My other gripe lies at the end of the villains montage. When they show Mufasa dying with Simba by his side, the song "So close" starts up. It's a very, very awkward selection of music and scenes, since "So close" is a love song used in many of the Princess montages. While the segment does close with the princesses, it's very weird and very awkward that the segment starts with Mufasa's death.
I thought that was one of the best moments of the show. It made the song take on a whole different meaning. Being meant to remember those we've lost?
I agree; it worked for me. I got teary-eyed.
I just saw the d23 presentation of World of Color and that's exactly what they wanted to do with the segment (they called it Color of Tears). They said that it IS meant to show that even when there's darkness around us we have people close to us that help us deal with them. So yeah, I finally warmed up to the segment after watching several times.
Speaking of the d23 presentation it's amazing how much was cut out of the show. For example...
- Tinkerbell had more animation in the original opening. After the Disney quote appears on screen, each letter would fall to the lagoon, creating an effect with the fountains. The "D" in Disney, however, would refuse to go down, so Tinkerbell goes out after it and it finally falls. This is then represented in the show as an orange fountain named "Squirt", which represents Disney's spirit of fun, adventure and happiness, and was supposed to appear throughout the show. This was cut, in the final version Tink just makes the quote disappear.
- The whole Wonderland segment looked amazing in terms of animation. They did keep the Chesire Cat segment, but I wish they had kept the whole thing.
- The transition from Pines of Rome to Wall-E had a neat effect in the original version. Diana (the goddess that shoots the arrows into the sky in the Pastoral segment in Fantasia), appears at the end of Pines, then shoots an arrow into the sky. The cool thing is that originally they wanted it so that when the arrow is sent flying it turns into EVE from Wall-E, creating an unique marriage of classic Disney animation with modern Pixar animation.
I also saw a video of the testing they did back April. Here are some differences I noticed:
- The Little Mermaid segment doesn't have the full "Part of your world" song. It just starts with the water dancing, then it quickly cuts to the last part of the song (which is when the water screens show Atlantica).
- The original "Under the sea" segment had a paper model version of Sebastian rather than the classic animation seen in the final version. I prefer the final version better because I think it looked very stiff and off-model.
- The "A whole new world" segment just had a chorus singing the song rather than the original version. Once again, I prefer the final version over the original.
- The "Up" segment had no music.
- The "Friend like me" segment wasn't in the original version, it instead cuts right into the Forest Sprite/Pocahontas segment.