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Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale "The Snow Queen," the writers happily reveal that their latest hit project "Frozen" takes a contemporary page from the songwriting bible of collaborators Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, whose work together invigorated Disney's animated films with detailed, character-driven songs that feel as though they lept off the Broadway stage.
"I just wrote a thank you letter to Alan Menken telling him that he created the architecture and we're just living in it," Lopez confessed. "He and Howard really created this form and brought it to where it is now - all we did was try and write one of those." Added Anderson-Lopez, "The entire time we were working, we had the creed: 'What would Ashman do?'"
That formula sent "Frozen" skating away from the box office with nearly $1 billion in worldwide grosses since its release last November, while the breakaway single "Let It Go," performed by Tony winner Idina Menzel in the film and covered by pop star Demi Lovato, has turned into a YouTube phenomenon.
"We didn't know it was going to be this kind of hit until super duper late in the game," Lopez admitted. "We were just trying to..." "Not suck," Anderson-Lopez interjected laughing.
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