"The stakes of the song are sort of this call that is dangerous and ... forces Elsa to take action," she said. Bobby played the keyboard for the Weezer. And when my 13 year old boyfriend, Sergio, broke up with me, I was listening to Bryan Adams and I'm in Chicago and all of those people, and we really wanted to honor—. And he came in and just blew us all away. Kristen Anderson-Lopez: We gave you 18 Groffs. I'm really into the golden hour album right now, but the spell that she cast with her writing partner, it's very like Simon and Garfunkel meets mystical. This snatch of melody performed by Norwegian singer Aurora which makes up one half of Frozen II’s showstopper “Into the Unknown” is actually a well-known musical motif called “Dies Irae,” from an ancient Gregorian chant and according to Robert Lopez, it's usually associated with “death and danger.” Not exactly what you would expect to hear a bonafide Disney princess sing. If you get a chance to interview her, you need to. "I think that the themes that they touch are applicable to a society that is going through maybe the most change that society has gone through in a hundred years.". Robert Lopez: It's funny, we didn't even realize this until press time, but this is the first musical sequel Disney animation ever did. And what we decided that it would sing is this motif called Dies Irae, it's from a Gregorian chant and it's all associated with death and danger. Yeah, and a lot has changed even in just the short time between Frozen and Frozen II both in stage musical theater and in movie musicals. Robert Lopez: The culture has gotten a lot less sincere in 30 years. We're going to go more mature, darker. We're going to maybe even go into a bit of a different genre," which they did. “Each herd had its own song that it would come to. Like a karaoke bar when you see those guys [sing Journey], and we thought maybe that would be this way to have fun, but also really feel the depth of his love for Anna. From the awards race to the box office, with everything in between: get the entertainment industry's must-read newsletter. The tune—which will be instantly familiar to fans of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining—is a reflection of the tonal mandate of this sequel which came down from director’s Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. Ropert Lopez: Yeah. To revisit this article, select My⁠ ⁠Account, then View saved stories. You're like, "Can this be the end of that now?" Frozen 2 songwriters explain why they changed the opening song "We didn’t have to do any extra exposition that slowed down the beginning." He knows all the rock stars and he was the one who created this amazing thing. Do you remember what those were? Bill Desowitz Nov 25, 2019 6:19 pm Plus, a conversation with Frozen 2 songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. So we figured that that voice would be musical and that the new I want song would be a duet with it. Are there any kind of subversions or or unexpected musical surprises that people should be on the lookout for in Frozen II? Robert Lopez: At the beginning of The Shining. Video Live It was such a fun summer getting to produce with Panic! Also on this week’s episode: some conversation about the Gotham Awards, the Netflix-powered surge of The Irishman, and Richard Lawson’s insights on the process of making his top 10 list. So now I just tell people, "This is my husband, he's in Weezer.". They take us … Sure, it's beautiful. The artists dish to Ginger Zee how they brought Elsa to life. Subscribe to Little Gold Men on Apple podcasts or anywhere else you get your podcasts, and below find a transcript of the interview with the Lopezes. Kristen Anderson-Lopez: Yeah, I think we might do an album and I'm not kidding. stops worrying and forgets Stanley Kubrick. Since the original movie hit theaters in 2013, Frozen has remained at the top of pop culture. Thinking this … Elsa is the central character this time and we had written a plain vanilla, "I want" song where she was just singing about I seek the truth, that was called "Seek the Truth," and it was a little on the nose and it was a little limp. When the nominees … Looking for more? I was just talking to Jonathan Groff and he was saying, I didn't know how they would get a mountain man like Kristoff to sing in this film. The Grammy-nominated "Into the Unknown," Kristen added, sums up what many were feeling at the start of the pandemic. Kristen Anderson-Lopez: Yeah, yeah, yeah. __Robert Lopez:__We got to meet Weezer at the premiere a few nights ago and they said it was okay that I say that, so I am in Weezer. Published on Dec 3, 2019. It was unbelievable. With Frozen 2, the long-anticipated sequel to a 2013 smash from Walt Disney Animation Studios, songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez knew they … I think people are less resistant to characters breaking out into song, but you still have to do the work of making it not awkward and horrible because there's nothing worse than when a character breaks into song for no good reason. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated as of 1/1/21) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated as of 1/1/21) and Your California Privacy Rights. Disney's "Frozen 2" filmmakers and songwriters break down how its songs, including Idina Menzel's "Into the Unknown," are its story. Idina Menzel’s platinum blonde Queen Elsa is called off to adventure when a … ‘Frozen 2’ songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez break down their songwriting process when creating an animated musical. When "Frozen 2" premiered last year, songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez had no idea of the impact the movie would have on the audience in 2020. Yeah, absolutely. © 2020 Condé Nast. I mean come on. MORE: What to know about Ryan Murphy's upcoming star-studded movie, 'The Prom'. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the songwriters of Frozen 2, recently weighed in on the movie's relevancy during the pandemic. Of only sixteen people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award, nicknamed by Philip Michael Thomas in 1984 as the "EGOT", he is the youngest (at 39 years … ", Robert Lopez: They felt quite free. 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Kristen said the songs "Into the Unknown" and "Show Yourself," which are about Elsa finding her destiny, now speak to the world's collective resilience during these uncertain times. I love it. "Frozen 2" made an impact on pop culture as well, scoring Grammy nods for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and Best Song Written for Visual Media. ‘Frozen 2’ songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez break down their songwriting process when creating an animated musical. “Frozen 2,” starring Menzel, Wood, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad and Sterling K. Brown, hits theaters Friday. The Weezer version blew my mind because it just sounds like a Weezer song. Four new Frozen 2 songs have already been penned by songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen-Anderson Lopez for the highly anticipated Disney animated sequel. But Aurora is the quirkiest most amazing human being. And so we didn't have to worry about trying to do what we did before all we had to do is trust our collaborators and get inspired by them. I dumped him. So (singing) is an octave Do-do, (singing), stepping your toe outside the boundary that you know, (singing) you've just flown an 11th, which you're told not to do when you're writing music, but you've gone so far afield and that's what's going to happen with Elsa. Vanity Fair may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. Idina Menzel’s platinum blonde Queen Elsa is called off to adventure when a haunting musical refrain from an mysterious unknown voice starts waking her up in the middle of the night. Speaking with Vanity Fair’s Little Gold Men podcast, award-winning songwriting power couple Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez explained how an ancient piece of music favored by horror movie composers worked it’s way into this family film. “Frozen 2” won’t include a love storyline for Elsa, according to the film’s songwriters. Lauren Huff. So Frozen is act one Frozen II is act two. Frozen 2 songwriters want a Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Elton John musical. It's been used in opera-. ", Kristen Anderson-Lopez: But Tom has unbelievable musical taste and he knows everybody too. It's the villain song. __Robert Lopez:__That's another way of saying I have no idea what's going on. I think we just lived for a moment. One of my favorite things that you guys talked about in the first movie is the way that you snuck the villain song into a classic love song, right? Let's just say that. He's the first one that ever hears any of these songs. And they said, "We're thinking maybe lots of reindeer singing harmonies. When "Frozen 2" premiered in theaters last year, songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez had no idea of the impact the movie would have on audiences in 2020. So it's calling Elsa like cattle.”. Three months from now we'll at least have gotten to the screening. Yeah, it was giving me very like Alison Krauss sort of vibes-. I remember. Joined by songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, this episode talks about how the songs from the film have taken on new meaning in 2020. With Frozen 2 taking the world by storm, its songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez tell Arwa Haider how they are bringing singalongs into a … I'm going to trust my collaborators. "I think that does resonate with the current situation of everybody kind of being lost in the woods, having to find their way forward.". Kristen Anderson-Lopez: Oh that was the most fun. Husband-and-wife "Frozen 2" songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez plunged "Into the Unknown" with 7 original songs. We were lucky to be there that day when he was in the studio about to sing it. Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel share details on highly anticipated 'Frozen 2', What to know about Ryan Murphy's upcoming star-studded movie, 'The Prom', Inside the making of 'Frozen 2' with film’s animators. With the clock ticking and less than a year until the world premiere of Frozen 2, the filmmakers, artists, songwriters and cast open their doors to cameras for a six-part documentary series to reveal the hard work, heart, and collaboration it takes to create one of the most highly-anticipated films in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ near-century of moviemaking. Frozen II is a 2019 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.The 58th animated film produced by the studio, and the sequel to the 2013 film Frozen, it features the return of directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho, songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and composer Christophe Beck. You guys wrote it, you guys wrote a Weezer song. I wanted to ask you quickly about, there's a credit for Aurora as the voice and so what was the choice around that? And something has been lost in the 30 years since then where I don't feel in a lot of male driven rock songs that empowerment to just go full on emotional. It just sort of sat there and we had more collaboration with, with Jen and Chris. Right? And I'm very excited for the world to hear that one too. The sequel, which released late last year, expanded the story set up in 2013's Frozen. It's a mystery. I'm from North Carolina, so I have a love of the mountain music too. The inevitable question — whether “Frozen 2” would try to follow up “Let It Go” directly — dangled over the lead-up to the movie’s release. And we were like, "I don't think that's a great, do we have a backup plan?" "It … And that's an amazing producer named Jake Sinclair who did both the Weezer track and the Panic! Ad Choices. You can hear more from Kristen and Robert in a special bonus episode of ABC Audio's Inside Frozen 2 podcast, available for streaming now. To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. Golden Globe-nominated 'Frozen 2' songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez reflect on competing against Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Elton … And then Kacey Musgraves is one of my secret favorite things. 'Frozen 2' Songwriters on Creating New Music Magic for Anna and Elsa "We wanted to reconnect with the characters we love in the present day," Robert Lopez added. They take us … December 9, 2019, 6:04 PM. We write them and they have to go through him first before we even give them to the directors. at the Disco, Kacey Musgraves and Weezer. I love her stuff. Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest? Kristen Anderson-Lopez: I was going to say that there's, in this world where we're getting more and more digital and less connected, there's still something so human about singing and I think I have to believe that's what this resurgence of loving musicals is about, that when we're singing something that someone else is singing, it's a way we can connect in an authentic way, especially if we're all in the same place at the same time, like a movie musical or a Broadway musical where you're all experiencing it together. Robert Lopez: When we were starting out, musicals were sort of lower on the totem pole of culture and one of the great things in our life is I feel like we've seen that turn around and people have embraced musicals in a new way. And as a result of that, realized that we would invent a voice that was reaching out to Elsa and only she would hear it and it was calling her away from everything that she knew and loved into this dangerous journey. Another thing was that she said, "May I take a break to do a cartwheel?" When the nominees for the 2020 Golden Globes were announced Monday morning, one category in particular was rather star-studded: Best "To me, the main strength of 'Frozen 2' is that it is about change," Robert explained. Music by songwriting duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and composer Christophe Beck help drive the story in Disney's "Frozen 2." And so what we thought of at first is maybe this is act two of a larger arc to musical. You're in Weezer! Kristen Anderson-Lopez: I think we just went down the 80s power ballad, rabbit hole. at the disco? Kristen Anderson-Lopez: Ooh, I guess one thing they can be inspired by is Olaf song was really something we kind of wrote because when you're in the middle of writing these original musicals, it does feel like you're trapped in a spooky enchanted forest that you can't get out of because some of the things are working, but many things are not and you kind of have to just say, "Okay, I'm going to trust the process. ‘Frozen 2’ songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez break down their songwriting process when creating an animated musical. Check out this special look with Frozen 2 songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez as they take you behind the music of the film. When the first Frozen took audiences by storm in 2013 it seemed like you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing someone, anyone belt out a few bars of the soon-to-be Oscar-winning earworm “Let It Go.” But walking out of the film’s sequel this winter, there’s likely to be something a little eerier stuck in your head. There were no harmonies yet. We had never done this before, but where the distorted guitars kick in. Will be used in accordance with our Privacy Policy. __Something that I loved that occurred to me watching, I went to a screening last night, and the credits roll and everyone just sits there and gets to have basically a concert, a like Panic! This is 18 months from now, this will be a finished movie and it'll be great," and I trust in that. There's still the DNA, it's still a musical, but these girls are seeking truth in a place of chaos and change, and it's a much more grown up musical. 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