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Comments about the soundtrack for Aladdin (2019) (Alan Menken)
When PC destroys Disney's movies

James Cohen
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Edmund Meinerts
When PC destroys Disney's movies   Friday, November 8, 2019 (4:23 a.m.) 
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I've watched Aladdin with high expectations, as I know that Will Smith is over there and won't allow any bad music or bad music production, but oh-boy...I was wrong..dead wrong !
Simply put, this movie is a B-movie level in all aspects BUT the CGI.
As this is a soundtrack site, I'll focus on the worst part of the movie - it's soundtrack.
Once, Disney was very strict when it comes to sound quality, performers' selection the mix, and, of-course the instrumental/classic score.
I'll address each separately:
Overall sound quality:
Staring from their horrible movie "Frozen", I believe Disney has decided to throw away anything with a "quality" tag on it, and simply be PC, and bring Latin and African American to the set and production even when they are not fit or qualified for the job.. and the same happened with the sound/mix.
I think they decided to throw away all "white" professionals and quality soundmen and bring in others that maybe a very good in the field of Hip-Hop, and Rap, but - guys !!! These qualities do not work for a movie soundtrack !! And the quantities are different !! There you mix 12-24 tracks with emphasis on close/intimate proximity, and here you deal with 192 tracks in non-hip-hop (usually classic/pop-oriented) music with THX/DD mix where the singer is moving and acting !! IT'S NOT THE SAME !!!
Here you actually need to learn this for years and be expert before you touch a button !!!

Here I'll jump to the overall mix: In one word - terrible !! I see that Mr. Smith didn't have any musical say in that movie, and I'm quite sure he'd never sign his name on the sound production...

Regarding performers:
Let's face it - Will Smith can't sing !!
The other actors also can't sing !!!
And NO ! Computer auto-tune will NEVER be able to fix this, as it can be clearly heard all over the songs of the movie ! It's low-quality and very ameture used !!!
Real professionals will NEVER allow the auto-tune to be heard and noticed so much !
They'd record another take and another and another, way before setting the auto-tune to such aggressive threshold and attack as they did !! And in an emergency - simply bring a real singer to sing instead of the actress/actor !

I don't know what's wrong with Disney, but after the flops in The lion king and this - I simply have no intention to suffer another movie from them ! My ears won't take it anymore !
And it's a shame they disrespect their audience by selling them such a bad quality movie to both eyes and ears.

James


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Re: When PC destroys Disney's movies   Thursday, November 14, 2019 (3:21 p.m.) 

You have some good points buried in there but I'm not sure what any of this has to do with "PC". White people are not inherently better at recording and producing music, and to insinuate that non-white people are only capable of hip-hop or rap is...wow. Problematic, to say the least. indifferent


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Re: When PC destroys Disney's movies   Thursday, November 14, 2019 (5:04 p.m.) 
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> You have some good points buried in there but I'm not sure what any of
> this has to do with 'PC'. White people are not inherently better at
> recording and producing music, and to insinuate that non-white people are
> only capable of hip-hop or rap is...wow. Problematic, to say the least. indifferent

You are right, but when you watch documentary of how, say, the original Lion King amazing soundtrack was made (for years after taught in sound production schools..), and the current awful 'PC' Lion king version with it's terrible, well...everything... from singers, performances, autotune and - of-course - sound and mix - please look at the people in the video and hear the sound. It all speaks for itself.

When I said 'white' I meant what you can clearly see here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bLD2gZhmoU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_J8khDCAl0
Other than the African singers and their manager/conductor - all are white...
As For Aladdin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi_Ocd9IALc

And look on the new awful version of the 2019 Lion King:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCnayCnM6Zk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBnaJCnNolg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6EfYvfXOAo

As For Aladdin - here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MudOrzQmJ2Y

Do you see any difference ? Because I can clearly HEAR many differences...

BTW, I don't say that the 2019 sound technicians are 'black' (they are not...), but I do say that their professional level is way way below the ones of the originals, and more suited for hip-hop and rap music (close proximity, simple mixes).

My point is: Disney should take the best they can find for the job !! Don't take because of skin color or ethnicity or gender, because all these are irrelevant and result in poor quality product.

James



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