As you probably know Alan Menken is has been THE music composer for Disney feature film music and Disney musical adaptations of some of those films for over 3 decades. The Hungarian Norbert Varga made an amazing compilation of Menken’s film tracks in one-hour mix. Check out his website dreamport to download the full hour long version. Or watch and listen the 9 minute trailer below.
There very talented young performers from the Artsylum Quarte, piano, violin and bass, preform a wonderful rendition of Arabian Nights, A Friend Like Me, Prince Ali and A Whole New World. The latter was really amazing to listen and enjoy the beautiful composition by Alan Menken. Shame about the background noises though. Also listen to their The Little Mermaid medley, Pocahontas and Mulan preforms at their Youtube account.
Howard Ashaman’s sister,Â Sarah Ashman GillespieÂ s recently started a blog devoted to her brother the amazingÂ lyricist, composer, producer, writer and creativeÂ geniusÂ who past away far to early now almost 21 years ago to the day. With this blog she recalls her childhood and talks with the many people Howard worked with and became friends like some of the big names at the Disney animation studio inÂ California. One of them John Musker co-director/co-writer/co-producer Â of The Little Mermaid and AladdinÂ anwsers 10 questions about working with Howard Ashman. So far he is on the 3th question. The second one, counting down from 10 it’s actually the 8th, he’s been asked.
Going retro on The Lion King, which is now back in 3D both the cinema’s and on Blu-Ray, watching old Disney animated movie tie-in’s fastfood chains at YouTube. BTW, no Aladdin is not listed to get a 3D make-over in the near future. From what I heard a bunch of Pixar movies and The Little Mermaid are. Glad too because I don’t believe 3D adds that much except higher price tickets and eye strain.
I stumbled upon a Burger King promo TV spot with some orginal animation in it. It’s low budget of course and TV spot itself is old school but that’s what I like about it.