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VIDEO: Andreas Deja Releases ‘Mushka’s Lullaby’

Orchestral song from the soundtrack of the award-winning hand-drawn short film ‘Mushka’ is one of the final compositions by legendary Disney songwriter Richard M. Sherman.

Iconic animator/director Andreas Deja has released a new video celebrating the beautiful and evocative song “Mushka’s Lullaby,” one of the final compositions by legendary Disney songwriter Richard M. Sherman (Academy Award winner for Mary Poppins).

Featured in Deja’s directorial debut short Mushka as the end credit song, the haunting tune, sung by vocalist Holly Sedillos, is part of the film’s poignant orchestral score created and arranged by noted composer Fabrizio Mancinelli.

The new video for “Mushka’s Lullaby,” created by the short film’s editor and co-producer Roger Viloria, showcases the lullaby accompanied by film clips from Deja’s spectacular hand-drawn production, combined with fun and nostalgic behind-the-scenes clips of recording the song. Alongside Sedillos, it features the 60-piece orchestra, which recorded the award-winning Mushka soundtrack on the Synchron Stage in Vienna.

Watch the video in the player below:

“I’m thrilled to showcase the beautiful ‘Mushka’s Lullaby’ song with a celebration of the legacy of one of the world’s greatest songwriters, my friend Richard M. Sherman,” said Deja. “I’m beyond grateful to our amazing team on Mushka. We’re all so lucky to have had Richard contribute ‘Mushka’s Lullaby’ to our film.”

A 30-year veteran of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Company Legend, Deja is responsible for bringing to life some of the most beloved characters in animation history, including Scar in The Lion King, Gaston in Beauty and The Beast, Jafar in Aladdin and Lilo in Lilo and Stitch

Lovingly and meticulously animated and crafted by hand over a period of 10 years, Mushka is Deja’s directorial debut, a 28-minute animated short that is an inspired vision brought to life. Since its world premiere at The San Francisco International Film Festival and European premiere at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film in 2023, the film has screened at festivals around the world, winning multiple awards including Best Animation at the San Jose International Short Film Festival and the Kids Choice Award/Best Animation award at Palm Springs International Short Fest.

Mushka is the story of Sarah, a young Ukrainian girl who discovers an orphaned baby Siberian tiger and realizes she must either raise him or leave him to the perils of the snowy wild. Featuring new characters full of personality in a story brimming with excitement, humor and emotion, it is the culmination of nearly a decade of dedication, experimentation and creativity. “Mushka’s Lullaby” is part of the film’s soundtrack album, Mushka — Original Score, available digitally from Lakeshore Records.

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