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- From The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh we have the classic: Besides having the extremely catchy "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers," the Disney Acid Sequence "Heffalumps and Woozles," the main theme "Winnie-The-Pooh" itself is legendary.
- The Jungle Book:
- "I Wanna Be Like You" is possibly the best jazz song ever to grace the Disney Animated Canon. Plus, it's damn catchy. "Well, oobee-do..."
- Acclaimed director Mary Zimmerman produced an adaptation that embraced both the original Kipling stories and the Disney version, using songs from it (as well as "Jungle Rhythm" from The Jungle Book 2). Here is their version of "I Wanna Be Like You".
- "Colonel Hathi's March".
- "That's What Friends Are For".
- Academy Award-nominated "Look for the baaare ne-cess-ities, the simple bare necessities...." (Not written by the Sherman Brothers though, but by Terry Gilkyson.)
- On the instrumental side of things, "The Overture" and "Tiger Fight" are pretty much amazing. Tiger Fight from 0:48 to the end is epic and makes driving a very fun adventure.
- The Aristocats: "Everybody Wants to be a Cat".
- Of course, there's a bit of Values Dissonance there, with the incredibly racist Siamese cat playing Chopsticks, but it's still a catchy song.
- "Wherever You Are" from Pooh's Grand Adventure.
- From Mary Poppins:
- The opening song from The Sword in the Stone's almost unbearably moving.
- From Bedknobs and Broomsticks:
- From The Parent Trap:
James Newton Howard
While James Newton Howard's works with Disney is purely non-musical (save Treasure Planet
: the songs were written mainly by Goo Goo Dolls' frontman John Rzeznik) he nonetheless deserves mention for his works in 3 films:
- You can't reason with a headless man...but you can dance to his song.
- Most of the music from A Goofy Movie is pretty good, but "Eye To Eye" takes the cake as the absolute best song of the movie.
- The Aladdin sequels not only prove to be decent, but they have excellent Villain Songs. Aladdin: The Return of Jafar has "You're Only Second Rate". Aladdin and the King of Thieves has "Welcome to the Forty Thieves" and its Dark Reprise "Are You In or Out?"
- Bolt, and in particular "Rescuing Penny", which manages to be sad and awesome at the same time.
- Barking at the Moon, in combination with the road-trip montage that it accompanies, is Crowning Music of Heartwarming.
- "I Thought I Lost You", proved that after 30+ years, John Travolta still had great pipes.
- The Brave Little Toaster may be little known, but it has plenty of awesome music.
- "Vacuum Rescues the Group", which is just plain epic, with all the fanfare and so on. Also, there was a totally Zelda-style "Item Get" when Toaster gets the battery.
- "Worthless", which doubles as a Tear Jerker for the cars being dragged to their final fates in the crusher.
- Also from the score, we have the Finale and the End Title.
- Also, "Toaster's Dream". Yes, it plays during one of the most terrifying scenes in the whole movie, but it is actually very epic and creepy at the same time.
- "The Storm". Lampy, the comic relief, nearly getting himself killed just to recharge their battery in a storm to save not only Blanky, but the rest of his friends as well? Coolest. Scene. Ever. And the music just about proves it.
- The Transformation sequence in Brother Bear has a beautiful Inuit song playing over the entire scene which makes this scene even more awesome. The best part, the song is also available in English on the soundtrack and when you know what it actually means it just fits this trope even better.
- Academy Award nominee "Baby Mine" from the movie Dumbo.
- Kronk's improvised theme song when he's trying to get rid of Kuzco in The Emperor's New Groove.
- Say what you will about the Beauty and the Beast sequel The Enchanted Christmas, but some of the songs in that are quite fantastic. First, there's Stories, then the main theme if the film As Long As There's Christmas and the Villain Song Don't Fall In Love, the last one is sung by Tim Curry no less.
- Whatever your opinion on the raging storms of terrifying imagery, Disney's Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 contain some of the most utterly awesome music ever written. Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Modest Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, Paul Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2, George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue... There's a reason these old pieces are still played.
- As anyone who's had to play it knows, the finale of Stravinsky's 1919 Firebird Suite is an absolute bitch to play because of the changes in meter. It is also epically gorgeous and heroic, as evidenced in its use in Fantasia 2000.
- The Great Mouse Detective is one of the more fondly remembered films from Disney's 1980s dark age, and the songs are one reason for this.
- The leitmotif "This Land" which recurs throughout The Lion King—the most poignant occurring when Simba cuddles up against Mufasa's body and later when he speaks to his father's spirit, the most stirring and triumphant when Simba claims the throne in the finale. While the whole movie was incredible, it would not have been half as emotionally effective without this music.
- Regardless of whether the lyrics make any sense, "He Mele No Lilo" from Lilo & Stitch is wonderfully catchy, with exactly the right feel to it.
- Meet the Robinsons has "Little Wonders", written by Rob Thomas from Matchbox 20!
- Disney's Mulan, the song I'll Make a Man Out of You. It's one of the most ironic musical numbers Disney ever made. Plus the lyrics are some of the most stirring and poetic ways to basically say "I want you to eat lightning, and crap thunder!".
- Also "Short Hair", which plays when Mulan cuts her hair and suits up for war.
- A short instrumental piece of "Honor to Us All" that plays over the opening titles.
- And the music that plays as Mulan slides down the lantern rope near the end of the film, and shortly thereafter the music that plays while the entire population of the Forbidden City bows to her. None of these are on the official soundtrack.
- "I'll Make a Man Out of You" manages to become even more awesome in this video. Admittedly, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann makes anything awesome, but damn.
- What makes "I'll Make a Man Out of You" more awesome? When it's sung by Jackie Chan in Cantonese!
- The English version is notable for the fact that it made Donny Osmond, who performs the song, far more awesome than he could ever hope to be on his own.
- "True to Your Heart".
- The Nightmare Before Christmas: "What's this? What's this?" One of the greatest Disney songs ever, that's what it is!
- There is probably no more awesome way to sing yourself out of a Heroic BSOD than "Poor Jack".
- "Jack's Lament", "Sally's Song", "Making Christmas", "Jack's Obsession", "Finale Reprise" (especially Jack and Sally's duet), "Jack And Sally Montage", "Christmas Eve Montage", To The Rescue, Overture....aw, screw it, the whole soundtrack is Made of Win! Screw Family Guy, Danny Elfman is a genius!
- Oliver & Company holds its ground rather well against the other musical adaptation of Oliver Twist in the song department.
- 101 Dalmatians' "Cruella de Vil".
- Peter Pan 2: Return to Neverland had the song "I'll Try". If you don't cry hearing the pain and loss of childhood Jane's suffering having grown up in World War II, you'll cry when the downtrodden tune gets reused and revamped at the end to be an uplifting song about finding something to believe in despite it all.
- Pinocchio's Academy Award-winning When You Wish Upon A Star, which became the signature tune for Disney's animated division. Two other classic examples from the same film would have to be Give A Little Whistle and Hi Diddle Dee Dee (An Actor's Life for Me).
- The music from the Planes "Take Flight" teaser.
- Someone's Waiting For You, an Academy Award nominee from the film, The Rescuers. Bonus points for also doubling as a Tear Jerker.
- The music from The Rescuers Down Under is pretty cool; for example, the music for when Cody is flying on Marahute's back, and the music in the opening.
- Song of the South may have fallen victim to Unfortunate Implications but that doesn't mean its songs aren't still catchy. The Academy Award-winning Zip-a-dee-doo-dah song is well known even to people who have no idea where it's from.
- "When Can I See You Again?" from Wreck-It Ralph. The End Credits make this song even better!
- Peter Pan had its fair share.
- "Second Star to the Right", the opening song, introduces us to Peter's Leitmotif, as well as some truly beautiful lyrics and melodies that perfectly capture Neverland.
- "You Can Fly" is adventurous and joyful, much like the film itself. Tellingly, it's the only song to get a full reprise.
- The Crocodile's Leitmotif, which had lyrics as a Cut Song, "Never Smile At a Crocodile". Even without the ticking, it sounds like you'd expect a crocodile to sound.
- Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas has the upbeat "Make Me Look Good" and the beautiful credits theme "Share This Day".