The Mob Song

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"The Mob Song"
Song by Angela Lansbury, David Ogden Stiers, Jerry Orbach, Kimmy Robertson, Paige O'Hara, Rex Everhart, Richard White, and Robby Benson
from the album Beauty and the Beast: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
ReleasedOctober 29, 1991
Length3:30
LabelWalt Disney
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)

"The Mob Song" is a song from the 1991 Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast.

Plot[edit]

"The Mob Song" sees Gaston instill fear into the villagers about the scary monster who will supposedly kill them. He then proceeds to lead the angry mob up to the Beast's castle so that he can kill the Beast while the rest of the villagers rob the castle of its treasures. CommonSenseMedia explains that "misguided townspeople say scary and violent things about the Beast, proposing they kill him and mount his head on a wall."[1]

At one point, Gaston says, "Screw your courage to the sticking place", which is a line from Macbeth.

Analysis[edit]

The book Sigmund Romberg says the song is "a cinematic recreation of Nelson Eddy's nocturnal march 'Stouthearted Men' in the 1940 musical film New Moon.[2] The Cambridge Companion of Singing describes the song as a "parody" of the earlier number.[3]

Tinker Belles and Evil Queens: The Walt Disney Company from the Inside Out claims the song "taps into this demonization of persons with AIDS".[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Unlocked described it as a "less time-consuming number".[5] CommonSenseMedia said the song is one of the few things in the film that parents should be concerned about.[1] WCPO said it was "dramatic" with "dark energy".[6]

2017 version[edit]

For the 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, Alan Menken adjusted the lyrics to reflect LeFou starting to turn against Gaston.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack Album". commonsensemedia.org.
  2. ^ "Sigmund Romberg". google.com.au.
  3. ^ "The Cambridge Companion to Singing". google.com.au.
  4. ^ "Tinker Belles and Evil Queens". google.com.au.
  5. ^ "Unlocked". google.com.au.
  6. ^ Bridget Nicholas, Scott High School. "Review: Whimsical fairytale comes to life in Mariemont's 'Beauty & The Beast' - Story". WCPO.
  7. ^ Lee, Ashley (March 14, 2017). "'Beauty and the Beast' Composer Alan Menken on Rediscovering Lost Lyrics and Why He's "Shutting Up" About That Gay Character". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 15, 2017.