Disney announces sequel plans for Toy Story, Frozen, and Zootopia

After a recent run of so-so performances at the global box office, Disney is turning to a trio of familiar projects for help.

Newly recently reinstated CEO Bob Iger has revealed that Disney is developing sequels to Toy Story, Frozen, and Zootopia.

Disney Announces Sequel Plans For Toy Story, Frozen, And Zootopia
Disney wants to revive its animations section with sequels to some of its most popular animated films.

During the company’s first-quarter earnings call, the returning head of the entertainment mega corporation shared the news, saying:

Today I’m so pleased to announce that we have sequels in the works from our animation studios to some of our most popular franchises, Toy Story, Frozen and Zootopia. We’ll have more to share about these productions soon, but this is a great example of how we’re leaning into our unrivaled brands and franchises.

Disney’s move is hardly a surprise given the fact that its recent original animated projects have had dismal performances at the box office. For context, Strange World, released in 2022, grossed $73.4 million at the box office against a budget of $180 million while Encanto, released in 2021, grossed $256 million against a $150 million budget.

The two projects were eventually transferred to Disney+ where they attracted new audiences and Encanto proved to be a hit. Lightyear, a spinoff of the company’s Toy Story franchise, also had an uninspiring box office performance with a $226.4 million gross against a $200 million budget.

In contrast to these projects, Toy Story, Frozen, and Zootopia are huge box office draws that have grossed high sums for the studio over the years. The projects’ latest installments, Toy Story 4 and Frozen 2, earned $1.07 billion and $1.45 billion respectively, while Zootopia grossed $1.02 billion. Furthermore, all three films were critical successes: Frozen 2 scored a 77% critics’ approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes while Toy Story 4 and Zootopia scored 97% and 98% respectively.

Given their box office grosses, critical ratings, and the fact that they already have established fanbases, Disney’s decision to produce sequels for these films might just be what it needs to turn around its recent run of bad form with animated projects.

Disney Announces Sequel Plans For Toy Story, Frozen, And Zootopia
Toy Story, Frozen, and Zootopia are the films the company is looking to bring back to the big screen.

In other Disney-related news, Iger also revealed that the company is undergoing a massive restructuring that will see the conglomerate sectioned into three divisions – ESPN, Disney Entertainment, and Parks, Experiences, and Products. The 71-year-old also announced the dire news that the company will be letting go of 7,000 employees in an attempt to cut costs and save $5.5 billion.

In a recent interview with CNBC, Iger also revealed that he had to step in to stop Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige from getting booted out in 2015.

Finally, Disney revealed last September that Pixar Animation Studios, one of its subsidiaries, is also working on the sequel to another of its popular animated projects Inside Out. Much like the Frozen, Toy Story, and Zootopia projects, there is no plot detail for the film. However, Amy Poehler, who voiced the emotion of Joy, has revealed the film will focus on the teenage years of the protagonist, Riley. Inside Out 2 is scheduled to debut sometime in 2024.

There is currently no further detail on the Frozen, Toy Story, and Zootopia sequels.

Tobi Oguntola

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