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Composer of Filipino-descent returns for ‘Frozen’ sequel

Left: This May 23, 2011 file photo shows Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez at the 56th annual Drama Desk Awards in New York. AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File. Right: Scene from "Olaf's Frozen Adventure."

MANILA, Philippines — Walt Disney Animation Studios has recently announced the release of its untitled feature-length follow-up to the hit film “Frozen,” slated for November 2019 and to reunite filmmakers Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho with the Grammy and Oscar-winning songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Award-winning composer of Filipino descent Robert Lopez, who co-composed the Oscar and Grammy award-winning hit “Let It Go” with his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, has been tapped again by Disney to compose new songs for the “Frozen” sequel.

An American songwriter, Lopez co-created the hit musicals “The Book of Mormon” and “Avenue Q.” He is reportedly the youngest of only 12 individuals who have won all four of the biggest awards in the entertainment world — an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony Award —  in just 10 years.

In 2013, his and his wife’s composition “Let It Go” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. In 2015, “Let It Go” also won the Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

Besides “Frozen,” Lopez also wrote songs for “Finding Nemo,” “Winnie the Pooh” and “The Simpsons,” among others.

Lopez was born in Manhattan to parents Katherine and Frank Lopez, whose father was Filipino and whose mom was Filipino and Scottish-American. Robert’s Filipino dad became director of publications for New York University’s Langone Medical Center.

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Prior to the much-awaited “Frozen” sequel, Walt Disney Animation Studios has posted previews of the new songs from "Olaf’s Frozen Adventure," an all-new featurette that will open in Philippine cinemas as a front to Disney/Pixar’s "Coco" on November 22.

The songs are “Ring in the Season” by Kristen Bell, “That Time of Year” by Josh Gad and “When We’re Together” by Idina Menzel.

Featuring four new original songs, the 21-minute featurette "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" welcomes the original cast and characters of "Frozen" back to the big screen, including Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), who is on a mission to harness the best holiday traditions for Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) and Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff). The featurette is directed by Emmy-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”), produced by Oscar winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”), with original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson (“Between the Lines”).

LISTEN: “Ring in the Season” 

LISTEN: “That Time of Year”

LISTEN: “When We're Together” 

"Olaf’s Frozen Adventure" celebrates characters who won over audiences worldwide when "Frozen" first hit the big screen in 2013.

Earning more than $1.27 billion globally, the film won two Academy Awards (best animated film and best original song with “Let It Go”) and a Golden Globe (best animated feature film). 

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