5 Things You Didn't Know About Disney's 'Frozen' Soundtrack
You've sang "Let It Go" to yourself ever since you saw the movie. But did you know these random 'Frozen' facts?
The weather outside may be warming up as spring continues to unfold, but the world is still set on keeping things Frozen for the time being. Ever since the release of Disney's latest animated flick late last year, it's been pretty difficult to get the "Let It Go" out of our heads, so we wanted to know as much as we possibly could about the movie that's taking the globe by (snow)storm. Sure, you know that "Let It Go" won Best Original song at the 2014 Oscars, and that actress Kristen Bell lends both her speaking and singing voice to the film, but there's a few surprising facts out there about Frozen that we bet you haven't heard. Count down our favorite five tidbits about the Frozen soundtrack with us, going from 5 to 1!
5. Over 24 minutes of the film is dedicated to musical sequences.
That's approximately one quarter of the entire movie, seeing as Frozen clocks in at over 100 minutes in length. With so many amazing songs (like "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?" above) packed into Frozen, it's no surprise the music takes up so much time!
4. The soundtrack's songwriters have also written for award-winning Broadway musicals.
The husband-and-wife songwriting duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez co-wrote every hit off the Frozen soundtrack, and Robert's work in both Avenue Q and The Book Of Mormon has taken Broadway by storm. This isn't the pair's first Disney flick, either: they also wrote songs for the Winnie The Pooh movie.
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3. "Let It Go" entered the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart right after Idina Menzel performed it at the 2014 Oscars.
After a stellar performance of Frozen's most popular song (it's been at the top of our Top 100 for months!) at the 86th annual Academy Awards, the song shot into Billboard's Hot 100 chart and landed in the top 10. Perhaps a small part of the song's popularity is thanks to John Travolta's instantly viral flub when he introduced Idina as 'Adele Dazeem'. D'oh!
2. Olaf the snowman's song "In Summer" was supposed to have a Calypso theme to it.
Seeing as the character doesn't have any experience with warm weather, Frozen writers wanted his signature song to be a silly one, so they asked the Robert and Kristen Lopez to come up with a sunny tune for some comic relief. At first, the songwriting pair came up with a Calypso-music-inspired ditty, but realized that it could be compared to "Under The Sea" from The Little Mermaid, so "In Summer" was born in its place.
1. Originally, the character of Elsa was supposed to be a villain.
With her icy powers that reign over Frozen's town of Arendelle, Elsa's role, inspired by The Snow Queen fairy tale, was intended to be a villain. But after the Lopezes came to the script-writing team with Elsa's defining "Let It Go", they immediately gravitated to the song's positive message of self-worth and acceptance and tweaked the character to be a protagonist. That's what we call the power of music!
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What's your favorite song to sing off the Frozen soundtrack? Let us know in the comments!
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