Welcome to another week of the Tuesday Top5! We all grew up with the magic that is Disney Animation. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Tangled, Disney movies are memorable and endearing for a myriad of reasons. But at the top of list is the music and the villains! So this week we’re combining the best of each, it’s the Top5 Disney Villains Songs!
5) The Siamese Cat Song – Lady and the Tramp
There are two kinds of people in this world. Dog people and cat people. Welcome the to reason that cat people are wrong. These cats are obnoxious, self-serving jerks. The song is as creepy and unnerving as the cats themselves. I’m certain that this song, and the movie as a whole, is why I’m one of the ‘dog people’.
4) Mother Knows Best – Tangled
In case you haven’t noticed, Disney Animation is making a tremendous resurgence in both popularity and quality. The best of the recent batch (though not my personal favorite) is Tangled. Disney’s take on the story of Rapunzel with plenty of the action and adventure, comedy and romance you’ve come to expect from Disney and of course, it features plenty of terrific songs. As far as Disney songs go, this is by far the most passive-aggressive, manipulative and psychologically abusive of them all. Most Disney Villain songs, and certainly the rest on this list, are straight forward in their intentions, even emphasizing plot points. But ‘Mother Knows Best’ goes beyond that. Is it fun to listen to? Absolutely. That’s what makes it so terrifying.
3) Poor Unfortunate Souls – The Little Mermaid
If ‘Mother Knows Best’ is the subtle, understated entry than ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’ is the ‘so-direct-its-painful’ entry. Seriously, Ariel? What were you thinking? The entire song is the “side effects may include” portion of a medicine commercial. At what point are the side effects worth the desired result? At that point it’s all about salesmanship and from here on out our Villains have it and then some. Ursula is a brilliant villain and is never better than in this scene, thanks primarily to actress Pat Carroll. On second thought, what’s the difficulty in tricking a 16 year old that thinks she’s in love?
2) Friends on the Other Side – The Princess and the Frog
A moment ago, I mentioned the current upswing in the quality and popularity of Disney Animated features. The Princess and the Frog is far and away my favorite of the bunch and honestly, one of my favorite Disney movies regardless of when it was released. It’s often overlooked and while that is a tragedy for a variety reasons the villain, Dr. Facilier AKA the Shadow Man, is chief among them. Superbly portrayed by Keith David, the Shadow Man is the charming rogue style of villain, manipulating anyone and everyone around him for his own gain. A truly evil and frightening villain, all wrapped up in a fun, upbeat (if slightly creepy) song that wonderfully foreshadows what’s about to come and even ties in to a later song, ‘Dig a Little Deeper’, right at the end.
1) Be Prepared – The Lion King
Here we are. Number One. Everything I’ve said about every other entry on this list all rolled into one. Sinister, deliberate, menacing and even terrifying. The Lion King is my favorite Disney movie and Scar is my favorite Disney villain, making this a sure-fire choice for number one on my list. As terrific as Jeremy Irons is as Scar, the climax of the song is actually done by the always amazing Jim Cummings (sorry, but now you’ll never not hear him!) and the not-so-subtle references to Hitler and Nazis adds a disturbing level not normally seen in a Disney film and certainly nothing you picked up on as a kid.
There they are! My favorite Disney Villain songs. There are a lot more of them out there. What songs do you think I missed, what songs are a part of your Top5?
See you next week!