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Did Lin-Manuel Miranda Go Too Far This Time?

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Lin-Manuel Miranda has, it seems, become the only songwriter available to Disney. In the last few years, Miranda has been the tune-de-force behind Disney’s Moana (2016), Encanto (2021), and now the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid (2023). He gained two Academy Award Best Song nominations for “How Far I’ll Go” and “Dos Oruguitas” from Moana and Encanto, respectively, and is ...

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Could Disney’s Emmy-Nominated Production Become an EGOT Winner? 

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Disney’s animated classics might feature princesses (and frogs) from different countries and periods, but they all share a common characteristic. Musical numbers written by prolific composers like EGOT Alan Menken and almost-EGOT Lin-Manuel Miranda make classics like The Little Mermaid (1989) and newer hits like Moana (2016) adaptable (and lovable) to multiple audiences. Despite backlash in the media about recent productions from ...

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‘The Little Mermaid’ Remake Officially Surpasses the Original 1989 Animated Film

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On November 17, 1989, Walt Disney Pictures released a little mermaid into wild, uncharted waters, and Disney fans welcomed her with open arms. ​​ Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements with an original score by Alan Menken and the ethereal vocals of Jodi Benson as Ariel, The Little Mermaid made back five times its $40 million budget with a ...

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Twitter Erupts With Cast Suggestions for the Unsung Heroes of Live-Action ‘Hercules’ Film

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Who puts the “glad” in gladiator? Hercules may have been the people’s hero, but the true stars of the 1997 animated Disney film were the sirens who won over Disney fans. While Rob Marshall’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid has dominated the media, news of another Disney cult classic film in the works has fans buzzing. Not only will ...

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‘The Little Mermaid’ is Going to be INCREDIBLE

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I love Disney movies. Like most other Disney Fanatics, I grew up on them, watching my favorites endlessly. It’s a love that has only continued as an adult. I’ve rewatched Moana many times over, singing (read: screaming) along whenever Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) pondered where she’d go. (In life? In this world? Who knows.) As a kid, my favorite movie was Aladdin. I loved ...

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“You’ve Got to Have Growth”: Original Ariel Defends the New ‘Little Mermaid’

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After months of heated discourse about a reimagined classic, The Little Mermaid, we’re finally two days away from the film’s world premiere on May 26. While the film’s star, Halle Bailey, has reeled in some rave reviews from critics and dazzled on blue carpets for exclusive premieres, some critics have slammed the soundtrack released on May 19. Despite breathtaking performances ...

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Here’s the Scuttlebutt: Alan Menken Shares Why Songs Did (and Didn’t) Make It to ‘The Little Mermaid’ Soundtrack

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“Part of Your World” is the shower-belting Disney song that has been part of our worlds for 34 years, and it’s arguably a bigger hit than Frozen’s “Let It Go.” Jodie Benson’s voice carried us through the last few decades as Ariel and the late Pat Carroll spoke to our poor unfortunate souls with her powerful voice behind Ursula. With ...

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LISTEN: Heavy Metal Artist Covers ‘Hercules’ Anthem

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Who doesn’t like heavy metal covers of classic Disney songs? Honestly, the answer is probably many fans. But there is the rare occasion when the core-rooted power of a heavy metal group aligns itself perfectly with the emotional charge of a Disney anthem and creates a new version deserving of recognition. Recently we found that destiny pairing in No Resolve’s ...

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Rachel Zegler and Alan Menken Team Up For A Non-Disney Musical

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Rachel Zegler might currently be filming her first Disney princess movie in Pinewood Studios in London (after, of course, pausing filming to address her famous Oscars snub), but the actress is already on her way to playing an animated heroine who isn’t Snow White! The West Side Story actress and Golden Globe award winner will be voicing a princess in the upcoming ...

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The 10 Most Hauntingly Beautiful Pieces From Disney Movie Scores

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Every Disney fan knows the names and lyrics of the classic Disney songs from countless re-watches and singalongs. But there are just as many amazing pieces of instrumental music from Disney classics. So, I decided to share some beautiful scores that you may not know the names of, some instrumental covers, and the faces of those behind the mysterious composures. ...

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