A new oral history has revealed that Michael Jackson was denied by Disney when he expressed interest in recording and performing three songs from “The Hunchback Of Notre Dame”,
This comes out as the The Hunchback Of Notre Dame”, marks it’s 25th anniversary.
“I get a call out of nowhere from Michael’s assistant when Michael was at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York,” Menken recalls.
“He had to [deal with] allegations about inappropriate behaviour with underage kids, and the breakup with Lisa Marie Presley. He’s looking to change the subject. And he obviously loves Disney so much. So I mentioned ‘Hunchback’. He said he’d love to come to my studio, watch the movie, and talk about it. So we got in touch with Disney Animation. They said, ‘Meet with him! If he likes it…well, see what he says.’”
Menken says he showed Jackson three songs from the film: Quasimodo’s “Out There”, Esmerelda’s “God Help The Outcasts” and “Someday” which plays over the closing credits.
“Michael said, ‘I would like to produce the songs and record some of them.’ Wow. Okay. What do we do now? Michael left,”
Menken says. “We got in touch with Disney. It was like somebody dropped a hot poker into a fragile bowl with explosives. ‘Uh, we’ll get back to you about that.’”
Menken says “predictably,” word came back from Disney that Jackson was a “no.”