Another Disney post? Yes 🙂
To anyone that knows me well, or even not that well they’ll understand pretty darn fast that I utterly adore Disney. I might be a 26 year old married woman but I’m convinced that during my childhood trip to Disneyland someone clearly cast a spell over me. I’ll never complain though as it makes life through my eyes just that little more sparkly and romantic. In my perfect world I’d wear ball gowns every day, animals would help me clean up and a Fairy Godmother would always be around in my moment of need.
My husband has been working extremely late for the past week or so. As much as I miss him…I savour the time to catch up on all things Disney. In doing so, I was busy wrapping Christmas presents and had a Disney album playing (as you do). It occurred to me that there are so many Disney songs that just slip under the radar and rarely appear on the commercial albums. It’s not all about Hakuna Matata, being Under The Sea or just Letting It Go. So this is my post on some of the forgotten diamonds from some of our favourite Disney classics. The ones that don’t always appear on the yearly ‘Now That’s What I Call Disney’.
Snow White (1937) – Wishing/ One Song
Once you’ve absorbed and got over the fact that her voice is high/ borderline helium induced you can focus on the song. The Dwarfs tend to steal the musical lime light of this film and I feel this one is actually one of the more adorable love songs. Wouldn’t you just love a handsome Prince to come and sing his profound love for you after your first meeting. That’s one fast and efficient wishing well.
Sword In The Stone (1963) – That’s What Makes The World Go Round
I cannot tell you how much I adore this film. I’ve met far too many Disney fans that have not seen this one. Perhaps it was just a real favourite from my childhood, this was one of the very few Disney films we had on…wait for it…VHS! The story is based loosely on King Arthur’s humble beginnings but you’ll understand the term loosely when you see the flirting squirrels, a pig faced witch and an academic owl that could challenge Stephen Fry. Just go with it and if you don’t wish you had yourself a real life Merlin, there’s something wrong with you.
Mary Poppins (1964) – I Love To Laugh
The hours I spent as a child rolling on the floor laughing along with this song makes me smile. I still can’t listen to this without having a giggle. If anyone is ever having a dreadful day, this will lighten any mood. Can you just imagine if this ACTUALLY happened when you laughed? Good grief, my husband and I would spend half our lives on the bloomin’ ceiling, what a nightmare for the paint work.
*wipes tear of joy from eye*
Tarzan (1999) – Trashin’ The Camp
This one is a little bit different but never the less…. amazing. It’s just so happy and upbeat. For a really long time, this was actually my morning alarm. There aren’t really any actual lyrics, so it’s a little tricky to try and sing along to. There are two versions of this song, the original movie version (see below) or the one sung by Phil Collins, this is the clear winner though. Turn it up! Shame they didn’t include this is in the re-make…
The Rescuers (1977) – Someone’s Waiting For You
Again, this film slips under the radar and I think many people actually forget it’s a Disney film. A heartwarming adventure of two little mice wanting to help little orphan Penny. I apologise in advance, I had to include at least one super sad one. Perhaps you should think about grabbing a tissue or two. This song used to make me cry my eyes out and even now… it makes me pretty sad :-‘(
Bambi (1942) – Looking For Romance
The music from Bambi is very reflective of the era it was made in, it has a very old sound to it. Lots of rich voices and choirs, maybe this is the reason that it’s not a favourite, just too classical. I personally love that element about it as it becomes instantly recognisable when listening to any song. April Showers is the more well known of the songs from Bambi but ‘Looking For Romance’ really jabs at my ears and heart. Bambi happens to my Grandfathers favourite film so I was introduced to this one from a very young age.
Alice In Wonderland (1951) – Golden Afternoon
One of the less romantic but more quirky and unusual of the Disney collection. I never owned this one when I was younger, however I remember my Mum recorded off the TV onto a VHS. It was recorded right after ‘Dumbo so my afternoons were pretty much sorted. You know back in the day when you could record things off the TV onto videotapes (along with the commercial breaks)…90’s kids I’m talking to you. I think I still wish I was a flower…
Peter Pan (1953) – Following The Leader
Quite a short addition to the collection but, the most catchy little number. I’d also like to take this opportunity to point out that I actually invented the concept of a onesie about 20 years ago. Yes, you heard me correctly, I’ve been robbed! I would watch Peter Pan and be beyond envious that the lost boys got to walk around in animal rompers all day and thinking people should definitely do it daily. The skunk was a personal favourite. I don’t however condone the boys wearing green tights or nighties. Michael, just because you pair it with a top hat doesn’t make it acceptable male attire.
Pocahontas (1995) – Steady As The Beating Drum
Pocahontas stands proudly in my top 5 Disney films of all time. I’m pretty sure the Pocahontas Barbie was the last doll I ever owned. It came with a Meeko plaiting instrument…. I had a small incident with that and didn’t play with it again ha! Did anyone else own one? I also owned the John Smith doll so like all children that owned Barbies, I removed all his clothes and occasionally dressed him up in girls clothes, sorry John! The film is famous for the award winning ‘Colors Of The Wind’ but give this one a real chance…
Disney Pixar Animation Studios (2015): Someone To Lava
Last but certainly not least, I wanted to talk about a pretty recent one related to Disney Pixar. It’s not from any Disney film in particular, however it featured at the beginning of ‘Inside Out’. It was a short film created as a teaser for the current Disney film Moana. It’s had mixed reviews but for me personally, it melts my heart whenever I hear it….
There we have it. There are of course many many more but I only included my personal favourites. I hope you enjoyed 🙂
I’d love to know your thoughts y’all!