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Frozen Friday: The Next Chapter

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We know that Disney’s next animated feature is Big Hero 6.  We know that writer/director Jennifer Lee’s next project will be A Wrinkle in Time.  But what’s next for Frozen?

ABC will air The Story Of Frozen: Making A Disney Animated Classic at 8PM on September 2, featuring Kristin Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa),, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee (directors), Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (songwriters), Peter Del Vecho (producer), and John Lasseter (executive producer).  The hour long special will feature a sneak peek of Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff from the fourth season of Once Upon a Time and an exclusive look at Big Hero 6.  We’ll also get a look inside Disney Animation Studios and see some of the places that inspired Arendelle.

As exciting as that is, it’s probably not going to engage our toddler.  Long narratives are one thing.  Sitting through long advertisements is another.  Even if it includes “announcements about the next chapter of Frozen.”

That may or may not allude to the movie sequel fans are hoping for.  Disney has already announced that a Frozen stage musical is in the works.  And they’ve hinted at sponsored sing along screenings.

However, it seems like a cute way of talking about the upcoming chapter books from Random House.

Anna & Elsa #1: All Hail the Queen and its sequel, Anna & Elsa #2: Memory and Magic, will go on sale Jan. 6, 2015. The first two stories will add more detail to the Frozen world and follow Anna and Elsa as they get to know each other as sisters.  – The Hollywood Reporter

I’ve mentioned before that the first book our toddler asked me to read “again” was a Frozen board book.  Having familiar characters and an invested setting waiting as reading skills develop sounds great.  Random House plans to release three or four books a year.

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