It’s been six years since Disney released the global phenomenon that is Frozen and with the whole world wanting more of Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and co. there was a massive expectation – and pressure – for the sequel to live up to. Now Disney+ are inviting us behind the scenes of the making of the number one animated feature of all time with a six-part series, Into The Unknown: Making Frozen 2.
Heading back in time to less than a year until the world premiere of Frozen 2, we get to see an insight to the magic being made by the filmmakers, artists, songwriters and cast revealing the art work, heart and collaboration it takes to create one of the most highly-anticipated films in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ near-century of movie making.
The six-part docuseries is a candid inside look of the process of making the highly-anticipated sequel but, was something the Frozen II team wasn’t actually used to.
Speaking at an online press conference that The Honey POP was lucky to attend on Monday, Kristen Anderson-Lopez – one of the songwriters for Frozen and Frozen II alongside her husband Robert Lopez – pointed out that they “didn’t quite realize when we said ‘sure that sounds fine’ that it would be so weird when a camera showed up.”
And while adjusting to life in a global pandemic has been a challenge for most, it’s just a regular occurrence for the Oscar-winning duo. “We write in an apartment in Brooklyn. We were Zoom workers before Zoom workers were a thing. We’ve been Zoom commuting for 10 years now… We don’t put on real pants! This isn’t new for anybody else now that you’ve been in a pandemic, but that was before we lived before a pandemic.”
Bobby noted, “For us, songwriting is a very private thing that happens between a man and a woman.” Kristen continued, “When two people love each other very much, they go into a room and they start playing the piano and they give birth to a song.”
With Frozen being an unpredicted phenomenon, there were a lot of high standards, so when we asked what the key goals were for the sequel, writer and director Jennifer Lee said “I think that the key for us was that we have to trigger these characters and these characters are growing and evolving, what we didn’t wanna do was just take a new situation with the characters as they are and do an external stake story, we wanted to have the stakes come from them, so we had to do a lot of work to say ‘Who are they? Where are they now?’ And being on the premises of adulthood, if we built it the way we built the first one committed to the characters, whatever happens at least like we could feel like we did right by them. We wanted to it emotionally justice and have somewhere to go.”
Bobby Lopez added: “It’s also super important to do that work when you’re making a musical sequel because the songs are so much expression of the characters in their situation and in the first movie that if you didn’t reshuffle the characters and didn’t really throw them through a loop there really would be nothing to sing about and we’d be repeating ourselves and feel very redundant and repetitive, so that was another real challenge with Frozen II; making a musical sequence that felt fresh.”
“But on a superficial level, one of the things Bobby and I said if we got another bite at the apple is we were gonna write a song for Johnathon Groff to sing in this movie!” laughed Kristen. “Because the first one was such an ‘I can’t believe we didn’t write him a song! Johnathon Groff, broadway star!’ So we got to do that. We got to do 18 Johnathons because he sings his own back-up.” And we as Kristoff stans are still thankful to the Lopez’s to this day!
You can find out more inside secrets behind this iconic movie when Into The Unknown: Making Frozen II drops on Disney+ this Friday, June 26th.
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