As if you hadn’t noticed, Frozen is everywhere this holiday season.
As is the now-hit song from the film, “Let it Go.” Much to a lot of parents’ distress, their children haven’t let it go one year later.
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Frozen director, Jennifer Lee, understands the — what Time magazine has coined — Frozen fatigue.
“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,'” Lee explained during an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve gone from ‘Thank you,’ to ‘Sorry!’“
“Let it Go” might be the most well-known song from the film, but the entire soundtrack is great. If you’re getting a little tired of the Idina Menzel-sung ballad, go for some of the other catchy tunes like, “In Summer” and “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”
Lee’s daughter, Agatha Lee Monn, actually sings the middle verse for the sweet song, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”
Lee explained that it was recorded just as a filler at first, but she and Walt Disney Animation Studios chief, John Lasseter, “fell in love with this little voice” and decided to keep the recording.
On a more serious note, Lee says she is still impressed by the film’s resonance, particularly with young girls. She is, rightfully, proud of the film’s “strong female lead characters,” sisters Anna and Elsa. She said she even uses these characters as inspiration for her daughter, who has been bullied at school.
“I was bullied a lot as a kid, too,” Lee said, “so we try to look at the world like Anna and Elsa do — how they question, ‘Is who I am OK?” — but always manage to be true to themselves.”
And for all the “Let it Go” repeats across the country, that’s one Christmas message we can still appreciate, even if we’re tired of the melody.