Songs from Disney Sequels

26 Aug

I know Disney sequels aren’t always the greatest things to hit theaters (and most normally bypassed theaters entirely and were direct-to-VHS releases). However, while the animation might not be on par with its predecessors, sequels (and trilogies) have some pretty jamming music. In no particular order, here are my Top 10 favorites. Haven’t heard of one? Click on the links and listen.

1) “I’ll Try” Peter Pan: Return to Neverland

The sequel to Disney’s classic Peter Pan follows Wendy’s daughter Jane as she’s mistakenly taken captive by Captain Hook. The lyrics to this song are gorgeous. It’s every child’s struggle with growing up beautifully presented in one song. “I try, but it’s so hard to believe/ I try, but I can’t see what you see.” Ugh, gets me right in the gut every time.

2) “Where Do I Go From Here?” Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World

Okay, so Pocahontas wasn’t exactly known for its historical accuracy. The sequel isn’t any different. However, bonus points for the sequel for getting BILLY friggin ZANE to play John Rolfe (I just changed how you’ll see him in Titanic forever. You’re welcome). Another major plus for this sequel is “Where Do I Go From Here,” which is honestly the only memorable song out of this film.

3) “Like Other Girls” Mulan 2

I wish they’d left Mulan alone. We can assume that after a period of courtship, Mulan and Li Shang got married and lived happily ever after. Disney really didn’t need to make a sequel, and after battling against terrifying Huns, the plot of babysitting the Emperor’s daughters doesn’t quite thrill. This song is pretty funny and what I think most of the classic Disney princesses secretly want, “to eat a whole cake/ to sing way off key.” Well, it’s what I really want anyway…

4) “When She Loved Me” Toy Story 2

Sarah McLachlan is known for singing songs that destroy people’s emotions. Don’t deny it; you flip the channel as soon as you hear those ASPCA commercials. Pixar thought that was a great quality for a singer to have in delivering one of the saddest moments in Disney history. If you didn’t at least tear up while Jessie was abandoned by her owner Emily, check to see if your heart is still properly beating.

5) “There is Life” Bambi 2

Confession: I’ve never been a big fan of Bambi, and I’ve only seen Bambi 2 a handful of times. I know, go ahead and start booing. The one thing that’s stuck with me through the three or four times I’ve seen the Bambi sequel is this song. Allison Krauss does a great job, and the animation is just too adorable to pass up.

6) “Your Crowning Glory” Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement

Julie Andrews singing again? YES PLEASE. Even if it wasn’t her Mary Poppins/ Sound of Music register (she lost most of her range after throat surgery in 1997), her rich low tones were exactly the sound needed for Grandmother Clarisse’s advice to Mia. Fun fact: this song marked her first time singing on film since the surgery. Oh, and Raven is in this song. I always forget about her. Oops.

7) “I’m Gonna Love You” Hunchback of Notre Dame 2

This song is a cheese-machine. The early-2000s production quality, the pop vocals, Jennifer Love-Hewitt. But something about it has stuck with me for all these years. It’s catchy, it’s sappy, and it’s one of those songs hidden in the credits you probably never knew existed.

8) “You’ve Got a Friend in Me/ Hay Un Amigo En Mi” (Gypsy Kings cover) Toy Story 3

It’s apropos that with the introduction of Spanish Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story would get one of the biggest names in Latin music to cover the trilogy’s theme song. Plus, Buzz shows off some serious dance moves. Me gusta.

9) Any song from Aladdin and the King of Thieves

The beauty of Aladdin 3 is that Disney made amends with Robin Williams and got him back on board in time for a third film. Let’s be honest, we could all tell that the Genie in Aladdin: Return of Jafar was sufficiently less spectacular than in the first film. Robin Williams’s return set the stage for a movie much better than its predecessor. Musically, it offered a little bit of everything. Sappy song? “Out of Thin Air.” Genie’s song? “Like Father and Son.” Obligatory opening musical number? “There’s a Party in Agrabah.” That catchy song you won’t get out of your head? “Are You in or Out” or “Welcome to the Forty Thieves.” Just pick one and enjoy.

10) “Diggah Tunnel” Lion King 1 ½ (Or Lion King 3 if you don’t live in the United States)

Lion King 1 ½ is easily the funniest Disney sequel (or half-sequel?) ever. It’s Lion King retold from Timon and Pumbaa’s perspective. Am I sorry I just got this song stuck in your head? Nope, not at all.

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