Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Last week I was on vacation at the most magical place on Earth… Disney World! So today I’m tuning it back to “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman.
ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: December 13, 1989
TRIVIA: While recording “Part of Your World”, singer Jodi Benson requested that the studio’s lights be dimmed to give her the feeling of being underwater. Howard Ashman stood at Benson’s side, giving her suggestions to benefit her performance.
During production of The Little Mermaid, “Part of Your World” was nearly cut from the film when it seemingly tested poorly with an audience of school children, who became rowdy during the scene. This caused Jeffrey Katzenberg to feel that the song slowed down the film and needed to be cut, an idea that was resisted by Ashman and co-directors John Musker & Ron Clements. Both Musker and Clements cited the similar situation of the popular song “Over the Rainbow” nearly being cut from MGM’s The Wizard of Oz when appealing to Katzenberg. Ashman pushed for the song to remain until the film was in a more finalized state. During a second test screening, the scene, now colorized and further developed, tested well with a separate child audience, and the musical number was kept.
See you next Tuesday!!