One of the more well-known tropes associated with Western Animation
, which was made and codified by Walt Disney
. During the 20th century, certain animated films tended to double as designated musicals in which, at certain points in the storyline, the characters would sing musical numbers that resonated with the overall theme of the moment. The heroes would mostly sing confidence/Power of Friendship
-friendly numbers while the villains pretty much sung about how macho they were for their disrespect for the greater good
. Did we mention there were also some love songs in there, too?
Due to musicals in general falling out of fashion in the late 1960s, the whole concept pretty much went Dead Horse Trope
until it was revitalized in the 1990s by Ashman and Menken (previously best known for Little Shop of Horrors
), with the juggernauts of The Little Mermaid
, Beauty and the Beast
. Notable that they were more like stage musicals than previous entries in the Disney Animated Canon
, with more songs more integrated into the plots. All three were also later adapted into
Broadway stage musicals.
Compare and contrast Musical Episode
- The majority of Disney films, which makes sense because they're both the Trope Maker and Trope Codifier.
- An American Tail
- The original animated version of Astérix and Cleopatra, besides a lot of music, has three songs, which noticeable enough are not of the mentioned standards. The first revolves around Cleopatra taking a bath (in milk, no less), the second is Obelix dreaming about food, and the third involves the bad guys making a poisoned cake.
- Cats Don't Dance
- The Animated Adaptation of Charlotte's Web.
- The Fleischer Studios Gulliver's Travels.
- Happy Feet, which features singing penguins, even though the main character cannot sing at all (he tap-dances instead).
- Jem is a rare television series example, since every episode has three songs in it.
- Joseph King Of Dreams
- The King and I
- Every The Land Before Time sequel.
- Both "Madeline: Lost in Paris" and "My Fair Madeline", in addition to the CINAR-produced specials.
- Mumfie's Quest, which may have the most songs for an animated musical, as it has 13 songs in it.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- The Animated Adaptation of Pippi Longstocking.
- The Princess and the Pea
- The Prince of Egypt
- The Rankin/Bass Christmas specials.
- Quest for Camelot
- The Swan Princess
- The animated version of Titanic.
- Tom and Jerry: The Movie.
- The Brave Little Toaster. Sing along with a bunch of singing cars as they get crushed to death one by one!
- Played with in Toy Story. Disney initially requested that Pixar make it a musical akin to Disney's in-house films, but when Pixar resisted, a compromise was eventually reached; Randy Newman would write songs for the film, but they would be background songs performed by Randy himself rather than sung by the characters. Ironically, Disney would later do something similar with Phil Collins in Tarzan and Brother Bear.
- The Book Of Life is a Jukebox Musical example.