E X C L U S I V E: Alan Menken Reveals Why “Daughters of Triton” Did Not Make the Final Cut in The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid’s Hit Song “Part of Your World” Almost Wasn’t
It’s hard to picture The Little Mermaid without Jodi Benson belting out her iconic song “Part of Your World,” but at one point, the film’s creators considered cutting it from the final film. Luckily, composer Alan Menken fought to keep the song in the movie, and it became a classic that is still beloved today. But not every song made it into the final cut of The Little Mermaid, and Menken recently revealed to our team why one song, in particular, was left on the cutting room floor.
Taking a Look at “Daughters of Triton”
One of the most memorable scenes in The Little Mermaid is the musical number performed by King Triton’s seven daughters. Their song, “Daughters of Triton,” is a catchy and upbeat tune that showcases each princess’s unique personality. However, the song was ultimately excluded from the film’s final cut, leading many fans to wonder why.
Why Was “Daughters of Triton” Cut from The Little Mermaid?
In an exclusive interview, Alan Menken shared with our team why “Daughters of Triton” was left out of The Little Mermaid. According to Menken, the song was cut due to pacing issues. “We had to keep things moving along, and unfortunately, ‘Daughters of Triton’ slowed things down too much,” Menken explained. “It’s a great song, but in the end, we had to make some tough decisions about what would serve the film best.”
What Would “Daughters of Triton” Have Added to the Film?
Despite being left on the cutting room floor, “Daughters of Triton” has remained a fan favorite. The catchy tune with its memorable lyrics and upbeat melody perfectly captures the spirit of The Little Mermaid. If it had made it into the final cut of the film, the song would have added another layer of depth to King Triton’s character and his relationship with his daughters. It would have given us a glimpse into each princess’s personality and added more flavor to the overall story.
In the end, The Little Mermaid is a modern classic that has stood the test of time. “Part of Your World” will forever be one of the most beloved Disney songs, and fans will continue to debate the merits of “Daughters of Triton.” While it wasn’t included in the final cut of the film, it still remains an essential part of the movie’s legacy, and it’s a testament to the incredible work of the entire production team. #thelittlemermaid #disney #alanmenken #song #movies #animation #daughtersoftriton #cutscene #ENTERTAINMENT