15 Disney songs that were cut before they ever made it onto the big screen

Published: Sunday, April 6 2014 2:00 p.m. MDT

Just last month, the new Disney film "Frozen" became the top-grossing animated film of all time due to a combination of expanding foreign markets, higher ticket prices and the increasing number of theaters worldwide.

As with any movie, the storyline for "Frozen" changed multiple times during production. Along with those changes came song pitches, rewrites, and cuts. These changes, presented in demo and outtake recordings on the "Frozen" soundtrack, hint at the film that might have been.

One tweak, one song replacement, one additional character, and many Disney movies — from "The Lion King" to "Peter Pan" — would have been different than the films the world knows and loves today.

Here's a look at 15 songs that were cut from Disney films before they ever made it onto the big screen — and a few songs that made it back into the films years after they were cut:
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Highland, UT

What a fun article Jackie Hicken - thanks!

Orem, UT

"Proud of Your Boy" found an audience with a DVO release featuring Clay Aiken singing the song. It's also added to the brand new Aladdin musical that just opened on Broadway.

You can find several more great songs cut from Disney movies in "Music Behind the Magic," and anthology of songs from Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast.

Chandler, AZ

What about The Emperor's New Groove? I had heard Sting did the soundtrack for it (a la Phil Collins with Tarzan) but they ended up scrapping them all when they reworked it into a zany comedy.

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