Song of the Day #4,434: ‘Be Our Guest’ – Beauty and the Beast cast

Continuing my personal ranking of the 25 movie musicals deemed essential by the American Film Institute…

#19. Beauty and the Beast – 1991
(#22 on the AFI list)

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the only animated film on AFI’s list of essential musicals, and I’m not wild about its inclusion. While the film is indeed a musical in the traditional sense, for me the animation puts it in another category, one that shouldn’t be compared to the live-action films on this list.

Additionally, if we are to include animated musicals, I can think of at least a half dozen I would rank above this one (Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog, Tangled and Moana leap to mind, for starters).

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Song of the Day #2,877: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ – David Bowie

david_bowie_heroesWe pick up the David Bowie retrospective in the middle of his Berlin phase, with the release of 1977’s “Heroes”. On this album, Bowie followed the same pattern he established on Low, placing a selection of electronic rock songs on Side A and ambient instrumentals on Side B.

I like “Heroes” better than its predecessor, in part because the balance is tilted a little more toward the songs than the instrumentals.

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