Thursday, July 9, 2015

Katie's Top Five Best Love Songs from Non-Disney Cartoons

How many of us grew up watching cartoons? How many of us still watch cartoons? Animation is an art form that is heavily present in our lives and is a key part to our nostalgic memories and our development into adulthood. We all know Disney has dibs on all the stories about love and marriage (and I will post my personal favorite Disney songs in a few weeks), but this post will meant to highlight some non-Disney animated couples and their flair towards the musically romantic. As always, these lists are opinion based and by no means comprehensive. If you're curious about my other lists, check out my top tens for geeky music, musical theatre, and classic hits. Now, without further ado:

1. Oh, Fionna - From Adventure Time

Inspired by Dungeons and Dragons and video games, Pendleton Ward's Adventure Time tells the story of a young boy, Finn, and his dog, Jake, who go on adventures, save princesses, play music with vampires, make bacon pancakes, play video games, and just all around have a good time. This episode in question was when Natasha Allegri, storyboard artist for Adventure Time and creator of Bee and Puppycat, swapped the genders (and in Cake's case, species) of the characters, creating Fionna and Cake. In this song, Prince Gumball (voiced by the great Neil Patrick Harris) sings about his love for Fionna, knowing that she has had a huge crush on him for a long time. We're just going to ignore the ending of this episode and pretend that everything is perfect and that Fionna's fist still touches Gumball's heart. You can buy Seasons 1-5 and other Adventure Time videos HERE.

2. Stronger Than You - From Steven Universe

Rebecca Sugar, another storyboard artist for Adventure Time, created Steven Universe as a love letter to her little brother. The first show on Cartoon Network created by a woman, Steven Universe tells the story of Steven, a half-human half-gem being, and his mothers/Crystal Gem Warriors: Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl. When Steven isn't spending time with his Dad or his best friend Connie, he's learning about his Crystal Gem powers or helping the Crystal Gems save the world from destruction... just in time for Steven to catch the next showing of Dog Copter 3. In this song, we find out that Garnet is a fusion of two gems: Sapphire and Ruby, who are very much in deep, deep love with each other. It is their love for each other that allows them to become Garnet, defeat Jasper, and lets Steven get the rest of the Crystal Gems to safety. Also, Garnet (voiced by the incredible Estelle) sounds fantastic and I would love to dance and sing along to this at my wedding. You can buy the DVD HERE.

3. Our Love Makes You Beautiful - From Jem & The Holograms

Born from the same team that spawned Transformers and G.I. Joe in the 1980's, Christy Marx's Jem & The Holograms is about Jerrica Benton, owner and manager of Starlight Music, and her alter-ego Jem, the lead singer of the Holograms. Using Synergy, a holographic computer created by her late father, Jerrica switches between the two personas as necessary as she and the Holograms face off against rival bands, Eric Raymond (an evil business man), and do their best to protect Starlight House, a foster home for girls that Jerrica runs as well. All of the episodes have at least three musical numbers, done in the style of music videos, that either help advance the plot or create a nice atmospheric touch. In this episode, Jem is playing Beauty in a production of Beauty and the Beast and, after thwarting The Misfits in another scheme, comes to finish the play and sing a song about inner beauty. It's a beautiful song and it's one of my personal favorites from the series. You can buy seasons 1-3 on DVD or "The Truly Outrageous Complete Series" HERE.

4. Groovy - From Scooby Doo and the Alien Invaders

Released in 2000, Scooby Doo and the Alien Invaders was a direct-to-video film based on the classic 1960's TV series. Scooby and the gang are driving through the Sonoran Desert when a sandstorm causes Shaggy to make a wrong turn. He sees a UFO and loses control of the vehicle. The gang ends up on the outskirts of a small town being ravaged by aliens and it's up to the gang to get to the bottom of the mystery. Along the way, Shaggy and Scooby meet Crystal, a hippie photographer, and her golden retriever Amber. Shaggy and Scooby are immediately smitten with the two and it launches into this adorable musical sequence when Shaggy imagines their future together. Does this song make anyone else really want a tye-dye wedding? No? Just me? Okay. CD Universe has the DVD, soundtrack, and Invaders/Zombie Island twin pack available.

5. Love Is In Bloom - From My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Commissioned by Hasbro in order reboot their popular line of 1980's figurines, Lauren Faust brought My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic to the Hub Network in 2010. It focuses on Twilight Sparkle, the unicorn protege of Princess Celestia, after her move to Ponyville and her adventures with her friends. From learning how to share to defeating the masters of chaos, Twilight and co. learn a lot about themselves and a lot about the magic of friendship as the series continues. In the Season 2 finale, Twilight's older brother, Shining Armor, is betrothed to marry her old babysitter, Princess Cadence. Twilight sings this song for them at the reception and it's genuinely one of my favorite songs to listen and dance to (not that I have it downloaded in my iTunes or anything like that, that'd be silly...). In any case, the song is fun, upbeat, and perfect for your best wedding ever. You can find seasons 1 and 2 HERE, as well as other packaged episodes including the Royal Pony Wedding.


Say We're Sweethearts Again - From Batman: The Animated Series

I didn't include this one in my top 5 because it isn't really a love song, but there was no way I was going to post this article without featuring it somehow. Batman: The Animated Series, created and developed by Bruce Timm and Eric Rodomski, aired in the early 1990's and has remained popular ever since, launching the DC Animated Universe. Harley Quinn (voiced by the incomparable Arleen Sorkin) is the henchwoman/lover of the Joker and, in this song, uses a jazz style with Tom Lehrer-esque lyrics make it one of my favorite parts in the series. I would probably have this played at my wedding, which may or may not be a good thing. You can find volumes 1-4 HERE.

What are some of your favorite cartoons? Are there any songs from those cartoons you enjoy? Will your favorite cartoons be involved in your wedding somehow? Comment below!

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