One year later, Frozen’s breakout song “Let It Go” is but a distant memory for many people, especially now that those cover videos have stopped pouring in by the thousands. But for those with small children, the vocal stylings of Idina Menzel have likely been on constant rotation since last November. And director Jennifer Lee has some sympathy for parents who can’t stand one more frozen fractal spiraling all around. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lee had this to say about the song’s success:

“A year ago, I’d meet people who, when they found out who I was, they’d say, ‘Oh, we love the songs! We sing them all the time.’ Now they’re like, ‘Yep, we’re still listening to those songs.’ I’ve gone from, ‘Thank you,’ to, ‘Sorry!’”


The quote comes from THR’s new “Hollywood Mothers And Their Daughters” series, the kind of parental-centered feature it’s so rare to see successful men asked to participate in. In addition to being a mother, Lee is also the first woman to direct a feature film for Disney Animation Studios and the first woman to direct a film that earned over $1 billion at the box office. And considering the song’s popularity directly contributed to that box office success (Frozen is currently the highest-grossing animated film of all time), it’s hard to imagine Lee is too choked up about parents having to suffer through endless sassy deliveries of “the cold never bothered me anyway.” Thankfully, Lee had enough class not to urge parents to simply “let it go.”