In the '90s, songs from Disney movies were Oscar bait, so Collins put himself in good position to earn a trophy with this track. The 1991 winner was "Beauty and the Beast
," written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman; in 1992 "A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)
" took the prize. These songs were sung in the films by the voice actors who portrayed the characters, with high-profile singers (Celine Dion, Peabo Bryson) doing the versions that were released as singles. With these songs, we see the animated characters sing them in the films.
For The Lion King
in 1994, Elton John wrote the winning song, "Can You Feel The Love Tonight
," with Tim Rice, and also performed it in the film and on the single release. The next year, "Colors Of The Wind
" won from Pocahontas - that one was composed by Menken and Stephen Schwartz.
Collins was the sole composer of "You'll Be In My Heart" and sang it in the film. It followed tradition and claimed the Oscar, giving him a nice career bump and another hit for his canon. The song didn't become one of his greatest hits, but Tarzan
didn't become one of Disney's greatest movies either. Collins included the song on the setlist for his 2004 tour, but played it live only sporadically outside of that tour.