TOY STORY 5, FROZEN 3, And ZOOTOPIA 2 Announced Amid Major Disney Job Cuts

TOY STORY 5, FROZEN 3, And ZOOTOPIA 2 Announced Amid Major Disney Job Cuts TOY STORY 5, FROZEN 3, And ZOOTOPIA 2 Announced Amid Major Disney Job Cuts

You can't keep a successful movie franchise down for long, and Disney has now announced that sequels to some of its biggest hits, Toy Story, Frozen and Zootopia, are officially on the way...

By MarkCassidy - Feb 08, 2023 09:02 PM EST
Filed Under: Disney

Some of Disney's animated originals, such as the recent Strange World, haven't performed quite as well as the studio would have liked (to say the least), so it was probably only a matter of time before the Mouse House returned to some of its biggest animated hits.

CEO Bob Iger announced (via that sequels to Toy Story, Frozen and Zootopia are officially in the works during today’s Q1 earnings call.

"We'll have more to share about these productions soon," Iger told investors, "but this is a great example of how we're leaning into our unrivalled brands and franchises."

These latest instalments will mark the third film in the Frozen franchise, the fifth Toy Story movie, and the second Zootopia adventure.

Prior to the big announcement, Iger shared some not-so-great news for Disney staff, as the company is set to let go of 7,000 employees (roughly 3% of its workforce) in an effort to cut $5.5 billion in overall costs.

“We will be reducing our workforce by approximately 7000 jobs,” Iger said on the call. “While this is necessary to address the challenges we’re facing today, I do not make this decision lightly. I have enormous respect and appreciation for the talent and dedication of our employees worldwide. And I’m mindful of the personal impact of these changes. on the content side, we expect to deliver approximately $3 billion in savings over the next few years, excluding sports."

Iger also announced some major restructuring of the company, with Alan Bergman and Dana Walden becoming co-chairmen of Disney Entertainment.

“Alan Bergman and Dana Walden will be co-chairmen of Disney Entertainment, which will include the company’s full portfolio of entertainment, media and content businesses globally, including streaming. Jimmy Pitaro will continue to serve as Chairman of ESPN, which will include [linear] ESPN networks, ESPN+ and our international sports channels. And Josh D’Amaro will continue to be chairman of Disney Parks experiences and products, which will include our theme parks, resort destinations and Cruise Line as well as Disney’s consumer products, games and publishing businesses.”

While Frozen 3 and Zootopia 2 were pretty much inevitable, we're not sure fans will be quite so supportive of another Toy Story movie. The third film was generally seen as a perfect conclusion to the story, and even though Toy Story 4 did turn out to be good enough to get audiences on board, a fifth adventure with Woody, Buzz and co. might be seen as pushing it.

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AmySabadini - 2/8/2023, 9:02 PM
So... Disney has given up?
AmazingFILMporg - 2/8/2023, 10:45 PM
@AmySabadini -

Given up how?
mastakilla39 - 2/8/2023, 11:14 PM
@AmySabadini - this what happens when disney+ subs slow down and bob chapek loses then 10 billion since his take over. They resort to the quickest way to make making unnecessary sequels to their biggest ips.
AmySabadini - 2/8/2023, 11:22 PM
@AmazingFILMporg - mastakilla39 said it beautifully.
CassianAndor - 2/9/2023, 9:29 AM
@mastakilla39 - They resort to the quickest way to make cash… laying off their workers. As if they don’t actually make enough profit to give them all raises.
mastakilla39 - 2/9/2023, 3:20 PM
@BloopBlorp2 - laying off people isnt making money aka generating revenue, its only saving them on existing money they already have as stated in the article. now liquidating all the extra office equipment of those layed off workers is making cash.
CassianAndor - 2/9/2023, 3:49 PM
@mastakilla39 - It helps generate more profit because theyll have less labor cost. $3 billion less according to the article. Thats $3 billion you wont subtract from your profits. While they make the remaining workers pick up the slack and do the extra work of the 7000 people that got laid off, likely without paying them a dime more. So at the end of the day, whats the difference really?
dracula - 2/8/2023, 9:06 PM
Obviously there is an audience for at least two of these. (Seriously who talks about zootopia?)

But this seems a bit despirate, considering they usually arent so quick to put out sequels

Like seriously so many of films of my childhood didnt get a follow up for over a decade

Guessing they are looking to make up for some of their more resent financial misses
mastakilla39 - 2/8/2023, 11:16 PM
@dracula - i think zootopia is 1 of the most watched films on D+ more so than any marvel movie. Surprise they waited this long as it was a huge hit when it came out
CaptainScotland - 2/9/2023, 2:30 AM
@mastakilla39 - Zootopia is a brilliant film. My son and I love it
GetsugaTensho22 - 2/9/2023, 2:46 AM
@dracula - Zootopia is huge in the Furry Fetish community. I’m not even kidding.
Urubrodi - 2/9/2023, 3:21 AM
@dracula - Out of the 3, Zootopia is the only one who warrants a sequel, there is still a lot to be explored there. Plus, the first movie passed 1 billion in the box office, which is a lot for an original animation.
GameOn - 2/9/2023, 4:17 AM
@dracula - Zootopia is widely considered one of their best in recent memory, honestly the one that warrants a sequel of any Disney movie right now.
tmp3 - 2/8/2023, 9:07 PM
they’re gonna do the whole “last toy story installment” spiel for the third time in a row
Arthorious - 2/8/2023, 11:23 PM
@tmp3 - Disney: but this is realllyyyyyy the last one! I swear it!!

Also Disney 2032: 6 is a good number to end Toy Story on.
WakandanQueen - 2/8/2023, 9:07 PM
It's about damn time for Zootopia 2.
No shit they are making another Frozen, the 2nd one did INSANE numbers.

But Toy Story 5? Are we being for real? I'd expect them to go with an Incredibles 3. Toy Story 5 is officially way too much of that franchise.
DudeGuy - 2/9/2023, 12:52 AM
@WakandanQueen - was thinking the same thing. Still haven’t seen 4. Disappointment? Or worth my time?
Whoelsebutkevin - 2/9/2023, 2:48 AM
@DudeGuy - honestly 4 is probably one of the best entries in the franchise. Very well done movie with lots of laughs and hit ya in the feels moments.
MotherGooseUPus - 2/9/2023, 7:52 AM
@DudeGuy - 4 is very good imo. Much better than 2 and on par with 3
dracula - 2/8/2023, 9:08 PM
Can Toy Story work without Woody?

Love Buz but his solo movie failed. I wanted Tim Allen as many others did, but seriously doubt him not being there had much effect on a lot of people’s interest
CorndogBurglar - 2/8/2023, 10:41 PM
@dracula - I'm sure Woody will be back. Why do you think he wouldn't be?
dracula - 2/8/2023, 10:46 PM
@CorndogBurglar - he has a send off at the end of the previous film and pretty sure Tom Hanks said he was done
CorndogBurglar - 2/8/2023, 10:54 PM
@dracula - Yeah.....

I highly doubt they would even attempt it without Woody
KaptainKhaos - 2/8/2023, 9:11 PM
Okay but Moana 2 when
EZBeast - 2/8/2023, 9:12 PM
I wonder if Peltz gets on the board if these movies will stay in production.
dracula - 2/8/2023, 9:12 PM
Wonder if they will ever do sequels to their hand drawn stuff. Wreck it ralph 2 showed they can translate the designs

Maybe do an adaption of the second Bambi book
tmp3 - 2/8/2023, 9:14 PM
@dracula - they did an all-cgi lion king a couple of years back
dracula - 2/8/2023, 9:16 PM
@tmp3 - but preferably without sacrificing personality for blank expressions in the name of needless "realism" in a movie about talking animals
OriginalGusto1 - 2/8/2023, 9:15 PM
See...You remove Kathleen all falls apart.
DocSpock - 2/8/2023, 9:20 PM
@OriginalGusto1 -

Gusto & Kathy sittin' in a tree.... Trying to come up with that perfect Hal Jordan Green Lantern script for after whatever crappy thing Gunn does to GL.

OriginalGusto1 - 2/8/2023, 9:28 PM
@DocSpock - You [frick]er. That's just mean, man.
OriginalGusto1 - 2/8/2023, 9:28 PM
And, thanks, dick. Now that will float through my mind for the next few days.
OriginalGusto1 - 2/8/2023, 9:29 PM
knowing my luck...Ezra Miller will come back as Hal Jordan, the greatest superhero of all time, ever.
OriginalGusto1 - 2/8/2023, 9:31 PM
@DocSpock I'm inspired/bombed. So, here's my top 10 superheroes...If you disagree with me, these are subjective,'re a [frick]ing moron...Continuing on...
OriginalGusto1 - 2/8/2023, 9:37 PM
10. Moon Knight. I dunno. I'm waxed.
9. The Hulk.
8. The Flash...Barry Allen.
7. Amy Sabadini...she's a 10, but she's my 7.
6. Silver Surfer...not explanation needed.
5. Nightcrawler/Spider-Man...Tied.
4. Batman.
3. Captain America.
2. Iron Fist.
1. Duh...Hal "highball" Jordan.
OriginalGusto1 - 2/8/2023, 9:38 PM
*these do not include villains. I'll post that later...once Spock n Traegger show up with mhy doordash.
OriginalGusto1 - 2/8/2023, 9:41 PM
Grif just missed out at number 11
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