Frozen 2’s blockbuster hit opening last week came with equally great praises for the original soundtrack (OST) penned by Filipino-American Robert “Bobby” Lopez and composing partner Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
The sequel of the beloved Disney movie about a freeze-wielding princess who sings “Let It Go”, a best-selling Disney song that was also created by the Lopezes, featured seven new inspiring tracks by the Oscar-winning songwriting couple.
The Lopezes crafted seven original brand new songs for the OST of the film sequel directed by Jennifer Lee, co-directed by Chris Buck, and scored by Christophe Beck.
Idina Menzel reprises her role as the magical Princess Elsa, who has moved on from “Let It Go” and now sings “Into the Unknown”, featuring the voice of Norwegian recording artist, Aurora. Another version of the song is performed by Panic! at the Disco in the end credits.
Jonathan Groff, the voice of Kristoff, is given a powerful ballad with “Lost in the Woods”. A version by Weezer is heard at the end.
The lovable snowy Olaf provides a comedic performance of “When I Am Older”, a fitting follow up to his “In Summer” in the original Frozen movie.
Pricess Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, sings the emotional song “The Next Right Thing”.
“Some Things Never Change” is an all-star cast ditty that provides a continuity from the original story of Frozen to its new sequel.
The two princesses’ late mother is reintroduced in Frozen 2 by Evan Rachel Wood who joyfully sings “All Is Found”. The song is performed by Kacey Musgraves in the animated film’s ending.
“Show Yourself” is the confrontation scene between Idina’s Elsa and her mother.
When interviewed about working on the songs, the songwriting couple expressed joy and gratitude in going back to Disney to work with the directors of the film’s sequel. “When they pitched the story to us, it had so much emotion and depth and it was so different. It was a more epic story,” said Bobby Lopez.
The husband and wife team of Robert and Kristen-Andersen Lopez earned their first Oscar for Best Original Song and a Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media for the hit song “Let It Go” sung by Idina Menzel as Elsa. The record went on to sell 10.9 million copies.
Bobby and Kristen Lopez won their second Oscar for the song “Remember Me” of “Coco”, the Pixar/Disney movie created by Fil-Am animator Gini Cruz Santos.
The 2018 Academy Awards recognition made the then-43-year-old Lopez the youngest of only 12 people to win all four major annual American entertainment awards or EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony).
Bobby Lopez is the second Filipino to receive a Tony after Broadway star Lea Salonga, a Disney Princess who has voiced Mulan and Jasmine in Aladdin, won hers for Miss Saigon. Broadway producer-composer Jhett Tolentino is the third Filipino to win a Tony.
The Grammys had also given awards to Jhett Tolentino, a nomination for Lea Salonga and fellow Miss Saigon star, Eva Noblezada, multiple awards and nominations for Fil-African American singer-songwriter H.E.R. a.k.a. Gabe Wilson, and Pinoy-Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Bruno Mars.
With additional reports from Ronarose Mae Vicencio and Angie Quadra-Balibay.
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