As many people have crated their own covers of the song Let it Go from Disney’s 2013 movie, Frozen, the quest to find the best one has helped one student’s rendition go viral on YouTube. Though he initially shared it on Facebook to get some feedback, it was shared so many times that it soon took off like wildfire. What makes it stand out form all of the other versions out there? He sings the entire song from Frozen using 21 different Dinesy and Pixar character impersonations.
Brian Hull is a vocal performance major studying at Dallas Baptist University. The 22-year-old Christian singer created a video of him singing the Let it Go song from Frozen. He sings the entire song, from beginning to end, all while smoothly transitioning between 21 different Disney and Pixar characters. And his impersonations are spot on.
He started off with Barbossa from The Pirates of the Caribbean and ended with Goofy. No characters were off limits for this talented young man. It is interesting to watch his facial expressions as he takes on more lighthearted characters, as well as the more serious ones. He is able to keep up with dramatic rise and fall of the song, as he switches effortlessly from one character impersonation to the next.
He uses the voice of Pumbaa from The Lion King, Roz from Monsters Inc. and even Scuttle from The Little Mermaid. Hull also includes sections from classic characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Winnie the Pooh.
The video did not come about in effort to go viral, but in an effort to win a contest for a $100 gift card to the Disney Store. Before submitting the clip, he decided to post it on his Facebook wall in order to get feedback on it from friends and family. He has no idea it would take off the way it did.
He reportedly recorded the video in one take, with only minor adjustments afterward in order to improve the volume on some of the characters. Images of the characters, as well as their names and their movie titles, were also edited in so viewers can follow along and know which character he is portraying at the time.
Hull is not currently working in the field of entertainment, though it is something he aspires to do one day. “My dream job is to be able to use my talents in a way that will bring joy to others,” he said.
The song was originally composed by composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and performed by Idina Menzel. It gained a lot of attention when it won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Hull’s version of the Disney Frozen track, Let it Go, has more than five million hits on YouTube, as of Tuesday. That number is expected to climb as earns new fans and people continue to share the video clip through social media. He is excited to bring his passion to “preserve the magic” of Disney. He likely has a bright future ahead of him. Standing out from the crowd is necessary in the music business, and that is exactly what Hull did. Hid Facebook friends are not the only ones giving him rave reviews.
Editorial by Tracy Rose