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19 Super-Interesting Disney Music Facts

Could you imagine Beauty and the Beast without all its iconic songs?!

1. "Love Is an Open Door" from Frozen marks the first time a princess sang a duet with the villain.

2. After winning the Oscar for Best Original Song for "Let It Go," from Frozen, Robert Lopez became the 12th person to ever EGOT (which means to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony).

3. Beauty and the Beast was originally not intended to be a musical.

4. "When You Wish Upon a Star," from Pinocchio, was the first Disney song to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

5. Through his work with Disney, Alan Menken — who has composed the music for The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and Tangled — has won eight Oscars.

6. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" was almost cut from The Lion King because it did not fit the film's father-and-son theme.

7. The melody for Peter Pan's beloved classic song "The Second Star to the Right" was originally written for Alice in Wonderland.

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The Alice version of the song was titled "Beyond the Laughing Sky." After it was cut from the movie, it was rewritten for Peter Pan, which was Disney's next animated film. Kathryn Beaumont who voiced Alice, also provided the voice of Wendy in Peter Pan.

8. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the was the first movie in film history to ever release a motion picture soundtrack.

9. Mary Costa's first paid job as a singer was as the voice of Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty -- she would go on to become an internationally well-known opera singer.

Costa, then unknown, recorded her vocals in 1952, and by the time of the film's release in 1959, she was already singing opera professionally.

10. Kaa's song in The Jungle Book, "Trust in Me (The Python's Song)," was originally written by the Sherman Brothers for Mary Poppins.

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The song, originally titled "The Land of Sand," was not used in the film. But when the Sherman Brothers were brought in to work on The Jungle Book, they rewrote the lyrics to fit Kaa.

11. "Cruella de Vil" is the only complete song in 101 Dalmatians.

12. According to lyricist Stephen Schwartz, the lyrics to "Colors of the Wind" were inspired by the letter that Chief Seattle wrote to Congress in 1854.

13. The Black Cauldron was scored by the composer Elmer Bernstein, who had previously composed music for such classic films as The Man With the Golden Arm, The Ten Commandments, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Ghostbusters.

14. In an early version of Aladdin, he was supposed sing the touching song "Proud of Your Boy" to his mother.

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When they decided to cut Aladdin's mom from the film, they cut the song out as well. The song was worked into the Broadway adaption of the movie.

15. Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle's rendition of "A Whole New World" is the only Disney song from an animated film to go to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Even the mighty "Let It Go" reached only No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

16. There are more Elvis Presley songs in Lilo and Stitch than in any of his own movies.

17. "Perfect Isn't Easy," from Oliver & Company, was co-written by Barry Manilow.

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The song was performed in the film by Bette Midler, whose professional relationship with Manilow dates back to 1971, when she hired him as her pianist and musical director.

18. Tangled was the first CG-animated movie to be a musical as well.

19. The ICONIC ballad "Part of Your World" was almost cut from The Little Mermaid.

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