Observations about Soundtracks to Animated Sequels

Anybody else here frustrated by Disney's recent trend of releasing cop-out soundtracks to sequels? Disney sequels (with the notable exception of Lion King 1 1/2) suck. Period. But there are some really cool songs that tend to come from them. The problem is it seems like they produce only half a soundtrack for sequels. They take a couple of original songs from the sequel, then fill in the gaping holes with previously-released tracks or songs that have no connection to the movie whatsoever.

Take Lion Kings 2 and 1 1/2, for example. The LK 2 soundtrack did have a couple original songs (albeit horrible ones), but they included several tracks from the Rhythm of the Pridelands CD. Same with LK 1 1/2. The Digga Tunnah Dance is great, but unfortunately the rest of the soundtrack is lame. A track or two from the original LK soundtrack, a newer (and less entertaining) version of Worthog Rhapsody from RotP, and a western movie track. Not that these songs aren't good. It's just that I already own them on other CD's. The $16 you drop for these soundtracks is for maybe 1 or two songs.

Ah, and yet we buy the albums anyway. Why do we continue to let them rip us off like this?

Another example is the Jungle Book 2 soundtrack. I love Smashmouth's "Monkey Song" And there are a couple original numbers. But the rest is filler lifted from a previous release. Come on!

My latest frustration is the soundtrack to Lilo & Stitch 2. This album is almost a duplicate of a previous release, "Island Favorites." It even keeps the same name! The track order is switched up slightly and a couple different songs added. Of course He Mele No Lilo and Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride are included, which means these two songs are on all three CD's. What's the point? Having purchased both the original L&S soundtrack and the "Island Favorites" CD, I would be dropping my cash only for those few new songs. I at least wish they'd put these on iTunes so I could spend $3 instead of $16. Ah, but that's exactly why they don't.

It's bad enough that the sequels to the animated films are guaranteed duds. I wish they'd at least produce decent soundtracks for them. Given the half-hearted offerings of the sequel soundtracks, it's impossible to interpret them as anything but a blatant cop-out. Disney has the most redundant discography in the business!
was there ever a commercial release of "Hunchback 2"?

I found a still-sealed "Pocahontas 2" on cassette at a Big Lots in Florida...was that ever released on CD?



I have never seen a commercial release of the soundtrack to The Hunchback of Notre Dame II. However, the score is available on a promotional CD put out by the composer, Carl Johnson. The CD is titled, "Two Current Scores by Carl Johnson" and includes the scores from The Hunchback of Notre Dame II and Movies in My Mind: Volume One.

I don't believe Pocahontas II was ever released on CD (at least not by itself in the US).

Henry Fink