"The Cold Never Bothered Them Anyway": Songwriters Robert and Kristen Anderson-Lopez Revamp the Fairytale with "Frozen"

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27 Feb 2014

Elsa sings "Let It Go."
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They can also be heard in the film. "Katie, our eight-year-old, sings the first verse of 'Do You Wanna Build a Snow Man?,'" Anderson-Lopez said. "She did a lot of demos for us all throughout the process. She's also on the deluxe album, and there are a bunch of outtakes on there and you hear her voice quite a bit. And our youngest daughter, Annie, plays the baby troll who says, 'By the way, I don't see no ring!' She likes to go up to people all over and say, 'Do you know 'Frozen'? I'm, 'By the way I don't see no ring!'"

Their role as parents also served as a touchstone for the message they wanted to impart with "Frozen," not just to their daughters, but to young women everywhere. Without spoiling the film, "Frozen" turns the fairytale storybook ending on its head, proving that it's not always the prince who comes to the rescue - and that true love doesn't always come riding into town wrapped in shining armor.

"Everything that we wrote in this movie was written from a place of, 'What can we write to help make this world a better place for our daughters?,'" Anderson-Lopez said. "Every lyric and every choice that we had the characters make [was written with that in mind]. Whenever anything was suggested that felt wrong, as a parents of two daughters, we'd say no." Lopez quipped, "There's nobody who hates handsome princes more than fathers of young girls."

In addition to their Academy Award-nominated music for the film, "Frozen" is also heading to the Oscars with a "Best Animated Feature" nomination, having already won the Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards in respective categories.

When asked what they were most looking forward to at the Oscars on March 2, Lopez replied, "I'm looking forward to meeting John Williams, my movie music hero." Ready with an honest zinger, Anderson-Lopez sighed, "I'm just looking forward to eating carbs again."

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