Recently, I’ve been on a bit of an animation kick. More specifically, I’ve been in the mood to listen to music from animated children’s movies. Perhaps it’s a longing for a reprieve from the incessant swearing and sex scenes found in most movies today, or maybe I simply want to feel like a kid again. Whatever the reason, I’m glad I’ve chosen to pursue this desire.
I haven’t watched many animated movies yet, but the ones I’ve watched have been largely enjoyable. The following songs all come from Sing, Trolls, or Moana. These aren’t the only animated movies that have good music in them; they just happen to be the movies I’ve watched recently. I’d like to share with you a few of the songs that have been in these movies and now refuse to leave my head.
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“I’m Still Standing” – Sing
This song comes from the animated feature film, Sing. It is, I believe, originally sung by Elton John. It would be unfair for me to say I prefer this version, considering I’ve never actually listened to the Elton John version, but I’m going to say it anyway. Taron Egerton does a fantastic job with this song, and I was quite surprised when I learned he was the voice behind Johnny. Fair warning, it’s incredibly catchy and will be stuck in your head for days.
“Set It All Free” – Sing
This is another song from Sing that tends to play over and over in your mind. It’s sung by Scarlett Johansson, and I believe it’s an original. It’s repetitiveness and peppy sound lead to an inability to shake it out of your head, but at least it’s enjoyable. I recommend learning more of the lyrics than just the chorus, though, because it gets to be rather obnoxious after some time.
“Shiny” – Moana
Shiny is an original song from the move Moana and is sung by Jermaine Clement. The first time I saw this particular scene, I hated it. I thought the crab was gross looking and disturbing. However, after hearing the song a few times, I discovered how much I actually enjoyed it. Now, I find myself singing it in my head time and time again. It’s easy to memorize and surprisingly enjoyable to get into.
“Get Back Up Again” – Trolls
I didn’t anticipate enjoying Trolls nearly as much as I did. Yet, I find myself singing the songs constantly. I’m fairly certain this particular song is an original, though Trolls has several covers I also enjoy. This song is sung by Anna Kendrick, who I personally think was perfect for this role. If you choose to watch the movie, be prepared to be singing the songs for the remainder of the week. That includes, but is not limited to this particular song.
Sing Along to Every Song
Not every song featured in animation is a hit. Many are quite terrible, in fact. Yet, there are some that stand out from the crowd and become massive successes. Whether a song is genuinely good or not isn’t really the point, though. Music in animation is mostly meant to be catchy and easily sung along to. It is geared toward children, after all.
Each of these movies has several other catchy songs, but I can only have so many songs stuck in my head at once. These four happen to be the ones currently coming to mind. If you haven’t seen the movies, check them out. You can watch them for free on Netflix, if you have it, or you can get a copy from the links below. Now, get singing!