Last week The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug beat out Frozen for the top spot at the box office. But for the first weekend of the new year the widely praised Disney offering is back at number one! When the perky princess pic hit the impressive $500 million mark, we discussed what's giving the film such staying power, but it mainly boils down to Frozen being a deeply entertaining movie with a soundtrack that demands you see it again!
But it's not just a wonderful movie with an addictive soundtrack, it's an inspiring one, spurring fans around the world to sketch characters, cosplay, and create song variants to sing the praises of this delightful Disney release. I fell into a deep YouTube hole watching one Frozen-inspired video after another (after another after another…) And from this I've come up with a collection of fan-made videos that are positively a must-see if you--like us--love Frozen.
Warning: Several of these songs address spoilers for Frozen, so if you haven't seen the movie, tread lightly.
Do you Want To Go See Frozen?
Arguably Frozen's catchiest tune is the bittersweet "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?" in which Anna repeatedly pleads with her sister through a closed door to come out and play with her, talk to her, mourn with her. Here, two friends, Sarah and Megan, rewrote the lyrics to share their fervent affection for the film. While they offer a caption disclaimer that this is "amateur hour," I found it totally relatable, adorable but most of all funny! (#ThanksObama)
Of course I Want to Build a Snowman
Also inspired by "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?" was tumblr user reindeers are better, who wrote and recorded a response from Elsa to Anna. YouTuber QuickTrick used some of the footage Disney has released in trailers and music videos to give a rough idea of how this might fit into the film, and it's a beautiful bit of fan art that builds out Elsa's frustration and sadness in the film's first half.
Corgis Are Better Than People
Tearing up? How about something cheerier?
In Frozen, the gruff Kristoff's only friend is his "talking" reindeer buddy Sven. Okay, so Sven doesn't talk as much as Kristoff speaks for him. Their quirky friendship made for a jaunty song "Reindeers Are Better Than People." And Kevin Selwyn tweaked this tune of cross-species friendship with the help of his beloved corgi, Link. Kevin gives a charming performance, but what makes it perfection is little Link, who at first seems game and then is totally over it by "his" final line.
Let It Go (Explicitly Honest Version)
Warning: This video contains language that is NSFW.
Every Frozen song has its charm, but its best song--and best moment--is hands down when Idina Menzel brings her full Broadway bravado to the uplifting stunner that is "Let It Go." But one Frozen fan imagined what the song might sound like if it the movie was made for more mature audiences. Aihara-Tenshi posted the recording on Tumblr with GIFs to illustrate how it'd play out, then YouTuber nephetsyui28 married it to the official video for your viewing pleasure. As explanation, she wrote, "In honor of finals, a raging blizzard, and needing to release some stress, here's my short cover of Frozen's "Let It Go", with less 'PG' lyrics, but probably a lot more true to its original message."
Seriously, if you've come this far and still haven't seen Frozen, be warned this video gives away the ending completely.
Do You Want To Build A Snowman Reprise
Last but not least, a song that would have fit fantastically into the film's climax. We shared this video with you all last week, but as the inspiration for my Youtube binging it seemed a crime not to include it here. Another collaboration, this song was conceived by Phananigans. Inspired by "Do You Want To Build a Snowman," he drafted a reprise that could play over the moment when Anna sacrifices her own life to save her sister Elsa. From there, Scarlett Glow recorded the song, and LordEmi663 married it to the scene it was intended for, making for fan art that is completely sublime.
Did I miss your favorite Frozen fan video? Share it in comments!