Into the Unknown (Disney song)

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"Into the Unknown"
Single by Idina Menzel featuring Aurora
from the album Frozen II (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
ReleasedNovember 4, 2019 (2019-11-04)
Recorded2019
GenrePop rock
Length3:20
LabelWalt Disney Records
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Tom MacDougall
  • Dave Metzger
  • Kristen Anderson-Lopez
  • Robert Lopez
Idina Menzel singles chronology
"Small World"
(2017)
"Into the Unknown"
(2019)
Music video (film sequence)
"Into the Unknown" on YouTube

"Into the Unknown" is a song recorded by American actress and singer-songwriter Idina Menzel featuring Aurora from the 2019 Disney film Frozen II, with music and lyrics[1] composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The song received Academy Award, Critics' Choice Movie Award, Golden Globe Award and Satellite Award nominations for Best Original Song, but lost each award to "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from Rocketman.

Production[edit]

Anderson-Lopez and Lopez, who wrote the songs for the 2013 animated film Frozen, reprised their roles for the sequel Frozen II. They also helped develop the story alongside Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, and Marc E. Smith. Once a foundation for the story emerged, Anderson-Lopez and Lopez marked out points where songs would be used to move the story forward. The pair needed a song for a major moment for Elsa. Initially, the pair wrote a song called "I Seek the Truth" for the moment. At this point, the concept of Elsa hearing and following a mysterious voice had not been conceived yet. When this plot point was developed, the pair went back to the scene and wrote "Into the Unknown".[2]

Menzel first sang the song in her dressing room backstage at an off-Broadway play, with Anderson-Lopez and Lopez bringing in a keyboard to provide the music.[3]

Context[edit]

”It's an anthem that kids, and adults, can really relate to - that sense of, you're being called to go do something, but you don't know what it is or where it's going to lead you ... It sort of says, ‘Follow your calling.'”[4]

— Clark Spencer, president of Disney Animation Studios, Los Angeles Times

The song is Elsa's "flagship number", and prominently features a siren call that serves as the film's musical motif that Christophe Beck weaves throughout the film score.[3] The call is derived from the Latin sequence Dies irae, but is delivered in a manner inspired by the Scandinavian music form kulning.[5]

Within the narrative of the film, the song details Elsa's inner conflict over deciding whether or not to leave Arendelle and track down the source of a mysterious voice she keeps hearing.

International versions[edit]

On its theater release, the movie numbered 48 dubbings worldwide, to which an Indonesian and Malay version was added the following year, with the song Into the Unknown counting 47 versions overall: Charlotte Hervieux's recording of the song was used in both French versions released in Europe and Canada, although the rest of the dubbings were independent. Among the dubbings released, a version in Tamil, Telugu and Northern Sami was recorded for the sequel, even though the first movie has never been dubbed into these languages.[6] As it happened in Moana with a Tahitian,[7] Māori[8] and Hawaiian version,[9] the Sami version was an exceptional dubbing made specifically for the movie, given the inspiration it took from Sami culture.[10][11]

As was done for Frozen, Dutch musical actress Willemijn Verkaik sang both for the Dutch and German-language version, while Spanish singer Gisela performed both the Catalan and European Spanish version.[6]

On December 13, a multi-language video of the song featuring 29 of the 47 existing versions was published on Disney's Vevo channel.[12] On February 9, 2020, Menzel and Aurora performed the song during the 92nd Academy Awards together with nine of the song's international singers singing in nine different languages: Maria Lucia Heiberg Rosenberg in Danish, Willemijn Verkaik in German, Takako Matsu in Japanese, Carmen Sarahí in Latin American Spanish, Lisa Stokke in Norwegian, Kasia Łaska in Polish, Anna Buturlina in Russian, Gisela in European Spanish and Gam Wichayanee in Thai.[13]

  Highlighted versions were released later than 2019

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The song was presented to the public as the "Let It Go" of Frozen II.[3] Slate argues that the song was "engineered to deliver the same euphoria of internal struggle followed by cathartic release."[14] The Daily Telegraph suggested that it had the same catchy qualities as its predecessor but that time would tell if younger fans of the film would accept it as a hit.[15]

Accolades[edit]

Award Category Result
Academy Awards Best Original Song Nominated
Critics' Choice Awards Best Song Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association Best Original Song Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Original Song Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Song Written for Visual Media Nominated
Hollywood Critics Association Best Original Song Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Best Original Song Nominated
Hollywood Music in Media Awards Best Original Song Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Song Won
Satellite Awards Best Original Song Nominated

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2019–2020) Peak
position
Australia Digital Tracks (ARIA)[16] 32
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[17] 15
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[18] 39
Hong Kong (Metro Radio)[19] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[20] 31
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[21] 41
Japan Hot Overseas (Billboard)[22] 3
Malaysia (RIM)[23] 7
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[24] 4
Scotland (OCC)[25] 12
Singapore (RIAS)[26] 5
South Korea (Gaon)[27] 2
Taiwan (KKBox Top International Weekly Singles Chart)[28] 1
UK Singles (OCC)[29] 19
US Billboard Hot 100[30] 46
US Kid Digital Songs Sales (Billboard)[31] 1
US Rolling Stone Top 100[32] 22

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[33] Gold 400,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[34]

  • Earl Ghaffari - editing
  • David Boucher - mixing, recording engineer
  • Andrew Page - music production
  • Tom Hardisty - recording
  • Kevin Harp - recording engineer
  • Dave Metzger - recording arranger
  • Joey Raia - recording engineer
  • Gabe Guy - assistant recording engineer
  • Nathan Eaton - assistant recording engineer
  • Zach Hancock - assistant recording engineer
  • Paul McGrath - assistant recording engineer
  • Jack Mills - assistant recording engineer
  • Juan Pena - assistant recording engineer
  • John Prestage - assistant recording engineer
  • Adam Schoeller - assistant recording engineer
  • Morgan Stratton - assistant recording engineer

Panic! at the Disco version[edit]

"Into the Unknown"
Single by Panic! at the Disco
from the album Frozen II
PublishedWonderland Music Company
ReleasedNovember 4, 2019 (2019-11-04)
Recorded2019 (2019)
Genre
Length3:07
LabelWalt Disney
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Jake Sinclair
Panic! at the Disco singles chronology
"Hey Look Ma, I Made It"
(2019)
"Into the Unknown"
(2019)
Music video
"Into the Unknown" on YouTube

Most dubbings played the English version, performed by American rock band Panic! at the Disco, over the end credits.[35] However the song numbers 12 more versions in other languages. The Japanese and Korean versions opted for two female vocalists,[36][37] while the version used for the Mandarin version made for China was sung by an ensemble.[38] The Hindi, Tamil and Telugu versions were all performed by Indian singer Nakul Abhyankar,[39][40][41] who also dubbed Kristoff in Tamil[42] and Telugu,[43] and sang Weezer's version of Lost in the Woods into all three languages.[44][45][46]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2019–2020) Peak
position
Australia Digital Tracks (ARIA)[53] 36
Ireland (IRMA)[54] 88
Israel (Media Forest)[55] 21
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[56] 47
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[24] 8
Scotland (OCC)[57] 32
Singapore (RIAS)[26] 25
South Korea (Gaon)[27] 118
UK Singles (OCC)[58] 74
US Billboard Hot 100[59] 98
US Kid Digital Songs Sales (Billboard)[60] 1
US Pop Digital Songs (Billboard)[61] 13
US Rolling Stone Top 100[62] 87

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[63] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[34]

  • Claudis Mittendorfer - mixing
  • Rachel White - recording arranger
  • Suzy Shinn - recording engineer
  • Steve Genewick - assistant recording engineer

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