Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Movie Music Mania: FROZEN

Welcome to FILM SCORE FRENZY, where we talk about some of the amazing music that shapes the films we love.  This week we take a look at the amazing score behind the hit animated film...FROZEN.

It's been almost three years since Disney's animated hit, Frozen, killed it at the box office, bringing in over $1.2 billion dollars, and becoming the highest grossing animated film of all time.  Part of this was because of the interesting story, part of it was because of the fun characters, but a lot of it was due to this amazing music throughout the film.

Frozen, which wasn't advertised as a musical, is very much one, and a great one at that thanks to its beautiful animation and wonderful score.  Composer Christophe Beck helps bring out the fairytale nature of this film with pieces like "Marshmallow Attack!", "The Trolls", and "The North Mountain".

The soundtrack starts of with the vocal pieces from the film, "Frozen Heart" being the first.  This song has a very Nordic feel to it, which is a perfect way to start off the film and set the tone.  Next is my favorite song, "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?".  When I first watched Frozen, this was the song stuck in my head.  I love how it progresses perfectly from child to teenager to adult in both lyrics and tone.  And the way they cover the death of Elsa and Anna's parents was beautiful.  It was subtle, yet very powerful, especially with the verse that follows.  It absolutely pulls at the heartstrings.

Next up is "For The First Time In Forever", which gives you a great sense of how sheltered Anna has really been for all these years, and Kristen Bell pulls off this awkwardness wonderfully.  This is also the first we hear of Idina Menzel's singing, which is beautiful, and a nice contrast to Bell's.  Idina got to showcase her talent in the Academy Award winning song "Let It Go", which also got a Demi Lovato cover at the end of the film.  Menzel's version, however, is much more powerful, evoking real emotion from the audience.

They lighten the mood after such a powerful track with two very fun songs, "Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People" and "In Summer", a song about all the things Olaf the snowman will do during summer (it's quite entertaining).  There are a few more songs after this and then we get into Christophe Beck's beautiful score.

Beck's score simply sounds like winter, if winter had a sound.  We also get some great choral pieces such as in "Vuelie".  "The Trolls" has more of a fantasy feel to it, mysterious yet subtle.  In "Marshmallow Attacks!", it's a more fun and actiony piece where you can totally picture being attacked by a giant snow beast.

The strongest part of this score is clearly the adventure aspect which Beck rightfully focuses on, featured in the tracks "The North Mountain", "Wolves", "Summit Siege", and "Return To Arendelle" which all have an exciting feel to them.  

The first disc wraps things up with "Epilogue" which is a basic reprise of the score's main themes, primarily "Elsa and Anna".  The second disc of this edition of the soundtrack is filled with a lot of demo tracks and instrumental versions of its songs, a nice treat for real fans of the film.

Beck's score is very strong, enjoyable, and is very memorable in every way.  I would definitely recommend picking this up if you really enjoyed the film and the music within.

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