Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ultimate Disney Song Bracket - 1990s Region Second Round


I am stunned at the disrespect shown to "Aladdin" in the first round. "Friend Like Me" and "Prince Ali" both went down without much of a fight, leaving only "A Whole New World" standing from that movie. The other seven spots left in the second round are split between just two movies: "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King." Three of the four matchups in this round are direct showdowns between those two movies, so we'll get a sense of which one is the audience's favorite.

On to the matchups...

"A Whole New World" (from "Aladdin")


vs.

"I Just Can't Wait to be King" (from "The Lion King")


Look, if "A Whole New World" doesn't win in this round, I'm going to be upset. It's such a better song than "I Just Can't Wait to be King", and has a serious shot at winning the whole tournament. But after what happened in the last round, I'm not sure I can trust any of the voters' opinions on anything from "Aladdin."





"Circle of Life" (from "The Lion King")


vs.

"Be Our Guest" (from "Beauty and the Beast)


Here's the first of three impossible-to-decide showdowns between these two movies. Both of these songs are great and provide the soundtrack for beautifully-animated sequences.

Oh, and since this might be the last chance I get to point this out in the bracket, I realized a few years ago that the Zulu line that repeats throughout "Circle of Life" ("Ingonyama Ingonyama nengw' enamabala"), can be changed perfectly to "Iguodala, Andre Iguodala." That'll be the one intersection between basketball and Disney in this bracket. Also, good luck getting that out of your heads for the rest of the day, basketball fans.





"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (from "The Lion King")


vs.

"Belle" (from "Beauty and the Beast")


Again, I'll point out that the film version of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" isn't really that good. It's mostly a song about how Timon and Pumbaa are bummed that their friend found a girlfriend because they won't be able to hang out anymore. Belle, on the other hand is flawed only because it relies heavily on non-sung dialogue to carry the story forward during the song. But my guess is that most people will vote for "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" because of the Elton John version.





"Hakuna Matata" (from "The Lion King")


vs.

"Beauty and the Beast" (from "Beauty and the Beast")


Both of these songs are good, but if we're being entirely honest, there's one that's far and away better. I'll leave it up to you to figure out which one. (No I won't: it's "Beauty and the Beast". Vote for that one.)

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