The Best Disney Soundtrack You're Not Listening to Just Got Alan Menken His EGOT
published 27.07.2020 19:45
Aside from being a surprisingly great continuation of where the movie left off, the soundtrack, featuring original songs from Menken and a score by Kevin Kliesch, is just jam-packed with some killer tunes that would be highlights of any Disney movie, let alone getting to exist as a regular occurrence on a Disney Channel kid’s show.
Menken has won eight Oscars and 11 Tonys for his work on the Disney films, namely The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and the original Tangled, and won a Tony award in 2012 for the stage production of Newsies (but sadly, he didn’t win for the Disney movie itself!)
Over the weekend, Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater snagged the Daytime Emmy for Best Original Song in a Children’s, Young Adult, or Animated Program for their work on Disney’s Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure, the animated continuation of the 2010 film.
Alan Menken helped define Disney animation’s sound for decades—helping score some of the most beloved films of the company’s renaissance, and changing its soundtracks forever with The Little Mermaid’s establishment of the “I Want” song.
It’s almost what you could consider a “shame” that they’re being used on the show, rather than on the big screen, but hey: across its three seasons, we got way more songs than we would’ve gotten out of a Tangled 2: Rapunzel Boogaloo.