Monday, July 18, 2016

Ultimate Disney Song Bracket - Third Round


We're down to 16 songs, and amazingly in three of our eight matchups in this round feature two songs from the same movie going up against each other. In fact, each of the last three regions have one movie representing three of the four spots: The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Frozen. These are the movies guaranteed to have a song represented in the quarterfinals, but there's no guarantee any one of them will win the whole thing. As for which songs will join them, that's up to you, the voters.

On to the Sweet Sixteen...

Pre-1960 Region


"Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" (from "Song of the South")


vs.

"Heigh-Ho" (from "Snow White")


This is probably the most shocking matchup to me at this point of the bracket. I thought the controversy around "Song of the South" would have caught up with "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" by now, and I never would've guessed that "Heigh-Ho" would be the last song standing from "Snow White." As it is, one of these Cinderellas -- ironically neither from "Cinderella" -- is going to punch a ticket to the Elite Eight.





"Once Upon a Dream" (from "Sleeping Beauty")


vs.

"When You Wish Upon a Star" (from "Pinocchio")


"When You Wish Upon a Star" has been the most dominant song in the bracket to this point, winning each of its first two matchups by the same 94%-6% margin. I don't think "Once Upon a Dream" will get blown out that badly, but I also don't think it stands a chance of winning.





1960-1989 Region


"Part of Your World" (from "The Little Mermaid")


vs.

"Kiss the Girl" (from "The Little Mermaid")


I've gushed over "Part of Your World" so much already in this bracket, so I won't do that again here (for this round at least), but I'm really starting to hope it wins the whole thing. That's not to dismiss "Kiss the Girl", which is another great song from a near-flawless soundtrack, but I just love "Part of Your World" so much.





"The Bare Necessities" (from "The Jungle Book")


vs.

"Under the Sea" (from "the Little Mermaid")


This is an all-timer of a matchup. "The Bare Necessities" was an Academy Award nominee and has been covered countless times over the years. "Under the Sea" actually WON the Academy Award and is equally as fun to sing along with. I honestly can't pick between them. Hopefully you can.





1990s Region


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


vs.

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


I re-watched "Aladdin" the other day, and while "A Whole New World" is the centerpiece song in the movie, I honestly think it might only be the third-best song from "Aladdin," behind "Friend Like Me" and "Prince Ali" (both of which got knocked out here way earlier than they should have). Compare that to "Circle of Life", which -- when accounting only for versions in the movie -- is clearly the best song from "The Lion King."





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


vs.

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


I didn't expect either of these songs to get this far, and frankly I'm disappointed that one of them will make it to the next round. Each song beat a song I consider to be better in the previous round, and, if I'm being entirely honest, "The Lion King" might be a tad overrated when compared to other Disney movies from this era.





2000-Pres. Region


"Let It Go" (from "Frozen")


vs.

"I See the Light" (from "Tangled")


OK, time for some honest evaluation: I love "I See the Light", probably more than any one person should love any one Disney song. I own multiple pieces of artwork based on it and if I were ever to get married -- which I won't, because obviously -- it would be the song I dance to at my wedding. All that said, "Let It Go" is probably (maybe) the better song. It's certainly more popular and more ingrained in pop culture.

Honestly, I'd be fine with whichever song wins here.





"For the First Time in Forever" (from "Frozen")


vs.

"Do You Want to Build a Snowman" (from "Frozen")


"For the First Time in Forever" barely edged out "Love is an Open Door" in the second round, setting up this Sophie's Choice of a matchup here. Both of these songs are amazing and Kristen Bell sings her heart out (in different emotional ways) in both of them, but I really have to give the edge to "Do You Want to Build a Snowman". I'd make it one of my karaoke go-to songs if I believed I could get through it without crying.

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