Sync or Swim: The Frozen Weatherhouse

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It’s been one year since Frozen took the world by storm. It was only a matter of time before it got an alternate soundtrack. Since winter is getting into gear, why not bundle up and spend a lifetime in a weather house?

Take Frozen and Philip Selway’s “Weatherhouse” and start both sources at 0:00. Loop until the end. Discovered by David Taylor Mendoca of That Syncing Feeling in August 2014.

Points of Interest

  • The film and the album have one song title in common: “Let it Go”.
  • A weather house is device that describes the weather. The girl would be on the left side and the guy would be on the right. This is reflected during “Love is an Open Door”.
  • The music video for “It Will End in Tears” features two women. Possibly sisters? (Side note: I’d check out some of Rammatik’s work.)
  • Color theory: With the Familial Mr. Fox sync, the film was primarily oranges and yellows and the album was colored white. Here, the sources reflect complementary colors on the color wheel (the film uses cool colors and the album is colored black).

Act I

Coming Up for Air

  • “I’m standing, still standing.” The man walks onto the slippery ice after the title fades away.

Around Again

  • “I know what is funny now will bother me soon.” Anna and Elsa sneak out to play with Elsa’s powers. These magical powers will bother Elsa later.
  • Anna goes around, climbing each snow pile.
  • “It’s you, tearing me apart.” Olaf disintegrates.

Let it Go

  • The static sounds at the beginning reflect the change in Anna’s memories.
  • The description of Elsa’s powers for evil happen on beat with the first chorus.
  • “Just as you walk away.” Anna walks away from the door.
  • The song ends during the dramatic ocean scene.

Miles Away

  • Somber notes play during the funeral.
  • People come from “miles away” to attend the coronation ceremony.
  • The discordant note plays as we are introduced to the Duke of Weselton.
  • “Turn the volume down.” Traditional sync instructions.

Ghosts

  • Elsa has to follow in her father’s footsteps, those of a ghost.
  • “Crowd at my windows and doors.” The townspeople enter the castle.

It Will End in Tears

  • Anna meets Han, a sign of things to come according to the song title.
  • “Bet you stayed in all the time.” This is Elsa’s character.
  • The crowd dances to the music.

Don’t Go Now

  • “I think I hear you laugh.” The Duke dances in a comedic fashion.
  • The crowd dances to the music again.
  • “Stay close, be with me.” Anna and Hans get to know each other better.

Drawn to the Light

  • “First light.” They dance in front of the lighthouse.
  • “Turn ’round, slow down.” The song in the film reflects those motions.
  • “The wicked games we play.” Hans uses Anna to get into the kingdom through the proposal.
  • “I’m out of sorts again.” Elsa tries to run away from the current situation.

Waiting for a Sign

  • Elsa runs onto the ice on beat.
  • “There’s nobody around…” Elsa begins to sing “Let it Go” on her own.
  • The strange whooshing sounds occur as Elsa begins to use her power, bit by bit.

Turning it Inside Out

  • The opening fits the mood.
  • “Step off and find a place to make a brand new life.” Elsa builds the castle.
  • The hour hand on the clock in the trading post points to 10. This is the tenth song on the album.

Act II

Coming Up for Air

  • “I’m not alone.” Kristoff and Sven gather outside the trading post.
  • “Coming up for air.” The trio ride up the mountainside to the castle.

Around Again

  • “Look around…” Kristoff spots the wolves.
  • “On a knife edge.” Kristoff hangs off the side of the cliff.

Let it Go

  • “Just couldn’t sleep.” The trio have traveled up the mountain throughout the night, not sleeping.
  • The camera focuses on the mountain where Elsa sang “Let it Go”.

Miles Away

  • The ambient sound reflects the daydream sequence from “In Summer”.
  • “Tried to reach…” Olaf reaches for the cloud that looks like him.
  • “Words clash.” The Duke and Hans fight about the course of action.

Ghosts

  • “Something weighed me down, riding on my back.” The gravity of the situation weighs heavily on Anna.
  • “Leave me in peace.” Olaf and Kristoff wait outside the castle as Anna goes inside.

It Will End in Tears

  • If you choose not do the full sync, then skip to 0:55:14 in the movie and play this song. The entire song fits the scene, essentially the highlight of the sync.
  • “Bet you missed me, bet you stayed in all the time.” Anna and Elsa talk.
  • “I used to be something, didn’t I?” Anna chases Elsa up the stairs.
  • “What made you leave?” Well, putting the entire city under winter will do that.
  • “It will end in tears and I won’t be sorry.” Elsa’s relationship is strained.
  • “We’ve just crossed the line.” Elsa conjures up the snow monster to throw the crew out.

Don’t Go Now

  • “Stay close, be with me.” Anna and Kristoff hang off the side of the cliff.

Drawn to the Light

  • “We can find a way.” The four of them go off to find the “love experts.”
  • “Drawn to the light.” Olaf points out the lights in the sky.

Waiting for a Sign

  • “Are you wasting precious time?” Yes, by singing “Fixer-Upper”.
  • “Are you waiting for a sign?” The trolls want to go ahead with the marriage but Kristoff doesn’t want to.

Turning it Inside Out

  • “…inside out.” One of the Duke’s henchmen is pushed from the inside of the castle to the outside.
  • “…the air to clear.” Elsa wakes up after being knocked unconscious.

Act III

Coming Up for Air

  • “I’m standing, still standing.” Hans gets up to leave Anna and explains his plan.

Around Again

  • “Dream of a better life.” Hans leaves the town, wishing things were better.
  • “…tearing me apart.” Anna lies on the ground after Hans tore her heart apart.
  • “On a knife edge.” Olaf is living dangerously, standing so close to the fireplace.

Let it Go

  • The static sounds occur as the window is blown open.
  • “Lose ourselves in the past.” Elsa is lost in the blowing snow on ice.
  • “Just as you walk away.” Anna tries to walk on the ice.

Miles Away

  • The sword shatters on beat.
  • “Be still.” Anna is frozen.
  • The static sounds occur as the town and Olaf are restored to normal.

Ghosts

  • “Voices guide me back.” Everyone is back in town.

It Will End in Tears

  • The movie has ended and the credits start to roll, starting with the main-on-end sequence. Depending on the audience’s reaction, it ended with tears.
  • The lyrics talk about the different people involved in the production.
  • “You stole the show.” The directors’ credit appears on-screen. This would eventually win the Oscar for Best Animated Film.
  • “One for rain and one for shine.” Credits for two directors of cinematography are shown.

Don’t Go Now

  • “A treasure…” This film has been considered a Disney classic from the post-Renaissance era.

Drawn to the Light

  • With the film finished, the audience leaves the darkness of the theater and is “drawn to the light.”

Once again, Philip Selway has made an intimate album that’s great from start to finish. It makes sense that this would be the film to complement the album in terms of lyrics and overall sound. If you’ve seen this film multiple times, whether under your own volition or with young ones, I recommend that you give this a try.

Sync grade: A-

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