By Jerry Beck | Animation Scoop February 8, 2014 at 3:30PM
The worldwide success of Disney's Frozen has certainly been noted in Russia where the original source material, The Snow Queen, was recently made into a feature film. Charles Solomon reviewed it for Animation Scoop back in October. Russian animation studio Wizart, has just announced a sequel in production - and just released this teaser trailer (below):
Wizart Animation's first feature, Snow Queen has grossed to date over $14 million box-office worldwide setting records for a Russian animated feature on international markets. The film has been released theatrically in Russia, Ukraine and CIS , Brazil, South Korea, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, Middle East, Baltic States, Poland, and Israel, and via strong home video and TV partnerships in France (with Universal – to date more than 13,000 DVD and Blu Rays sold), Germany, Turkey and the US. Releases of Snow Queen are pending in Japan and ex-Yugoslavia countries.
In the domestic US market Snow Queen was released by Vertical Entertainment through partnerships and with Walmart, Netflix, Redbox, leading pay TV platforms. As of January 2014, more than 100,000 DVDs have been sold. Wizart Animation and Vertical Entertainment are in negotiations about Snow Queen 2 and a theatrical release may be in the cards.
Snow Queen 2: The Snow King, is being produced by Timur Bekmambetov and is set for theatrical release in Russia during Winter 2014. The feature will follow the continuing exploits of Orm, the troll whose victory over the Snow Queen has given his fellow trolls a taste for freedom, and prompts him to embark on another lively and perilous adventure.
Snow Queen 2 will be produced in English with "top US talent" to be announced). Ned Lott has come aboard as casting and voice director. Lott has worked extensively with Disney, Pixar and Warner Brothers. His latest credits include Zambezia, Khumba and the English version of the indy favorite, Ernest and Celestine.
Wizart's third feature, being announced at the Berlin Film Market, is Sheep and Wolves - the story of a young wolf called the Grey who's afraid of responsibility and doesn’t want to become the new leader of his pack, and who finds his world turned upside down when he wakes up one morning in the body of a sheep. The script has been co-written with Neil Landau, who worked on Tad, the Lost Explorer.