We Are One (Simba's Pride)

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"We are One"
Single by Tom Snow, Marty Panzer, Jack Feldman
Released1998
GenrePop
Songwriter(s)Marty Panzer, Thomas Snow, and Jack Feldman

"We are One" is song in Disney's 1998 film The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.

Production[edit]

The song was written and composed by Marty Panzer, Thomas Snow, and Jack Feldman and was later performed by the four time Grammy Award winner Angelique Kidjo; this version is half English and half Swahili.

Context[edit]

Within the context of The Lion King 2, the song is used to represent and explain the way The Circle of Life works so that Kiara and kids would understand. It starts by explaining how life is hard to understand and ends by explaining how life works. This song also resembles the part of the first film when Mufasa told Simba about the "Great Kings of the Past". It is sung by both Simba (Cam Clarke) and Kiara (Charity Sanoy).

Later in the film, when Kiara and Kovu's love are causing ripts between the two tribes, Kiara tells her father: "A wise king once told me "We are one". I didn't understand him then...now I do ... Them? Us! Look at them they are us! What differences do you see?". This teaches children the film's underlying message that "love and acceptance know no boundaries",[1] rendering We Are One to be the film's main musical motif that carries the piece.

Reception[edit]

The New York Times writer Caryn James thought the "subtle and graceful" tune was "attuned to the film's hopeful theme of regeneration".[2] Despite believing that The Lion King 2 not having the same "impact" or "pizazz" of its predecessor, Black Family Today thought Kidjo's version of this song was strong enough to last beyond the context of the film it was written for.[3] Drum: A Magazine of Africa for Africa felt Kidgo's rendition is "the song to watch" form the film's soundtrack.[4]

The song was nominated for an Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production along with "My Lullaby".[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pride of Disney // `Lion King II' is delightful". 1998-10-28. Archived from the original on 2017-04-19. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ James, Caryn (1998-10-23). "VIDEO REVIEW; A 'Lion King' With Girls as Stars". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  3. ^ Black Family Today. Family Journal Publications. 1998-01-01.
  4. ^ Drum: A Magazine of Africa for Africa. African Drum Publications. 1999-04-01.
  5. ^ "Annie Awards :: 27th Annie Awards". annieawards.org. Retrieved 2017-04-18.

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