[Every Monday, I'm going to be counting down my 52 favorite musical numbers from musical movies and TV shows. I might not like the full movie/show, but the number makes the list for various reasons: 1) I have to like the song, 2) the visual of how the number is performed is most likely unique or fun, 3) both song and visual mixes well to create an exciting or powerful number. So let's get to the next on the list.]
That's right. Of all the songs in all the films on this list, some of which include some of my all-time favorite films, the number 1 spot for my favorite musical number ever... is in The Little Mermaid. I've beaten the "villains song" thing to death, but out of all of them, I'd have to say this is one of the best ones ever written. It's whimsical yet menacing. It consists of dreams and danger. It's old school Faustian brought to a Disney setting. It moves from a catchy, talky tune to one of the most sinister-sounding chants. The animation is fantastic, from the witchcraft to the ultimate transformation. It starts slow, builds, evens out, builds more, and gives us a bang of an ending.
Unfortunately (no pun intended), it's not available to embed. So click here to check it out!
Thank you to everyone who followed along with this feature. I know it wasn't the most popular thing I did all year, as it didn't get a whole lot of comments. But there were those of you who enjoyed it. And to those I say thanks!