1. By now you’ve probably heard the song “Let It Go" from Frozen more than a few times—and you’ve probably gotten it stuck in your head, too. That’s the work of songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the Oscar-winning couple behind the Disney mega-hit.  Robert also co-wrote the satirical musicals The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q.  In the interview, Kristen tells Fresh Air why she set out to write a different kind of princess story: 

    Kristen Anderson-Lopez: If you have the deluxe CD you will see my very strong, strike-across-the-bow at all princess myth things in the form of a song called “We Know Better,” which was a song that was cut, but it basically was these two princesses bonding over all of the things that the world expects and thinks of them. [The world thinks] that they’re perfect and sweet and sugar and spice and all things nice and it was the two of them misbehaving and being fully well-rounded children with all the good and bad and imagination and mischief that I really feel that it’s important for our girls to be allowed to be.

    It got cut, but you can tell the whole movie is full of this point of view as much as Jennifer Lee and I could put in it, because we’re both Park Slope moms, we both went through the 90s, we took the women’s studies courses, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to push my kids on the swing at the playground if I had written a movie where the girl wore the puffy dress and was saved not by anything active she did but by being beautiful enough to be kissed by a prince.

    Photo (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times) and Disney

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  1. Idina Menzel performs Let It Go from Frozen with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots.

    Thursday 4/10: We speak to songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson Lopez who wrote the music for the Disney movie Frozen (including Let It Go).  Robert Lopez also co-created the musicals The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q.  

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  1. Meryl Streep Honors Emma Thompson

    Meryl Streep's speech at the National Board of Review Awards praises the work of Emma Thompson in the film Saving Mr. Banks. “Banks” tells the story of the adaptation of P.L. Travers’ book into the Disney film Mary Poppins.  Streep doesn’t hold back in addressing Walt Disney’s sexism, anti-Semitism, and racism. You can read the full speech here.

    Because Thompson is our guest today, we thought it would be nice to include Streep’s poem, “An Ode to Emma, Or What Emma is Owed”:

    We think the Brits are brittle, they think that we are mush
    They are more sentimental, though we do tend to gush
    Volcanoes of emotion concealed beneath that lip
    Where we are prone to guzzle, they tip the cup and sip
    But when eruption bubbles from nowhere near the brain
    It’s seismic, granite crumbles, the heart overflows like rain
    Like lava, all that feeling melts down like Oscar gold
    And Emma leaves us reeling, a knockout, truth be told

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  1. David Edelstein on Brave: “Brave is pure Pixar in its mischievousness and irreverence and the brilliantly delineated facial movements of its characters.” View in High-Res

    David Edelstein on Brave: “Brave is pure Pixar in its mischievousness and irreverence and the brilliantly delineated facial movements of its characters.”

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  1. Posted on 22 August, 2011

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    Alices on Fresh Air
Waters (food)
Cooper (music)
in Wonderland (movie review)
Sebold (author)
in Wonderland (book review)

    Alices on Fresh Air

    Waters (food)

    Cooper (music)

    in Wonderland (movie review)

    Sebold (author)

    in Wonderland (book review)

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  1. Happy WEEKEND! Monday’s show is a two-parter
a) identical twins separated at birth
b) the mating habits of the insect world.
Catch ya then!

    Happy WEEKEND! Monday’s show is a two-parter

    a) identical twins separated at birth

    b) the mating habits of the insect world.

    Catch ya then!

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    I’m playing Fresh Air book producer this week in addition to web/writing duties while our book producer is on vacation. This is what I feel like (except all of those coins are books.)

    I’m playing Fresh Air book producer this week in addition to web/writing duties while our book producer is on vacation. This is what I feel like (except all of those coins are books.)

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  1. It turns out the rusty old tow truck that inspired the beloved Disney Pixar character, Mater, is on display in the tiny town of Galena, Kan., population 3,200. The more you know. View in High-Res

    It turns out the rusty old tow truck that inspired the beloved Disney Pixar character, Mater, is on display in the tiny town of Galena, Kan., population 3,200. The more you know.

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  1. Pixar director Lee Unkrich accidentally threw out his wife’s childhood toys. And then it became the inspiration for Toy Story 3. "About a month after we moved, she asked me if I had seen her beloved   stuffed animals, and I said, ‘What box were they in?’ And she said,  ‘They  weren’t in a box. They were in a garbage bag.’ And my blood  instantly ran  ice cold. I immediately realized what had  happened: I had thrown all of her  stuffed animals away in the Dumpster  behind our building. I feel  terrible to this day that that happened,  but I do hope that by  immortalizing that moment in the movie, that [her  stuffed animals] have  somehow been immortalized themselves." View in High-Res

    Pixar director Lee Unkrich accidentally threw out his wife’s childhood toys. And then it became the inspiration for Toy Story 3. "About a month after we moved, she asked me if I had seen her beloved stuffed animals, and I said, ‘What box were they in?’ And she said, ‘They weren’t in a box. They were in a garbage bag.’ And my blood instantly ran ice cold. I immediately realized what had happened: I had thrown all of her stuffed animals away in the Dumpster behind our building. I feel terrible to this day that that happened, but I do hope that by immortalizing that moment in the movie, that [her stuffed animals] have somehow been immortalized themselves."

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  1. Fun Friday Flicks: What if Disney had produced Up in 1965?

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