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Alan Menken on why he left out an original movie theme song – The Hollywood Reporter

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the little Mermaid Composer Alan Menken provides an explanation for why not a single song from the original 1989 animated classic will be part of the new live-action movie universe.

during an interview with Comicbook.com Posted on Saturday, the Oscar-winning songwriter said the new team behind Disney’s new feature, which hits theaters May 26, has chosen not to include the song “Daughters of Triton.” In the 1989 film, the number at the beginning of the story is performed by Ariel’s sisters and King Triton is shown realizing that his youngest daughter is not with the rest of the family as planned.

According to Menken, creating more build-ups for Ariel’s performance of “Part of Your World”, which is widely regarded as one of the film’s signature songs, was, according to Menken, a bigger priority. “I think the thought process was (a) we didn’t need it on this particular version,” Menken said of the rejected “Daughters of Triton.” And we definitely wanted the movie to start with more of a live-action feel of the ocean and meeting Ariel, and then wait a little bit, make you wait until we get to Part of Your World.

He continued, “And I think it was, you know, a great choice because it builds strength and anticipation. And part of that is knowing you’re adjusting to something that’s already loved. So you want to say, ‘Wait for it, wait for it, wait for it — and there it is. ‘ And when God comes.”

Another tune from the original film that isn’t included in the remake’s soundtrack list — and is available for pre-sale on Spotify — is “Les Poissons,” which is performed by the animated character Chef Louie as Sebastien finds himself trapped in the kitchen. The 2023 film’s soundtrack also includes three new songs written by Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Jacob Tremblay, who voices Flounder in the live-action the little Mermaidspeak to Hollywood Reporter At the premiere of the latest movie about another change from the original, namely his character’s appearance. “I thought it was really cool because I love the way they do it to make them look like real animals,” said the performer of Flounder’s new look, which has been the subject of some criticism on social media. “I think people should see the movie, and then they can judge.”

The new cast Little mermaid Among them are Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer King, David Diggs, Awkwafina, Noma Domezuene, Javier Bardem and Melissa McCarthy. Disney released the Rob Marshall-directed film on May 26.


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