There are several songs that didn’t make the cut across all 52 of Disney’s Animated Classics. If you look them up I am sure you will come across many you like and some you may dislike. Here is a list of 13 songs thats didn’t make the cut;
1. As Long As There’s A Moon – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
As explained in the clip above, the reason this song got cut from the final film is because it draws too much attention away from Quasimodo (after all, the film is called The Hunchback of Notre Dame, not Esmerelda and Phoebus’ love story!).
This song revolves around the marriage of Esmerelda and Phoebus. It is a good song, but in my opinion, does not match up to the quality of the rest of the songs in this film.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is probably my favourite soundtrack of all the Disney Animated Classics and I just don’t think this song would fit in. Also, as mentioned in the video above, there just really isn’t a need for it in the film. It doesn’t add much to the overall story.
2. Be Prepared (Reprise) – The Lion King (1994)
This is an interesting song. One in which I am very disappointed got cut from the final film.
As shown in the clip above, this reprise to ‘Be Prepared’ shows Scar’s reign over the pride lands. Scar decides he needs a Queen to help him rule, and in true villain fashion, he chooses the first lioness he lays his eyes on, Nala. Nala thankfully rejects him, and Scar banishes her and reveals that the hyenas will keep the other lionesses in line.
This essentially explains their hostility for the remainder of the film, which I feel is important seeing as they do not yet know that Scar is the one who killed Mufasa (although one of the hyenas almost blows his cover in this song also!).
This is a great song, I really wish it was in the final film.
3. Dancing To The Wedding Drum – Pocahontas (1995)
This is an interesting one also. The song is okay, but what I found interesting is the early portrayal of the character of Kocoum (whom Pocahontas is set to marry).
Before the song starts, Pocahontas is going to speak to her father about her doubts as to whether she can marry Kocoum. On her way to see her father, the cast breaks into song about the upcoming wedding, and Pocahontas meets Kocoum, who is portrayed as a very happy, friendly character.
I am happy they changed Kocoum’s personality from this to a very serious and sombre man. It gives Pocahontas more validation into her doubts about marrying Kocoum, and also makes us as an audience root for her relationship with John Smith that much more.
4. Humiliate The Boy – Aladdin (1992)
I’m so sad that this didn’t make the final cut. Jafar really should have had his own villain song. Not only that but this song is actually really good.
Jafar is determined to belittle and humiliate Aladdin in front of Jasmine, the Sultan, and his mother. Yes, in the early production of Aladdin many more characters were in this film, including his mother. (Unfortunately she later got cut from the film).
Perhaps the reason this song could not be used in the final film is because initially the Genie could grant an unlimited amount of wishes, however in the final film, he could only grant three.
This song clearly demonstrates Jafar asking for several wishes so he can destroy Aladdin. Regardless, I love this song and wish it was in the film.
5. I Can’t Believe My Heart – Hercules (1997)
This song is a solo song for the character of Megara. If you listen to the song you will more than likely hold the same opinion as everyone else who listens; the song not only sounds similar, but basically has the exact same meaning as Megara’s solo song (that can be heard in the final cut of the film) ‘I Won’t Say I’m In Love’.
In this song she is explaining how she hasn’t had luck with men in the past, and then in comes Hercules who she is afraid to admit, is falling in love with.
Although it’s a good song, there really is no need for it in the film.
6. I’m Odd – Alice In Wonderland (1951)
I only have one question…WHY DISNEY WHY?! Why was this song cut from the movie?
I love this song, I think it’s fantastic. The Cheshire Cat is one of the most iconic characters to have been portrayed in this film and why he did not get his own song is beyond me.
One thing I will say though is, if you close your eyes and just listen to this song, doesn’t it sound like Winnie The Pooh is singing to you? This is because the voice actor who portrayed the Cheshire Cat, Sterling Holloway, was the original voice of Winnie The Pooh before Hal Smith and Jim Cummings took over.
This song gets right down to the point, the Cheshire Cat is odd, Wonderland is odd, heck even this film is odd. It would have been a fantastic addition to the film but alas it got cut.
7. Keep ‘Em Guessing – Mulan (1998)
This song, as stated by the director, was supposed to be an introduction to the character of Mushu.
The production team however felt that Eddie Murphy had enough charisma to pull of introducing Mushu in a couple of lines, as oppose to a 1-2 minute song in the final cut of the film.
While I agree that this song may be unneccessary for introducing the character of Mushu, when listening to it you also get a feel of Mulan’s doubt as to whether she can pull of being a man, which I feel is an important aspect of Mulan’s character.
Regardless, the song was cut, but at least we get to hear what could have been.
8. One Dance – The Little Mermaid (1989)
Many say this song is too similar to ‘Part Of Your World’, however I think (depending on where in the film this song would have been used) could have worked.
I really liked this song and it was interesting to listen to. It has the same principle as ‘Part Of Your World’ in that Ariel wants to dance with Prince Eric and essentially be part of his world, but the song itself is quite different.
9. Proud Of Your Boy – Aladdin (1992)
Not only am I a huge Disney fanatic, I am also a big fan of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, etc.
As some of you may or may not know, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman were working on the score for Aladdin (having previously worked on Beauty and the Beast together). Howard Ashman wrote this song, ‘Proud Of Your Boy’ and was very proud of his song (why wouldn’t you be?!).
Unfortunately though, with changes to the story, the character of Aladdin’s mother got cut. At the same time Howard Ashman passed away after succumbing to his illness.
Alan Menken fought hard to adjust the song so they could keep it in the film and honour Howard Ashman however it unfortunately didn’t work and had to be cut.
I love this song and am sad that it didn’t make the movie but at least we get to listen to it now.
10. Snuff Out The Light – The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
Disney cut an Eartha Kitt song? Yes. Yes they did.
With the changes made to the storyline regarding Eartha Kitt’s character, the song no longer made sense and was therefore cut.
11. The Middle Of The River – Pocahontas (1995)
This song was intended as a duet between Pocahontas and John Smith. However the song very closely resembles ‘If I Never Knew You’ and therefore was cut.
12. To Be King – The Lion King (1994)
Oh dear. I’m sorry to say that I am actually glad this song did not make the film.
Nothing against the song, it’s not bad really but I think it would have completely taken away from the character of Mufasa. This is one song best left on the cutting room floor. Still interesting to watch though.
13. Why Me – Aladdin (1992)
Again, why didn’t Jafar get a villain song?!
I love this, not only is the song really catchy, but it’s full of self-pity and lust for power.
I really wish this song made the movie. Jafar needs his villain song!
This song was replaced with ‘Prince Ali (Reprise)’.