Alan Irwin Menken (b. July 22nd 1949) is an Academy Award-winning composer famous for writing songs from Disney movies such as The Little Mermaid & Beauty & the Beast. Menken also wrote the music for the 1982 musical Little Shop of Horrors, which was adapted into a feature film directed by FRANK OZ in 1986.
Early in his career, Menken was a piano accompanist for Northern Calloway before composing for SESAME STREET around the 21st season. His SESAME STREET songwriting credits include the songs "GROUCHelot", as well as "It's Gonna Get DIRTY Again", "What is Friend?", "Martian Family (Yip Yip Song)" & "Todos un Pueblo" Menken says of his time on the STREET, "It was pathetic money, but it still had some prestige to it. It was on the air & I was getting some royalties."
Menken & longtime collaborator Howard Ashman also wrote the song "Wonderful Ways to Say NO" for the 1990 animated TV special Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue. The song was performed by an all-star cast of characters, including Baby Kermit, Baby Piggy, & Baby Gonzo.
SESAME STREET Song CreditsEdit
- In the Dinosaurs episode "Honey, I Miss the Kids", Baby Sinclair watches "Little Underwater Girl" on TV. A trio of lobsters sing "Under the Water" a spoof of Ashman & Menken’s song "Under the Sea."
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