Back in 2013, Disney released one of its most popular and successful movies to date: Frozen. The musical about the love between sisters and a sentient snowman earned the studio upwards of a billion dollars worldwide, and also spawned one of the most popular yet infamous songs to ever grace radios everywhere.
The song "Let it Go" hit the airwaves during the movie's time of release and it never really left - to the point where parents endured their child's Frozen fever, listening to Elsa's (Idina Menzel) iconic song endlessly. Now, almost five years after the release of Frozen in cinemas, the writers of "Let it Go" have come out to explain themselves and the song's true intent.
"Let It Go" Was Not Meant To Drive People Crazy
In a recent interview with Stellar magazine, co-writer Robert Lopez assured fans that his song was written not to torment audiences. He did, however, jokingly acknowledge that the song has indeed tortured parents around the world.
"It was not written to terrorize anyone... It was written to solve a problem in the story, and to be a big moment. It's always that for us."
Lopez was also referring to was his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who he wrote the song with. Even up until today, the duo still couldn't believe the impact that their song has caused in the time since the release of #Frozen. Despite the accidental trauma "Let it Go" that has become associated with it, Lopez still thinks that the song is something he and his wife can always be proud of.
"When we get to see it onstage now, it's really powerful. It always makes us feel good to hear it."
The Unintentionally Painful Legacy Of Frozen
When Frozen first hit cinemas, audiences quickly fell in love with "Let It Go". After all, it was a wonderfully empowering song that revealed Elsa's true character - how could people not like the song? But as adoration for the song turned into annoyance, Frozen director Jennifer Lee felt that she had to apologize for the undying popularity of "Let It Go" back in 2014, a year after the #Disney movie's opening.
"A year ago, I'd meet people who, when they found out who I was, they'd say, 'Oh, we love the songs! We sing them all the time.' Now they're like, 'Yep, we're still listening to those songs. I've gone from, 'Thank you,' to, 'Sorry!' "
Even with this in mind, "Let It Go" is undeniably one of the most popular songs in recent memory. The song won numerous accolades, including the Oscar for Best Original Song, and helped Jennifer Lee's wildly popular film become a Disney classic.
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