According to Iger, Zootopia 2 is scheduled for release on November 16, 2025. While he didn’t specify exact dates for Toy Story 5 and Frozen 3, he indicated that both films are slated for release in 2026. This announcement follows Iger’s Q1 2023 earnings call last year, where he initially confirmed plans for additional installments in these franchises.
With Zootopia 2 set for release next year, development on the sequel is already underway, although details about the returning voice cast remain unspecified. On the creative front, Jared Bush, the original screenwriter, and co-director will return to pen the story and co-direct alongside Josie Trinidad. Iger noted that while 2024 might seem like a slow year in terms of output, he attributed this to the SAG-AFTRA and the WGA’s twin strike over the summer. He anticipates an increase in the company’s content output in 2025. However, he also cautioned that Disney will scale back its output for Marvel and Star Wars properties.
Frozen and Zootopia 2 Franchises
During a thrilling announcement today, our CEO revealed that our animation studios are hard at work on sequels to two beloved franchises: Frozen and Zootopia,”. He enthusiastically stated, “Stay tuned for more updates on these projects as they develop. This is a prime example of our commitment to leveraging our iconic brands and beloved franchises.”
Disney CEO Unveils Exciting Sequels
Although specific details about the second installment of Zootopia 2 remain under wraps, Disney has confirmed that the original screenwriter, Jared Bush, will be returning for the sequel. Zootopia was a worldwide sensation upon its initial release, surpassing $1 billion US dollars (over ₱55 billion) in box office revenue and securing its place as the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2016. Furthermore, it clinched the prestigious Best Animated Film award at the 89th Academy Awards and earned a spot on the American Film Institute’s list of the top 10 best films of 2016.
The tale of “Zootopia” revolves around Judy Hopps, an ambitious young rabbit with aspirations of joining the police force in the bustling metropolis. However, her initial excitement fades when she encounters Nick Wilde, a sly fox whose knack for manipulation clashes with Judy’s idealistic outlook. Despite their initial animosity, circumstances force them into an uneasy partnership as they confront a crisis caused by rampaging predators.
Despite the immense success of the 2016 animated film, which surpassed $1 billion in global box office revenue and clinched an Oscar for Best Animated Film, the franchise has seen relatively little expansion. However, fans can take heart in recent developments, such as the opening of a Zootopia-themed section in Shanghai Disney last December. Speculation abounds among enthusiasts that similar endeavors may soon arrive stateside, possibly within Disney World’s Animal Kingdom.
Frozen Franchise Expands Alongs Zootopia 2
Fans have long awaited news of a third installment in the Frozen franchise, and recent revelations suggest that not only is it in the works, but it may be bigger than expected. Instead of a single film, there are hints that Frozen 3 could be split into two parts, creating a shorter release window between the third and fourth films. Jennifer Lee, Disney Animation’s Chief Creative Officer, disclosed that the story for Frozen 3 is so rich and expansive that it may require more than one film to fully explore.
The third Installment is Split into Two Parts
Directed by Byron Howard (known for Encanto) and Rich Moore (famous for Ralph Breaks the Internet), the animated film featured a star-studded cast including Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Shakira, J.K. Simmons, Idris Elba, Octavia Spencer, and Alan Tudyk. Additionally, Disney delighted fans with a series of shorts titled Zootopia+ on Disney Plus in 2022, focusing on secondary characters from the beloved 2016 film. Alongside updates on Frozen, Toy Story, and Zootopia 2 sequels, Disney tantalized audiences with a teaser video for Moana 2, slated for release on November 27 of this year.