On this weeks episode of WEDWay Radio we take a look something we've never dedicated an entire episode to before: the music of an era. Jeff Crawford of Progress City USA joins us to discuss the music of the 1950's in feature animation, theme parks and television.
Music really serves to tie different aspects of the Disney properties together. During Disney's first real expansion era, the 1950's we see music play a key role in this expansion.
The five animated films of the decade are all unique in that the music is sometimes used to propel the story (Cinderella, Peter Pan) and sometimes distract (Alice). With others, epic stories are told in classic symphonic fashion (Sleeping Beauty). And sometimes, simple stories are told with simple tunes (Lady and the Tramp).
Disney's second medium of entertainment, television, used music to create an overnight phenomenon (Davy Crockett). Shows like Zorro and the Mickey Mouse Club had their own songs as well which were distinct.
Surprisingly the area of the company with very few original music was Disneyland. Only a couple of songs didnt come from other properties.
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