A Whole New World
Hi, everybody! Welcome back to another episode of Press Play: Disney Edition. Get ready, because this time, we’re going to the movies. Part two in our series (See Part 1 HERE), focuses on those timeless Disney classics we all loved as a child and still love today. What would our childhood be, if we never spent a Jolly Holiday with Mary or looked for The Second Star to the Right? Would we know all the Colors of the Wind? Would we ever Seize the Day? (Oh, wordplay. I love you.) All of these songs are significant to us in different ways; memories of a time, a place, a feeling. We take them with us, to feel like a kid again, to escape reality for even the smallest of moments. A soundtrack that extends farther than any other, these movie-songs have that signature Disney style; unique to an ever evolving musical society. To tell the truth, Disney music is just, plain and simply, awesome; fun and entertaining. I know you’ll have to agree. This collection is extensive (very extensive), and if we were to list all of my favorites, we’d be here a very, very long time. So today, we’ll be looking at just a handful of these out-standing melodious moments from Disney’s movie history. I’ll give you the important task of telling me all your most-notable moments when we reach the comments. Until then, let’s get this party started!
Under the Sea: Who doesn’t love this song? The calypso beats; the fast-paced rhymes and lyrics. It’s a Disney classic! While Ariel may be wishing to be Part of Your World (Another fantastic piece off the soundtrack, I might add), Sebastian needs her to see all the magic and wonder that lives right under the sea. The Littler Mermaid listens closely as Sebastian & Friends sing with harmonious effort. His pleas are unsuccessful, of course, but that doesn’t stop him from trying. “Just look at the world around you, right here on the ocean floor. Such wonderful things surround you; what more is you lookin’ for?”
Belle: Years after its release, I’m sure many moviegoers are still irked at the little girl who memorized and sang this famed tune during several repeated viewings of Beauty & the Beast at her local movie theatre. It was my favorite song from the whole movie, what did they expect? To this day, I still remember every lyric and I’m sure I’m not alone. A cluster of townsfolk marveling at the unusual girl with her head in a book? Obviously, they’ve never seen a nerd before. A constant theme among most Disney movies and songs, Belle longs for something more – for adventure; to reach out and attain her dreams. Nevermind about the blockhead stalker with a serious addiction to raw eggs. Oh, Gaston. *Shakes head*
Just Around the Riverbend: If there is one Disney song that has actual magical abilities, it would be this one. At least, for me it does. Night after night, once I pushed that well-worn VHS tape into the player, the opening hymn of Pocahontas would begin, and before you could say “Just around the . . . ,” I would be out like a light. A fact that was taken advantage of often. With her friend, the curious Meeko, by her side, Pocahontas wonders which path she should take. Should she give up her dreams or follow them no matter the consequences? The song contrasts natures miracles to difficult real-life decisions. Crashing symbols and expanding strings create a strong enthusiasm, flowing into a soft, hesitant finale. Just Around the Riverbend is a relatable tale; expectations vs. unyielding dreams.
Married Life: Just for the record, I love this movie. A lot. I’m sure you knew that already, though. I did profess my love for it previously; quoting, pretty much, an entire scene from memory. Sigh. That was awesome. Up follows Carl Fredricksen and his friend, Russell, as they make the exciting journey to Paradise Falls: “A land lost in time.” When they finally arrive at their destination, they meet a few new friends (Dug and Kevin (I love those guys)) and discover how wild the wilderness can be. The catalyst for this expedition is Ellie, Carl’s wife. Married Life is the musical foundation for a lifetime love affair. From the happiest of times to the worst, the recurring strain is heartwarming and heartbreaking, sweet and jovial. Muted horns. A single violin. A bit of a piano trill. This central theme appears again and again in the film, pushing and pulling, creating a rollercoaster of emotions as we experience the Up‘s and downs of this thrilling adventure.
Have a magical day! – Kim
What did you think of the songs featured in this week’s Press Play Friday? Are you a Disney fan? What’s your favorite Disney movie? Favorite character? What’s your favorite Disney movie song? Tell me in the comments!