After six long years, the world finally has a sequel to Disney’s Frozen and while we’re only in Week 2 of the film’s theatrical run, fans are already going crazy for the music. Written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (both of whom nabbed an Oscar win for their work on the first movie), the original songs of Frozen II are epic, hopeful, fun, emotional, and above all, catchy.
Tying the musical numbers together is the instrumental score of Christophe Beck, who also acted as composer on the 2013 film. This time around, Beck, who was heavily influenced by the sounds of Scandinavia, was aware of the fact that the beloved Frozen franchise would have to grow up a little.
“I knew that Disney wanted to make a sequel that was a little more mature and a little bit more evolved than the first,” the composer told me during a genial phone interview. “After all, the audience for the first movie is now six years older and while Disney still wanted to make sure that they reached a broad audience of all ages, there was definitely a feeling like we wanted to make a deeper, more emotionally thoughtful story this time around.”
Set not long after the events of the last installment, Frozen II is about Elsa (Idina Menzel) following a mysterious call to an enchanted forest that may hold the secret to her ice powers. Naturally, Elsa (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Olaf (Josh Gad), and Sven the reindeer tag along for the adventure.