, and a Toy Story 5 in the future, but so far, no further details have been released.
Interestingly, especially after its big Grammy wins recently, Encanto (2021) is not getting a sequel – yet.
Bob Iger said in the Disney earnings call:
“After a solid first quarter, we are embarking on a significant transformation, one that will maximize the potential of our world-class creative teams and our unparalleled brands and franchises […] We believe the work we are doing to reshape our company around creativity, while reducing expenses, will lead to sustained growth and profitability for our streaming business, better position us to weather future disruption and global economic challenges.”
We last saw Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven in 2019’s Frozen 2, the hotly-anticipated sequel to the movie that gave us Idina Menzel’s Oscar-winning song Let It Go.
Starring Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad, Frozen 2 follows the Arandelle gang as they journey to the enchanted forest to find out why Elsa was born with magical powers, finding some other secrets along the way. We don’t know where Frozen 3 will take Anna and Elsa, but we know that it’s going to have some amazing music if songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez are to be involved.
Zootopia (2016) has already got its own Disney+ television spinoff series, as well as a themed area coming to Shanghai Disneyland Park.
Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, and Idris Elba, the Academy-award-winning animated Disney movie tells the story of an unlikely partnership between Judy Hopps, a rabbit police officer, and Nick Wilde, a fox con artist, as they uncover a criminal conspiracy involving the disappearance of predators.
The surprising addition to Bob Iger’s sequel list is Toy Story 5. It’s unknown at this point if the sequel will follow the events of Toy Story 4 (2019) or even feature the original cast. Pixar’s original Toy Story (1995) has seen three sequels throughout the years and features controversial actor Tim Allen and Hollywood favorite Tom Hanks.
The fourth Toy Story movie received mixed reviews, with many fans of Buzz, Woody, Jessie, and Bo Peep questioning whether the movie was needed at all after the emotional closure of Toy Story 3 (2010).
Toy Story 4 follows Woody (Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (Allen) as the pair and the other toys go on a road trip with new owner Bonnie, who creates Forky (Tony Hale), a spork made with recycled materials from her school. Woody is also reunited with Bo Peep and must decide whether to go with her or stay with Buzz and the gang.
Disney Tips will release more information as soon as we get it about these Frozen, Zootopia, and Toy Story sequels!