With the whole world singing along with Elsa to "Let It Go," Idina Menzel is no stranger to Disney songs. Menzel is starring in the upcoming adaptation of Cinderella, debuting on September 3 on Amazon. She co-wrote the anthem to the movie and something tells us we’ll all be singing along to "Dream Girl" in no time. "It’s a huge milestone for me to write a song that’s actually for my character that’s in my film," says Menzel. "It gives voice to the women in the movie—and anyone universally who feels oppressed in some way, or frustrated, or angry at the world for not seeing them for who they are—and respecting their dreams and aspirations or their identity. So it’s a really important moment in the movie."
After Cinderella, we can see Menzel get back to Disney in Disenchanted, the sequel to Enchanted. Composers Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz are reuniting to write the music for the film, which Menzel is particularly excited for. "I have this big song—it's this really amazing, soaring song that I'm really excited about," says Menzel. For now, we'll just have to patiently await for the movie's release in 2022.
We spoke to Menzel while she was promoting her collaboration with Rice Krispies Treats on the 365 Days of Love and Support Kits, inspiring parents like herself to spark daily moments of encouragement to help kids fuel success at school and beyond. “Rice Krispies Treats has a wrapper now that gives you a little room to put your little note on it,” says Menzel. “So I’ve been doing that and I’m thankful to them for actually asking us to all sort of take a look inside and focus on our kids and loving and supporting them.”
Take a listen to some of Menzel’s other favorite Disney songs, and learn more about how she connects to each one of these classics.