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15 Disney songs that were cut before they ever made it onto the big screen (16 items)

By , Deseret News

April 6, 2014

Just last month, the new Disney film "Frozen" became the top-grossing animated film of all time due to a combination of expanding foreign markets, higher ticket prices and the increasing number of theaters worldwide.

As with any movie, the storyline for "Frozen" changed multiple times during production. Along with those changes came song pitches, rewrites, and cuts. These changes, presented in demo and outtake recordings on the "Frozen" soundtrack, hint at the film that might have been.

One tweak, one song replacement, one additional character, and many Disney movies — from "The Lion King" to "Peter Pan" — would have been different than the films the world knows and loves today.

Here's a look at 15 songs that were cut from Disney films before they ever made it onto the big screen — and a few songs that made it back into the films years after they were cut:

1 of 16. "Dancing on a Cloud" - Cinderella

According to The Disney Song Encyclopedia, "Dancing on a Cloud" was written for the 1950 film "Cinderella" but was eliminated during the production process.

Walt Disney himself assembled storyboards for the movie that had the hero and heroine dancing in the clouds, and the song was written to communicate that vision.

Although the song that eventually replaced "Dancing on a Cloud" — "So This Is Love" — kept the prince and Cinderella earthbound, two later characters lived out Disney's dream when Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip took the skies at the end of "Sleeping Beauty."


2 of 16. "Human Again" - Beauty and the Beast

You may be familiar with the song "Human Again" from the Broadway version of "Beauty and the Beast" or from the film's re-release in 2002, but the song did not make the cut in the original film partially due to its length and partially due to its content.

According to filmmakers Don Hahn, Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, the song, which features the household objects dreaming about being human again, originally ran for 11 minutes. It was eventually cut clear down to three and then nixed entirely.

Part of the problem, the filmmakers said, was that the song showed months passing, and they couldn't figure out what Belle's father Maurice — who was lost in the woods at this point in the story — was doing for all that time. There were joke drawings of Maurice wondering forlornly around the sphinx and the pyramids in Egypt, but the problem was a real one which was solved by just removing the song.

"It wasn't until we saw the Broadway version where Alan (Menken) had made a substantial edit in the music and had found a slightly different place for the song to sit, so we realized there was a way to make this work," Wise said in an interview on rossanthony.com



3 of 16. "Morning Report" - The Lion King

Speaking of songs that were added back to a re-release of a film after being cut and then performed in the Broadway version...

The song called "Morning Report" didn't make it past the storyboard stage for the film "The Lion King," but was used in the Broadway show, which debuted in 1997.

The song was inserted back into the 2002 re-release of "The Lion King," but apparently balance must be maintained in the universe — in 2010, the song was dropped from the musical, according to playbill.com


4 of 16. "I'm Odd" - Alice in Wonderland

According to Kathryn Beaumont, the voice of Alice in the 1951 film "Alice in Wonderland," there was a sequence planned for the film based on the nonsense poem, "Jabberwocky."

However, Walt Disney thought the sequence was either too scary or too long, and it was cut. Some of the poem was kept, however, in the song, "T'was Brillig," sung by the Cheshire Cat.

In making the decision to go with "T'was Brillig," the filmmakers were forced to drop another Cheshire Cat song titled, "I'm Odd."

5 of 16. "Music in Your Soup" - Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Walt Disney's groundbreaking film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" originally had several sections that were animated and then later cut, including one that featured the song, "Music in Your Soup."

During the segment, which would have been found right after the dwarves learned to wash up for supper, Snow White would teach the dwarves how to eat soup properly rather than slurping it up. The lesson ended with Dopey — being Dopey — accidentally swallowing a spoon and a subsequent group effort to get the spoon back.

"Spoon in the hand,
Bending the wrist
Into the bowl
And out with a twist."

1. hockeymom
Highland, UT,
April 7, 2014

What a fun article Jackie Hicken - thanks!

2. Tennor
Orem, UT,
April 7, 2014

"Proud of Your Boy" found an audience with a DVO release featuring Clay Aiken singing the song. It's also added to the brand new Aladdin musical that just opened on Broadway.

You can find several more great songs cut from Disney movies in "Music Behind the Magic," and anthology of songs from Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast.

3. JP
Chandler, AZ,
April 13, 2014

What about The Emperor's New Groove? I had heard Sting did the soundtrack for it (a la Phil Collins with Tarzan) but they ended up scrapping them all when they reworked it into a zany comedy.