Frozen joined the ranks of the best Disney sing-along movies, in the tradition of Rocky Horror Picture Show, Sound of Music, and even “Once More with Feeling,” the Buffy the Vampire Slayer all-singing episode. If you’ve never attended a sing-along movie it is exactly what you’re picturing. The entire audience joins in singing the songs with the movie characters. Sometimes they even say the lines along with them.
Frozen took in over$1.2 billion at the worldwide box office. It also won two Oscars, so Frozen is definitely one of Disney’s greatest movies of all-time. The soundtrack for Frozen is wonderful, with “Let It Go,” sung by the character Elsa, being the proverbial cherry on top. (Although, Anna, played by Kristen Bell, is my favorite.)
The Frozen sing-along got me thinking about other Disney sing-along movies that would be perfect for belting the best tunes, and just plain having fun. Here are my top 5 Disney sing-along movies.
The Little Mermaid
Not only was The Little Mermaid the first animated feature in recent history to take the Disney musicals to a Broadway level, but also has particularly memorable and catchy songs. The Little Mermaid won two Oscars and two Golden Globes for original score and for the song “Under the Sea,” easily the most memorable song.
Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast won not only Oscars and Golden Globes for the score and the original song “Beauty and the Beast,” it also took home the Golden Globe trophy for Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical. The music from Beauty and the Beast is also Broadway peformance-worthy, which is why it landed on stage on the Great White Way. You may not know all the words to my favorite song, “Belle,” but I defy you to find anyone on this planet who doesn’t know the first few measures of “Be Our Guest,” thanks to the movie and all of the commercials that have used that song as a jingle.
The animated movie is still entertaining, even though the live-action version, starring Emma Watson, is gorgeous and nearly perfect. The differences between the voices, and the sweetness of the animation, make the original a treasure.
The Lion King
Here’s another Disney animated movie that includes a song that nearly the entire world knows–“Hakuna Matata.” Once that song gets in your head it’s nearly impossible to get it out. The Lion King won Oscars and Golden Globes for the score and the original song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” Another memorable song, “Circle of Life,” also works well for sing-alongs, especially for people looking to really belt one out.
Mary Poppins is one of my all-time, favorite movie musicals. The movie won five Oscars, including Best Score and Original Song, “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” Nearly every song in Mary Poppins is so well-known that you do not have to be an avid fan to sing-along. From “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” to “Spoonful of Sugar” to “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” all of them are fun and memorable.
I used to have a 45 record, and accompanying booklet, that contained all the songs from Peter Pan. I played it over and over, so I am very biased in choosing this movie musical for this list. Regardless, Peter Pan is full of beautiful, memorable songs that go well with group sing-alongs. The most memorable song may be “Never Smile at a Crocodile.” Hopefully audiences would overlook the political incorrectness of “What Makes a Red Man Red,” because as a song (don’t kill me) it has a great beat.
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