Disney: 10 Most Under-Appreciated Live-Action Musical Numbers

Disney and movie-musicals are two concepts that go hand-in-hand more times than one might care to admit, but there’s no denying that they have it down to a science. While the studio has produced titans of the genre like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion Kingtheir live-action musicals have just as much merit as well.

There are the titans of the genre like Mary Poppins but then there are the lesser-known favorites like Darby O’ Gill and the Little People. Both have their showstopping numbers, but they also have those catchy tunes that just won’t leave one’s ear. But what else can be expected from a Disney production?

It might not be a musical, but Flubber does have a Vegas-styled musical number with a score only the madness of Danny Elfman could provide. While there are no actual lyrics to this sequence, the scene of dancing blobs of goo across Professor Brainard’s office is one of the standout moments of the movie.

It’s goofy, it’s ridiculous, it comes completely out of nowhere and is simply an excuse for Flubber and the robots to get some screen time, but Disney fans certainly aren’t complaining.

“Portobello Road” is one of those musical numbers that starts incredibly slow, but crescendos into an all-out block party with explosive results. The scene from Bedknobs and Broomsticks is the biggest company number in the film and gets many performers and characters across multiple cultures involved in the fun.

The Sherman Brothers really did give viewers an underrated soundtrack in this near-forgotten Disney musical, and “Portobello Road” is one of their all-time best. Not bad for a Mary Poppins knockoff.

That’s right, Disney wrote a drinking song. The Happiest Millionaire is a near-forgotten Disney musical based on Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, but this tune sung by Biddle’s Irish Butler, John Lawless, is the film’s most underappreciated showstopper.

In true Irish fashion, John, played by English singer Tommy Steele, lifts the spirits of his jilted friend with a rousing song and dance number in a local tavern. Infectious would be putting it mildly.

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