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Animaluco's favorite "I Want" songs

Opinion by Animaluco posted over a year ago
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I've already written articles on my favorite princesses and action scenes, and now the countdow is about the "I want" songs. That's one of my favorite moments in all DP movies. Jasmine doesn't have any solo song, so I didn't include her in the countdown.

Please notice I considered the scenes as a whole, not only the song.

9. Snow White - "Someday my prince will come"
This song is short, and it doesn't help that it's showed in the middle in the movie - It doesn't add nothing about Snow White's personality. It also doesn't help that she sang it sitting on a chair, that forbidded the animation to match the music, differently from the best songs. However, I like that Snow White starts like she was going to tell a fairy tale and after reveals that it's her own story. It also improves the closure between her and the dwarfes.



8. Sleeping Beauty - "I Wonder"
It is a little shocking to hear Aurora's strong singing voice after he heard how sweetly she speaks. And I don't really like that. Other than that, this song is a little poor in information about Aurora and its melody isn't very memorable.

7. Mulan - "Reflection"
Don't get me wrong, I love this song, its "chinese" melody and its lyrics, but it's a little hard for Mulan to sing so early in the movie, when she isn't even sure about what she is inside (by the end of the song, that's basically everything she explained). However, I think it was clever that she sung in front of her own reflections and taking off her makeup.


6. Tangled - "When will my life begin?"
This song has amazing lyrics (they give a lot of information about Rapunzel), but the melody doesn't match them, being a little unmemorable. I also don't like that most of the scene is like a videoclipe and we only see Rapunzel singing in its end. Maybe that's why I like the reprise more than the first showing of the song.



5. Pocahontas - "Just around the riverbend"
I love everything about this scene - The setting, the animation (that water is amazingly animated), the lyrics and the melody. The scene also proves us that Pocahontas is mature, yet funny. It's very interesting how we are able to see the different interpretations Pocahontas and her father have about the river. I would put it higher if that "Just around the riverbend" thing wasn't a little vague. And I really like the others more.

4. Beauty and the Beast - "Belle"
This song's lyrics and melody are both wonderful. I like how Belle starts singing just as she appears on screen and I particulary like the reprise, because it's entirely sung by her, while a good part of the first showing is sung by people from the village and Gaston. I also don't like that the song is constantly interrupted (library scene/Gaston and Lefou's scene).


3. Cinderella - "A Dream is a wish your heart makes"
I think this song is even better than Pinocchio's "When you wish upon a star" when it comes to convincing people that their dreams really can come true. I love the lyrics and the melody (and I like that it was reused in the mice song, though some people seem to dislike it). The scene manages to make the audience fall instantly in love with Cinderella.


2. The Princess and the Frog - "Almost There"
The second Oscar Nominated song of this list (the first being "Belle") went very far in my countdown. I like its lyrics and its jazzy melody. I think that it perfectly completes Cinderella's song because you really can't let everything to faith. The animation style of this dream sequence is very clever. I also identify a lot with this song, because just like Tiana, I've been working hard to achieve my dream of becoming a doctor.


1. The Little Mermaid - "Part of your World"
I've loved this song since I was 4 years old, and it is already part of my life. But even if I had watched the movie for the first time yesterday, I'm sure this would still be my top song. Its melody is the sweetest I've ever heard and manages to carry the whole movie, while the lyrics sound natural and are full of information about Ariel. This song (just like the others of the movie) opened a whole new way of making animated movies, and if you have similar ones in "Beauty and the Beast", "Aladdin" or "The Lion King", the credit is definitively Ariel's.
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Good aricle! Even that the places will be different in mine but is good article
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Very good article, wonderful pictures, but I disagree about the tune of "I Wonder" being unmemorable. I find myself humming it all the time, and I don't even listen to it that often.
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Gabstersm said:
Good article, although 'Belle' really isn't her 'I Want Song' It's the reprise that clearly says what she wants. And I also thing the 'When will my life begin' is catching I sing it to myself and my sister who has watched the movie once know the tune. But the article was very well written, good job.
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ajotma said:
I love that you put Almost There so high! That is my fave song!
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i was thinking about doing a countdown like this but i couldn't remember where i got the idea.
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