How to Follow Up ‘Frozen’? With Melancholy and a Power Ballad


There’s a story that the married duo behind the catchy numbers from the movie musical “Frozen” tell about being disparaged. It goes like this:

The songwriters, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, were in a Disney store in Los Angeles. It was relatively soon after the unleashing of “Let It Go” — the be-yourself anthem that took over kindergarten classrooms and karaoke bars alike — and during a period when the “Frozen” songs had reached peak omnipresence. The two were standing in front of a cashier, trying to get a discount. The “Frozen” soundtrack chirped along in the background.

“We said, ‘We don’t work for the company, we’re songwriters,’” Lopez recalled recently. “‘And by the way, we’re the writers of these “Frozen” songs.’ And she just looked at us and said, ‘Why?’”

It was a jaded, belittling “why.”

“Being the writers of ‘Frozen’ has led to some wonderful, wonderful gifts,” Anderson-Lopez explained. “And it has also led to moments of humility.”

In an interview on the movie’s release day, the pair described the background of a handful of songs.


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