Critical Analysis of a Disney Song
Write a narrative comparison of a Disney song using the following criteria. This must be written in
paragraph form, three paragraphs minimum with an introduction, body, and conclusion. There is no word
length requirement, however, it is your job as the writer to justify the purpose of this assignment. You will be
graded on content of your narrative analysis; the more detail you can provide, the greater justification you
are proving in your narrative response. When reading your narrative response, it should describe the
musical analysis of the song with details in the animated version and the live action version. This does
mean quite extensive proper usage of terminology and criticism. Your task is to describe what actions are
occurring in the scene, as if the reader has never heard or watched the animated or live action version. You
should not be spending a large portion of this discussing the synopsis or plot of the movie.
1. Pick a scene from the following list. Only pick one of the following scenes to use in your critical analysis.
Beauty and the Beast, ballroom sceneAnimated: https://youtu.be/xDUhINW3SPs
Live action: https://youtu.be/jZAYgGhvBEc
Aladdin, “Friend Like Me”
Live action: https://youtu.be/1at7kKzBYxI
The Little Mermaid, “Poor Unfortunate Souls”
Live action, staged: https://youtu.be/rfBfuR8Jiqw
Aladdin, “A Whole New World”
Live action: https://youtu.be/eitDnP0_83k
The Lion King, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”
Live action: https://youtu.be/DZr-VTULYQ8
2. Look up and include the composer of the song or the music from the scene. This is not the Music
Supervisor or Music Editor.
3. Describe what is occurring in the scene with the music. Does this work as a part of the plot? Justify why
you think yes or no.
4. Name one Aesthetic of Film Music present in the scene with proper justification. If you see and hear
more than one, justify all Aesthetics mentioned.
5. Describe the musical content of the scene. Please include some of the following criteria:
• What differences in the orchestration do you hear from the live action to the animated? Based on the
differences, do you have a preference for which one you like more or less?
• Name each singer for each song, from the animated to the live action versions of the song. Listening to
the singer(s) in the live action and animated versions, what is the voice type of each singer?
• Assume the reader does not know the proper terminology, briefly define the terms.
6. Briefly describe the cinematography and editing techniques of the scene and how it relates to the music
present in the scene. Comparing the animated and live action versions, do you see similar or different
cinematography? Name one specific point where there is similar cinematography and one specific point
with different cinematography. Use timestamp markers, lyrics, or musical cues if needed to answer.
7. Lastly, as a part of your opinion-based narrative, which do you prefer and why? This should be your