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Take a Listen to the Opening Song from Disney’s ‘Frozen’ [UPDATE]

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In a surprise Saturday-night upload, we were given a taste of what the score for Disney’s Frozen will Disney-Frozen-Postersound like. A video was posted to YouTube that claims to be the opening song for Disney’s upcoming animated film Frozen.

According to the uploader Fahkon Gelmedh, the song is called “Eatnemen Vuelie” (the Earth’s yoik) and is written by Norwegian composer Frode Fjellheim. The song–and the movie itself–is inspired by the indigenous Saami and Norwegian culture. He also commented:

The song is a combination of Saami yoiking and the Danish Christmas hymn “Dejlig er jorden”/”Fairest Lord Jesus”. Composed by Frode Fjellheim. The original hymn is composed by the Danish composer B.S. Ingemann.

Take a listen:

Wowzers! Can you say heavenly? I want to listen to this song on repeat and fall asleep to it every night. I’m loving all the Nordic and Saami influences that the film’s creators are thoughtfully and prominently putting into Frozen. The filmmakers were incredibly interested in Norway’s culture and mythology during their scouting trips for the film, so it’s exciting to see that those elements didn’t end up on the cutting room floor or in the background. While Frozen is a princess story, it will definitely be a very culturally rich film. (Although, you wouldn’t be able to tell that from its current Olaf-laden promotion.)

This version isn’t the final version that is going to be in the film. Fjellheim discussed in an interview that he’s doing a studio recording with the choir Cantus. Turns out that the filmmakers discovered Fjellheim when they bought one of his albums during their Norway scouting trip . A few months later, he got a call from the studio, saying they wanted him to compose a song for the film.

If this is any indication of what the rest of the film’s score and songs are like, then count me in. Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez are writing lyrical songs for Frozen and we’ve already gotten a sneak peak of those with Elsa’s song “Let It Go.” I can’t wait to hear more from the soundtrack as November approaches.

The Frozen soundtrack will be released one day before the film on November 26. Is that enough time to learn all the songs before Frozen comes out? You better believe it!

What do you think of the song “Eatnemen Vuelie”?

 [UPDATE 9/17/13 2:38 PM PST] It turns out that only parts of “Eatnemen Vuelie” will be used in the final version of the film. This news was revealed in an audio interview by the conductor of the choir, Cantus, which are the featured singers in the song. Specifically, the hymn parts of the song will be removed, since they do not fit the context of the film. New music has been composed by Frode Fjellheim, but it will be based on the same themes.

Thanks to Isabelle for giving us the heads up on the news and translating the interview.

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  • Alex

    The tribal vibe of this song really reminds me of the opening song of Pocahontas. It’s calming but also epic at the same time. Like the sun rising. If anything, that’s a great sign because the Pocahontas soundtrack was phenomenal. It just has that epic feeling to it.

    • Yes! I was going to say that to, but was too caught up that I forgot to write it. It has the tribal elements that make Pocahontas (and to some extent, Brother Bear) so spectacular!

      • Butteryfingers

        It sounds so…African!!! that’s what i love about it.

    • Exactly what it reminded me of! Can’t wait to hear the movie version.

  • hanshohansen

    The niece of Frode Fjellheim is apparently also a very talented singer/yoiker. Would have loved it if this song also was a part of the soundtrack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3nrPaajPzc

  • Lovely! Now I’m quite excited for the soundtrack as well!

  • Fadi Antwan

    It’s going to be EPIC!

  • Gideon

    The ultimate test of my willpower – trying to go into the movie spoiler-free. Practically in tears just reading the description of the song, though.

  • I LOVE the choral part of the song. It’s like Christmas! :3

    • Alex

      Agreed! SO warm and soothing but with a dash of festivity. It reminds of something that might be played during a Saint Lucia’s day procession.

  • killercharlie

    Oh wow, this sounds amazing! It gives a bit of a mystical vibe and I can imagine Anna giving a voice over intro about the kingdom and their customs. :3

    Love it!

  • Brandon Kelly

    Oh my god I am getting goosebumps!!!!! This feels SO epic. For those who think Frozen is Tangled 2, EAT THOSE WORDS! Tangled is a good movie, but it did not have a opening number like this. I firmly believe that Frozen will be the Oscar winning animated film of the year. Despicable Me 2, Monsters University and The Croods will now be considered pretty good compared to this movie.

    • Butteryfingers

      Yes. yes frozen will be 100 percent better. I can’t believe i’m saying this but i think frozen has the potential to be disneys highest grossing film, making about a billion dollars.

    • Alex

      I totally agree about the music thing. Tangled’s music was enjoyable, but definitely not really epic. If this says anything about the tone of the film, it’s gonna be GREAT!

      • I’m super pumped to see the Lopezes’ take on the songs! Menken, of course, was great in Tangled, but I like someone with fresh eyes taking a whack at the Disney princess formula that has slightly become stale over the years.

        • Not Without

          Any word on In Summertime? I haven’t read any reviews. I’m also glad they’ve moved in a new direction for music.

          • I haven’t heard much about it. Too bad we couldn’t have been there, because you better belive we would have memorized the lyrics and tune and made a video about it!

  • JayEllCee12

    Very interesting, I totally wasn’t expecting this! It just makes me wonder what’s going to be on the screen while this is playing: is it during the prologue? Is it going to serve as like the ‘opening number’? Is there going to be any dialogue over it? The tribal sound can’t help but make me think of Kristoff, but the pretty choral parts remind of the sisters! GAH SO MANY POSSIBILITIES

  • Junky jones

    This sounds good, but I believe it is fake. It sounds very similar to the LDS song, “Beautiful Savior”. Listen a version of it here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LbZ124lFz60
    Does it sound similar to anybody else?

    • hanshohansen

      Actually “Beautiful Savior” and “Fairest Lord Jesus” is the same hymn. If you read the quote in the article you see it mentioned. Also the hymn part from “Dejlig er jorden” only makes up a small part of the song.

      • Junky jones


      • I love that the song is based off a hymn. Makes it sound like much more ancient/historic.

    • Alex

      I believe that Jennifer Lee pretty much confirmed that the song was real on twitter. Maybe unfinished, but still valid.

      • Jennifer is freakin’ awesome! That’s all I can say. She’s very receptive to the fans and willing to answer questions or put down rumors. I hope she sticks around Disney because Wreck-It Ralph was fantastic and Frozen is set to be a home run!

  • PabloRuiz7

    Listen. Marvel. Repeat. (infinite loop)

  • The Animation Commendation

    Wow, it’s great! It’s like what Disney was trying to do with “Brother Bear” and “Pocahontas”, but much better!

    • Third time’s the charm!

      • The Animation Commendation

        That axiom didn’t work well with “Jurassic Park” though, lol!

  • Edouard Dia

    That traditional, wondrous stuff + CHRISTOPHE BECK wondrous work ( no one speaks about that composer, but he rocks, and 70 % of what we’ll here will be HIS work, never forget that :-)) + Bobby and Kristen creativity = Best Disney Score for a very, very long time ( sorry dear Alan…)

  • Monica Rae Jennings

    The Choral part is fantastic I really hope they have something similar to this beautiful music…I’m basically having this on repeat just because I love this so freaking much XD

    I really hope a new trailer comes out soon and I can’t wait for the soundtrack to come out so i can listen to this opening and Let it Go XD

  • Ariel


  • morgen71

    THIS IS BEAUTIFUL GUYS I’m so excited for this movie!

  • nik

    that was the most stupidest thing i ever heard
    i just loved frozen! what kind of thing is this? thats the opening song??? someone that just says oh ya ya ya ya ya ????? i belive tangled was much better than this. i dont see how all of you like this stupid thing.

  • Monica Rae Jennings

    I had listen to this song at least 10 times and now I cannot stop singing the chants it’s so beautiful I really can’t wait for the soundtrack so I can just play it on repeat and I believe Frozen is going to be a fantastic movie. The only other time I have ever been excited for a movie is Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, Mortal Instruments and now Catching Fire. But this will no doubt be the best animated movie of the year. I just wish November would hurry up!

  • Jessica

    God I want to listen to this sooooooooooo baaaaaaad but I wanna stay as unspoiled as possible for the film!! The wait is killing me!

  • Ember Lily

    this is so fantasic!

  • The Professor

    Well, my choir concert is tonight and this happens to be on the program. I sure love this song a whole lot more now <3

  • Line

    I’m so sorry, but I have to correct something here. The album that the people from Disney found was not one of Frode Fjellheim’s own albums, it was Cantus’ album. Therefore they did not contact Fjellheim but Cantus.
    Love from a Cantus member!

  • Jacko14

    what movie also contains this song?

  • KatieHazel

    I noticed that I will be the first person to say that I love this song on this thingakabober comment thing, so… I LOVE THIS SONG!!! THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SONG AND VOICE I HAVE EVER HEARD!!!!!!!!

  • Brittany Norton

    I love this song because I am singing this in my all woman’s choir. This is the best song ever. I will never stop listening to any of the songs from Frozen because it is my top favorite ever in America. Eatnemen Vuelie is the best song from Frozen.

  • gingerfin

    Hello. This is a good song. I love the voices! I have a copy of the frozen song, but it only has the ones i like. My mom made it 4 me. 🙂
    Here is a picture of the people in frozen. If u have NEVER SEEN THIS MOVIE, GO AWAY! just kidding! U can rent it from redbox or even ur local library. And im si gimg this i my head and i can har teeny tiny voices. I ♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡ FROZEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!