Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2, a six-part documentary series about the final year of production on the hit animated sequel, arrives today on Disney+. As you can read in our review, the series provides one of the most in-depth looks behind the scenes of making a feature length animated movie. That means cameras were following everyone during some of the most intimate, vulnerable moments that aren’t typically seen by the general public. Naturally, that added even more pressure on top of what the filmmakers were already dealing with. Read More »
Disney already brightened everyone’s spirits a little while back by releasing Frozen 2 onto Disney+ way ahead of their originally scheduled release plan. Now Frozen franchise songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez are back with an original song called “I Am With You,” performed by none other than Josh Gad as that delightfully clueless magical little snowman Olaf. The song was written and produced remotely, along with a cute music video, and it’s a charming little ditty that might bring some warm feelings to your heart during these stressful times. Listen to the new Frozen song below. Read More »
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 »
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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 »