Frozen 2: first photos from the sequel released

Photos from Frozen Fever – the sequel to the popular animated film Frozen – have been unveiled for the first time. In the preview snaps, viewers can see the return of Princess Elsa and her sister Princess Anna, and the lovable snowman Olaf.

It's summertime at Arendelle and Elsa wants to throw a birthday party for her sibling. But her plans are soon thwarted when Elsa, played by Idina Menzel, comes down with a cold.

Her illness isn't a normal one though, the film's director Jennifer Lee revealed to USA Today, which means "surprising things occur that wreak a little havoc".


In the Frozen sequel, Princess Elsa plans to throw Princess Anna a birthday party

Co-director Chris Buck added: "It's another side of Elsa the audience hasn't seen before and we hadn't really played with in the original feature."

While little else has been said of the short film – which is seven minutes long – fans can also see Olaf enjoying a moment at the party where he stuffs his face with birthday cake.

The second Frozen film features an even catchier song than Let It Go

The mini-sequel will feature a new song that is set to be even catchier than 2013's Let It Go, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2014. The co-writers of the ditty, Husband-and-wife team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, also worked together on the new track.

"If history is any indicator, kids will go nuts," said director Chris.

Other songwriters and the original cast, including Josh Gad who plays Olaf and Kristen Bell - aka Princess Anna - are all reprising their roles for the short film.

Frozen Fever, which is a seven-minute short, will play in UK cinemas ahead of Cinderella

It is not yet known whether bosses have decided to create a full-length feature, but the mini clip will air in UK cinemas from 3 April, ahead of Disney's Cinderella, and from 13 March Stateside.

Frozen, which was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen, drew in love and admiration from both children and adults when it was released in winter 2013. The film accumulated nearly £863million in worldwide box office revenue, making it the highest-grossing animated film of all time. It also gained a second Oscar for Best Animated Feature.