'Frozen 2' is now in theaters! We're going to go more mature, darker. Robert Lopez: The culture has gotten a lot less sincere in 30 years. We're going to go more mature, darker.’ These girls are seeking truth in a place of chaos and change, and it's a much more grown up musical.”, The Frozen team tapped Norwegian singer Aurora to give life to this unnamed mystery voice because they wanted to invoke another surprisingly ancient musical inspiration: the art of kulning. It's the villain song. at the disco? I think it's something that existed before humans even spoke is song and I think it might be the thing that saves us all from becoming robots. 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'm from North Carolina, so I have a love of the mountain music too. This is 18 months from now, this will be a finished movie and it'll be great," and I trust in that. 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. To revisit this article, select My⁠ ⁠Account, then View saved stories. A quote from our, when we recorded her, one of the things she said is like, "I think I have two too many tutus on, I'm going to take two of them off." ", Kristen Anderson-Lopez: So that that allowed us to go to that stacked Queen meets Chicago kind of place, which was so much fun. 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. The artists dish to Ginger Zee how they brought Elsa to life. "To me, the main strength of 'Frozen 2' is that it is about change," Robert explained. So we figured that that voice would be musical and that the new I want song would be a duet with it. How can we get Kristoff singing?" And so it is that [singing], and then we really needed to use a real Norwegian who understood kulning, which is a shepherdess, and it's a way that shepherdesses used to call their cattle, each herd had its own song that it would come to. Kristen Anderson-Lopez: We gave you 18 Groffs. Yeah, it was giving me very like Alison Krauss sort of vibes-. ‘Frozen 2’ songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez break down their songwriting process when creating an animated musical. Yeah, absolutely. Does that change at all your approach in how you do things or you just same as it ever was? 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 remember. 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. He's the first one that ever hears any of these songs. Robert Lopez: At the beginning of The Shining. Are there any kind of subversions or or unexpected musical surprises that people should be on the lookout for in Frozen II? What's so great is when we give a song to Disney, it's not necessarily in its finished form. 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. Kristen Anderson-Lopez: It's been used by composers through the centuries. I mean it's-. So what was putting that song together like for you? And we were like, "I don't think that's a great, do we have a backup plan?" We had never done this before, but where the distorted guitars kick in. Disney's "Frozen 2" filmmakers and songwriters break down how its songs, including Idina Menzel's "Into the Unknown," are its story. Let's just say that. Kristen Anderson-Lopez: I think we just went down the 80s power ballad, rabbit hole. ‘Frozen 2’ songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez break down their songwriting process when creating an animated musical. And he had told us, or someone had told us that he was going to sing the song in Idina's key and sing those high same high notes that Idina hits. __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! "In my 15-year old’s case, the strength to do all this virtual learning and find a way to keep her friendships.". To circle back to sort of the beginning of approaching this project, what are some of the particular challenges of writing a sequel musical, a musical that is a SQL to a project you've already done? He dumped me. “Frozen 2” won’t include a love storyline for Elsa, according to the film’s songwriters. These songs are very tailored for story beats. When the nominees … And so what we thought of at first is maybe this is act two of a larger arc to musical. 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. The sequel, which released late last year, expanded the story set up in 2013's Frozen. There were no harmonies yet. 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. They take us through where they draw inspiration, collaborating with ‘Frozen’ animators, fielding feedback from their own kids, and recording vocals with Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad. at the Disco, I was like, how is this not written for Panic! We're going to maybe even go into a bit of a different genre," which they did. ‘Frozen 2’ songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez break down their songwriting process when creating an animated musical. You're in Weezer! '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. I think we just lived for a moment. Kristen Anderson-Lopez: We're involved, but it's really our partner and our invisible partner in all of this is this incredible guy named Tom McDougal. The Oscar-winning husband and wife team behind the music of both "Frozen" films spoke to ABC Audio about how Elsa and Anna's challenges resonated with an audience adjusting to a new normal. 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. __Robert Lopez:__That's another way of saying I have no idea what's going on. Sometimes they say, "Great, we're going to run with this for a little while and then we'll get back to you." 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. And Bobby laid down like 18 different tracks and then Jonathan Groff did them 18 times. November 20, 2019 ‘Frozen 2’: Acclaimed songwriting duo share musical inspirations in new podcast Award-winning songwriters Kristen and Bobby Lopez talk about their songwriting process in the film sequel in a new ABC Audio podcast, “Inside Frozen 2.” Kristen Anderson-Lopez: Yeah. 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—. ‘Frozen 2’ songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez break down their songwriting process when creating an animated musical. I know there's a deadline and I know we have a release and 18 months from now this will all make sense. Read full article. 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. MORE: What to know about Ryan Murphy's upcoming star-studded movie, 'The Prom'. "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.". You can hear it in tons of movie scores over the years-, Kristen Anderson-Lopez: [singing] You’ve heard it. The Grammy-nominated "Into the Unknown," Kristen added, sums up what many were feeling at the start of the pandemic. So I wanted to start by asking you about my favorite most surprising song of the movie, which is the Kristoff 80s power ballad. 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. “Frozen 2” songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez told IGN that Eliza won’t have a romantic interest in the new film because she isn’t defined by having a romance. 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 … The other thing to say about "Into the Unknown" is that it mirrors the whole movie. 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. It's the same story, it's just the next chapter. "The stakes of the song are sort of this call that is dangerous and ... forces Elsa to take action," she said. I dumped him. ", Kristen Anderson-Lopez: But Tom has unbelievable musical taste and he knows everybody too. stops worrying and forgets Stanley Kubrick. "I think that does resonate with the current situation of everybody kind of being lost in the woods, having to find their way forward.". And he's the one who says like, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, I like it. 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. Kristen Anderson-Lopez: And luckily we also had amazing collaborators and Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and they instantly said, "We're not going to redo Frozen. The "Frozen 2" soundtrack dropped last week and fans are already humming along to the sequel’s tunes.. And with 46 new songs on the soundtrack, including seven new original songs for each character in the film, it’s hard not to have the songs on repeat and sing along, too. You guys wrote it, you guys wrote a Weezer song. 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. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the songwriters of Frozen 2, recently weighed in on the movie's relevancy during the pandemic. And the song is such a party in that version. "Frozen 2" songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez were Inspired to write Olaf's "I Am With You" while in quarantine. “Each herd had its own song that it would come to. at the Disco, Kacey Musgraves and Weezer. And that's an amazing producer named Jake Sinclair who did both the Weezer track and the Panic! 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.