Disney Songs – Saludos Amigos

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Saluso- Salad ass – que? ‘What the balls is Saludos Amigos’, I hear you bellow. It’s a Disney movie, you ignorant! Yeah, some guy who didn’t like the fact that some other guys were allowed the same rights and freedoms that he was afforded decided to tear up most of the world back in the 1940s. Ha! How we all laugh now, nothing like that could ever happen again because no-one like that would ever rise to power agai- yeah, you see where I’m going with this. Everyone was strapped for cash in those days, even the mighty Disney, and while the rest of the world was being sent to die or being killed in their homes, somebody had to keep making entertainment, albeit on a tighter budget. Step forward the rarely remembered Disney package films – movies which were really a series of existing and/or new shorts, bundled together to keep the kids slightly less terrified of the mess adults make of the world until Uncle Sam and Squinty Old Churchill had sent Mr Hitler off to the Shite Gig In The Dirt (killed him).

Saludos Amigos was the first of these such films, a weird one which clearly panders to South American audiences and attempts to ease frictions, while reminding insular US patriots that those south of the border actually had running water, electricity, and weren’t still herding around in the jungle undergrowth eating each other or whatever. It also has some songs. These ones:

Saludos Amigos‘ opens with dramatic violins but rapidly descends into the usually torrid male vocals of the time singing about friendship, before fading out of sight and mind.

Aquarela do Brasil’ features Donald getting pissed on the local sauce, his hiccups setting the beat. There’s then a bunch of trumpets and samba stuff and singing – if you live in Britain and watched any of the 2012 World Cup, you’ll have heard this song – ‘Brazil! Brazil!’ etc.

Tico-Tico‘ is more hyperactive Samba, with rolling beats and whistles and all the rest. There’s a lot of other instrumental music in the movie, but this one stands out a little more.

Not a lot to say about these then, and only worth another listen if you’re into South American oldies. They’re never going to make anyone’s playlist outside of the most ardent flag-waving Disney cultist but like all of Disney’s stuff it’s worth a one time watch or listen.

Let us know in the comments what you think of this one!

Disney Songs – Bambi

Ba ba ba ba ba Bambiiiii! Well, this is going to be a short one. You know, I maintain that Bambi still has some of, if not the best animated animals ever. There are so many moments in the film that still astonish – the subtle twist of an ear or way an animal walks – all perfect. In the musical department… not so much. Not that you expect a film like this to have memorable songs. Lets go.

Love Is A Song‘ is an Oscar nominated song, but what does it really have to do with the story of Bambi? The vocals are weird and old timey, but the actual melody of the title is memorable. The rest of the song is the usual mix of dreary choral voices and strings that sends me up the wall, across the ceiling, up the chimney, and beyond.

Little April Shower‘ is probably the most obvious stand out song here, mostly because it is so catchy. Even the creepy childish voices singing don’t hurt it much. This is definitely a song to hear a good singer cover. It all gets a bit muddled with the multiple voices coming in, but that suits the scene and what is going on in the movie.

Lets Sing A Gay Little Spring Song‘ deserves one statement only. All together now – WTF!

Looking For Romance‘ is a weird one – more weird semi operatic vocals with blasting strings. I quite like the chorus though, again it would be better with just one voice – a good voice.

So… the Bambi soundtrack is one to skip, at least the songs. Some of the other music is great – especially the music that tells you Man (Jaws) is coming. And the movie itself is fabulous. Can’t win ’em all. Let us know in the comments if there are any favourites here.

Disney Songs – Dumbo

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You know, I’ve no idea when I first saw Dumbo. I mean, it must have been when I was young but I don’t have any real memories of watching it as a child and as such it’s one of the Disney movies that I’m not overly familiar with. It lacks that important connection – that tie that binds a film to your brain, heart, and soul because you saw it in your youth, regardless of whether or not it is a piece of crap. There’s really only one song I know well from the list below, and it’s not one I like. In my last post I mentioned songs to take with you to the next world – landing on a new planet armed only with the essential cultural artifacts of Planet Earth and sharing them in a non-preachy, non-hostile, non-colonial manner with the…. natives. You see where I’m going with this.

Look Out For Mr Stork: It’s that choral style of singing that gets me. I just can’t enjoy vocals like these, there’s something lodged in my psyche which won’t allow it. So dreary, even though it’s meant to be funny and light. Along with the visuals the song works, but on its own it isn’t strong enough.

Casey Junior: A diving attack of brass and strings gets this off to a romping start. It’s mostly an instrumental, though that train’s voice is damn creepy. Just when we think it’s over, those annoying vocals come in again – they are short-lived this time around, so it isn’t so bad.

Song Of The Roustabouts: Well, now. Is it racist? Is it about racism? Is it a sign of the times? Am I just a PC libtard leftie self hating safe-place-needing sheeple for daring to think about such things? I don’t know. But I do know it’s not a very good song – more like a simplistic chant. Was that racist too?

Baby Mine: Well, that’s more like it. Sort of. The singing is a little too whiny and the less said about the backing vocals the better. Still, it’s a rather lovely little lullaby.

The Clown Song: A jaunty, French sounding song, but not a lot to it. Entertaining filler.

Pink Elephants On Parade: Yes yes, it’s all rather disturbing to watch. As a song it plods along with a sort of threatening pace and tone. It’s over a minute before the weird vocals begin, men putting on ‘They’re coming to get you, Barbara’ voices and ranting. At one point it goes all Middle Eastern, then it becomes a flighty little dance, then a rumba or something. Then it goes crazy. Then it ends.

When I See An Elephant Fly: Hmm. More confusion. Hmm. The song isn’t great either.

So, only two songs worth mentioning and neither of those I would consider very good. I’m not even sure I would call any of the songs here essential – not essential enough to bring to another world and spread as Gospel anyway. Onwards and upwards!

Disney Songs – Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

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Heigh Ho! HEIGH HOOOOO! That’s right, we begin our Disney journey at the beginning of the journey, with Disney’s folly SWAT7D. It’s easy to forget just how old this movie is, and how huge an impact it made to the movie industry. It is a timeless classic which never fails to charm each new generation. One of the major components of its success is of course the soundtrack which contains a number of iconic songs and ensured that no good animated movie can be made without a hit song. There are eleven songs in the movie, a number of which are reprises and guess what? There are two bonus songs which were deleted from the movie and I’m going to listen to those now too! Considering the different world in which this movie was created, it should not surprise anyone if some of these songs feel as if they have aged badly – remember, this was before Elvis, before World War II, before anything really. Why not listen along too and let your dreams roam free.

I’m Wishing: Here we go, the beginning of an Empire. Snow White sings to the birds by a Wishing Well and Lord you just know this would get savaged if it was released today. That voice… what’s the vocal equivalent of ‘a face for radio’? Musically it is of its time, with all those strings, lyrically it is pure Disney – dreams can come true. It’s the melodies which make it timeless, though we can definitely do without all the ‘huh ha huh ha huh’ stuff which pops up throughout the score.

One Song: This one comes in quickly after the first, a romantic tale from the Prince’s point of view. It has marginally better vocals, less annoying anyway, but the melody is nowhere near as inviting.

With A Smile And A Song: Taking place as Snow White is lost in the woods, scared but asking her animal friends for help. Again there is some terrible wordless vocal work which grates badly, once the rest of the song begins it is a little better – nice melodies and lyrics but not as memorable as the big hitters. Those vocals though… waaay too high.

Whistle While You Work: This is much more effective and the first classic Disney song. Jeepers, it’s so effective it’s impossible to not whistle this while you work. Even the wordless stuff doesn’t get in the way. Too much.

Heigh Ho: From one classic to another. Again the vocals are dated, but it’s so much fun musically and lyrically. It’s an age before the ‘heigh ho’ bit actually starts, but the build up to it is great. You hear it once, and it’s with you for life.

The Washing Song: Like a few of the songs here, a good part of this is spoken, the music bouncing around lightly in the background. This one is essentially entirely spoken – it’s definitely a lot more fun within the context of the movie – listening to this in a random shuffle or driving along feels very odd and of course it simply doesn’t work, though those whistles are catchy.

The Silly Song: Or the yodelling song. Do all yodels sound the same? I’m pretty sure they do. Nevertheless, this is still a bunch of fun. It’s a blending of spoken parts, singing chorus, and yodels and laughs. There’s a bit of everything here, time shifts, manic drumming, a tonne of instruments each having their moment, and a few different styles.

Someday My Prince Will Come: The first classic Disney Princess song, this one has been teaching ladies questionable lessons for close to a century. It’s very short, it starts with some spoken parts. I always find the ‘he was so romantic’ part very funny and find myself singing it around the house at inappropriate volumes. Again the pitch is pant-splittingly high, but the melody and message again – timeless.

Heigh Ho/One Song/Someday Reprises: You generally know what you’re going to get with reprises  -timely reminders of the main hooks. None of the reprises here really change the main idea, even though they may be played at different part in the movie where a different tone would be expected.

Music In Your Soup: So, it’s my first time hearing this. It’s fun, with silly lyrics and you can certainly feel that it was made for Snow White. It’s strange to think that almost nobody know this song, but had it been included in the movie that millions upon millions of people would likely know it by heart. I was expecting this to be more like a demo, but it is fully formed. It’s not the best song, but it has a care free charm like the other songs. The whole thing reminds me of a certain scene in Beauty And The Beast. 

You’re Never Too Old To Be Young: Same feelings as above really – old song, first heard, could have been another hit but was removed. It’s basically the same as The Silly Song – there is yodeling, some interesting and funny lyrics. It isn’t as manic or musically dense, but the lyrics have more relevance.

There you have it – one done, three hundred to go. Which song from the soundtrack is your favourite and of course, what do you like about the movie? Let us know in the comments!

Disney Songs -Duh duh DUH!

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Greetings, Glancers! It’s time once more to undertake a gargantuan and pointless project by listening to all of the Disney songs. That’s right – ALL OF THEM. And by ALL, I don’t mean all – I won’t be covering the straight to DVD sequels or the non-animated work – only the central Disney Animated movies, starting with Snow White and the Fourteen Twats from way back in 1937 (and for fun I’ll throw in some of the Pixar ones too).

As there are literally (not) billions of songs, I’m going to post one movie at a time. I have my favourites and while driving with the kids I will occasionally blast a Disney Greatest Hits, but many of those songs are dreadfully annoying. There will be many songs I’m either not familiar with or haven’t heard outside of the film or have simply forgotten. For now, here is a handy list of every movie I will be covering (may be changed later as for a few of these I don’t even know if they feature songs). Let us know in the comments which Disney Movie you feel has the best songs, and which songs are your favourites!

Snow White And The Seven Dwarves                                             Pinocchio

Dumbo                                                                                                    Bambi

Saludos Amigos                                                                                    The Three Caballeros

Make Mine Music                                                                                Fun And Fancy Free                                                                                                                                          Melody Time

The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr Toad                                    Cinderella

Alice In Wonderland                                                                          Peter Pan

The Lady And The Tramp                                                                 Sleeping Beauty

101 Dalmations                                                                                    The Sword In The Stone

The Jungle Book                                                                                  Robin Hood

The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh                                 The Rescuers

The Fox And The Hound                                                                   The Black Cauldron

The Great Mouse Detective                                                             Oliver And Company

The Little Mermaid                                                                            The Rescuers Down Under

Beauty And The Beast                                                                       Aladdin

The Nightmare Before Christmas (not complete Disney I know I know)

The Lion King                                                                                       Pocahontas

Toy Story                                                                                               The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

Hercules                                                                                                Mulan

A Bug’s Life                                                                                           Tarzan

Toy Story 2                                                                                            Dinosaur

The Emperor’s New Groove                                                              Atlantis

Monster’s Inc                                                                                        Lilo And Stich

Treasure Planet                                                                                   Finding Nemo

Brother Bear                                                                                        Teacher’s Pet

Home On The Range                                                                          The Incredibles

Pooh’s Heffalump Movie                                                                  Chicken Little

Cars                                                                                                        Meet The Robinsons

Ratatouille                                                                                            Bolt

UP                                                                                                           The Princess And The Frog

Toy Story 3                                                                                           Tangled

Cars2                                                                                                     Winnie The Pooh

Brave                                                                                                     Frankenweenie

Wreck It Ralph                                                                                    Monsters University

Planes                                                                                                    Frozen

Planes: Fire And Rescue                                                                   Big Hero 6

Inside Out                                                                                            The Good Dinosaur

Zootopia                                                                                               Finding Dory

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Depending on the time I get around to doing these, I may also include the following as yet unreleased movies and lesser known Disney pics: A Goofy Movie, Doug’s 1st Movie, The Tigger Movie, Recess, Return To Never Land, The Jungle Book 2, Piglet’s Big Movie, The Wild, Mars Needs Moms, Moana, Cars 3, Coco, Wreck It Ralph 2, Toy Story 4, Gigantic.

Stay tuned then for a rundown and half-arsed review of all of the songs. Bibiddi bobbidi arrghh!