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Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
Originally performed by
Composer Robert Lopez
Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Lyrics Robert & Kristen (Lyrics)
Jennifer Lee (Screenplay)
Performer(s) Anna (Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn & Katie Lopez)
Feature films Frozen
Short films
Television programs
Attractions World of Color
Video games
Albums Frozen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Now That's What I Call Christmas
(2015 UK re-release)[1]
Preceded by Frozen Heart
Followed by For the First Time in Forever
Video
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2. Do You Want to Build a Snowman? - Frozen (OST)

"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)

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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 Luke 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 a 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.

References

  1. NOW That’s What I Call Christmas 2015


v - e - d
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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
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!
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

Disney Parks

Scandinavia | Frozen Summer Fun! | Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy | A Frozen Holiday Wish | Anna & Elsa's Boutique | Celebrate the Magic | Disney's Dreams: An Enchanted Classic | Disney Animation Building | Disney Dreams! of Christmas | Disneyland Forever | For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration | Frozen: Live at the Hyperion | Frozen Ever After | Frozen Fantasy Parade | 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 | Storybook Land Canal Boats | 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 | Cliff | Oaken | Sitron | Wolves | Kai and Gerda | The Dignitaries | 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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