'Frozen 2': The Story behind Kristoff's solo song 'Lost in the Woods'

Frozen 2 starring Kristen Bell as Anna and Jonathan Groff as Kristoff opens November 22
Spoiler Alert – this article contains spoilers from the animated feature film, “Frozen 2.” Read at your own risk.

When fans see “Frozen 2,” they’ll get to hear the movie’s amazing music. Living up to the success of the movies’ monster hit, “Let It Go” is no small task. While Elsa refuses to sing “Let It Go,” in the sequel, a comic nod to the song’s popularity, the music is great. Although the songs will never match “Let It Go's” popularity or success, there are a few gems in the movie. One of the highlights of the film is Kristoff’s solo song, “Lost in the Woods.”

In the film, Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) is ready to take his and Anna’s relationship to the next level and sets out to propose. Like most potential grooms-to-be Kristoff is nervous and doesn’t always get the proposal right the first time, or the second time or the third. In fact, Kristoff spends the entire length of the movie trying to get the proposal just right.

When fans see “Frozen 2” they’ll get to hear the movie’s amazing music. Living up to the success of the movies’ monster hit, “Let It Go” is no small task. While Elsa refuses to sing “Let It Go,” in the sequel, a comic nod to the song’s popularity, the music is incredible. The body of songs will never match “Let It Go” but there are a few gems in the movie. One of the highlights of the film is Kristoff’s solo song, “Lost in the Woods.”

In the film, Kristoff is ready to take his and Anna’s relationship to the next level and sets out to propose. Like most potential grooms-to-be Kristoff is nervous and doesn’t always get the proposal right the first time, or the second time or the third. In fact, Kristoff spends the entire length of the movie trying to get the proposal just right. During one of the many failed attempts, Anna and Kristoff get their signals crossed and she leaves to help Elsa not realizing that he is planning a grand gesture. When he sees that Anna has gone, Kristoff pours his heart out in an 80’s power ballad.

“Kristoff didn’t get a solo song in the first [Frozen movie] and Jonathan Groff has an amazing voice,” said Marc Smith, the movie’s the story director said at a Q & A after an advance screening of the film. "So we always wanted a full song for him. And the film you see him, he keeps screwing up the proposal one time after another, after another, after another until finally, we ended up with the idea of “Lost in the Woods.”

 The sequence is a nod features nods to the artists who sung the 80s rock ballads. To capture the spirit of the songs of that era, the creative team researched the classic ballads, including Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which influenced some of the shots of the performance

“Our artists, they studied the videos, all of them," said Smith. "You notice Queen but there were many of them. It was a blast to do.  [Story Artist] Dan Abraham boarded that sequence, it was an incredible part of this and he had a blast with that. And then we loved it too. And then there's a little chicken and a Bobby and Kristen. Then, uh, they wrote a bit too. Dan boarded a bit and then went back and forth until we got it – the version of that.”


"That was inspired by a lot of the '80s rock power ballads, so we did a lot of research looking at all those videos," said Director Chris Buck told Digital Spy. "Bobby [Lopez] and Kristen [Anderson-Lopez] are on that journey with us writing the song. When they do deliver a song, then the challenge is ours to come up with the visuals that can match the brilliance of their songwriting."

The soundtrack version of “Lost in the Woods” is sung by Weezer.

"Frozen 2" is currently playing in theaters.

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