"We really felt that we were missing a part of the story..." - hmv.com talks to the cast & directors of Frozen II
It's certainly not unusual for an animated adventure from Disney to be a huge hit, but even by their standards 2013's Frozen was nothing short of a box office phenomenon. Up until the release of Jon Favreau's rebooted photorealistic marvel The Lion King earlier this year, Frozen ranked as the highest-grossing animated movie of all time, pulling in a jaw-dropping $1.2 billion at cinemas worldwide. Its soundtrack, which features the Oscar-winning, Grammy-winning megahit 'Let it Go', sold more than 10 million copies in 2014 alone.
With those kinds of numbers - and especially in the midst of Hollywood's apparently insatiable appetite for sequels, reboots and spin-offs - the only surprising thing about this week's emergence of its follow-up, Frozen II, is that it has taken this long to arrive.
But arrive it has. Frozen II lands in cinemas on Friday (November 22nd) and picks up with the next chapter in the story of Elsa, who finds herself being summoned by mysterious voices from the north. As she soon learns, their presence also spells danger for the Kingdom, so Elsa and the gang embark on a journey to discover the source of not only the voices themselves, but also of Elsa's incredible powers.
Directing duo Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck return to helm the sequel, while cast members Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff all return to reprise their roles. New additions to the cast this time around include Alfred Molina and Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood.
With the film about to hit cinema screens, we caught up with directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, as well as cast members Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, to talk about how the hotly-anticipated sequel came together.
Watch our interview below...
Frozen II is in UK cinemas from Friday (November 22nd).