The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, go behind the scenes of the making of the Frozen 2 power ballad “Into the Unknown” sung by Idina Menzel. Plus, take a look at the crafting of the score for Marriage Story composed by Randy Newman, and listen as Moonlight composer Nicholas Britell explains his process for creating the score for films and television shows. Read More »
Though you may not know Robert Lopez by name, you certainly know his work. Teamed with his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, he’s responsible for infecting your kids with the tune “Let It Go” and all of the other original songs from Disney’s hit animated musical Frozen. Last night Lopez added more acclaim to his career by making awards history after winning yet another Oscar.
Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez won the Oscar for Best Original Song (again) for their work on the song “Remember Me” from Coco. While this is an honor in itself, it turned out to be an even bigger deal for Robert, because he became the first person ever to get a double EGOT. That’s right, at 43 years old, Lopez has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony twice. Read More »
Although it’s not a musical, Coco takes place in Mexico and pays homage to the country’s rich musical scene. And it’s a credit to the composers of Coco — and their cultural advisors — that the original songs in the Pixar film range from bolero ranchero, to son jarocho, to Huapango-inspired styles.
There’s a fair share of familiar mariachi songs and other styles scattered throughout the film, but the above genres describe the first three songs from Coco that were released in snippets this week. But most importantly, one of them has Gael Garcia Bernal singing. Yes, Mozart in the Jungle is finally flexing his singing chops.
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Pixar Animation has another film hitting theaters this fall, and it’s unlike any movie they’ve made before. This time, the animation studio has assembled an all-Latino cast to bring to life the story of a young boy (Anthony Gonzales) who meets the deceased members of his family in The Land of the Dead after defying his living family’s ban against music in the Land of the Living.
At the D23 Expo, Pixar provided two Coco clips for the audience to watch and announced details on the music that will be a key part of the movie, featuring new songs from Frozen songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
Check out our rundown of the news on the Coco songs and new footagebelow. Read More »
The animated musical Frozen was a massive runaway hit for Walt Disney Animation back in 2013, making a sequel to the movie a forgone conclusion. However, Disney dragged their feet a bit when it came to confirming plans for Frozen 2, and it wasn’t until just over a year ago that the project was officially announced. We still don’t have a release date for Frozen 2, but the good news is star Kristen Bell has revealed that production is slated to begin next month. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 14th, 2015 by Angie Han
“When Disney does a fairy tale, it becomes the definitive version of that story,” said John Lasseter. “One that doesn’t have a definitive version is Jack and the Beanstalk.” So began Disney’s announcement of their next animated fairy tale movie, Gigantic, at D23.
Disney is already in production on the feature, which has assembled a top-notch team: Nathan Greno (Tangled) is directing, Dorothy McKim (Get a Horse!) is directing, and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Frozen) are providing music. More details on the Disney Gigantic movie after the jump. Read More »
As the unfathomable success of Frozen continues to sustain, Disney is being very careful with how they exploit the title. They’re slowly but surely rolling the film and its characters into theme parks. There are no immediate plans for a sequel, but a short film will be out in March. And there have been talks of a stage adaptation too, which just took a major step forward.
The Frozen stage show just officially announced its writers, songwriters and director. Good news, Frozen fans, they’re familiar. The writer and director will be Jennifer Lee, the co-director of the film. Then Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the Oscar-winning duo behind the songs in the original film, are doing the songs for the show. So basically, the Frozen musical is in capable, familiar hands. Read more on the Frozen Broadway musical below. Read More »
The ABC special The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic is airing right now on the east coast of the US, and the show features a big announcement. The spring of 2015 will see the release of a new Frozen short called Frozen Fever. The short film will be directed by returning directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and will feature the core characters Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf. The short will also come complete with a new song from Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
More details on the new Frozen short are after the jump. Read More »
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Even though Frozen is still raking in the bucks at the box office, the Blu-ray hits shelves in a few short weeks. It’s already on digital download, but leading up to March 18 release we’ll surely see some very cool behind the scenes content from the year’s biggest animated film.
Odds are none will be cooler than this behind the scenes video featuring Josh Gad (Olaf), Jonathan Groff (Kristoff) and Kristen Bell (Anna) dancing around Disney Animation Studios singing a brand new song by the film’s award-winning team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez . You won’t actually learn anything about Frozen, but will get an insider look at the iconic building and hear yet another super catchy song to boot. Check it out. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
Disney’s Bob the Musical has been in the works for a full decade at this point, but it’s been slow going. One of the last updates we got on it was that 21 Jump Street‘s Phil Lord and Chris Miller were negotiating to direct, but even that ultimately amounted to nothing as they’ve since moved on. However, it finally seems to be gaining some fresh momentum as Rock of Ages scribe Allan Loeb has been tapped to write the musical comedy.
As for what’s inspired this sudden uptick in activity, well, we’re not privy to the conversations that took place. But if we had to guess, we’d say that Frozen‘s lasting success probably had a little something to do with it — Bob the Musical has long had Frozen composers Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to write the tunes. Hit the jump for the latest on this long-gestating project.
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