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Top 10 Deleted Disney Songs You Need to Hear

WRITTEN BY: Joey Turner
These are the Disney songs that were cut from the final edit! For this list, we’re tapping our toes and looking back at some of the forgotten Disney tunes that didn’t make it into the final cut of their respective movies, but still make excellent bonus content or album-exclusive tracks. We’ll also be including songs that don’t appear in the movies themselves, but play over their credit sequences. We’ve included songs like “I’m Odd” from Alice in Wonderland, “Life’s Too Short” from Frozen, “To be King” from the Lion King and more!

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Top 10 Deleted Disney Songs

Some tunes just weren’t destined for the silver screen. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Deleted Disney Songs.

For this list, we’re tapping our toes and looking back at some of the forgotten Disney tunes that didn’t make it into the final cut of their respective movies, but still make excellent bonus content or album-exclusive tracks. We’ll also be including songs that don’t appear in the movies themselves, but play over their credit sequences.

#10: I’m Odd

“Alice in Wonderland” (1951)

When the Jabberwocky was cut from the 1951 adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s famous story, the first stanza of his poem, “’Twas Brillig” was used for the Cheshire Cat’s introduction. However, it turns out that the recycled verse had replaced another song originally set for the cat. The appropriately titled “I’m Odd” featured the strange feline reveling in his peculiar ways and weird tendencies. Years later, the song was re-discovered and recorded as a special feature for the Special Un-Anniversary DVD with a bouncy, bizarre rhythm, and singing provided by Disney voice acting veteran, Jim Cummings –giving us an odd taste of what almost was.

#9: Life’s Too Short

“Frozen” (2013)

Before the reprise of “For the First Time in Forever”, the original song planned for Anna and Elsa’s reunion was more upbeat… and dramatic. In “Life’s Too Short”, the two want to be together again, but Anna feels the only way that can happen is if Elsa puts the gloves back on and conceals her powers once more . This leads to a savage confrontation that’s later resolved in a melancholy reprise. While it could’ve added some additional drama, both the track and reprise were cut from the final product, but they were still good enough to be featured on the deluxe soundtrack, and the melody would later be reused for “Frozen Fever”.

#8: Dancing on a Cloud

“Cinderella” (1950)

You know how love can sometimes make you feel like your walking on air? Well, that’s the feeling this lovely duet was meant to convey. Sung by the titular princess and her Prince Charming, “Dancing on a Cloud” was originally supposed to appear during their first meeting, where the pair becomes so swept up in romance that they imagine themselves to be dancing in the sky. While the sequence was storyboarded, it ended up being scrapped and replaced with the more grounded “So This Is Love”.

#7: To Be King

“The Lion King” (1994)

This forgotten, royal African beat was to feature Mufasa, alongside Zazu and a few loyal subjects, singing to young Simba about the perks and responsibilities of being the king. Unfortunately, the number didn’t make it past the animation phase, as it didn’t quite suit James Earl Jones’ singing voice. Not only that, but a tune like this doesn’t seem very fitting for a serious character like the late king. Unlike Timon and Pumbaa’s “Warthog Rhapsody” –which suits its characters well – this deleted song sounds a little out of place. Still, it’s pretty fun to hear Darth Vader sing a jaunty tune.

#6: Someday

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996)

After unwillingly taking sanctuary inside Notre Dame, Esmeralda sings a quiet, breathtaking prayer to God asking to watch over society’s outcasts. Originally, however, the gypsy girl sang a much bigger prayer – one that wished for a peaceful, more mature world of acceptance. While it was passed over for a gentler scene, “Someday” was later adapted for the stage performances of the film, where it is sung prior to Esmerelda’s execution –adding an extra layer of depth as her dying wish is for a world that learns to love. The song can still however be heard in the film’s closing credits.

#5: Keep ‘em Guessing

“Mulan” (1998)

Mushu knows how to put on a show, and that show almost involved a musical performance. Originally, he was to have his own smooth, jazzy musical number for when he first meets Mulan –assuring her that he’s here to help her through her masquerade, and that he’s her only chance. Although the creators loved the song, the number was scrapped when they realized Eddie Murphy’s voice acting and energy were enough to make the character stand out without a big musical number. While the song tragically didn’t make the film’s final cut, it would later be resurrected in the stage adaptation, “Mulan Jr.”

#4: Snuff out the Light

“The Emperor’s New Groove” (2000)

In this film’s original draft, “Kingdom of the Sun”, Yzma was a villainous sorceress out to destroy the sun and preserve her aging beauty –as we learn through her sinister musical number brought to life by the late Eartha Kitt. The song begins as a slow lounge piece, with Yzma lamenting her fallen youth, but then quickly evolves into a upbeat, funky, Latin-based dance number, as she and a band of mummies plot to plunge the world into darkness. Sadly, when the movie’s plot was overhauled, the song was scrapped; but thankfully, it can still be heard on the official soundtrack –and Yzma would later get her own song in the sequel.

#3: If I Never Knew You

“Pocahontas” (1995)

The night before John Smith is to be executed, Pocahontas pays him one last visit, and the two share a heartfelt exchange. Originally, this scene was to be a somber duet between the two lovers about how empty they would’ve been if they never met each other, and how while the fighting between their respective people wasn’t ideal, it did bring them together and create something beautiful. Unfortunately, the ballad ended up slowing down the movie’s pace for test audiences, so it was ultimately cut. However it would later be fully animated for the film’s tenth anniversary re-release.

#2: Human Again

“Beauty and the Beast” (1991)

It seems like Belle and the Beast are finally hitting it off, and the servants are eager to be human again. While they clean up the castle, they all sing an upbeat song, dreaming about how wonderful life will be when the spell is broken. We’re even treated to a nice little moment of our star-crossed lovers bonding. While the writers wanted to keep this number intact, it didn’t quite fit in with the story at first, and was pulled from the final product. However, it survived through the Broadway adaptation, and was eventually fully animated and brought to life for the IMAX and Platinum Edition DVD releases.

Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few unseen honorable mentions.

Never Smile at a Crocodile

“Peter Pan” (1953)

Music in Your Soup

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

#1: Proud of Your Boy

“Aladdin” (1992)

It must have been hard enough deciding which of Jafar’s many solos to choose from – with “Prince Ali” reprise winning over the deleted “Why Me” - but how did they decide to let THIS beautiful ballad go? Originally, the titular street rat’s mother was slated to appear in the film, and this emotional piece was his apology to her for all his mistakes, as well as his promise to do her proud. Late lyricist Howard Ashman cared deeply for this song, but the song and Aladdin’s mother were both declared superfluous, and cut out. Miraculously, the track was revived for the Broadway adaptation – making us all proud of Ashman’s legacy.

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