Music Monday: Poor Unfortunate Souls
October means Halloween time is here. That also means that the Disney Villains come out their liars. Disney Villains have become pretty popular and have developed their own fan base. Many have their own songs featured in the Disney movie that made them famous.
Over the next couple weeks, I will feature a Disney Villain and their theme song. Who doesn't love a good villain?
Ursula, the sea witch, made her debut in The Little Mermaid. Pat Caroll lent her voice and created a memorable villain in Ursula. "Poor Unfortunate Souls" is Ursula's theme song. It was written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken for Walt Disney's 28th Animated Movie, The Little Mermaid (1989).
In 1994, Walt Disney Records released "The Music Behind the Magic: The Musical Artistry of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice". In this collection, you can find a recording of Ashman doing a demo version of this song. The story goes that Ashman sent this demo to Caroll to convince her to take on the role of Ursula. Caroll would go on to borrow some of the inflections from Ashman's demo to record the final version of "Poor Unfortunate Souls".
This musical number is one of the most famous scenes from The Little Mermaid. It's where Ariel makes her big decision to be human at whatever cost the sea witch asked. It's interesting to see Ursula in her liar and what she surrounds herself with. My favorite part of the song is the incantation at the end.
Come winds of the Caspian Sea
Et max laryngitis
La voce to me