Thursday, August 14, 2014

Kill Refurb Marry: Songs from Animated Classics

Gather 'round, princes and princesses, because it's time for another game of…

On the agenda this month? Songs from animated Disney films, a.k.a. the most difficult decisions I've had to make in my young life.

Kill: "The Journey," The Rescuers

Recently, I've been really intrigued by The Rescuers. The animation, its history- it's just fascinating to me. What isn't so intriguing? Its soundtrack. The 70's style just doesn't work for me, and I usually find myself skipping them whenever possible. "The Journey" is a strange choice to me for opening credits, where it might have been more effective to start with something upbeat that would grab the audience's attention. And, y'know, something that begins a little less terrifyingly. 

(Incidentally, I omit the "Rescue Aid Society" from the lackluster majority of Rescuers songs. Mostly because of adorable international mice.)

Refurb: "You Mother and Mine," Peter Pan

It's weird- I love this song… but at the same time, I don't  love this song. As much as I adore Kathryn Beaumont's performance as Wendy, her singing here is pretty lackluster. Of course, that's understandable, as she was only fifteen when the film was released! Still, the sentiment of the song is sweet as can be, and I think it could gain popularity if used in something like a Mother's Day campaign. 

Basically, I'm not sure how I'd like to refurb this one, but I know that it could use it!

Marry: "When You Wish Upon a Star," Pinocchio

The Disney songbook is full of pieces that make us laugh, smile, and cry, but for all of us there is one song that captures entirely the essence of Disney magic. For me, that is Jiminy Cricket's dreamy, hopeful ballad "When You Wish Upon a Star." The sweeping orchestration and mellifluous tenor of Cliff Edwards are enough for this song's superiority, but for me, it is the message of hope and perseverance that sets it apart. When things are fantastic and my spirits are high, it soars alongside me. When the chips are down and I'm searching for a little hope, this song reminds me that believing in and pursuing my dreams will pay off in the end. And isn't that what Disney magic is all about?

Which songs would you kill, refurb, or marry? Post your choices in the comments below, then check out this month's other fabulous Kill, Refurb, Marry posts!

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