Finally! A movie trailer with music in it! What do I think about it?
The song is gold. (skip to 1:40)
It’s not Howard Ashman + Alan Menken (it’s actually Robert and wife Kristen Lopez of Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon) but… dare I say this… it’s a nice change. Since the escalating successes of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, Alan Menken was Disney’s most indispensable player and it showed–he wrote the score in almost every Disney renaissance movie and they even brought him back for Tangled. I think he’s great for the upbeat and romantic stuff–Under the Sea, Be Our Guest, A Whole New World, I See the Light–but the way I see it, he’s only done two songs that sounds as serious as this duet: Ariel’s Part of Your World and Aladdin’s Riff Raff Street Rat.
Although these songs are sad, there’s an optimism from Aladdin and energy from Ariel that makes it more than just complaining. In the same way, this duet between Anna and Elsa seems like it’s coming from self-doubt and hardship, but Anna’s optimism and energy shines through. Kristen Bell, the voice of Anna, gives me chills. I liked Mandy Moore as Rapunzel, but this could be a performance like Tiana’s in The Princess and the Frog. I’m really excited to hear more of Anna. And if all the songs are this serious, I’m looking forward to hearing what the Lopez’s can do.
With that said, my feelings about the music is not completely unhindered. I did more research only to figure out this piece of crap:
If you were to tell me a month ago that Broadway sensation Idina Menzel, voice of snow queen Elsa, was going to be vocally outdone by Kristen Bell, I would have never believed you. But it’s happened: Kristen Bell is drawing me into the film more than Idina Menzel. I also heard Olaf, the annoying snowman, is going to get a song. It’s all speculative, but if it happens, I’m booing. I’m telling you, that snowman is going to be the death of this movie. At least the gargoyles from Hunchback took three characters to ruin the movie for adults. Heck, even The Lion King took two lousy side characters to ruin its mature tone. Come on, you know exactly who I’m talking about.
And what’s up with The Lion King reference? Does Disney think this film is going to be better than Mulan and Tangled, Disney princess films I both liked? If so, we are in for a real treat. The last time Disney boasted such confidence was The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), and Pocahontas (1995). If the trend follows, we’ll have a hit or miss movie on our hands.
So what do you think about the music? Are you as thrilled as I am about Kristen Bell? Are you already missing the timeless melodies of Alan Menken? Am I being too harsh on Idina Menzel and Olaf? Let me know in the comments below.