Disney's greatest songs
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Beauty and the Beast( Disney Entertainment, Inc. )
The Disney Renaissance (1989-1999)
Though Disney continued to make animated films after Walts death in 1966, the studio didnt really hit its stride again until 1989s The Little Mermaid. Not only did that blockbuster usher in a whole new crop of talented animators and directors, it also heralded the arrival at the studio of Broadway and pop composers. No wonder four of the films from this period Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and Tarzan were transformed into Broadway musicals.
Little Shop of Horrors composers Alan Menken and Howard Ashman first supplied the tunes to Mermaid, which included the Oscar-winning Under the Sea, and then segued to 1991s Beauty and the Beast, winning another Oscar for the title tune and also being nominated for Belle and Be Our Guest.
Sadly, Ashman died from complications of AIDS in 1991, so he wasnt able to complete all the songs for 1992s Aladdin, though three of his collaborations with Menken are in the comedy including Friend Like Me and Prince Ali. Lyricist Tim Rice was brought in to work with Menken the new team won the Oscar for A Whole New World.