Many of Disney’s greatest hits have been musicals, from the early days of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the golden age of The Lion King to the modern era of Frozen.
Disney’s latest animated movie, Zootopia, is definitely not a musical—in fact, at one point, its protagonist is even told, “Life isn’t some cartoon musical where you sing a little song and your insipid dreams magically come true.” Zootopia does feature one notable song, however: “Try Everything,” a pop number sung by the film’s least necessary character. (Did Disney’s executives assign the film a pop star quota? We may never know.)
“Try Everything,” like “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, is simplistic but catchy. It doesn’t soar to the heights of Disney’s great musical numbers, but I like it anyway.
The fan-made version above swaps out the thudding beat and pop influences of the original for brisk percussion and a tropical vibe. I’m pretty sure I heard some marimba and bongos in there, and that’s definitely a samba whistle toward the end. (There’s also a bit of electric guitar, because electric guitars make nearly everything better.) This cover of “Try Everything” is uplifting and airy, and I dig it.
Here’s another take on “Try Everything,” this time as a rock song. Spoilers: It’s still really catchy.
In case anyone is inspired by this song actually to try everything, I recommend giving jelly beans a miss. They’re nasty. Try almost everything. Skip the jelly beans.