Fixer Upper (song)

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"Fixer Upper"
Song by Maia Wilson, and Cast of Frozen[1]
from the album Frozen
Published Wonderland Music Company
Released November 25, 2013
Recorded 2012[2]
Genre Show tune
Length 3:02
Label Walt Disney
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)

"Fixer Upper" is a song from the 2013 Disney animated film Frozen.

Production[edit]

Kristen Anderson-Lopez talked about the song's inspiration:[3]

Well honestly the inspiration for that is Bobby [husband Robert Lopez]. When we were first dating, I used to talk about him to my girlfriends as like he’s a bit of a fixer-upper. He lived with his parents but I was in love with him. I knew I was gonna marry him but he lived with his parents, he didn’t have a job. He was writing this crazy, puppet musical [Avenue Q] and so the word, fixer-upper, has always been in my lexicon.

Robert Lopez further elaborated on the song's context within the musical:[3]

When we realized that Kristoff was going to have this relationship with the trolls which was kind of the key discovery we realized that it was kind of like okay, he’s bringing this girl that he’s not dating home to this big, ruckus family and they’re gonna misinterpret the situation. So we thought oh, gee it’s gotta have that kind of New York dating song cabaret feel and so that’s how the music kind of came about.

Synopsis[edit]

The song is sung when Kristoff brings Anna to his "family" - the trolls who treated Anna after Elsa's earlier accident. Kristoff seeks to have Pabbie treat Anna since he fears Elsa has injured her, but the trolls think Anna is his steady girlfriend and hence try to marry the two together. The song starts with the trolls asking Anna what is turning her off from dating Kristoff, like "his unmanly blondness" or his tendency to "tinkle in the woods". Despite Kristoff protesting that Anna is engaged to someone else, the trolls go ahead and try to wed them. They manage to get partway through the vows before the accidental participants cut them off.

Critical reception[edit]

Indiwire described the song as an "arbitrary upbeat ode to love's ability to triumph over imperfection so incongruous it's displaced to the middle of Frozen's soundtrack CD".[4] DecentFilms stated, "There’s a double entendre about another type of relationship that is said to be “outside of nature’s laws”: The trolls, singing about Kristoff in the “Fixer-Upper” song, suggest that he has an unnatural relationship with his reindeer Sven. Yes: a bestiality joke in a Disney cartoon".[5] Dawn described it as "the opening from “Fraggle Rock”".[6]

Other languages[edit]

The Korean language version sung by Jung Young-joo and other members of the cast appeared on the Gaon Music Chart's download sub-chart at 200 after being downloaded 6,000 times; however, it did not appear on the main Gaon Singles Chart.[7]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013–14) Peak
position
South Korea (Gaon International Chart)[8] 12
South Korea (Gaon Chart)[9] 94

Reception[edit]

  1. ^ Frozen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - iTunes Retrieved November 6, 2014
  2. ^ Perlman, Jake (February 10, 2014). "On the Scene: 'Frozen' cast performs live for the first (and probably only) time ever". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 10, 2014. It was the first time the cast had ever sung the songs live and the first time many had sung the songs at all since they recorded the soundtrack a year and a half ago. 
  3. ^ a b Disney's Frozen: Interviews with the Animators, Directors & Songwriters #DisneyFrozen | Lady and the Blog
  4. ^ The Scrambled Sexuality of 'Frozen's "Let It Go"|Criticwire
  5. ^ So, How Gay is Disney’s Frozen?
  6. ^ Movie Review: Frozen - Blogs - DAWN.COM
  7. ^ "Gaon Download Chart 2014년 3월 2주차". Gaon (in Korean). March 1, 2014. Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. 
  9. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. [permanent dead link]