Watch Classic Disney Songs Performed In The 'Original' Language
Walt Disney Studios has built their expansive empire of family-friendly entertainment on the backs of fairy tales and other beloved folklore. For generations now Walt Disney's crack team of imaginative animators and writers have drawn awe-inspiring worlds filled with colorful characters and sanded away the roughest, scariest edges of old world tales to make them fit for the popcorn-craving masses. As a result, children all around the world know the basic plots of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Moreover, kids everywhere can recite from memory whole scenes of their favorite Disney movie, or sing their favorite Disney song on a loop. For hours. On end. Without rest or mercy. Of course, depending on where in the world they are, the song might sound a bit different.
The FW has put together a collection of classic Disney songs overdubbed by the language from which their fairy tale originated. (Yes, I'm using "fairy tale" loosely here.) It's kind of surreal to hear a tune you know by heart in a language you can't speak, and makes all of their list freshly enthralling. We've selected a few of our favorites here, but be sure to listen to their full selection.
Up top we have "Heigh Ho," the memorable work tune sung by Doc, Grumpy, Sleepy, Happy, Sneezy and Bashful--while Dopey scampers along—but this time it's sung in German. Premiering in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is the first full-length animated feature and was based on the German fairy tale set down by the Brothers Grimm.
Next up is the Academy Award-winning "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid sung in Danish, the native language of the original story's author Hans Christian Andersen. I worried it would be a disappointment to hear anyone but Samuel E. Wright as the anxiety-ridden Sebastian, but the Danish language is just too endearing to not win me over.
Finally, listen to an Arabic version of "Whole New World" from the Arabian Nights's inspired Aladdin. The beautiful love song—that also won an Academy Award for Best Original Song—marks a turning point in Aladdin and Jasmine's romance. And above you can not only listen to the musical quality of the Arabic language, but also read the loose translation of this version's lyrics.
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