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"Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" is a song from the 2013 Disney CGI-animated film Frozen. It is sung by Anna in three different ages: five, nine and fifteen.

Lyrics

5-Year-Old Anna: (giggles) Elsa? (knocks)
Do you want to build a snowman?
Come on, let's go and play!
I never see you anymore
Come out the door
It's like you've gone away!

We used to be best buddies
And now we're not
I wish you would tell me why!

Do you want to build a snowman?
It doesn't have to be a snowman...
8-Year-Old Elsa: Go away, Anna.
5-Year-Old Anna: Okay, bye.

(Speech)
8-Year-Old Elsa: (gasps)

King: The gloves will help. See? Conceal it.
8-Year-Old Elsa: Don't feel it.
Both: Don't let it show.

9-Year-Old Anna: (laughs, knocks)
Do you want to build a snowman?
Or ride our bike around the halls?
I think some company is overdue,
I've started talking to the pictures on the walls!
(Hang in there, Joan.)

It gets a little lonely,
All these empty rooms,
Just watching the hours tick by...
(tick-tock tick-tock tick-tock tick-tock)

(Speech)
12-Year-Old Elsa: I'm scared! It's getting stronger!
King: Getting upset only makes it worse. Calm down.
12-Year-Old Elsa: No! Don't touch me! Please, I don't want to hurt you.

15-Year-Old Anna: See you in two weeks.

18-Year-Old Elsa: Do you have to go?
King: You'll be fine, Elsa.

(Instrumental break)

15-Year-Old Anna: (knocks) Elsa?
Please, I know you're in there
People are asking where you've been
They say, "have courage" and I'm trying to
I'm right out here for you,
Just let me in

We only have each other,
It's just you and me
What are we gonna do?

Do you want to build a snowman? (sighs)


Other versions

Performers Title Translation Language
Vlora Mezini & Alma Koleci "A Do Të Bëjmë Një Plak Dëbore?" "Are We Going To Make A Snowman?" Albanian
خلود عمر (Kholod Omar) & شروق صلاح (Shoruogh Salah) "تريدين رجل جليد؟" (Tureedina Rajula Jaleed?) "Do You Want An Ice Man?" Arabic
Alice Lieban, Eduarda Móras & Gabi Porto "Você Quer Brincar Na Neve?" "Do You Want To Play In The Snow ?" Brazilian Portuguese
?, ? & Весела Бонева (Vesela Boneva) "Искаш Ли Да Поиграем?" (Iskaš Li Da Poigraem?) "Do You Want To Go Out?" Bulgarian
Marguerite D'Amour & Véronique Claveau "Je Voudrais Un Bonhomme De Neige" "I Would Like A Snowman" Canadian French
梁菀桐 (Liang Wan Tong) & 黃山怡 (Candy Wong) "你要雪人砌幾呎高?" (Nei Jiu Syut Jan Cai Gei Cek Gou?) "How Tall Should The Snowman Be?" Cantonese
Emma Amselem, Naima Barroso & Carmen López Pascual "Hazme Un Muñeco De Nieve" "Do Me A Snowman" Castilian Spanish
Rita Martínez, Arantxa Rodas & Paula Ribó "Véns A Fer Un Ninot De Neu Amb Mi?" "Come To Make A Snowman With Me?" Catalan
Lucija Jagar, Matea Jagar & Sementa Rajhard "Snjegovića Sa Mnom Gradi" "Build A Snowman With Me" Croatian
Alena Kokrdová & Tereza Martinková "Ráda Sněhuláky Stavíš?" "Glad You Build A Snowman?" Czech
Marie Dietz, Natasha Jessen & Kristine Yde Eriksen "Skal Vi Ikke Lave En Snemand?" "Why Don't We Build A Snowman?" Danish
Manou Jue Cardoso, Chelsea Hegener & Noortje Herlaar "Zullen Wij Een Sneeuwpop Maken?" "Shall We Make A Snowman?" Dutch
Hanna-Liisa Peenmaa & Hele Kõrve "Kas Me Lumememme Teeme?" "Can We Make A Snowman?" Estonian
Neve Sirkiä, Iris Kovalainen & Saara Aalto "Lumiukko Tehtäisiinkös?" "Could We Make A Snowman?" Finnish
Jo Leyers, Lotte De Clerck & Aline Goffin "Kom Dan Maken We Een Sneeuwman" "Come & Then We'll Make A Snowman" Flemish
Coralie Thuilier & Emmylou Homs "Je Voudrais Un Bonhomme De Neige" "I Would Like A Snowman" French
Valeska Gerhart, Magdalena Haier & Pia Allgaier "Willst Du Einen Schneemann Bauen?" "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?" German
Αθανασία Αχλιαδιώτου (Athanasía Achliadiótou), Ειρήνη Ρουβά (Eiríni Rouvá) & Βάσια Ζαχαροπούλου (Vásia Zacharopoúlou) "Θες Χιονáνθροπο Να Φτιáξισ;" (Thes Khionánthropo Na Phtiáxis?) "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?" Greek
איילה פלדמן (Ayala Feldman), בר סביר (Bar Savir) & עינת אזולאי (Einat Azulay) "את רוצה לבנות איש שלג؟" (At Rotsa Livnot Ish Sheleg?) "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?" Hebrew
ઐશ્વર્યા મજમુદાર (Aishwarya Majmudar) "किया बर्फ का पुतला बनाएं" (Kiya Barph Ka Putala Banaen) "Create The Effigy Of Snow" Hindi
Boldog Emese & Vágó Bernadett "Csak Egy Pici Hó Kell" "We Only Need A Bit Of Snow" Hungarian
Emelía Bergsdóttir, Arna Marín Thorarensen & Þórdís Björk Þorfinnsdóttir "Viltu Koma Að Gera Snjókarl?" "Do You Want To Make A Snowman?" Icelandic
Miranty A.& Nadia Rosyada "Yuk, Buat Boneka Salju! "Let's Make A Snowman!" Indonesian
Elisa Rinaldi, Lucrezia Cesari & Serena Rossi "Facciamo Un Pupazzo Insieme" "Let's Make A Snowman Together" Italian
稲葉菜月 (Natsuki Inaba), 諸星すみれ (Sumire Morohoshi) & 神田沙也加 (Sayaka Kanda) "雪だるまつくろう" (Yukidaruma Tsukurō) "Let's Make A Snowman" Japanese
Кючюкланы Асият (Küçüklanı Asiyat), Кючюкланы Азиза (Küçüklanı Aziza) & Гуталаны Мариям (Gerğoqalanı Xalimat) Karachay-Balkar
윤시영 (Si Young Yoon), 이지민 (Ji Min Lee) & 박지윤 (Ji Yun Park) "같이 눈사람 만들래?" (Gati Nunsaram Mandeullae?) "Do You Want To Make A Snowman Together?" Korean
Andrea Rebeca Gómez Arias, Sara Paula Gómez Arias & Romina Marroquín Payró "¿Y Si Hacemos Un Muñeco?" "And If We Make A Snowman?" Latin Spanish
?, ? & Beāte Zviedre "Vai Vēlies Uzcelt Sniegavīru?" "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?" Latvian
Laura Norkūnaitė & Neringa Nekrašiūtė "Nulipdykim Sniego Senį?" "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?" Lithuanian
?, ? & Amylea Azizan "Nak Tak Bina Orang Salji?" "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?" Malay
Oline Hopen Sofi, Charlotte Funner & May Kristin Kaspersen "Blir Du Med Å Lager Snømann?" "Do You Want To Make A Snowman?" Norwegian
ثمین مظفری (Samin Mozafari) "دلت ادم برفی میخواد؟"(Delet Adam Barfi Mikhad?) "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?" Persian Glory
Malwina Jachowicz, Julia Siechowicz & Magdalena Wasylik "Ulepimy Dziś Bałwana?" "Are We Going To Build A Snowman Today?" Polish
Luz Fonseca & Isabel Jacobetty "Vem Fazer Bonecos De Neve" "Come To Make Snowmen" Portuguese
李潇潇 (Eva Li) "你想不想堆雪人?" (Nǐ Xiǎng Bùxiǎng Duī Xuěrén?) "Do You Want To Make A Snowman?" Putonghua
Anedis Mihalache, Andra Gogan & Cătălina Chirțan "Hai Afară La Zăpadă!" "Come Outside To The Snow!" Romanian
Наталия Быстрова (Varvara Novoshinskaya) & Наталья Быстрова (Natalia Bystrova) "За Окном Уже Сугробы" (Za Oknom Uže Sugroby) "There Are Snowdrifts Outside Already" Russian
Андријана Оливерић (Andrijana Oliverić) & Лејла Хот (Lejla Hot) "Да Ли Би Да Правиш Снешка?" (Da Li Bi Da Praviš Sneška?) "Do You Want To Make A Snowman?" Serbian
Ela Hlucháňová & Lucia Molnárová Bugalová "Poďme Stavať Snehuliaka" "Let's Build A Snowman" Slovak
Klara Šmuc & Tanja Ravljen "Greva Naredit Snežaka" "Let's Go Build A Snowman" Slovene
Niji Dyall Price, Zoë Ackerman & Mimmi Sandén "Vill Du Inte Ut Och Leka?" "Don't You Want To Go Out And Play?" Swedish
梁博堯 (Liang Boyao), 詹蕙瑜 (Zhanhui Yu) & 劉軒蓁 (Xuan Zhen Liu) "想不想要做個雪人?" (Xiǎng Bùxiǎng Yào Zuò Gè Xuěrén?) "Do You Want To Do A Snowman?" Taiwanese Mandarin
พรสรวง รวยรื่น (Paunsuang Ruayruen) & หนึ่งธิดา โสภณ (Nuengtidah Sohpon) "ปั้นมนุษย์หิมะด้วยกันมั้ย" (Bpân Má-Nút Hì-Má Dûay Gan Máai) "Let's Build A Snowman Together" Thai
Idil Kuner & Deniz Sujana "Kardan Adam Yapsak Senle" "Let's Build A Snowman Together" Turkish
? & Марія Назарівна Яремчук (Marija Nazarivna Jaremčuk) "Сніговик На Нас Чекає" (Snihovyk Na Nas Čekaje) "A Snowman Is Waiting For Us" Ukrainian
?, ? & Võ Hạ Trâm "Ra Đây Chơi Người Tuyết Với Em Nhé?" "Come Out And Play The Snowman With Me, Will You?" Vietnamese

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Trivia

  • Before the final script, there were minor differences:
    • Instead of "Please let me in," it was "Just let me in."
    • Instead of "Just you and me," it was "It's just you and me."
  • The line "Hang in there, Joan" has been suggested to be anything but a distraction in terms of subtext: Anna is in a sense really saying, "Hang in there, Elsa." Ballad writer Leonard Cohen described Joan of Arc as "a cold and lonesome heroine," much like Elsa. Both were accused of sorcery, and both would find fire to be their nemesis. (This is due to elemental affiliation in Elsa's case, much like the aquatic creatures who were also threatened in The Little Mermaid.)
  • There is more dialogue in the movie version than the soundtrack version.
  • While beautifully rendered, the painting of Joan of Arc is historically inaccurate. Joan never used a shield in battle, and instead should have been carrying her standard: a large white banner depicting the Risen Jesus Christ flanked by angels with the words "JESUS MARIA." The standard may have been omitted to avoid any overt religious imagery.
  • Elsa provides a tacit answer to this song during her own number, "Let It Go," as one of the very first things she does is build a snowman.
  • As a child, Anna is voiced by two of the film crew's daughters: first, she is voiced by Katie Lopez, daughter of songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and then, she is voiced by Agatha Lee Monn, daughter of director Jennifer Lee.
  • Despite the song's cheerful title and tone in the beginning, the song is quite sad and tragic, as many sad events took place during this song: the deteriorating friendship of Elsa and Anna, their growing loneliness due to being isolated from society and each other, and the death of their parents, which left them both orphaned, sad and alone.
  • At the end of the film, viewers can hear the instrumental reprise of the song along with "For the First Time in Forever" (known as "Epilogue") while everyone in Arendelle is skating and in the credits. It can also be heard on the DVD and Blu-ray's main menu with a sort of "mash-up" between "For the First Time in Forever". The "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" instrumental reprise could be a reference to how at the end the sisters were finally reconnecting.
  • Since the film's release, there have been many internet parodies of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" focusing on an alternative response from Elsa in song. For example, "Of course I want to build a snowman", or "Yes, I want to build a snowman". There are several non-Frozen parodies of the song as well, such as one called "Do You Want to Be My Boyfriend?", "Do You Want to Build a Robot?" focusing on Hiro and Tadashi from Big Hero 6, and a Power Rangers-themed one sung by Alpha 5 called "I Want to Fight Like You Guys", which focuses on Alpha's friendships with the Power Rangers and his secret wish to become one himself so he could join his friends in battling evil. One famous parody is a called Do you want to build a SPACESHIP, replacing the word "snowman" with "spaceship". This song is a parody of The LEGO Movie, representing Benny the Spaceman's love of building spaceships. There is even a Star Wars parody in which an Imperial TIE fighter pilot (who repeatedly confirms his hatred of rebels) attempts to convince Darth Vader, who is busy thinking about Anakin Skywalker and his deceased wife Padmé Amidala (who Darth Sidious tricked him into thinking he killed, though she actually died in childbirth), to help him shoot down enemy Incom X-wing starfighters, with "Do you wanna build a snowman?" replaced with "Do you wanna kill some rebels?".
  • The bridge of this song contains an instrumental that foreshadows "Let It Go"; particularly (and very appropriately) to the musical accompaniment to its lines, "Don't let them in, don't let them see..."
  • Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf, said on the ABC documentary "The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic" that "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" is his favorite song in the film and that it almost did not make the final cut.
  • In the first two verses, Anna's knock is the distinctive "Shave and a Haircut".
  • The Disney Channel Circle of Stars did their own version of the song in 2014.
  • Elsa apparently clearly remembers Anna singing this song, for she takes Anna for a bike ride around the halls in Frozen Fever.


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Media

Films: Frozen | Frozen Fever | Frozen 2
Television: Once Upon a Time | Untitled holiday special
Video games: Frozen: Olaf's Quest | Frozen Free Fall | Disney INFINITY | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition | Disney INFINITY: 3.0 Edition | Disney Enchanted Tales
Music: Soundtrack | Disney Karaoke: Frozen
Books: Frozen: The Essential Guide | The Art of Frozen | Big Golden Book | Little Golden Book | Frozen: The Junior Novelization | A Sister More Like Me | Big Snowman, Little Snowman | Anna’s Act of Love/Elsa’s Icy Magic | Elsa's Gift | A New Reindeer Friend | Frozen Ultimate Sticker Book | Disney Read-Along | Storybook Deluxe | Graphic Novel | Phantoms of Arendelle | Olaf and Sven On Thin Ice | Anna Is Our Babysitter | A Frozen Heart | Frozen Fever: The Deluxe Novelization | Anna's Birthday Surprise | Olaf's Perfect Day | Anna & Elsa's Childhood Times | Across the Sea | Frozen Spring Fever | Melting Hearts | A Year with Elsa & Anna (and Olaf, too!) | Journey To The Lights | Kristoff's Crystal Adventure | Oaken's Invention | Time for Bed, Olaf! | Our Adventure Notebook | Comic Books
Anna & Elsa: Sisterhood is the Strongest Magic: All Hail the Queen | Memory and Magic | A Warm Welcome | The Great Ice Engine | The Polar Bear Piper | The Arendelle Cup | The Secret Admirer | Return to the Ice Palace | Anna Takes Charge

Disney Parks

Scandinavia | Frozen Summer Fun! | Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy | Disney Animation Building | Frozen Ever After | Storybook Land Canal Boats
Entertainment: Celebrate the Magic | Disney's Dreams: An Enchanted Classic | Disneyland Forever | For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration | Frozen: Live at the Hyperion | Golden Fairytale Fanfare | Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light | Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire | Mickey and the Magician | Mickey and the Wondrous Book | Once Upon a Time: Special Winter Edition | Royal Theatre
Shops: Anna & Elsa's Boutique
Parade: Disney Magic on Parade | Frozen Fantasy Parade | Mickey's Storybook Express | Paint The Night Parade | Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Christmas: A Frozen Holiday Wish | Disney Dreams! of Christmas | World of Color: Winter Dreams

Characters

Frozen: Anna | Elsa the Snow Queen | Kristoff | Hans | Olaf | Sven | The Duke of Weselton | Grand Pabbie | Marshmallow | King Agnarr and Queen Iduna | The Duke of Weselton's Bodyguards | Trolls | Bulda | Oaken | Sitron | Wolves | Kai and Gerda | Castle Guards | Hans' Brothers
Frozen Fever: Snowgies

Locations

Arendelle | Elsa's Ice Palace | The Southern Isles | Weselton | Arendelle Castle | Valley of the Living Rock | Arendelle Chapel | Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna | The North Mountain

Songs

Frozen: Vuelie | Frozen Heart | Do You Want to Build a Snowman? | For the First Time in Forever | Love is an Open Door | Let It Go | Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People | In Summer | Fixer Upper
Frozen Fever: Making Today a Perfect Day
Deleted songs: Love Can't Be Denied | We Know Better | More Than Just The Spare | Life's Too Short | Spring Pageant | You're You | Reindeer(s) Remix

Objects

Kristoff's Sled

See Also

Ice Hotel | Musical | The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic | Frozen: The Official Magazine | Disney On Ice | As Told by Emoji | Frozen: Northern Lights

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