Behind Disney Music: Mary Poppins

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Top 10 Disney Songs

Woody here! I will be the first to admit that if you click play on my iPhone the first song you will hear will be produced by Disney. Whether it be park music from WDW or DL or one of the many songs from a Disney movie; all of these songs have created a  spot in my heart. My goal today is to make a list of 10 of my favorite Disney songs. This will definitely be a difficult list for me to create, but here it is! My top 10 favorite Disney songs in no particular order:

1. The Second Star to the Right – Peter Pan

“The second star to the right
Shines in the night for you
To tell you that the dreams you plan
Really can come true”

This song depicts to every child and adult that whatever you dream can happen, it just takes some faith, trust, and a little bit of pixie dust. 

2. Splash Mountain Medley – Walt Disney World Resort

“Hee hee hoo ha hoo hoo
Everybody’s got a laughing place
A laughing place to go
Take a frown, turn it upside down
And you’ll find yours we know”

I have no shame in admitting that I listen to this medley on a regular basis. It brings me back to my favorite attraction in Walt Disney World, allowing me to imagine I’m traveling through the Laughing Place and Briar Patch with Brer Rabbit!

3. Transformation – Beauty and the Beast

This gorgeous piece of music by Alan Menken, is in my opinion one of the most emotionally stirring pieces of music in Disney history. Beginning with the Beast’s unfortunate demise and Belle’s final words to him. Continuing on to his transformation into a human Prince (a.k.a Prince Adam), and finally the finale of Belle and the Prince dancing in the gorgeous palace ballroom. Just listening to this song gives me goosebumps and a belief in love and magic.

4. Soarin’ – Walt Disney World and Disneyland

You know I love a song when it is my ringtone. This score illustrates the beauty of California and creates a bone chilling experience for the listener. While it’s obviously much better when combined with the actual ride, it doesn’t hurt to pretend you’re hang gliding while running around the house and jumping and turning in tune with this wonderful compilation.

5. The Entire Frozen Album – Frozen

This counts right??? How am I supposed to choose between Do you Wanna Build a Snowman?, Frozen Heart, Let it Go, Love is an Open Door, Vuelie, and so many others?! I believe Disney, Kristine Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, and Christophe Beck outdid themselves on this soundtrack. I am looking forward to seeing much more from these amazing artists!

6. I Won’t Say (I’m in Love) – Hercules

“Oh
At least out loud,
I won’t say I’m in love”

Meg illustrates her desire to want to admit to her feelings for Hercules, but is afraid that it will just end in heartbreak again. Such a fun and relatable song that viewers of any age can sing along to.

7. Chin Chim Cher-ee – Mary Poppins

“Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey 
Chim chim cher-ee!
A sweep is as lucky, as lucky can be
Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey 
Chim chim cher-oo!
Good luck will rub off when I shakes ‘ands with you”

Dancing Chimney sweeps, Bert singing and running around, and Mary Poppins joining in on the fun! What doesn’t this song have?

8. I See the Light – Tangled

“And it’s warm and real and bright
And the world has somehow shifted
All at once everything is different
Now that I see you”

A song depicting the moment that Rapunzel and Eugene Fitzherbert/Flynn Rider discover that they have fallen in love with each other. Dreamy, romantic, and tear-jerking all in one.

9. You’ve got a Friend in Me – Toy Story

“You’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got a friend in me
You got troubles and I got ’em too
There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you
We stick together, we can see it through
‘Cause you’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got a friend in me”

One of legendary Randy Newman’s more memorable hits. A cheerful song that just makes Toy Story and Buzz and Woody’s friendship that much better!

10. Grim, Grinning Ghosts – Walt Disney World and Disneyland

“now don’t close your eyes and don’t try to hide 
or a silly spook may sit by your side
shrouded in a daft disguise, they pretend to terrorize,
grim grinnin’ ghosts come out to socialize”

One of my favorite rides — and same goes for Buzz — this song leads through the Haunted Mansions spooky interior, and introduces you to several of the 999 ghosts waiting for just one more…

 

Bonus!!!!

11. Wishes – Walt Disney World

“Star light, star bright, 
first star I see tonight. 
I wish I may, I wish I might,
have the wish, I wish tonight.
We’ll make a wish, and do as dreamers do,
and all our wishes,
will come true.”

A 12 minute compilation of Disney dreams and characters put together. This soundtrack will be sure to bring out your inner child and want you to join you favorite characters as they wish and chase their dreams. 

 

Broadway!

Hi guys! Sorry I haven’t been posting a lot lately I just returned from a lovely vacation with my family! Anyways, I hope you all are excited about our new contributors to the blog! Mickey, Mike, and Perry are going to be a wonderful addition to Disney to Infinity and Beyond and their love for Disney will definitely be evident within their future articles!

Onto the purpose of this article: Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, stated to Fortune that plans are in the works for their newest animated feature Frozen to be created into a Broadway production. Seeing as how Frozen has been a huge commercial success for the company this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. However, don’t expect to see Elsa and Anna singing live on stage anytime soon. According to Iger Disney is focusing on excellence over rushing the project to Broadway; which I’m sure many fans of the film and Disney itself are appreciative for.

This news also comes a few months before Aladdin will have its official debut on Broadway in March. Including Aladdin on Broadway, Frozen will be Disney’s 8th film turned broadway musical following in the footsteps of: The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Mary Poppins, and Tarzan.

To read more about this upcoming production check out this article from Time.

-Woody

Saving Mr. Banks

Tom Hanks on Playing Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks”

I don’t know about you but I cannot wait for Saving Mr. Banks and that’s why I’m writing this post now.  Luckily, we are on the home stretch and the film comes to theaters in just a few more weeks.

On December 20th, just in time for Christmas, Tom Hanks brings Walt Disney to life for the first time ever on the silver screen.  I truly believe that they could not have found a more perfect actor to play Walt.  It’s not an easy task and from what I can tell, Mr. Hanks does a fantastic job.

Mary Poppins is my all time favorite film.  I fell in love with the flying nanny at a very young age and have never stopped loving the story.  This past summer, when I heard Disney was creating a new movie about the beloved story and how Walt and P.L. Travers (played by the talented Emma Thompson) worked together on making the Mary fly off the pages of Travers’ book, I finally sat down and read the book.

Now, P.L. Travers wasn’t very cooperative with Walt Disney on the whole project.  It took 20 years of true dedication for Travers to even agree to making it into a movie.  Walt’s daughters were his reason to make sure this book was made into a film.  His two daughters, Diane and Sharon, loved reading the books about the beloved nanny, Mary Poppins.  Walt promised them that he would, someday, make the characters fly off the pages of the books.  He kept that promise to his daughters even though it took two decades to do so.

For two weeks, in 1961, P.L. Travers listened to Walt Disney’s ideas and saw many storyboards.  She, however, still did not hand over the rights.  Disney had to reach into his own childhood in order to grasp the rights to “Mary Poppins” and in doing so he discovered things about the author’s past that really caught her attention.  After this, they agreed to work together on a film that would end up winning many awards and becoming one of the greatest movies in cinematic history.

Now, it is said to be that P.L. Travers did not like the movie at all.  I’m not exactly sure why, other than she was just a stubborn woman.  After reading the book and seeing the movie hundreds of times, I can say that I believe Disney did an amazing job capturing the story for the big screen.  Casting Julie Andrews to play Mary was perfect.  She played the “practically perfect” nanny beautifully.

If Saving Mr. Banks is going to anything like Mary Poppins, I predict another film making history from the Disney company.  The storyline is strong and something many people will want to know about.  It will take us back in time to see how Mary Poppins was made.  Mary Poppins has entered the homes of families through many generations and Saving Mr. Banks has a very high potential to do so as well.

Are you excited for Saving Mr. Banks?

 

-Buzz °o°