Today in nostalgia: Disney songs

January 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm (Nostalgia) (, , )

I’m at the end of what’s been a rather intense work week, so in between sleeping in and watching a shitload of ‘Modern Family‘, I’ve decided to listen to some Disney songs. Say what you will about Disney and animated musicals, but these songs are buried deep in that part of my brain where happy thoughts come from.

Everyone’s got their favorite Disney songs (I have been present at many drunken renderings of ‘Part of Your World‘ and ‘I’ll Make a Man Out of You‘) – these are some of mine.

‘The Gospel Truth’ (Hercules, 1997)

As a child it never occurred to me that mixing gospel music with Greek mythology was kinda weird. But what works, works.

‘Friends on the Other Side’ (The Princess and the Frog, 2009)

Does it bother anyone that at the end of the movie, Facilier is literally dragged to hell? He doesn’t die, like all them other Disney movie villains (there’s an entire article about this), he is taken body and soul to some technicolor voodoo hell. Is creepy, that’s all.

‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’ (Little Mermaid, 1989)

‘We Are One’ (Lion King II: Simba’s Pride, 1998)

Simba’s Pride was actually one of the better sequels to a Disney classic (as opposed to say Hunchback of Notre Dame II). Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World, wasn’t so bad either. Neither were Aladdin 2 and 3. Actually, Hunchback of Notre Dame II just really sucked).

‘They Live In You’ (The Lion King Musical)

‘The Bells of Notre Dame’ (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996)

How can you not love this song. There’s chanting and bells that resound in your belly and vocals that swell up and up and the single purest high note at the very end of it. This was also from a Disney that delved into damnation, sexual tension, and medieval torture.

‘Not in Nottingham’ (Robin Hood, 1973)

Random story: as a child, I didn’t make up imaginary friends, but I imported a lot of them from whatever I was reading or watching on TV. I have a distinct memory of being in preschool and pretending animated fox Robin Hood and Maid Marion were with me, because they were better company than the other kids /End of random story. Anyway, part of why this song is nice is it seems awfully sad to be coming from a Disney.

‘Arabian Nights’ (Aladdin, 1992)

The first time I heard this song was without the re-edited lyrics (where ‘Where they cut off your ear if they don’t like your face‘ was replaced with ‘Where it’s flat and immense and the heat is intense‘). Wikipedia points out and you may notice that the re-edited line is sung in a slightly deeper voice than the rest of the song.

I know this isn’t a Disney, but ‘Once Upon a December’ (Anastasia, 1997)

It was actually a Don Bluth. It’s hard to divorce this song from the sequence it goes with – amnesiac girl half-remembers half-hallucinates dead royals out of dusty old paintings. Chills.


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