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David Zippel

David Zippel is a lyricist and director. His lyrics have won him the Tony Award, two Academy Award nominations, two Grammy Award nominations, and three Golden Globe Award nominations. His songs appear on over twenty-five million CDs around the world, and have been recorded by many great singers including Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Mel Tormé... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Hercules Music Department
Mulan Music Department
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 2020 Mulan (lyrics: "Honor to Us All", "Reflection", "I'll Make a Man Out of You", "A Girl Worth Fighting for") (completed)
 2019 Disney Villain Sing-Off ft. Thomas Sanders (Video short) (lyrics: "Reflection")
 2018 Mickey's 90th Spectacular (TV Special) (lyrics: "Zero to Hero")
 2018 Fandom Fights (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Nico Suave Regoli vs Christopher Woodburn (2018) ... (writer: "Go the Distance")
 2018 Studio C (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #8.15 (2018) ... (writer: "Reflection" - uncredited)
 2016 One Hit Wonderland (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- "I Love You Always Forever" by Donna Lewis (2016) ... (writer: "Go the Distance")
 2016 The Voice (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Blind Auditions 5 (2016) ... (lyrics: "Reflection")
  Agent Carter (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2016) (writer - 1 episode, 2015)
- A Little Song and Dance (2016) ... (lyrics: "Whatcha Gonna Do (It's Up To You)")
- Bridge and Tunnel (2015) ... (writer: "Star Spangled Man")
 2015 Tu cara me suena - Argentina (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.2 (2015) ... (producer: "No importa la distancia")
 2015 Sanders Shorts (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- On Second Thought... (2015) ... (lyrics: "I Won't Say I'm In Love")
 2012 The Filthy Frank Show (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- How to Get Laid (2012) ... (writer: "Reflection")
- Filthy Frank Does Cinnamon Challenge (2012) ... (writer: "Reflection")
 2011-2012 Some Jerk with a Camera (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- It's a Small World Holiday: Part Two (2012) ... (writer: "I'll Make A Man Out Of You")
- It's a Small World Holiday: Part One (2011) ... (writer: "I'll Make A Man Out Of You")
 2011 Captain America: The First Avenger (lyrics: "Star Spangled Man")
 2008 Horror in the Wind (lyrics: "Love Is The Antidote")
 2008 Nancy LaMott: I'll Be Here with You (Video) (writer: "Another Mr. Right", "Loud Is Good", "Just in Time for Christmas")
 2008 Idols! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Liveshow #8 - Love Songs (2008) ... (writer: "True to Your Heart")
 2007 Patinando por un sueño (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 9 August 2007 (2007) ... (writer: "No importa la distancia")
 2006 American Idol (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Top 24 Performance Show: Part 1 (Girls) (2006) ... (writer: "Reflection")
 2005 In the Nick of Time (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.8 (2005) ... (lyrics: "A Star Is Born")
 2005 Disneymania 3 in Concert (Video documentary) (writer: "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)")
 2005 Match Point (lyrics: "I Believe My Heart")
 2005 Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Topp 50 #4 (2005) ... (writer: "Go the Distance")
- Topp 50 #3 (2005) ... (writer: "Reflection")
 2005 Disneymania in Concert (Video documentary) (writer: "True To Your Heart")
 2004 Singapore Idol (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Spectacular Show 8 - Film Hits (2004) ... (writer: "True to Your Heart")
- Piano Show 1 (2004) ... (writer: "Go the Distance", "Reflection")
 2004 Mulan II (Video) (lyrics: "A Girl Worth Fighting For (Redux)")
 2004 That's So Raven Soundtrack: Bonus DVD (Video short) (writer: "True To Your Heart")
 2004 Ella Enchanted (writer: "True to Your Heart")
 2003 Lea Salonga Live (Video documentary) (writer: "Disney Medley")
 2003 Sing Along Songs: Brother Bear - On My Way (Video short) (lyrics: "Go The Distance")
 2003 Canadian Idol (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Canada's Idol Is... (2003) ... (writer: "Reflection")
- Who Will Get the Final 3 Spots? (2003) ... (writer: "Reflection")
- Last Group (2003) ... (writer: "Reflection")
 2003 Star Search (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The One with 2 Fast 2 Furious Star Tyrese Gibson (2003) ... (writer: "Reflection")
 2002 Operación triunfo (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Gala Disney (2002) ... (lyrics: "No importa la distancia (Go the Distance)", "Reflejo (Reflection)")
 2001 The Wedding Planner (writer: "Plan On Forever")
 2000 Get Your Stuff (lyrics: "Ready to Rock")
 1998-1999 Hercules (TV Series) (lyrics - 65 episodes)
- Hercules and the Tiff on Olympus (1999) ... (lyrics: "Zero To Hero")
- Hercules and the Big Show (1999) ... (lyrics: "Zero To Hero")
- Hercules and the Spring of Canathus (1999) ... (lyrics: "Zero To Hero")
- Hercules and the Grim Avenger (1999) ... (lyrics: "Zero To Hero")
- Hercules and the Odyssey Experience (1999) ... (lyrics: "Zero To Hero")
 1998 The Swan Princess: Sing Along (Short) (lyrics: "Practice, Practice, Practice", "Princesses on Parade", "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "This Is My Idea", "Far Longer Than Forever")
 1998 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Honor to Us All (Video short) (lyrics: "Honor to Us All", "Zero to Hero", "I Won't Say", "I'll Make a Man Out of You")
 1998 Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back (writer: "We're a Miracle")
 1998 Mulan (lyrics: "Honor to Us All" (uncredited) (1998), "Reflection" (uncredited) (1998), "I'll Make a Man Out of You" (uncredited) (1998), "A Girl Worth Fighting For" (uncredited) (1998), "I'll Make a Man Out of You (Reprise)" (uncredited) (1998), "True to Your Heart", "Reflection (Pop Version)")
 1998 The 70th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Go The Distance")
 1997 Disney's Animated Storybook: Hercules (Video Game) (lyrics: "A Star is Born", "Go the Distance", "I Won't Say", "One Last Hope", "Zero to Hero")
 1997 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Zero to Hero (Video short) (lyrics: "One Last Hope", "Zero To Hero")
 1997 Hercules (lyrics: "The Gospel Truth (Prologue)" (uncredited) (1997), "The Gospel Truth (Hades)" (uncredited) (1997), "The Gospel Truth (Growing Up)" (uncredited) (1997), "Go the Distance" (uncredited) (1997), "One Last Hope" (uncredited) (1997), "Zero to Hero" (uncredited) (1997), "I Won't Say 'I'm in Love'" (uncredited), "A Star is Born (Ending)" (uncredited) (1997), "A Star is Born (End Credits)" (uncredited) (1997), "Go the Distance (End Credits)")
 1994 Good Morning America (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 21 December 1994 (1994) ... (writer: "Just in Time for Christmas")
 1994 The Swan Princess (lyrics: "Far Longer Than Forever" (End Title Version), "This Is My Idea", "Practice, Practice, Practice", "Far Longer Than Forever", "No Fear", "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "Princesses on Parade") / (performer: "No Fear") / (writer: "Eternity")
 1993 The 47th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (lyrics: "Paula")
 1991 Missing Pieces (lyrics: "High Energy")
 1991 Frankie and Johnny (writer: "Until You Let Go ")
 1990 The 44th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (lyrics: "What You Don't Know About Women", "You're Nothing Without Me")
 1980 Ida Fanfanny and the Four Seasons (Short) (lyrics: "A Little Magic")
Show Show Music department (7 credits)
Show Show Composer (4 credits)
Show Show Actor (1 credit)
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Other Works:

He wrote the lyrics for the staged reading, "Going Hollywood," at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. Jonathan Sheffer composed the music. David Zippel wrote the lyrics. Joe Leonardo and he wrote the book. Joe Leonardo was also director. Phil Hall was musical director. See more »

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Zippel was never officially credited for collaborating with Phil Collins in writing the songs for Disney's Tarzan (1999). As a matter of fact, Phil himself did all of the songwriting for that animated film. See more »

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