It’s that time, with the new #Robocop “remake” out, Josh Hadley, The Marque de Suede and Cecil “Nancy Allen” Trachenburg examine the entire franchise of Robocop from the first movie in 1987 to the cartoons and all of the nonsense associated with this franchise. Special guest Fred Dekker (writer/director of Robocop 3) also shares with us his feelings about how that third movie was received and continues to be received.
a game for the nes.
Mosis plays around in the Deathlands! Also, a bad event flagging happens!
The title says it all… this episode is all about video game nonsense and is the start of a series within Lost In The Static…
Discussed this week: A.J. realizes who really killed Connie, Robin says her goodbyes, Sonny’s half-brother returns to town, and more!
A platformer for the Sega Genesis.
Superman and Supergirl head to The metahuman prison known as The Raft to stop the Wrecking Crew from escaping and wreaking havoc on the city!
(This came about from my playing around with my heroclix figures and thinking, “Hey, I could make a video out of this.”)
Welcome back ladies and gentlemen, to my top 20 count down of my favorite Disney Songs. If you missed the first part, no worries, you can find it RIGHT HERE. We’ve reached the top ten, but before we get started, here are a couple of honorable mentions that were left off the list for one reason or another.
Out of Thin Air from Aladdin and The King of Thieves
A beautiful song that I really wanted to put on the main list but sadly didn’t make the final cut.
A kickass number from my childhood that, were I including TV shows on this list, could have easily made the top five.
And now, without further delay, let’s get this show on the road.
10. I Just Can’t Waint to be King from The Lion King
The top ten starts off with a beloved favorite. From the second the song ramps up that impossibly catchy intro music, we’re all hooked. Lion King probably has one of the best soundtracks of any Disney flick, without a song that’s forgettable or weak, Hakuna Matata not withstanding, and this one is easily the most fun and upbeat. And why shouldn’t it be, the song is about what it would be like to be a king from the perspective of a young child. Now obviously, as our resident voice of reason, Zazu, played by the always great Rowan Atkinson, makes clear, being a king involves responsibility and maturity, but Simba doesn’t care, and right now, he doesn’t need to. Who among us hasn’t dreamed about being someone important, be it the President or a monarch or even just the boss of a company when we were kids? Simba knows that dream is coming to him and he just can’t wait to be king. This song is easily one of the best from that movie, but not the best, though… we’ll get to that.
9. I’ll Make a Man out of You from Mulan
Here’s a fan favorite for you, an impossibly catchy and uplifting anthem about proving yourself and becoming strong and tough. Though many of the songs on this list have made their way onto my iPod, this is the only one that goes into my work out playlist. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, I work out while listening to Disney Music. This is essentially a Disney training montage song. You can easily play it over scenes from Rocky or Karate kid and it would sync up just as well as Eye of The Tiger or You’re the Best Around. Everything about this song is badass. The lyrics, badass. The challenges the soldiers are being put through, badass. The unintentional Pink Floyd reference, badass. The backup singers on the “Be a Man” bits (one of whom is actually a music teacher at my high school, true story), badass. The scene where Mulan climbs the tower and throws down the arrow, very badass. Even Donny Osmond of all people, who provides the singing voice for Shang manages to walk away from this looking cool, and that is no easy task. An awesome song from an equally awesome movie, I’ll Make a Man out of You easily earns a spot on this list.
8. Why Should I Worry from Oliver and Company
Whether it’s Elton John for The Lion King of Phil Collins for Tarzan, Disney has always had good luck getting big names to do their big musical numbers. But in my opinion, they hit the jackpot when they got the piano man himself, Billy Joel to perform this number. I know I saw this movie when I was a kid, but for the life of me, can’t remember the first thing about it, that is, except for this song, which today has pretty much overshadowed the movie itself. Just watch Dodger make his way through New York City. Everything he does is so smooth and so slick. Add Billy Joel’s voice coming out of his mouth and suddenly he’s the king of cool. One of the things that makes Billy Joel one of my favorites of all time is the amount of enthusiasm he puts into all of his songs and that is definitely present here. Why Should I Worry: An unforgettable song, from an otherwise forgettable movie.
7. Hellfire from The Hunchback of Notre Dame
We now come to our final villain song, and it’s only fitting that it belong to the most complex and despicable villain Disney ever produced, Judge Claude Frollo. This guy, moreso Than Jafar, Captain Hook or any of the others is a monster. No only is he a mad religious zealot who feels it is his divine duty to pass judgement on the gypsies, but he’s also a horny old creep who lusts after woman with all the subtlety of Master Roshi from Dragonball but none of the endearing charm.
I still get skeeved out when I see this scene.
And it is in this song, where we truly see how messed up Frollo really is. He’s trying to justify his sins to God by claiming that he’s been bewitched by Esmerelda’s gypsy magic and the fact that he can’t have her now tortures his very soul. All the disturbing undertones aside, this is a beautiful song, performed brilliantly by the late Tony Jay, who many of you 90’s kids will remember as Megabyte from Reboot, though to me, he’ll always be Anubis from Gargoyles. The music, Jay’s incredible pipes and the dark and hellish atmosphere all come together to produce Disney’s most memorable villain song.
6. Let it Go from Frozen
I’m not normally one to follow popular trends or jump on bandwagons and, in fact, as I’m writing this, I haven’t even seen Frozen yet, but this song really is just that damn good. As soon as I heard it for the first time at the Oscars the other night, I was instantly hooked by this beautiful number. Severely helping Let it Go’s case is the fact that it’s sung by one of my favorite people in the world, Broadway icon, Idina Menzel, best known for her role as Elphaba in Wicked and her unforgettable performance as Maureen Johnson in Rent. The Woman can sing circles around the current pop divas we have out there today. Idina’s powerful vocals give this already great song an incredible punch. From what I can gather, the song is about accepting yourself for who you are as opposed to who everyone expects you to be, a message I can most definitely get behind. Combine all of that with the voice of an angel named Idina, and you got one hell of a song on your hands.
Also, John Travolta deserves to be pistol whipped for butchering Idina’s name at the Oscars. Seriously, what the hell was that?
5. Strangers Like Me from Tarzan
I mentioned last time how much I loved Tarzan’s soundtrack and this song is probably the best one in the entire movie. It gives you a real sense of wonder as you watch Tarzan discover all these new things. Not only that, the melody is awesome with Phil Collins’ incredible vocals driving the point home. Something I especially like is the animation on Tarzan in his reactions to the slide shows and the way he imitates Clayton. His fluid movements are incredible, props to the animators on that one. What’s more, the sequence is simply beautiful, both musically and visually. Much like how Son of Man was Tarzan’s growing up montage, this is Tarzan’s becoming human montage, and it works splendidly. While a lot of people still say that Phil Collins’ music was too this film’s detriment, I personally think the movie would have been lacking without it because we would have missed out on powerful scenes like this.
4. Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid
I hate this movie. I really hate this movie. This is not only my least favorite Disney Movie, but it is a strong contender for my least favorite movie of all time. Just about the only thing about this movie I find myself able to tolerate is this song, which even I have to admit is a ton of fun. Poor, poor Sebastion the Crab. There is truly no Disney character that I’ve ever felt more sorry for. Never mind the fact that later in the film he’s almost murdered by a sociopathic Frenchman with the voice of Odo from Deep Space Nine, he also is charged with the task of putting up with all of Ariel’s crap. In his position, I’d have grabbed a stick of butter and hopped in a boiling pot a long time ago. The song is, of course, incredibly fun and catchy, but more than that, it represents something that every Disney Princess flick desperately needs, a rebuttal to those annoying as all hell “I want more” songs. Sebastion is here to tell Ariel that she doesn’t need to live on land and that she’s got it pretty good here down where it’s better, down where it’s wetter. Hell, up on the shore they haven’t even invented reggae yet. Under The Sea, the one bright spot in a terrible movie that almost makes the rest worth watching.
3. Pictures in My Head from The Muppets
In 2012, the Muppets won an Oscar for best original song, but in my opinion, they picked the wrong song. Sure, Man or Muppet is fun, but the real heartfelt song was Pictures in My Head. Kermit, having gone a long time without seeing the rest of the gang, singing a song about how much he regrets the Muppets breaking up in the first place and how sad he is that the world may have forgotten about them in their absence. A particularly nice touch is how Kermit mentions the things that annoyed him about the other Muppets like Fozzie’s jokes or Gonzo’s crazy stunts. It really adds to the emotion in this scene and gives you a strong sense of how much Kermit misses his friends. I personally have loved the Muppets since I was a toddler. They make me laugh, they make me smile, they make me sing, and, with this song, the only song on the list that’s able to do so mind you, they even make me cry. I mean it, I can not listen to this song without it bringing a tear to my eye. As soon as Kermit looks at the covered portrait at the end of the hall to reveal Ms. Piggy, I just lose it. This movie was a huge comeback for the Muppets both on the big screen, and in my heart. I hope they continue that momentum into Muppets most wanted.
Now before we get two our final two, both of which are on this list for personal reasons, here’s one more look at some honorable mentions that just missed the cut.
He’s a Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean
One of the most awesome musical scores for any movie in recent memory, but I simply didn’t feel right about including a purely instrumental track on the list.
Hay un Amigo en Mi from Toy Story 3
The Gipsy Kings, better known as those guys who did the Spanish version of Hotel California, completely blew Randy Newman out of the water with a Spanish language rendition of You Got a Friend in Me that’s ten times more upbeat and fun than the original.
Now, on with the final two.
2. Can you Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King
This is a beautiful song and one of the most beloved from this or any Disney movie, but that is not why it’s so high on the list. Let me tell you guys a little story. I’m the sort of guy who really enjoys singing out loud in public. I know it’s a weird thing to do, but I can’t help it, I sing when I’m happy and I’m happy a lot of the time. One day when I was a sophomore in college, I was singing this song in particular in the middle of a crowded college campus and this blind girl yelled to me and said I had a beautiful voice. I was incredibly flattered and soon the two of us got to talking and we really hit it off. A little over a year later, she became my girlfriend and we’ve been together ever since, and none of that would have happened if I hadn’t been singing this song on that particular day. The song itself is of course a beautiful number and in it’s set to what is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful Disney romance scenes ever put on film. I am honored to have it on my list. And to the girl in question, because I know you’re reading this, I love you so much and I’m lucky to have you.
We’ve reached our number one. A lot of you Disney enthusiasts out there are probably expecting a big and well-known Disney classic like Circle of Life or The Bells of Notre Dame or the title song from Beauty and The Beast. All of those are fine choices, but those of you who know me, know better and you know that there is only one song that could possibly top this list.
1. Stand Out from A Goofy Movie
It’s only fitting that my favorite Disney song of all time come from my favorite Disney movie, but even if it wasn’t my favorite, this song still would have topped the list, because more so than any other song that Disney has ever produced, this song speaks to me. On the surface, the song is about trying to impress a girl, something I can most definitely relate to, having tried, failed, and succeeded in that endeavor a fair number of times. However, if you look for the deeper meaning, you find that the song is really about making your mark and expressing your individuality. As someone who grew up with both ADD and Aspergers syndrome, I was a pretty socially awkward kid, who had a hard time making friends. My parents and teachers always told me to try to blend in, which always made me feel miserable. However, one day in High School it hit me that I don’t want to blend in, I want to stand out and be noticed for who I am. At the homecoming dance that year, I, much like Max in the movie, danced like a complete maniac and got my entire class to cheer for me. It was one of the happiest moments of my life. Since then, I’ve made more of an effort to be outgoing and less insecure. If there was one song that could be the anthem of my life, it’s Stand Out. A song that tells you not only that it’s okay to be different than everyone else, but, in fact, that it’s pretty darn cool. It’s not only my favorite Disney song, but it’s one of my favorite songs, period. And for that, it deserves nothing less than number one.
And that does it for my list of the Top 20 Disney Songs. I hope you enjoyed it and saw a few of your favorites in there somewhere, and if you didn’t, that’s okay, because there’s still a ton of great Disney music out there that didn’t make the cut. Until next time everyone.