Animated sequels for the Toy Story, Frozen, and Zootopia franchises are in development at Disney. During the company’s Q1 earnings call, held early Thursday, returning CEO Bob Iger confirmed the news, right after announcing its massive 7,000 employee layoffs as a cost-saving measure. “Today I’m so pleased to announce that we have sequels in the works from our animation studios to some of our most popular franchises, Toy Story, Frozen, and Zootopia,” Iger said in the call. “We’ll have more to share about these productions soon, but this is a great example of how we’re leaning into our unrivalled brands and franchises.”
Currently, the Toy Story franchise comprises of four movies and a spin-off title called , which focused on the titular space cadet Buzz Lightyear as a human instead of a toy. While the latter underperformed on a commercial level, each of the mainline entries saw critical and commercial success, with both Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4 managing to cross the billion-dollar (about Rs. 8,267 crore) threshold. Toy Story 4, in particular, was crowned Best Animated Feature at the 2020 Oscars, alongside a nomination for Best Original Song in Randy Newman’s ‘I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away.’ Not to mention, the original 1995 Toy Story, was Pixar’s first fully-realised computer-animated film.
2013’s Frozen boosted Disney into a new path of success. Having won two awards at the 2014 Oscars — Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song — and becoming one of the US’ best