7.08.2005

Look, there she goes—that girl is strange, no question

Sometimes you (I) have to marathonically listen to the complete five-volume Classic Disney set, including approximately 250 brilliant and heart-wrenching tunes excerpted with loving care and discerning taste from Disney’s voluminous history of music production.

You may mock, and would in fact be right to do so, especially if you heard me singing along with “Be Our Guest,” doing all the funny voices myself. Mocking accepted. It would be trite for me to make an apologia for Disney’s many aesthetic and political sins. I do think, though, that the people in charge of producing this stuff are smart and savvy—the bad Disney flicks (um, Hunchback) are the ones where they muzzle the mild-bitchy sass of a Mary Poppins or a Princess Jasmine and rationalize the joyful, sweet absurdity of Pete’s Dragon and “Under the Sea.” Sure, a lot of it is middlebrow, but better that we have intelligent middlebrow art than a vast cultural gap between Care Bears and Lars von Trier. Besides, I’d rather sing along to Bedknobs and Broomsticks than Dancer in the Dark. Bjork irks me.

Listening to the Classic set, one hears amazing political discourses being worked out through time—songs that would never get produced/written now can play alongside songs exemplifying the best in contemporary (well, early 90s) multicultural pacifist mores. In “I Wan’na Be Like You,” a jazzy number from The Jungle Book, Louis Armstrong (!) as a semi-villainous orangutan king sings “you see it’s true/an ape like me/can learn to be/human too.” Shudder. But what comes right after that? “The Mob Song” from Beauty and the Beast, with murderously macho Gaston exhorting terrified villagers to the worst excesses of anti-Beast vigilante violence. The audience fears for Belle, imprisoned in her own cellar lest she ‘betray’ the mob to the (non-human but infinitely sympathetic) castledwellers. Human nature has, far from its earlier celebration, assumed a terrifying aspect, appropriate to fin-de-this-siecle events and values.

It’s those (simple) smarts, along with the earnest moral teachings they try to impart (can you believe they made Newsies? It’s straight from Howard Zinn’s list of “stories Hollywood never tells”) that go some distance towards making up for eye-widening travesties like “The Siamese Cat Song.”

Real life update: found out today that I did not get the UNESCO internship (6 months in Paris, sob) for which I applied. This is probably not a bad thing, as I was going to have to get conversationally fluent in French before going, and all the French I know I learned from Lumiere (the candlestick in Beauty and the Beast) and Jacques (the seafood-lovin’ chef of The Little Mermaid). Though I was looking forward to telling Parisians that I love les poissons les poissons, hee hee hee haw haw haw.

53 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hunchback is a good movie! Or at least it's not a bad movie. To begin with, the songs show off some of Menken's richest and most thematic writing. (And that's all that matters if you're listening to a compilation CD rather than actually watching the movie.)

—AJD

the1truecoolguy said...

Did you pick up this Disney music collection in Sri Lanka? I admit, I'm a Disney music fan as well! I grew up on the stuff. Although I'm not sure if I could manage a "Disney Marathon"! :)

Rebecca said...

aaron, Hunchback was TERRIBLE. the music, i agree, has its high points (and i should credit it with some of my french skills too) so perhaps better not to indict it in a discussion of music-merit. better to cite Toy Story 2 for the bad music. however TS2 was a terrific movie, marred by its score. what can i say?

haven't seen Emperor's New Groove so maybe that's the one with bad music and bad movie. Tarzan is up there.

1true, i didn't get it in SL. from states. you could amazon it, though.

AJD said...

Emperor's New Groove is also great, though some people are taken aback by how it's wacky and madcap in a way they expect more from WB cartoons than Disney. It's not a musical, though—maybe there's one song.

the1truecoolguy said...

Thanks, I've still been keepin' my eyes open for it here! :)

the fire boss said...

oddly, The Siamese Cat Song is the only Disney song i "own," in that i think i got it from napster my freshman year. i think it is totally awesome.

there are no finer cats than i am. buh-dum-bum-bum.

also, way to be common sensical about the necessity of the middle brow. i mean that. there is a deep thought in there that i am going to poke around for.

Admin said...

Great blog, keep up the good work. Glad to see sites like this.

Here is another good site I said I would pass along.
Disney Cruise
Thanks

Linux Unix said...

Cute blog! Please visit my dog flu blog.

Anonymous said...

I'm a huge fan so you might like akc registered puppy

Anonymous said...

If you like dog pile search engine you may very well like this site dog pile search engine

Anonymous said...

Furry bearer of unconditional love, affection, companionship - and a rocket-powered babe magnet to boot.Rearing a dog is like rearing a kid. Some dog owners PREFER to rear dogs than kids. But rearing & caring a dog take up a lot of your time.
You can also check out the news section at :

"Latest News"

You can almost see your new dog right now . . . running in the sun, chasing Frisbees, doing adorable tricks, puking on the rug at 3 a.m., chewing up your entire porno collection, shedding on everything in sight . . . Still want a dog? Then step right up, you've come to the right place.

"pawtips.com"

Our website provides a portal with all your dog care needs in one place. We know what's its like owning a dog and nurturing him/her till maturity. Its a hard job. You can bookmark this website so that you can come back again and again for all your unanswered question.

You can also order our dog owners guide that goes in depth the process of evaluation yourself and environment for a suitable dog companion.

"www.pawtips.com"

Anonymous said...

Obviously I ended up a little off base, but I am certainly glad I found your blog. I would like to post your link on my "favorites" page for future reference and reading.sedu hairstyles

dog trainer on long island said...

I enjoyed reading through your blog and experiencing your point of view.

Regards,

dog trainer on long island

Anonymous said...

buy diazepam online diazepam 5mg long take effect - diazepam 10 mg for dogs

Anonymous said...

buy ativan online side effects quitting ativan - buy lorazepam 2.5mg

Anonymous said...

buy xanax 1mg buy xanax without script - buy 2mg xanax bars online

Anonymous said...

ativan price ativan used high blood pressure - buy lorazepam online no prescription needed

Anonymous said...

order valium buy valium shanghai - valium rxlist

Anonymous said...

diazepam no prescription needed order diazepam online canada - buy diazepam pakistan

Anonymous said...

generic xanax images for generic xanax - xanax effects dopamine

Anonymous said...

buy zolpidem online zolpidem tartrate recreational use - cheap zolpidem no prescription

Anonymous said...

buy valium online valium medication information - pass urine drug test valium

Anonymous said...

buy generic xanax xanax online no prescription india - xanax erowid drug test

Anonymous said...

lorazepam vs diazepam pakistan valium diazepam - diazepam tab 10mg

Anonymous said...

somas online online radio stations soma - buy soma canadian pharmacy

Anonymous said...

buy valium online effects using valium - valium price australia

Anonymous said...

buying ambien online ambien no prescription canada - ambien no prescription overnight delivery

Anonymous said...

cheap generic valium valium pill sizes - buy valium online overnight

Anonymous said...

soma carisoprodol buy soma online overnight - buy soma online cheap no prescription

Anonymous said...

soma price order soma georgia - soma drug canada

Anonymous said...

buy ambien online no rx ambien sleeping pill wiki - 9 panel drug test ambien

Anonymous said...

buy ambien online ambien side effects elderly - ambien side effects blackout

Anonymous said...

buy valium online legally valium 5 panel drug test - where to buy valium online without script

Anonymous said...

Blogger: riv(k)a rivenu - Post a Comment order ventolin online - buy ventolin no prescription http://www.ventolinforsaleonline.com/#buy-ventolin-no-prescription

Anonymous said...

Blogger: riv(k)a rivenu - Post a Comment buy prednisolone - buy prednisolone online http://www.ourdailybreadmarket.net/#buy-prednisolone-online

Anonymous said...

Blogger: riv(k)a rivenu - Post a Comment generic reductil - purchase meridia online http://www.meridiaordernow.com/#purchase-meridia-online

Anonymous said...

Blogger: riv(k)a rivenu - Post a Comment prednisone price - prednisone sale http://www.ourdailybreadmarket.net/#prednisone-sale

Anonymous said...

Blogger: riv(k)a rivenu - Post a Comment order lorazepam - purchase ativan http://www.ativanonlineoffer.com/#purchase-ativan

Anonymous said...

Blogger: riv(k)a rivenu - Post a Comment soma without rx - buy soma online without rx http://www.emprendiendoideas.com/#buy-soma-online-without-rx

Anonymous said...

Hi, MoxoredapeTox cheap imitrex no prescription - cheap sumatriptan http://www.oparticular.net/#cheap-sumatriptan

Anonymous said...

Hi, MoxoredapeTox buy sumatriptan - buy sumatriptan online http://www.oparticular.net/#buy-sumatriptan-online

Anonymous said...

Hello, buy strattera - buy strattera online http://www.lasmaracasonline.com/#buy-strattera-online

Anonymous said...

Hello, sibutramine online no prescription - meridia pills for sale http://www.amaryllisgarden.com/#meridia-pills-for-sale

Anonymous said...

Hello, generic strattera cost - strattera pills http://www.lasmaracasonline.com/#strattera-pills

Anonymous said...

Hello, generic imitrex without prescription - imitrex sale http://www.oparticular.net/#imitrex-sale

Anonymous said...

Hello, lasix without rx - order lasix online http://www.jacksbackyarddallas.com/#order-lasix-online

Anonymous said...

Hello, meridia pills - buy meridia online no prescription http://www.amaryllisgarden.com/#buy-meridia-online-no-prescription

Anonymous said...

Hello, lipitor online pharmacy - generic for lipitor http://www.costoflipitoronline.net/#generic-for-lipitor

Anonymous said...

advitleva finasteride no prescription - buy propecia online http://www.bestpricefinasteride.com/

Anonymous said...

advitleva buy propecia online without prescription - propecia for sale http://www.bestpricefinasteride.com/

Anonymous said...

dalsCleax order lasix without prescription - generic for lasix http://www.lasixonlinesale.com/#generic-for-lasix

Anonymous said...

50 Pills Sound sibutramine online no prescription - meridia pills for sale http://www.meridiaonlineorder.net/#meridia-pills-for-sale , order sibutramine online

Anonymous said...

The Latest Drugs For Diabetes buy meridia online - buy sibutramine online http://www.meridiaonlineorder.net/#buy-sibutramine-online , sibutramine online