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10 songs from Oscar-winning animated films

We review those unforgettable songs that marked an era and won the award for Best Original Song.

Still from the movies 'Toy Story', 'Aladdin' and 'Monsters Inc.'

These are some of the songs from animated films that have received the award for best song at the Oscars ceremony. Photos: YT-Disney Animation

LatinAmerican Post | Theoscar Mogollón González

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Year after year, hundreds of artists (and viewers) look forward to the most important award ceremony of the film industry in the United States: the Oscars. Although these focus on productions for the big screen, it is worth mentioning that among its most prominent categories is that of Best Original Song, the one that gives a special touch and transports us to the history we are watching.

As many know, animated films have a huge musical repertoire that has captivated different generations, as a film that came out in the early nineties can still cause the same positive effect in these times. These productions are the ones that move both adults and children the most, especially because of the important messages they leave us and with which we learn during our growth.

This is how the influence has been so evident in millions of people that the organizers of the Oscars have not hesitated to give them the value they deserve. To date, a total of 12 animated films have received the award for Best Song, although there would be more if we add those that are not 100% cartoons. We can assure you, without a doubt, that you have sung most of them. It's time to relive childhood!

"Remember me" - Coco (2017)

The latest piece of music to be awarded by the industry. Coco was characterized by its great songs in the very Mexican style interpreted by its different characters. Certainly, we were all delighted with the Spanish version, but this one with Benjamin Bratt's voice is not wasted.

"Let it go" - Frozen (2013)

The impact this issue had on a global level was overwhelming. Frozen gave us a song that is still valid today with enormous power and an important message. Idina Menzel's performance was so masterful that it became a hymn in the end.

"We belong together" - Toy Story 3 (2010)

Many claim that third parties are not good, but Toy Story is an exception to that rule. The history of Disney's most beloved toys had unforgettable themes from the very first film, where they went from being a "faithful friend" to "belonging together." The latter was under the voice of Randy Newman.

"If I didn't have you" - Monster, Inc (2001)

Monster, Inc was one of Pixar's first great genius. Giving life and a sense of humor to the monsters that live in the children's wardrobe was something that hit the mark, especially when that bond was created between the protagonists and the girl. This song was in charge of the actors Billy Cristal and John Goodman.

"You'll be in my heart" - Tarzan (1999)

Phil Collins was in charge of creating a song capable of reaching the hearts of young and old, both in English and in Spanish. And it is that if we listen to it again it would be impossible not to move to the jungle with Tarzan and his friends. Possibly this is the song that marked a before and after in the animated tapes.

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"When you believe" - The Prince of Egypt (1998)

This song was described as a great ballad, with meaningful and inspiring lyrics, describing the ability that each person has to perform miracles when they come to God and believe him. Although the theme in the film was performed by one of its protagonists, the version that became most popular was with Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. All a work of art!

"Colors of the wind" - Pocahontas (1995)

Pocahontas is another of the films that will be forever in the memory of millions of people. With the voice of the artist Judy Kuhn, this song talks about respecting nature and living in harmony with all beings on the planet, a very important message that reminds us that humanity is always connected to Mother Earth.

"Can you feel the love tonight" - The Lion King (1994)

A curious fact about this song is that Disney, apparently, had not planned to put it in the movie in the beginning. And it was all thanks to the insistence of Elton John, who was in charge of composing a totally romantic piece for his young protagonists. In the end, it was a huge hit in the UK, the US, and even number one in France.

"A whole new world" - Aladdin (1992)

It was another of Disney's musical hits of the nineties and featured the voice of Ricardo Montaner and Michelle Early for Latin America. The original version, by Brad Kane and Lea Salonga, reached number 1 on the popular Billboard Hot 100 chart in March 1993.

"Beauty and the Beast" - Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Although the first recording was performed by British actress Angela Lansbury, later this version came out with Céline Dion and Peabo Byrson that won the Oscar. In fact, in 2017 the singers Ariana Grande and John Legend joined their voices for the adaptation of the always beloved story between beauty and the beast.

Other winners

  • "Man or Muppet" - The Muppets (2011) / Jason Segel, Peter Linz, Bill Barreta and Jim Parsons

  • "Under the sea" - The Little Mermaid (1989) / Samuel E. Wright

  • "Chim chim cher-ee" - Mary Poppins (1964) / Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews

  • "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" - Song of the South (1947) / James Baskett

  • "When you wish Upon a star" - Pinocchio (1940) / Cliff Edwards