I admit it, I love to sing. Admittedly, I am a tenor. As in I should sing ten or so miles away from anyone else. That said, the one group of songs I sing very well are Disney songs. It’s a Small World After All, Grim Grinning Ghosts, Once Upon a Dream…I can belt them all out.
These classics, and many others, all appeared on the Disney Sing-Along series that appeared on VHS and DVD, released by Walt Disney Home Video.
Disney Sing-Alongs Debuted on December 23, 1986 on VHS with Zip-A-Dee-Doh-Dah, meant to tie into the 40th anniversary of Song of the South. The video series was appealing to children because it contained scenes from many of the iconic Disney classics along with the songs. As well, the lyrics appeared on the screen with a bouncing ball so children could follow along and learn the songs as they watched the video over and over (and over and over).
In total, the inital release offered 10 songs, the Mickey Mouse March, Zip-A-Dee-Doh-Dah, Following the Leader, It’s a Small World, The Unbirthday Song, Casey Junior, The Ballad of Davy Crockett, Give a Little Whistle, and Whistle While You Work.
In total, Disney released 32 volumes of the Sing-Along series, the last being Disney Princess Sing-Along Song Volume 3 in 2006, a followup to the same title in 2004 and 2005. As part of the series, one was dedicated to Christmas songs with Disney cartoons being used as the backdrop, and several were also live action, using the Disney Parks as the setting for the songs.
Of these 32 volumes, none have ever made it to a Blu-Ray release. All have now gone out of print, but can be found occasionally on Ebay or Amazon, but for a pretty penny. From experience, I know that children still enjoy this series, and I do wish Disney would revive the series, or at the very least re-release the volumes that are out of print. Children still love to sing, and still desire entertainment, and the Disney Sing-Along Series is a perfect way to accomplish both. And many Disney movies released since 2006 still have some great songs perfect for this series in a revival form.
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