Frozen Disney’s 2013 animated feature took the world by storm, being both a critical and box office success spawning theme park attractions, short films, and much more. To a lot of fans Frozen managed to share some vital messages about self-love. The film has proven to be particularly important to LGBTQ+ viewers, who identify with its themes of acceptance and confidence, with fans calling for Elsa to have a girlfriend in the sequel.
In fact, everyone involved with the production seems to love the buzz that speculation about Elsa’s sexual orientation is creating regarding the planned sequel. That includes Frozen director Jennifer Lee.
“I love everything people are saying [and] people are thinking about with our film ― that it’s creating dialogue, that Elsa is this wonderful character that speaks to so many people,” said writer and co-director Jennifer Lee in an interview with the Huffington Post. “It means the world to us that we’re part of these conversations.”
“Where we’re going with it, we have tons of conversations about it, and we’re really conscientious about these things,” Lee added in the HuffPo interview. “For me … Elsa’s every day telling me where she needs to go, and she’ll continue to tell us. I always write from character-out, and where Elsa is and what Elsa’s doing in her life, she’s telling me every day. We’ll see where we go.”
Idina Menzel, who lent her voice to Elsa in the original Frozen, told PrideSource in 2016 she was “really happy” that it was her Frozen character that stirred so much interest in the possibility of a gay or lesbian Disney character.
Frozen 2 will hit theaters on November 27, 2019.