To parents of children of a certain age, the mere mention of the movie Frozen is enough to induce traumatic flash backs of long car journeys accompanied by repeated playings of Let It Go and endlessly repeated viewings of the icy adventures of Elsa, Anna, Olaf and co.
So the news that Frozen 2 will hit the silver screens this November may not be well received by every generation. But six years after the phenomenally successful original, the temptation of emulating the commercial success of a movie that became the ninth-highest grossing feature of all time, has clearly proven too strong for Disney. So, Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff will reprise their roles from the first movie in a plot that will presumably have to break new ground, given that the original was based largely on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson.
And there’s no doubt that original movie was one of the most successful Disney features of all time, earning strong critical reviews as well as phenomenal box office takings. It was also highly decorated when it came to Awards season, winning Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.
So punters taking a glance at the Best Picture market for the 2020 Academy Awards may be tempted to risk a small investment on Frozen 2, given that it is rated as a 45/1 shot with bookmaker Paddy Power; a bigger price than The Lego Movie 2 (35/1) and Star Wars Episode IX (25/1).
But before parting with any hard-earned cash, it might be worth reflecting on the Oscars fate of animated features past. Only three have ever been nominated in the Best Picture category: Beauty and the Beast (1991), Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010), and none have been successful.
And even setting aside the other animated rivals in the running for this year’s Best Picture betting – including Tom Hanks in Toy Story 4 – there’s plenty of stiff competition at the top of the market, such as Martin Scorcese’s The Irishman (3/1) and Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat (4/1), So if you do get the idea of having a punt on Elsa and co, you might be well advised to let it go.