This is my first contribution to the Kill Refurb Marry Blog Hop series started by Mouse on the Mind. The idea is that they pick a topic, and you have to say what in the topic you would get rid of (kill), which you would modify (refurb), and which you love as it is (marry). If you read the title, you know that the topic is songs from Disney films.
Kill: I would kill “Zero to Hero" from Hercules. The whole soundtrack for that movie is awful (except Meg’s song, which is okay), but Zero to Hero is the worst. Sure, the actresses playing the muses have some serious singing chops, but the song itself is awful. The weird hybrid of 1990’s style pop with gospel music doesn’t fit the setting of ancient Greece at all. The "humor moments" aren’t funny, the pop culture stuff is cringe-worthy, and the song is just badly written, both lyrically and musically.
Refurb: I would refurb “Down in New Orleans" from Princess and the Frog. I really do like the song. The animation that accompanies it in the film is perfect exposition for the characters, the accompaniment on it is good, the melody is nice to listen to, it fits thematically with the film, and the lyrics are well-written. What I don’t like about this song is the singer. He sound bored, almost like he’s phoning it in. He has a decent voice, but if he would have done another take with some more emotion and a sense for what he’s singing about, it wouldn’t be my pick for this category.
Marry: I would marry “Baby Mine" from Dumbo. I love the song so much because it fits the scene it’s in perfectly, the orchestrations are great, and the singer performing it (Betty Noyes) gets the emotions down perfectly. It’s not hurt by the fact that it accompanies the only scene in any movie that has reduced me to tears.
That’s my Kill Refurb Marry, and I look forward to the next one.