Matty Shapiro of the Nickelodeon children's performers BeatBuds cites this as one of the best songs for kids. "The greatest children's songs or songs in general are those in which the rhythm, chord structure, melody, instrumentation, sound effects, and lyrics, all work in harmony to channel a desired mood, feeling, or sensitivity," he told Songfacts
. "'Under The Sea' by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman is one of those songs. It transcends the sense of sound to capture a child's full imagination. Kids love to visualize and role play, and a well-crafted song can initiate that type of creative environment."