Watch the entire “Let It Go” scene from Frozen featuring Idina Menzel performing as Elsa.
If you don’t wanna go see Frozen, this is the best 3:39 of the movie (except the short that plays beforehand). What a jam.
goosebumps every time!
Oh god Sarah you are so right
This character is basically Elphaba and Let it Go = No Good Deed
Biggest difference? Idina’s voice does not match this character or it’s expressions.
A voice so strong was not meant for a character so cotton candy soft. ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY DIDN’T MAKE HER EMOTIONAL RANGE LARGE ENOUGH TO MATCH THE INTENSITY OF THE MUSIC??? The song is good, yeah. But the energy in the scene from this character design makes me cringe. It’s fucking Rapunzel trying to sing a song from Wicked fucking fuck what.
This was really lazy, Disney.
Elsa is an Elphaba copy
i think the big problem with the emotional range is the fact that they literally went out of their way to not make her face contort with the emotional waves of the song, because they wanted to make her stay “pretty”. if you watch Idina Menzel sing, well, pretty much anything, but especially her songs from Wicked, she is EMOTING. she is earnestly performing ev-ry sing-le syll-a-ble. she’s not “attractive” when she does it, but that doesn’t matter, because you’re not looking at her for her face, you’re looking for the feeling.
if you watch the video, the song kills, but the disconnect comes from the fact that elsa isn’t emoting. and this goes right along with all the problems of the production. it’s quite obvious the animators don’t care enough, because you have this intense song being sung by this powerhouse of a performer, and they aren’t trying to make the match; it’s all halfhearted.
and elsa, if you ask me, is a poor-man’s elphaba, because she’s not emoting. when i listen to wicked, i respond, because i hear the emotions and i remember seeing how it was performed; i cried during defying gravity because of the performance. when i watch elsa, i can see menzel in my mind’s eye performing it in the recording booth, and the difference between the two is jarring.
toni is always better at saying what I want to say so reblogging again
and you know what? It’s sad when the most emotional part of the song happens when you can’t see the character’s face:
THAT STOMP WAS THE MOST EXCITING PART OF THE WHOLE SCENE WHEN THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN:
SHE IS LIFTING A GODDAMN SHOW PALACE
THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN FUCKING COOL
LOOK AT HER. AND LISTEN TO THE MUSIC. AND CRINGE AT THE UNCOMFORTABLE DISPLACEMENT OF IT ALL WITH ME
“when i watch elsa, i can see menzel in my mind’s eye performing it in the recording booth, and the difference between the two is jarring.”
Y E S
((also this was the only song scene in the movie that actually made me feel anything….and now that I see it out of context it’s really mediocre, but compared to everything else, it was amazing and I called it “phenomenal” in my liveblog @_@))
The last shot is particularly guilty. Her weird bedroom eyed sexy face seemed kinda outta place.
Although I still loved the sequence, I gotta agree with a lot of this commentary. Also, the camera placement of some of the shots was odd. The very first one where it sweeps over the mountain above her was obviously supposed to be epic, and show off the landscape, but it was kinda… boring. There wasn’t a lot to look at and the slowness of the camera move and length of the shot felt awkward. I think it’d have been better if the camera started low and moved upward to reveal this massive mountain, with Elsa’s tiny frame walking away in the distance.
Another shot I didn’t like was her “transformation” scene. Her changing her dress should have been an epic, emotional moment but instead we got this awkward distant bird’s-eye shot. Putting the camera above the character is one of the quickest ways to disengage the audience emotionally. The camera should have been close, maybe sweeping upwards as her dress changes and then pulling out to reveal her face so the audience can connect, and then she could twirl and show her cape forming as a final touch. I was expecting some awesome transformation scene and what I got was kinda blah.
I may do an audio analysis on why the Snow Queen has been in developmental hell since the 1940s, because there is a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes of this movie that deserves to be brought to light.
Nothing sinister, weird or even bad. But Frozen is clearly a product of executive interference, recycled storytelling and rushed production schedules.
I could even spend 2 hours analyzing everything that’s wrong with this song and why the lyrics do not match what has been presented to us on screen, The song is gorgeous. If you listen to it without the animation, it’s very powerful. But here’s the thing. This song was probably not meant for the actual final product.
If you watch Waking Sleeping Beauty, you’ll see how a lot of Disney songs are created, crafted, and worked into the storylines of films. And because they are composed before animation, they are presented during storyboarding, plot development, and scripting.
Now, back to this film. If you look into the history of Disney and the Snow Queen, you’ll see that Elsa was originally meant to be the villain of the story. A tragic one, but still a villain. And Let it Go is technically her villain song. Don’t believe me? Look at the lyrics. She sings “let the storm rage on” multiple times and realizes how much control she actually has over her powers now that she won’t be judged, feared or persecuted. If that specific line wasn’t in the song, I wouldn’t be as harsh on it. But in the reprise of “For the First Time” Elsa is surprised that there is snow and ice everywhere. Snow and ice that was caused by a massive storm while she was setting up her ice castle….A storm that she said she wasn’t going to stop.
I’m sorry but that is kind of a villain move. She sets up an ice kingdom near her old kingdom, pretty much screams “I’m gonna make it snow and ice forever,” and people are going to have to deal with it and her funky fresh powers now.
If you read an interview from the production team, their original concept for Frozen got shut down by Lasseter and they needed to revise their characters and most of the plot. But they had probably already begun writing the songs for this film. And they also probably thought that they could still use this one without any problems….Even though it may have already been storyboarded with something completely different (which could explain the disjointed animation).
And in terms of the muted and soft animation, this movie was originally meant to be in 2D animation, not 3D animation. Which severely hurts the color palette and design of this film, because they’re animating realistic snow and ice in a neutral/realistic wintry backdrop. Snow is white, and ice is clear. Unless shown in a different colored light (sunset, lantern, fire) it will always be the same color. Dreamworks’ Rise of the Guardians used ice and snow that would often show reflected moonlight, giving an ethereal color scheme for Jack Frost’s powers. And since the other characters had bolder color schemes, it stood out. Elsa’s ice and snow does not stand out. It actually looks too real, and is devoid of any character or mysticism. If this was in 2D, there would be an opportunity to use different shades of blue or even different colors that could highlight Elsa’s mood when using her powers. The best example of misplaced color would be when she’s fighting the Duke’s soldiers/guards/something or other. Yes, it’s a bit scary that ice is coming at these guys and she’s pretty close to killing and crushing them. But because we are looking at ice in natural yellow light, you’re not really able to get a sense of scale or danger from it. Elsa’s not properly back-lit, the ice is clear, and there are no color schemes or indications on Elsa’s motivations and actions. Is she really defending herself, is she testing her skills again, or is she engaged in a fight to the death with these guys? MIS EN SCENE IS IMPORTANT.
I’ll stop here and post something more detailed after the holidays, but I will say this. If you liked Frozen, do not dig deep into any analysis of this film. because you will most likely dislike the film immediately afterwords.
If you don’t like Frozen, speak up about it, and if possible, call Disney out on their lazy storytelling. They made an average film, and while it made a shit ton of money, we still deserve a better film than this. It’s not Home on the Range or Chicken Little bad, but it makes me sad that a billion dollar company could present such a lazy mess and call it a magical spectacle.
Yes yes yes! When I first saw this clip I just thought…..WTF is that character doing with Menzel’s voice?