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Background information
Feature films The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning
Aladdin (cameo)
Mickey's House of Villains
Television programs Little Mermaid's Island
The Little Mermaid
Raw Toonage
Marsupilami
101 Dalmatians: The Series (cameo)
House of Mouse
Video games The Little Mermaid
Aladdin (Genesis version, cameo)
The Little Mermaid II Pinball Frenzy
Kingdom Hearts
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
Kingdom Hearts II
Disney TH!NK Fast
Disney Princess Enchanting Storybooks
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
Park attractions Fantasmic!
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Magic, Music and Mayhem
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure
Mickey's Soundsational Parade
SpectroMagic
World of Color
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Disney Dreams!
Mickey and the Magical Map
Celebrate the Magic
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Duncan Marjoribanks
Voice Samuel E. Wright
Kevin Michael Richardson (in Kingdom Hearts and Disney On Ice)
Philip Lawrence (currently)
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name Horatio Thelonious Ignacious Crustaceous Sebastian Crab
Other names Dizzy Crustacean
Red Tornado
Personality Loyal, cowardly, funny, snooty, a control freak, sensitive, grumpy, worrisome, carefree, responsible, intelligent, musical
Appearance Small and slender Caribbean crab, pink head, yellow (but sometimes white) eyes, crimson shell with its salmon underbelly, red claws, a pair of 6 legs
Birthday
Occupation King Triton's Chief of Staff
Royal Court Composer
Alignment Good
Affiliations
Goal To try to keep Ariel away from humans and later on help her win Eric's heart (in the first film)
To find Melody (in the sequel)
Home Atlantica
Relatives Mr. & Mrs. Crab (father & mother)
Pets
Allies King Triton, Ariel, Flounder, Scuttle, Urchin, Prince Eric, Melody, Tip and Dash, The Catfish Club Band, Scuttle, Spot the Killer Whale
Minions
Enemies Ursula, Flotsam and Jetsam, Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp, Evil Manta, Chef Louis, Marina Del Rey, Glut the Shark, Hades, Morgana, Undertow, Cloak and Dagger, Zeus, Stormy the Giant Seahorse, Zara
Likes Singing, music, being a leader, talking, Hide and Seek
Dislikes Humans (formerly), Chef Louis trying to cook him, danger, Ariel's adventures, letting King Triton down, Dudley
Powers and abilities
Weapons Claws
Fate Watches Ariel and Eric sail off, happily married (original movie);
Celebrates the new found harmony between land and sea (Return to the Sea);
Keeps his job (Ariel's Beginning)
Quote (sings) "Under de sea."
"Teenagers! Dhey dink dhey know everydhing. You give dhem an inch; dhey swim all overy you."
"Somebody's got to nail dat girl's fins to de floor."
I should be writing symphonies. Not tagging along after some headstrong teenager!
―Sebastian

Horatio Thelonious Ignacious Crustaceous Sebastian Crab is a red crab and the tritagonist in Disney's 1989 animated film the Little Mermaid, its 2008 prequel film, its 1992-94 television series, and its 2000 sequel in the saga.

He has been voiced by Samuel E. Wright, Kevin Michael Richardson, and currently by Philip Lawrence.

Background

Sebastian is a sidekick for the Little Mermaid's protagonist Ariel, is a character developed solely for the film, and is not derived from the original Hans Christian Andersen story.

Sebastian was conceived as a musical character for The Little Mermaid, and performs 2 songs ("Under the Sea" and "Kiss the Girl") that went on to become hits for Disney and were nominated for "Best Original Song" at the 1990 Academy Awards. Voice actor Wright's singing style and the compositions by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken for the Sebastian character lean heavily to calypso and reggae influences.

Personality

Sebastian is the king's royal court composer and holds a rather passionate love for music. While usually carefree, Sebastian is often seen to be very grumpy and worrisome. This is mostly due to Ariel's stubbornness who he is found with regularly. He is also prone to having panic attacks and fearing King Triton will murder him if he slips up on a task. Like the other sea inhabitants, Sebastian holds a great fear of the sea king, King Triton. Despite the fear, he still shows great respect and they are obviously on good terms, friendship wise.

When scared, Sebastian's voice tends to become humorously higher in pitch.

He can be sensitive at times about his size and the fact that his tiny arms prevents him from swimming as fast as Ariel and Flounder. This makes it difficult to tag along on adventures which is why he'll just grab onto Flounder's tail fin.

Despite his size, the enemies of the kingdom, notably Ursula, still find Sebastian to be a big enough threat to foil their plans. Being part of the royal family, Sebastian is fairly intelligent and knows mostly all secrets of the sea, even more so than King Triton. Sebastian is also willing to put his own life on the line such as willingly swimming to Ursula's lair despite being terrified to save Ariel and later to save Melody, Ariel's daughter.

Appearances

The Little Mermaid

Sebastian in the original film
Sebastian singing "Under the Sea".
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When the film opens, Sebastian is announced as being the "royal court composer", and conducts a concert that King Triton's seven daughters are supposed to perform in. Ariel, the youngest daughter, fails to show up for the concert, and later Sebastian joins King Triton in scolding her, blaming her for his humiliation. King Triton, worried about Ariel, tasks Sebastian with following her and keeping her out of trouble.

Sebastian tries to do the job given to him, and is horrified when Ariel saves the life of and falls in love with Prince Eric. Sebastian accidentally lets this information slip to King Triton, who confronts Ariel and furiously destroys her grotto filled with her personal treasures. Feeling guilty for having betrayed Ariel, as well as being appalled with Triton's actions, Sebastian willingly follows Ariel when she visits Ursula the sea witch for help, and later becomes an adviser in her quest to win Prince Eric's affections.

In the film, Sebastian starts out in a parental, supervisory role over Ariel, and over time becomes her close friend.

The Little Mermaid television series

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Sebastian in The Little Mermaid series.
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Sebastian appears in every episode of the prequel television series, which follows the adventures of Ariel when she is still a mermaid. In the series, Sebastian's occupation is King Triton's assistant, adviser and confidant. Sebastian is shown as being a good friend of Ariel and Flounder, as well as Urchin, a new character unique to the television series. He is sometimes strict and often critical of Ariel's adventurous ways, but often ends up going on her adventures with her.

In one adventure, in the episode "Island of Fear," he accompanies Ariel as she tries to find the source of a pollutant that is sickening the fish. He befriends a human boy named Daniel, and helps the boy to escape from the evil scientist the boy is forced to work for. This makes it one of the few times in the series that a character directly interacts with a human.

Throughout the series Sebastian's character is further developed via dialogue and entire episodes dedicated to him. In the series, Sebastian is said to have come from a large Jamaican family. In "King Crab" his parents visit him, and it is revealed that he had lied and told them he was the King of Atlantica. In the episode "Tail of Two Crabs", Sebastian has a rivalry with another crab named Zeus, and they both try to one-up the other. According to dialogue in this episode, Sebastian was born in Jamaica and went to Music Academy in Trinidad prior to joining King Triton's staff as his assistant. "T'ank You for Dat, Ariel" reveals that he is some what insecure regarding his size.

The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

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Sebastian in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea.
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Sebastian is tasked by King Triton to watch over Ariel's daughter, Princess Melody, repeating his role from the original film. As he is hiding in a pink ribbon, Melody grabs it by tying it up in a bow accidentally gagging him when she is getting prepared for the party. He becomes a close friend of hers and he often tries to clam her down when she proves to be angered and frustrated. Sebastian is the first to learn about Melody's disappearance and joins Ariel and the now adult Flounder to find her. During the final battle, Sebastian battles Cloak and Dagger and after peace is restored he celebrates alongside the others as land and sea can now finally live in peace and harmony.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning

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Sebastian in The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning.
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In the 2008 prequel, Sebastian is King Triton's attache, and is initially shown as being a strict enforcer of the sea king's rules. All music has been banned from Atlantica, but it is later revealed that Sebastian has been secretly performing music as the leader of The Catfish Club Band, which performs in an underground club. Technically this makes Sebastian the first character in The Little Mermaid universe to break a major law of Triton's.

When the underground club is revealed to Triton, Sebastian is placed in jail with the rest of his band. Thanks to Ariel, they manage to escape. As part of a premeditated plan, Sebastian leads them far away from Atlantica to a specific spot where Ariel finds her mother's discarded music box. Sebastian wants music to return to Atlantica, and he returns with Ariel to convince Triton to change his mind. When the film ends, music is restored to Atlantica, and Sebastian becomes the "royal court composer", setting up his role in the opening of the original film.

According to this film, Sebastian is the oldest of Ariel's friends, having been present since she was a small child all the way to her own parenthood in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. There is also evidence in the second film, by the time Melody is 12 years old, Sebastian has already become an elderly crab in terms of age.

Raw Toonage and Marsupilami

Sebastian was one of several guest stars in Raw Toonage. He would later star in his own series of shorts in the spin-off series Marsupilami, set after the wedding of Ariel and Eric. One particular Sebastian short on Marsupilami was made from his host segments of a Raw Toonage episode.

House of Mouse

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Sebastian in House of Mouse
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Sebastian was featured as a recurring guest in House of Mouse. He is usually seen with Ariel.

In the beginning of the episode "Big Bad Wolf Daddy", Sebastian was served alive as Ariel's dinner. This was the only time in the series where Sebastian was treated this way, unlike Flounder, whom was frequently treated this way in the series.

One of his most notable appearances is in the episode "The Mouse Who Came to Dinner" where Mortimer Mouse acts as if he's the critic (when the real critic was Lumiere) and demands Goofy to make him shellfish for dinner. Goofy claims they're all out and uses Sebastian as a substitute. Sebastian and Goofy end up in a comical chase (similar to the Chef Louis vs. Sebastian chase in the Little Mermaid films) for the rest of the episode until Mortimer's charade was exposed.

In "Max's Embarrassing Date" Sebastian begins to perform "Kiss the Girl" for Max and Roxanne, but is stopped when Max loses his temper, because he didn't want all this attention. He only wanted privacy.

In the beginning of the episode "House of Magic" Mickey Mouse told a joke about him having trouble coming into the club, humiliating the crab.

Cameos in other productions

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Sebastian's cameo in Aladdin.
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He also made a brief appearance in Aladdin. When the Genie, whilst trying to find the right 'recipe' for turning Aladdin into a prince, is looking at the Royal Recipes book, he pulls out Sebastian (clamped to his finger) and flicks him off. For a few seconds durring his appearance, "Under the Sea" can be heard.

Sebastian briefly appeared in the movie version of "Dalmatian Vacation", the series finale to 101 Dalmatians: The Series, in which he pinches a puppy's tail. However, the song sequence containing this cameo was often cut from televised broadcasts of the episode.

Sebastian makes a cameo in the Darkwing Duck comic book. He can be seen on the last page of issue #7, hiding from the revived Paddywhack.

Sebastian and Flounder currently star in commercial bumpers for the Disney Junior channel and the Disney Junior block on the Disney Channel. These short showcase Sebastian and Flounder engaging in activities, accompanied by a song from an off-screen singer.

Video game appearances

Kingdom Hearts series

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Sebastian appears in the popular video game series alongside other major characters from the film in the world of Atlantica. Here, the crab is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson.

In the original Kingdom Hearts, Sebastian is tasked with keeping Ariel under tight supervision, as King Triton believes her fascination with the worlds outside Atlantica have gotten out of hand. After Ursula uses this dream to seize control over the ocean, Sebastian accompanies Ariel with Sora, Donald, and Goofy on their mission to defeat Ursula, restoring peace once her death comes into fruition.

Sebastian would appear in the official sequel, Kingdom Hearts II, where Ariel becomes infatuated with the human world, prompting the king to have Sebastion join Ariel in his orchestra for an upcoming concert. Sebastion does so, but getting Ariel's mind off the surface proves to be difficult, resulting in the king finding out Sebastian's efforts to follow orders have failed, much to the crab's dismay. Like in the film, Ariel goes to Ursula for assistance, leading into her human transformation, her romance with Eric, and finally having her father realize the human world isn't as bad as it seems.

Sebastian also plays a minor role in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories.

Other video games

Sebastian briefly appears in the Aladdin Sega Genesis video game as a prisoner in the level "Sultan's Dungeon".

In Disney TH!NK Fast, Sebastian appears as the guest questioneer in the Undersea Grotto. He asks a few questions about The Little Mermaid, and then leaves.

In Kinect Disneyland Adventures, Sebastian makes a non-speaking cameo during the Mickey's Soundsational Parade mini-game as apart of Ariel's float.

Disney Parks

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Sebastian at Walt Disney World.

Sebastian appears in the Disney Parks as a meetable character and usually seen in parades and shows.

Sebastian makes meet and greet appearances at Christmastime in Disneyland Paris and took part in the Pirate and Princess Party.

World of Color

Sebastian appears in the Disneyland Resort's World of Color at Disney California Adventure. Sebastian appears following Ariel's sequence singing Under the Sea.

A larger than life puppet for Sebastian was also featured for the Carnival of Color: the World of Color pre-show.

Fantasmic!

Sebastian makes a cameo appearance in the bubble sequence dancing to Under the Sea.

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Sebastian appears in the opening sequence with Flounder and a band performing the song Under the Sea. Sebastian later reappears in the end celebrating Ariel and Eric's love for each other.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure

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Sebastian in Ariel's Undersea Adventure.
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An audio animatronic version of Sebastian joins the ride's cast of characters from the film. As plan since the original idea of the attraction in the 1990s, Sebastian appears in the attraction's colossal Under the Sea sequence conducting the dozens of sea creatures dancing to the music.

Mickey's Soundsational Parade

Sebastian is seen in the parade riding his chariot of seahorses while waving to the park guest as he did in the opening of the original film.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Sebastian is featured in the Walt Disney World interactive game. Here, Sebastian is the first to learn that Ursula was restored from her death by Hades and plots to rule the seas and flood the Magic Kingdom. Sebastian guides the park guests on a quest to defeat her alongside Merlin the Wizard in Fantasyland.

Music

Sebastian has released two reggae albums for children under the Walt Disney Records label. Both of these were released on CD and audio cassette, and are well out of print, but at least one is available on the[iTunes music store. The first was a self-titled release, featuring songs from The Little Mermaid, along with covers such as Three Little Birds, and original tunes. Ariel herself appears in two tracks, along with the interstitials between tracks. The second, released in October 1991 is Sebastian: Party Gras! This album consists entirely of reggae covers of classic songs such as "Iko Iko", "Octopus's Garden", "Twist and Shout", and "What a Wonderful World", as well as a few original tunes.

Trivia

  • Sebastian's role is similar to that of Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio. They were both appointed to watch over innocent cheerful, but sometimes (unintentional) troublesome protagonists, and worry about getting into trouble if anything happens to him/her.
  • Sebastian was originally intended to be almost Grimsby-like: posh, British, and uptight. However, the crew chose to portray a more entertaining, fun-loving Sebastian.
  • Sebastian is the first Disney character to have a Jamacian accent.
  • In the Aladdin TV series, Genie transformers into a crab that resembles Sebastian in the episode "Elemental my Dear Jasmine."
  • Samuel E. Wright, the one who voiced Sebastian, also voiced Kron from Dinosaur.

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External links


The Little Mermaid
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Films: The Little Mermaid | The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning

Television: TV Series (Episode List) | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time

Music: Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack | Musical

Video Games: NES game | Sega Genesis Game | Ariel's Story Studio | Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts II | The Little Mermaid 2: Pinball Frenzy

Books: Official Comic Adaptation | Marvel Comics

Attractions: Voyage of the Little Mermaid | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Mermaid Lagoon (Tokyo DisneySea) | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure | King Triton's Carousel of the Sea | Fantasmic! | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom | World of Color | Disney Dreams! | Celebrate the Magic

Original Film Characters: Ariel | Flounder | Sebastian | Scuttle | Prince Eric | King Triton | Ursula/Vanessa | Flotsam & Jetsam | Attina | Alana | Adella | Aquata | Arista | Andrina | Max | Grimsby | Carlotta | Chef Louis | Ursula's Garden | Glut | The Seahorse Herald | Harold | Merpeople | Washerwomen

Sequel Characters: Melody | Tip & Dash | Morgana | Cloak & Dagger | Undertow | Flounder's guppies | Baby Penguin |

Prequel Characters: Queen Athena | Marina Del Rey | Benjamin | Shelbow | Ink Spot | Cheeks | Ray-Ray | Stevie

TV Series Characters: Urchin | Gabriella | Ollie | Dudley | Pearl | The Evil Manta | Little Evil | Dr. Vile | Daniel | Moray | Simon | Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp | The Sorceress | Glowfish | Ebb and Flo | Emperor Sharga | Octopid | Brain Sponge | Zeus | Spot the Killer Whale | Crab Scouts | Hans Christian Andersen | Stormy the Giant Seahorse

Objects: Prince Eric's statue | Trident | Ursula's Cauldron | Ursula's Necklace | Melody's locket | Queen Athena's music box | Dinglehopper

Locations: Atlantica | Ariel's Secret Grotto | Ursula's Lair | Prince Eric's Castle | The Wedding Ship | Morgana's Ice Cave

Film Songs: Fathoms Below | Daughters of King Triton | Part of Your World/(Reprise)/(Finale) | Under the Sea | Poor Unfortunate Souls | Les Poissons | Kiss the Girl | Vanessa's Song | Down to the Sea | For A Moment | Tip and Dash (song) | Here On The Land and Sea | Just One Mistake | I Remember

T.V. Series Songs: In Harmony | You Got to be You | Just Give Me a Chance | Daring to Dance | The Lobster Mobster's Mob | Sing a New Song | The Sound of Laughter | You Wouldn't Want to Mess With Me | Never Give Up | Evil Lullaby | Just a Little Love

Musical Songs: She's In Love | Human Stuff | Positoovity | I Want the Good Times Back | Her Voice | The World Above | The Contest | If Only (Quartet) | Beyond My Wildest Dreams | Sweet Child | One Step Closer

Other: Disney Sing Along Songs: Under the Sea | The Disney Afternoon


 
Kingdom Hearts series
Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix 2 (Art)
Games: Kingdom Hearts + Final Mix | Chain of Memories | Re:Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts II + Final Mix | 358/2 Days | Birth by Sleep + Final Mix | coded | Re:coded | Dream Drop Distance | HD I.5 ReMIX | χ [chi] | HD II.5 ReMIX | Kingdom Hearts III

Incorporated Films and shorts: Alice in Wonderland | Aladdin/The Return of Jafar | Beauty and the Beast | Cinderella | Fantasia | Hercules | The Hunchback of Notre Dame | Lilo & Stitch | The Lion King | The Little Mermaid | Mickey, Donald and Goofy: The Three Musketeers | Mulan | The Nightmare Before Christmas | Peter Pan | Pinocchio | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl | Sleeping Beauty | Steamboat Willie | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs | Tarzan | Tron/Tron: Legacy | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Main Characters: Sora | Riku | Kairi | King Mickey | Donald Duck | Goofy | Roxas | Terra | Ventus | Aqua

Villains: Master Xehanort | Ansem | Xemnas | Maleficent/Dragon Maleficent | Pete | Organization XIII | Vanitas | Xigbar/Braig | Xaldin | Vexen | Lexaeus | Zexion | Saïx/Isa | Demyx | Luxord | Marluxia | Larxene | Terra-Xehanort | Young Xehanort | Xehanort's Guardian

Other Characters: Jiminy Cricket | Naminé | Ansem the Wise/DiZ | Yen Sid | Xion | Axel/Lea | Master Eraqus | Dilan | Even | Aeleus | Ienzo | Lingering Will | Data Sora | Data Riku | Data Naminé | Data Roxas | Hayner | Pence | Olette | Riku-Ansem | Kairi's Grandma | Riku Replica | Anti-Saïx | Anti-Sora | Anti-Riku | Sora-Heartless | Jiminy's Journal

Original Monsters: Heartless | Nobodies | Unversed | Dream Eater

Disney Characters and Villains: Queen Minnie | Daisy Duck | Pluto | Tarzan | Winnie the Pooh | Aladdin | Genie | Tron | Magic Brooms | Peter Pan | Quasimodo | | Merlin | Tigger | Eeyore | Rabbit | Ariel | Mulan | Mushu | Jack Sparrow | Chernabog | Simba | Timon | Pumbaa | Nala | King Triton | Jafar/Genie Jafar | Alice | Cheshire Cat | Jack Skellington | Esmeralda | Phoebus | Beagle Boys | Scrooge McDuck | Huey, Dewey and Louie | Master Control Program | Sark | CLU | Rinzler | Beast | Stitch | Hercules | Tick-Tock the Crocodile | Snow White | Wendy (More coming soon)

Square Enix Characters: Leon | Cloud | Neku Sakuraba | Shiki | Others

Plot Elements: Universe of Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts | Heart | Keyblade War | Dark Seeker Saga | More

Game Elements: Gameplay in Kingdom Hearts | Magic

Objects: Sea-salt ice cream | Wayfinder | Door to Darkness | Keyblade | X-blade | Mickey's Letters | Thalassa Shell | Kingdom Hearts Encoder | Keychain | Gummi Blocks | Bug Blox | Black coat| | Keyblade Armor

Locations: Land of Departure | Disney Castle | Disney Town | Timeless River | Datascape | Radiant Garden | Keyblade Graveyard | Destiny Islands | Traverse Town | Hollow Bastion | Dive to the Heart | End of the World | Realm of Darkness | Castle Oblivion | Twilight Town | The World That Never Was | Castle That Never Was | Halloween Town | Neverland | Wonderland

Organizations/Groups: Organization XIII | Princesses of Heart | Disney Villains Council

Music: Dearly Beloved | Simple and Clean | Sanctuary | Mickey Mouse Club March | Swim This Way | Part of Your World | Under the Sea | Ursula's Revenge | A New Day is Dawning | Destati | Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo | He's a Pirate | Beauty and the Beast | This is Halloween | It's a Small World | Night on Bald Mountain | Winnie the Pooh | The Sorcerer's Apprentice | The Pastoral Symphony

Soundtracks: Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack | Kingdom Hearts Final Mix - Additional Tracks | Kingdom Hearts II Original Soundtrack | Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack Complete | Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep & 358/2 Days Original Soundtrack | Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance Original Soundtrack


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