Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
|"Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"|
|Song by Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn & Katie Lopez from the album Frozen|
|Published||Wonderland Music Company|
|Released||November 25, 2013|
|Frozen track listing|
The song is performed in the film by Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn, and Katie Lopez, each playing the role of Princess Anna at different ages. It occurs near the beginning of the film when Elsa has been locked away in her room because her parents are afraid of her losing control of her powers and hurting Anna. As the girls grow older together, they are kept apart. After their parents are killed in a storm at sea, Anna once again sadly asks her sister to come out, to no avail.
At one point Disney considered removing the song from the film because as originally composed, it was too sad, and it was also too complicated in that it contained too much exposition. However it was put back after being well received by the Disney staff. StitchKingdom explains, "due to pacing of the film, this song was constantly being cut and put back in during the film’s development. Ultimately, studio employees demanded it stay in." During the film's development, Lopez at one point had to travel to Los Angeles to work in person with the production team to try to fix the song, and they had to sit down and work through how Elsa sounds like versus how Anna sounds like. Christophe Beck, who wrote the film's score, added the interlude for the montage scenes.
After the film was released, a fan put together a version of the song to show how a reprise could have worked at the climax of the film, when Elsa realizes that Anna is completely frozen. After the songwriters viewed that fan clip in January 2014, Anderson-Lopez mentioned that at one point, she actually had pitched a reprise of the song for the film's climax. Lopez added, "I know people have reacted well to the video that's out there, but ... if you watch it in the flow of the movie, it would be jarring to have them break into song at that moment."
When the same clip was mentioned in an interview, director Jennifer Lee explained that according to Disney music producer Chris Montan (who has worked on nearly every Disney and Pixar animated film from the start of the Disney Renaissance), it is traditional in Disney animated musicals to have no more songs after the end of the second act.
The song received widespread acclaim from film critics, music critics, and audiences. Kyle Smith of The New York Post dubbed it a "classic". USA Today called it "a lovely musical number that illustrates Anna's emotional yearning, sung with heartfelt sweetness by Bell." Alonso Duralde of The Wrap labeled it "poignant". Moviefone describes the song as "sob-inducing", and "the best song in Frozen". Scott Mendelson of Forbes talks about the "richness and a subtle sadness to the core relationship between Anna and Elsa, of so much time lost to fear, self-doubt, and some questionable parenting at a key juncture", and goes on to describe "Do You Want To Build A Snowman" as a "beautiful song...it's just one of a handful of terrific songs". Mendelson added, "I was deathly afraid [it] would come back as a climactic refrain should the story end badly." Sputnikmusic said "the songs complement the gorgeous visuals well, especially in the first extended cut "Do You Want to Build a Snowman" and its tear-pleading climax and conclusion", and argues "it’s one of the few vocal tracks far removed from the crushing vapidity of the other material". The Rochester City Newspaper described the song as "character-establishing", and noted that along with "Frozen Heart", it "deeply resemble[s] Disney's song output under Alan Menken...and that helps them feel instantly familiar". The soundtrack review adds, "While "Snowman" works better in the film (the visuals fill in some of the song's gaps) the twee-cute vocals and gorgeous melody help its memorability". AllMusic said this song and the love duet "Love Is an Open Door" have "contemporary Broadway dazzle".
Several other language versions of the song have been successful. The Japanese language version called "Yukidaruma Tsukurō" (雪だるまつくろう?, "Let's Make a Snowman") was sung by Sayaka Kanda, who played 18 year old Anna, as well as Sumire Morohoshi and Natsuki Inaba, who played Anna aged 12 and 8 respectively. It appeared on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 in April and May 2014, peaking at number 39, and was popular enough to be certified platinum for 250,000 digital downloads by the RIAJ in January 2015. The Korean language version was sung by Yoon Si-young, Lee Ji-min and Park Ji-yoon. In March 2014, it reached number 115 on the Gaon Singles Chart, after being downloaded 17,000 times.
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||61|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||30|
|South Korea (Gaon International Chart)||3|
|South Korea (Gaon Chart)||5|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||26|
|US Billboard Hot 100||51|
|US Heatseekers Songs (Billboard)||1|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||200,000|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,400,000|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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