Watch the entire “Let It Go” scene from Frozen featuring Idina Menzel performing as Elsa.
If you don’t wanna go see Frozen, this is the best 3:39 of the movie (except the short that plays beforehand). What a jam.
goosebumps every time!
Oh god Sarah you are so right
This character is basically Elphaba and Let it Go = No Good Deed
Biggest difference? Idina’s voice does not match this character or it’s expressions.
A voice so strong was not meant for a character so cotton candy soft. ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY DIDN’T MAKE HER EMOTIONAL RANGE LARGE ENOUGH TO MATCH THE INTENSITY OF THE MUSIC??? The song is good, yeah. But the energy in the scene from this character design makes me cringe. It’s fucking Rapunzel trying to sing a song from Wicked fucking fuck what.
This was really lazy, Disney.
Elsa is an Elphaba copy
i think the big problem with the emotional range is the fact that they literally went out of their way to not make her face contort with the emotional waves of the song, because they wanted to make her stay “pretty”. if you watch Idina Menzel sing, well, pretty much anything, but especially her songs from Wicked, she is EMOTING. she is earnestly performing ev-ry sing-le syll-a-ble. she’s not “attractive” when she does it, but that doesn’t matter, because you’re not looking at her for her face, you’re looking for the feeling.
if you watch the video, the song kills, but the disconnect comes from the fact that elsa isn’t emoting. and this goes right along with all the problems of the production. it’s quite obvious the animators don’t care enough, because you have this intense song being sung by this powerhouse of a performer, and they aren’t trying to make the match; it’s all halfhearted.
and elsa, if you ask me, is a poor-man’s elphaba, because she’s not emoting. when i listen to wicked, i respond, because i hear the emotions and i remember seeing how it was performed; i cried during defying gravity because of the performance. when i watch elsa, i can see menzel in my mind’s eye performing it in the recording booth, and the difference between the two is jarring.
toni is always better at saying what I want to say so reblogging again
and you know what? It’s sad when the most emotional part of the song happens when you can’t see the character’s face:
THAT STOMP WAS THE MOST EXCITING PART OF THE WHOLE SCENE WHEN THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN:
SHE IS LIFTING A GODDAMN SHOW PALACE
THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN FUCKING COOL
LOOK AT HER. AND LISTEN TO THE MUSIC. AND CRINGE AT THE UNCOMFORTABLE DISPLACEMENT OF IT ALL WITH ME
“when i watch elsa, i can see menzel in my mind’s eye performing it in the recording booth, and the difference between the two is jarring.”
Y E S
((also this was the only song scene in the movie that actually made me feel anything….and now that I see it out of context it’s really mediocre, but compared to everything else, it was amazing and I called it “phenomenal” in my liveblog @_@))
The last shot is particularly guilty. Her weird bedroom eyed sexy face seemed kinda outta place.
It’s weird, because it makes me feel almost frustrated for the animators themselves, because was the rigging purposely limited so there couldn’t be as much squash and stretch/pose pushing/etc without going “off model”? Or was it a purposeful direction from the get go? Or just in the animation stage? Hrm.
I’ve yet to watch the movie a third time to focus solely on animation (I know I’m a sad person and shitty animator for it), but now that I’m looking at screenshots and remembering the scene in general, it’s kinda irksome, seeing as during the other songs, Anna had more of a emoting face? Hrmmmmmmm.
wOW THANK YOU FOR DESCRIBING THIS SO WELL I WAS DEFINITELY FEELING KINDA WEIRD ABOUT THIS AND YOU NAILED IT
this is possibly the worst casting that has ever come out of a disney movie?? like i dont think there’s anything bad or lesser about a tiny blonde ice queen, but if your character looks like a glamorous soprano cast a glamorous soprano for her character song? if you cast IDINA MENZEL at least attempt to give the character animation the gravity and power that her voice deserves
the vocals are incredible and the animation is lovely but i am actually cringing just watching it, it honestly looks like a bad lip sync, this is actually so sad
I’m so glad I wasn’t the only one who was honestly disappointed with the animation of this amazing song, even if it’s beautiful. Actually, like someone else said, it might be too beautiful. Idina Menzel puts so much into her singing and this is such a powerful, emotive message that you just want /more/ from Elsa. I listened to Let It Go before I saw it, and what I envisioned vs. what I watched was vastly different.
I wonder if even the storyboards for this were originally this bland or if there was more energy. This is a girl that has had to grit her teeth and hold back something for so long out of fear and responsibility. Her letting go should be /felt/ by the audience through both the audio and visual. There should be no dull/lazy/safe poses or expressions in this and yet somehow there are.
this just summed up my issues and disconnect with frozen. that and olaf and the… overall meh of it all. i enjoyed it, but for some reason (maybe the feeling of a team who didn’t have one vision?) i just couldn’t connect with it.
What I don’t get is that this is so obviously an intensely bitter song??? And she looks like someone just told her the network decided to renew her favorite TV series for another season.