Frozen star Josh Gad says there is ‘no need’ for third instalment of record-breaking franchise | Ents & Arts News


Frozen star Josh Gad has said there is “no need” for a third instalment of the award-winning animated film.

Addressing the possibility of a further film in the franchise, Gad, who voices Olaf the snowman, said: “Frozen 3 won’t happen unless there’s a reason for Frozen 3 to exist.”

He continued: “I trust this team with all my heart to believe that unless they have an amazing idea, there’s just no need.

Disney's Olaf. Pic: Walt Disney Animation Studios
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Olaf will retell classic Disney films in a new show. Pic: Walt Disney Animation Studios

“But I also know that the second they do have that idea, they’ll be the first ones to say ‘let’s do it’. But right now, no Frozen 3.”

The first film – which was released in 2013 – was a huge box office success, winning two Oscars before a much-anticipated sequel was released in 2019, taking £272m in its opening weekend.

The films featured Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel as princesses Anna and Elsa.

Gad has reprised his role as Olaf for a series of shorts, entitled Olaf Presents, to be released on Disney+ on 12 November.

In the show, the snowman retells some of the best-loved Disney animations – including Aladdin, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid.

Olaf plays all of the parts in the recreations of the classics and Gad said it reminded him of reading to his children.

He said: “I love doing voices for my kids. I’ve been, for the past year plus, reading them the Harry Potter books from beginning to end.

“And I tried to bring them all to life not nearly as well as Jim Dale or, or any of the others who have brought them to life brilliantly, but I play all the characters, so for me, it’s an absolute joy.

Frozen II stars at European premiere
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Frozen II stars at European premiere in 2019

“Obviously this idea was based on this sequence in Frozen 2 where Olaf recaps first Frozen.

“And there was something that just connected with people about that and specifically after the movie was released, and over the course of quarantine, I got a lot of requests from all over the world saying we would love Olaf to recap other films and the idea sort of stuck with us.”

Gad said he was “shocked and amazed” that he is still playing Olaf eight years on, adding: “I certainly never imagined the shelf life that this character and these characters would continue to have.

“And I think that there’s something just hopeful and optimistic about Olaf that connects with people.

Disney's Olaf. Pic: Walt Disney Studios
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Disney’s Olaf return to Disney+ on 12 November. Pic: Walt Disney Studios

“He’s a sort of a representation of glass half full at a time when it seems to be very easy to look at things with a glass-half-empty approach.”

The mini-series will hit the streaming platform as part of Disney+ Day, which also includes Marvel film Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings and a new season of The World According To Jeff Goldblum.



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