'Let It Go' Writer Hails Ukrainian Girl Singing 'Frozen' Song in Bunker

The writer of smash hit "Let It Go" has praised the little girl who went viral with her rendition of the Frozen song from a bomb shelter in Ukraine.

Kristen Anderson-Lopez penned the track used in the 2013 Disney film with her husband Robert Lopez. It was sung by Idina Menzel and picked up the Oscar for Best Original Song the following year.

Earlier this week a clip of a young girl, thought to be named Amelia, was shared widely across social media after being originally posted to Facebook by Marta Smekhova.

The moving footage shows Amelia singing the hit track, in Ukrainian, while in a bomb shelter in the capital Kyiv. The adults sheltering with her all turn to listen, rapt by her performance, as they record the youngster on their phones.

Smekhova's post, uploaded on Thursday, has since been viewed 100,000 times, and can be seen here. It quickly went viral, being posted across various social media platforms and outlets in various countries.

Anderson-Lopez spotted the video after it was posted to Twitter by Ankita Jain, and praised Amelia's voice and spirit.

She wrote: "Dear Little Girl with the beautiful voice, my husband and I wrote this song as part of a story about healing a family in pain.

"The way you sing it is like a magic trick that spreads the light in your heart and heals everyone who hears it. Keep singing! We are listening!"

Anderson-Lopez wasn't the only Frozen cast member who spotted the video, as Menzel also spied the video and shared her thoughts.

The singer wrote on Twitter: "We see you. We really, really see you." Her heart-warming message has been seen more than 200,000 times since being posted on Monday, with Anderson-Lopez's, shared on the same day, liked more than 62,000 times.

Numerous others have praised Amelia's song, her moving performance resonating with locals and people around the world, with the girl hailed as a symbol of hope.

Chickateeta commented: "The voice of an Angel. Let Her voice bring peace and safety to Ukraine people."

Julia Murtaugh wrote: "In the mist of destruction and death, this beautiful little girl brings light when everything must feel so dark. Amelia."

Julie thought: "Imagine a little girl in a bomb shelter finding out the song she sang was heard by the songwriter & the artist who sang the song in the movie. The applause seemed to surprise & delight her. Sing on, the world wants to hear you!"

Jos Bell said: "Your song has never been sung with such poignant beauty. My little grandtrs [granddaughters] (who also have front teeth missing!) sing it over & over like so many little girls around the world, but Amelia in Kyiv is simply unforgettable. Let us hope peace can go to them soon."

Fiotheo raved: "Oh my gosh! So beautiful! This sweet girl with the gorgeous voice reminds us that music IS peace."

Sharon Currie observed: "My daughter at her age was obsessed with Frozen, she looked just like this girl, had a similar jumper. What she didn't have is experience of hiding in a bunker, her world being turned upside down or fear of war!!! This girl & Ukrainian people are so strong. No more war! It 2022!"

While @Autisticlyaar added: "Such a talented singer I there's something moving about this makes me feel teary. Seeing a smile on her face is an ounce of joy in a ocean of sadness something makes me hopeful."

Smekhova's original post, translated into English, also carried a message of hope.

An excerpt said: "Seeing in one of the Kyiv bomb storage, how children draw bright pictures in half-darkness, I, of course, couldn't silently pass by...

"She told me that besides drawing, she loves to sing... and whispered shared her dream that she wants to sing on a big stage in front of the audience...

"So what's the matter ? - I'm saying, - now we're organizing... do you see honey how many people are here? That's what you sing for!!! It's loud, I won't be heard, - worried...

"Video made with permission of the girl's mother... promised that many people will see him! Amelia really wanted this..

"I showed this video to people in different cities of Ukraine, it was seen by foreigners in different parts of the world! Amelia, your singing left no one indifferent!

"And our children radiate light, and even in a raw dark basement it does not blink, but ignites even brighter! And our children are applauded by the whole world! Way to go Amelia!!!"

Newsweek reached out to Smekhova for comment.

'Frozen' movie poster and Ukrainian girl.
"Frozen" movie poster and Ukrainian girl. The writer of the song "Let It Go" has praised the girl's rendition online. Marta Smekhova/IMBD / Facebook

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