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Songs in the Key of Springfield
Aladdin [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Alan Menken

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The history of Cartoon Music centers primarily around the work of composer/arranger Carl Stalling, who served as the musical director at the famed Warner Bros. animation studios for two decades. Frenzied and impassioned, Stalling's work broke new ground by following the visual trajectory of the on-screen action instead of the accepted rules of composition. The result -- a technique not anchored in conventional senses of time, rhythm, or thematic development -- was unprecedented in its extremism, as melody, style, and form crashed together in a glorious pile-up of sound and image perfectly attuned to the crazed imagery it underscored. Stalling's WB music created the basic formula which cartoon scores continue to follow even today, although from the rock era onward, more conventional pop songs have also played a key role in animated productions as well. Many series (like Josie & the Pussycats and Jabberjaw) have focused on fictional rock bands, while latter-day Disney productions have featured scores by pop stars including Elton John and Phil Collins.

Cartoon Music Artists Highlights

Disney
Disney
Alan Menken
Alan Menken
Howard Ashman
Howard Ashman
Tim Rice
Tim Rice
John Zorn
John Zorn
The Simpsons
The Simpsons

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Cartoon Music Album Highlights

Songs in the Key of Springfield
The Simpsons
Songs in the Key of ...
Aladdin [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Howard Ashman / Alan ...
Aladdin [Original Motion ...
Go Simpsonic with the Simpsons
The Simpsons
Go Simpsonic with the ...
Classic Disney, Vol. 2
Disney
Classic Disney, Vol. 2
Classic Disney, Vol. 1
Disney
Classic Disney, Vol. 1
Disney's Greatest, Vol. 1
Disney
Disney's Greatest, Vol. 1

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Cartoon Music Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
The Monorail Song The Simpsons
Friend Like Me Robin Williams
We Put the Spring in Springfield Dan Castellaneta / Tress MacNeille / Harry Shearer
When You Wish Upon a Star Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
A Spoonful of Sugar Julie Andrews
The Siamese Cat Song
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Julie Andrews / J. Pat OMalley / Richard M. Sherman / Dick Van Dyke
Exodus John Zorn
Little Bittern John Zorn
War Dance for Wooden Indians Raymond Scott

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