staple of most musicals, there will be a moment where the protagonist
expresses, through song, his or her desire to achieve bigger and
better things in their dismal or otherwise ordinary life. It gives
them the opportunity to establish their character, to provide a
motivation for their actions and – if the songs are excellently
written – a reason for the audience to care about them and their
ensuing journey ahead.
their real life counterparts, animated heroes and heroines have goals
and dreams that extend beyond the confines of their worlds.
Their objective forms a large part of the narrative, and they just
have to let the audience know it through song. If the words “I
want” does not make an appearance in the lyrics, a variant will
surely be sung to communicate the character’s intentions.
together with gorgeous animation and the right vocals (and the
occasional choreography), the “I Want” song can be an enjoyable,
earworm-worthy performance that successfully draws viewers into the
film’s plot. These musical numbers have become synonymous with
Disney films, but other animated offerings over the years have also
brought out some classic hits of their own.
A Journalism graduate raised on Disney, Britcoms and Archie Comics (in no particular order). Loves dogs, addicted to tea and is an all-round Sims fanatic. Has a fondness for virtual archers and cowboys of the Mortal Kombat and Overwatch variety, and is patiently biding her time until fan-girling becomes a recognised profession.