Something There

Paige O'Hara, Angela Lansbury, David Ogden Stiers, Robby Benson, Jerry Orbach

About Something There

"Something There" is a song written by lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken for Walt Disney Pictures 30th animated feature film Beauty and the Beast (1991). Sung by the majority of the film's main cast, the song was recorded by American actors Paige O'Hara as Belle and Robby Benson as the Beast via voice over, featuring actors Jerry Orbach, Angela Lansbury and David Ogden Stiers as Lumiere, Mrs. Potts and Cogsworth, respectively. The only song performed by the Beast, "Something There" is heard midway through Beauty and the Beast during a scene in which Belle and the Beast finally begin to acknowledge their feelings for each other. A last-minute addition to the film, the simple love song was quickly written by Ashman and Menken to replace the more elaborate and ambitious "Human Again" after the latter was cut from Beauty and the Beast. O'Hara based her own vocal performance on that of American singer and actress Barbra Streisand, who Ashman advised the actress to impersonate, while O'Hara herself convinced the songwriters to have Benson record the song. Critical reception towards "Something There" has been positive, with film and music critics alike praising Ashman's abilities as both a songwriter and a storyteller. 


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There's something sweet and almost kind
But he was mean and he was coarse and unrefined
And now he's dear and so I'm sure
I wonder why I didn't see it there before

She glanced this way, I thought I saw
And when we touched she didn't shudder at my paw
No, it can't be, I'll just ignore
But then she's never looked at me that way before

New and a bit alarming
Who'd have ever thought that this could be
True, that he's no Prince Charming
But there's something in him that I simply didn't see

Well, who'd have thought?
Well, bless my soul
Well, who'd have known?
Well, who indeed?

And who'd have guessed They'd come together on their own?
It's so peculiar
We'll wait and see

A few days more
There may be something there that wasn't there before

You know perhaps there is something there that wasn't there before
There may be something there that wasn't there before

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Robby Benson

Robin David Segal (born January 21, 1956), known by the stage name Robby Benson, is an American actor, director, producer, musician, singer and educator. He is known as the voice of Beast in the Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast and its numerous sequels and spin-offs, and directed several episodes of the sitcom Friends. more »

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10 facts about this song

Movie Origin
"Something There" is a song featured in the animated film "Beauty and the Beast" (1991) from Disney.
This song is sung by the main characters Belle and Beast, voiced by Paige O'Hara and Robby Benson respectively, making it the first hint of their growing affection towards each other.
Famous composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman, who were also responsible for "The Little Mermaid" songs, wrote "Something There".
Because of its melodic composition and meaningful lyrics, this song was praised widely and helped to earn the film a nomination for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards.
Song Theme
This song is about experiencing and recognizing new feelings for someone, thus marking a significant turning point in the storyline of the movie, where Belle and Beast start to fall in love.
The snow fight between Belle and Beast, during the "Something There" song, is one of the memorable parts of the movie.
Like many other songs from Disney animated classics, this song has been covered and performed numerous times by several artists and in several languages, due its immense popularity.
Broadway Adaptation
This song was also included in the Broadway adaptation of the film, performed by Susan Egan and Terrence Mann in the original 1994 production.
Vocal Challenging
In the earlier stage of the movie production, Benson mentioned that it was challenging for him to perform this song as Beast, due to the unique rough voice of the character.
Storytelling Component
The song serves as a narrative device, demonstrating the building of trust and understanding between two characters who had initially been at odds with each other.

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