Listen To Songs From Disney Movies
Snow White Is Timeless And Fun For All Ages
Several generations of children have now grown up with Disney tunes. Have you ever wondered what like would be like if you had never been able to Listen to Songs from Disney Movies? It is surprising how many of the songs that we think of as children’s classics or as romantic love ballads actually came from one of the animated Disney classics.
Looking back to early Disney movies, one appreciates the talents of a man such as Frank Churchill. He was a pre-med student at the University of California and dropped out to work for Disney in 1930. Some of his most well known tunes: “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” from The Three Little Pigs. Snow White was a treasure chest of tunes from Churchill. He wrote “Heigh-Ho,” “Whistle While You Work,” and the love song “Some Day My Prince Will Come.” If one were to stop five random adults on the street and ask them if they knew the tune to the above words, most would have a moment of recognition. The songs are all part of a childhood in America.
Other Disney movies which Churchill scored don’t seem as memorable somehow. Few people would remember any songs from Dumbo or Bambi, for example, yet Churchill wrote the music for both those Disney classics.
The work of Alan Menken in The Little Mermaid resulted in six major awards for music of this movie, including “Part of Your World” and “Under the Sea.” The same composer received an additional 7 awards for the original compositions of Beauty and the Beast.
Memorable songs from this movie included the title song, sung by Angela Lansbury “Beauty and the Beast”, the bouncy “Be Our Guest” which will probably be used in hotel commercials forever. Both Belle and Gaston have songs named after them, but perhaps not as well known as the earlier two.
Cinderella was a wealth of lovely and memorable songs, composed by a trio of talented men: Mack David, Jerry Levinson and Al Hoffman. Together they wrote “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” “So This is Love,” and “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.” Mack David and Jerry Levinson co-wrote the theme from “Casper the Friendly Ghost” as well.
The Lion King’s music was composed by superstar Elton John. His influence is found in songs such as “Circle of Life,” “Hakuna Matata,” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” Only time will tell if these songs will influence generations of children in the same way that “Heigh-Ho” has.
67 years ago, the movie Pinocchio was released and included such songs as “When You Wish Upon a Star,” “I’ve Got No Strings,” and “Give a Little Whistle.” Particularly in the case of the first melody, these songs are remembered and sung today.
These are just the animated hit songs; if you were to look further, you'd find Mary Poppins, singing "A Spoonfull of Sugar." and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." Children still are taught, "Chim Chim Cher-ee and "A Step in Time."
Probably the single most remembered song from a childhood that included the Mickey Mouse Club television show is its theme song. M-I-C K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E.