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Disney is the Trope Maker and Trope Codifier for the Animated Musical. After 80+ years of innovation, would you expect any less?

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    Alan Menken 
  • The score for Disney's Beauty and the Beast:
    • "Be Our Guest", Academy Award nominee. Funnily, Menken originally thought it was the dumbest piece of music he could ever possibly write, intending it as a "throw away" melody in order for Howard Ashman to write lyrics.
    • "Human Again". Originally cut from the film, but was present in the musical and eventually reinstated in the 2002 DVD release.

    Randy Newman 

    Phil Collins/Mark Mancina 
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    Sherman Brothers 
  • 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".
    • 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.) If you didn't like the simple "Bare Necessities"... then there's always this version of the song by none other than Louis Armstrong. Amazing doesn't even begin to cover it.
    • 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.
  • From Mary Poppins:
    • "Feed The Birds" and "A Spoonful of Sugar" are awesome.
      • "Feed the Birds" should get special recognition for being Walt Disney's personal favorite song written for one of his films.
      • There's also this instrumental Dark Reprise during Mr. Banks' "walk of shame" the bank.
    • "Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiit's Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious/Even though the sound of it something quite atrocious/If you say it loud enough you'll always sound precocious/Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!"
    • Everybody now... Ohhhhhhhhhh... LET'S... GO... Fly a Kite!/Up... To the Highest Height!/Let's... Go... Fly a Kite/and send... it soaring/Up through the atmosphere/Up where the air is clear/Oh, let's gooooooooo... FLY A KITE!"
    • The melancholy reprise of "The Life I Lead" sung by Mr. Banks and Bert after Mr. Banks gets fired and Bert encourages him to take a more active role in his children's life. "A man has dreams of walking with giants/ To carve his niche in the edifice of time..."


  • 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!".
    • 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.
    • What makes "I'll Make a Man Out of You" more awesome? When it's sung by Jackie Chan in Cantonese! Or in Mandarin.
    • Then we have this Metal Cover from Jonathan Young, making it even more awesome. Also gets away by name-dropping Batman in the lyrics.
    • "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.
    • 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.
  • 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!

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