Let Happily Ever After Mean Something...

With Frozen seemingly taking over the world, there have been some crazy rumors that have been going on about what will happen with Frozen next.  But, I've heard rumors of a stage show that would replace "Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular" at Disney California Adventure (although, now that I've heard about a Broadway style stage show, this might not be out of the running), replacing Maelstrom at the Norway Pavilion at Epcot with a Frozen themed attraction and, now, apparently, a rumor that there is a sequel being planned.

Don't get me wrong.  I LOVE Frozen.  I have seen it at least 7 times in the movie theater (twice at the El Capitan Theatre where the ticket prices are more expensive).  I listen to the soundtrack everyday.  And, I dream of, one day, the line at the Frozen Royal Reception at Disneyland being short enough for me to meet Anna and Elsa once again.  But, I would HATE, HATE, HATE the idea of a sequel.

First of all, with the exception of The Rescuers Down Under, Walt Disney Animation Studios has never done an sequel to their feature films.  But, before you cry foul and say, but what about Pocahontas II, Lion King 1 1/2, and Return to Never Land?  Those were not Walt Disney Animation Studios but DisneyToon Studios.  I don't think there is a need to serialize the classic animated films.  While I find one or two of them mildly enjoyable, I honestly think they dilute the brand.  And, I get annoyed when somebody talks about what happened in a sequel as if it were canon.  Sorry, I will not accept that Ariel and Eric had a daughter named Melody or that Lady Tremaine steals the Fairy Godmother's wand to turn back time so she could turn the tides in favor of her own daughters.  And, thankfully, DisneyToon Studios stopped being in the business of making them.

The Rescuers Down Under worked for me because they come from a book series already serialized.  The same goes for the Pixar sequels which are based on original stories.  Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 are two of my favorite Pixar movies.  But, at the same time, we can all see that Pixar's recent slate of sequels has even started to water down the brand.  Why would I want to see Walt Disney Animation Studios go that route?

I don't have any problem with animated shorts highlighting certain stories.  The Toy Story shorts are a lot of fun and I'm all about Mater's Tall Tales.  I enjoyed Tangled Ever After just because we knew Rapunzel and Flynn were getting married and that it wasn't really a sequel more than a slapstick comedy featuring Pascal and Maximus.  I could see a short involving Olaf or Sven or even a humorous vignette about Anna and Kristoff.  But, I do not want to see a whole animated feature devoted to a sequel.

In this age of fan fiction and Hollywood's own dependence on sequels, I know we all love to know what will happen to our favorite characters next in their lives.  But, let's let the animated features of Walt Disney Animation Studios stand on their own and let happy endings be what they are.


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