Learn Vietnamese with Disney’s Frozen

Disney Frozen Let It Go Elsa

Ever since we saw Disney’s Frozen last month, the soundtrack has been playing non-stop in our home. We have sing-a-longs everyday after school. While the kids loved the movie because of its story and Olaf (yes, I think he’s funny), the music appealed to me the most. I knew Broadway powerhouse Idina Menzel, who was in the original cast of Rent, played older sister Elsa.

As soon as we left the theater, I pulled up IMBD to see who the wrote the music and lyrics: husband-wife team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.  Turns out they’ve written plenty of hits. Robert Lopez is the co-creator of Avenue Q The Book of Mormon while Kristen wrote the clever lyrics for Disney’s Winnie the Pooh movie. No wonder we loved the music!

Last week Disney released a video of Frozen’s “Let It Go” sung in 27 different languages. I knew that the movie had wide appeal but didn’t realize it had gone completely global. That’s when it occurred to me that if the film had been dubbed in those 27 different languages, then there might be a Vietnamese version:

While the Vietnamese accent is rather heavy (to my Vietnamese American ears), I was thrilled that the movie was dubbed in Vietnamese. Now I have to figure out how to obtain a Viet dubbed copy of the movie when it comes out on DVD. This would be a fun way for Sophia and Jaxson to learn Vietnamese with Disney’s Frozen.

I thought that the dubbed version of “Love Is An Open Door” was easier to understand.  Vietnamese is already a lyrical language on its own, so adding to song can be challenging, especially when it’s show tunes.

“Do You Want to Build a Snowman” is cute in Vietnamese. Though I’m surprised they kept the original voices for a couple of the lines.

Since I took French for several years in high school and college, I had to pull up the French version of “Let It Go.”

Have you seen the movie? If you live in the United States, select theaters will be showing a sing-a-long version of the movie with lyrics on the screen (and a bouncing snowflake) on January 31. Call your theater to find out if they’re participating.

If you in Vietnam, email me. I’d love to get my hands on a copy of the Vietnamese version when it becomes available. We still plan to purchase the American version of Frozen when it’s released on March 18.

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