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Disney Sing Along Songs

Disney Sing Along Songs are series of videos, laserdiscs and DVDs with musical moments from various Disney films, TV shows and attractions. Lyrics for the songs are displayed on-screen with the Mickey Mouse icon as a "bouncing ball". Early releases open with a theme song introduction containing footage featuring Professor Owl and his class, seen originally in 1953 in two Disney shorts Melody and Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom. Professor Owl hosts some of the videos while either Ludwig Von Drake or Jiminy Cricket host others, and later volumes, as well as the two Christmas videos, had no host at all.

History

Issued beginning in 1986, there has been four distinct series. The 1st launched in 1986 with Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Sing Along Songs, followed by five more volumes. The 2nd series began appearing in August 1990 with Under The Sea and Disneyland Fun-It's A Small World, featuring a new design and reissued volumes labeled One (1) through Twelve (12) in North America (worldwide, volume numbers differed). The 3rd series, beginning in 1994 with Circle of Life, saw another new package design and the re-release of all previous volumes (excluding Fun With Music, repackaged as 101 Notes of Fun for the non-North American market). This series incorporated Mickey's Fun Songs repackaged as Sing Along Songs (a three volume live-action set in the style of Disneyland Fun). Spanish language editions of some volumes were released (Disney Canta Con Nosotros). Some songs moved to newer volumes, newly remixed opening and closing songs appeared, and the final release in this format was Flik's Musical Adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom on June 8, 1999. This series abandoned any new volume numbers, included only sporadically on third series volumes. A special three volume set, Collection of All-Time Favorites, was released in 1997. There have been over 30 titles released to home video. Newly remastered editions began appearing in 2002 on Disney DVD, beginning with Very Merry Christmas Songs, featuring a new package design, bonus features, and some new songs. Some Disney DVD feature releases include individual songs as bonus features. Winnie-the-Pooh Sing a Song volumes are being incorporated into the Sing Along Songs series. The DVD series (4th series) features Sebastian the Crab (from The Little Mermaid) singing the theme song, replacing Professor Owl. All VHS volumes are technically out of print, but most are available new or second-hand wherever videos are sold.

Volumes

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (December 23, 1986)

Volume trivia

  • Stock #480 - Re-printed March 15, 1991 and March 4, 1994 - NTSC Vol. 2
  • Hosted by Professor Owl
  • Originally issued to promote the November 21, 1986 theatrical re-release of Song of the South, celebrating the film's 40th Anniversary, and representing the launch of the new home-video series of (as yet, unnumbered) Sing Along Songs
  • Footage for the song It's A Small World was taken from Disneyland Goes to the World's Fair which aired May 17, 1964
  • Ending footage to Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Reprise was taken from A Day in the Life of Donald Duck where the Disney gang comes out to pay tribute to Mickey, Donald and Goofy
  • 1986 original print featured Sorcerer Mickey with "presents" appearing below it.

Heigh-Ho (March 6, 1987)

Volume trivia

  • Stock #531 - Re-printed May 18, 1990, February 26, 1993 and March 4, 1994 - NTSC Vol. 1, PAL Vol. 4
  • Hosted by Professor Owl
  • Released in 1987 to promote the theatrical re-release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on the film's 50th Anniversary
  • Though designated in 1990 as Volume One (just as Snow White is "Animated Feature #1"), Sing Along Songs: Heigh Ho was the second release, preceded by Sing Along Songs: Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (1986)
  • There is extensive use of footage from Adventures in Music: Melody, and Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom throughout the entire program with a new script synched to the old video
  • The 1993 edition features a preview for all eleven numbered volumes to date
  • Yo Ho was cut from 1993 (2nd series) and The Siamese Cat Song from 1994 (3rd series) English language editions. The Siamese Cat Song returns in Mulan-Honor to Us All in 1998.
  • Footage of Pirates of the Caribbean in the song Yo Ho was taken from Disneyland: From Pirates of the Caribbean to the World of Tomorrow which aired January 21, 1968
  • The 3rd series edition (1994) incorporates the new themes introduced in Friend Like Me and Circle of Life
  • Known as Blancanieves: Heigh Ho in Spanish

The Bare Necessities (October 13, 1987)

Volume trivia

  • Stock #581 - Re-printed March 15, 1991 and March 4, 1994 - NTSC Vol. 4, PAL Vol. 1
  • Hosted by Jiminy Cricket
  • DVD release January 3, 2006
  • Released in 1987 to mark the 20th Anniversary of The Jungle Book.
  • Original print featured Sorcerer Mickey with "presents".

You Can Fly! (February 5, 1988)

Volume trivia

Very Merry Christmas Songs (December 23, 1988)

  • It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas†
  • Winnie The Pooh's Jingle Bells†
  • Toyland†
  • All I Want For Christmas Is My 2 Front Teeth†
  • From All of Us To All of You
  • Deck The Halls
  • Jingle Bells
  • Joy To The World
  • Up On The Housetop
  • Let It Snow
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Parade of The Wooden Soldiers
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Here Comes Santa Claus
  • Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Silent Night
  • Seasons of Giving†
  • As Long As There's Christmas†
  • Jingle Bell Rock†
  • Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree†
  • White Christmas†
  • The Best Christmas of All†
  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Volume trivia

  • Stock #657 - Re-printed May 18, 1990, June 7, 1991 and July 10, 1997 - NTSC Vol. 8
  • No host (voiceover only)
  • DVD Release November 5, 2002
  • † Songs featured only on the 2002 DVD re-release
  • DVD Features Vocabulary Game, Very Merry Musical Game and Create a Card Activity
  • The 1988-91 editions feature a promo for other Disney Christmas films.

Fun With Music (September 28, 1989)

Volume trivia

  • Stock #763 - Re-printed March 15, 1991 - NTSC Vol. 5
  • Co-hosted by Professor Owl and Ludwig Von Drake
  • The video started out with Professor Owl as the host. Then after All in the Golden Afternoon, (Ludwig Von Drake) took over as host. Finally after Blue Danube Waltz Professor Owl hosted again for the rest of the video.
  • Old MacDonald Had a Band originally appeared in the Disney short Jack and Old Mac and also appeared in and is credited to Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom
  • 1994 re-issued as '101 Notes of Fun', a UK/PAL only update to 'Fun with Music', replacing Let's All Sing Like the Birdies Sing with Cruella de Vil and Why Should I Worry Reprise with Cruella De Vil Reprise, thus subtly changing focus from Oliver & Company to 101 Dalmatians.

Under The Sea (August 14, 1990)

Volume trivia

  • Stock #908 - Re-printed March 4, 1994 - NTSC Vol. 6
  • Hosted by Ludwig Von Drake
  • Known as La Sirenita: Bajo El Mar in Spanish.
  • The first Disney Sing Along Songs videocassette to use familiar tunes not from Disney movies, set to clips from Disney movies and cartoons (merely marked as "Disney Scenes").

Disneyland Fun (August 14, 1990)

(also known as It's A Small World)

Volume trivia

  • Stock #935 - Re-printed September 21, 1990, July 12, 1991 and March 4, 1994 - NTSC Vol. 7, PAL Vol. 5
  • Hosted by Professor Owl
  • DVD release September 27, 2005
  • After an introductory sequence, the sing-along commences with footage of the rides and attractions of Disneyland.
  • The 1994 re-print introduced a new opening graphic for the series but retained the original closing graphic.
  • That was the first Disney theme-park Sing-Along video.
  • The DVD version also included Let's Go To Disneyland Paris when the audio options are switched to French.
  • Originally released to mark the 35th anniversary of Disneyland.

I Love To Laugh! (December 24, 1990)

(also known as Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious issued 1994)

Volume trivia

Be Our Guest (June 19, 1992)

Volume trivia

Friend Like Me (April 30, 1993)

Volume trivia

  • Stock #1730 - Re-printed March 4, 1994 - NTSC Vol. 11, PAL Vol. 9
  • Hosted by Jiminy Cricket
  • That is like to have a different intro to the theme song play over the opening graphics. In its place, we hear the last couple of bars of Friend Like Me, with the title Friend Like Me appearing in Disney's Aladdin-style font, framed by blue and purple smoke, continuing into the remixed opening theme. The remixed opening of Disney's Sing Along Songs was heard on Circle of Life and Honor To Us All while the remixed closing theme was also heard on Circle of Life.
  • Known as Aladdin: Un Amigo Fiel in Spanish.

The Twelve Days of Christmas (December 24, 1993)

  • Very Merry Christmas (Disneyland)
  • Deck The Halls
  • Dear Santa
  • Jingle Bells
  • Snow Ho Ho
  • Hip Hop Noel
  • He Delivers
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • I'd Like To Have An Elephant For Christmas
  • Here Comes Santa! (Disneyland)
  • O Christmas Tree/We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Volume trivia

  • Stock #1525 - Re-printed July 10, 2000 - NTSC Vol. 12
  • No host (voiceover only)
  • That was the second Disney theme-park Sing-Along video.

101 Notes of Fun (March 12, 1994)

Volume Trivia

  • Stock #207632 - UK/PAL Only - PAL Vol. 11
  • Hosted by Ludwig Von Drake
  • Re-edited "Fun with Music" (1989) with subtle change of focus from Oliver & Company to 101 Dalmatians
  • †"Old MacDonald Had a Band" originally appeared in the Disney short Jack and Old Mac and also appeared in and is credited to "Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom"
  • "Let's All Sing Like the Birdies Sing" did not appear on this updated version of Fun with Music but was included on the UK/PAL edition of Colors of The Wind

Campout At Walt Disney World (April 22, 1994)

  • We'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain (Traditional)
  • The Bare Necessities (The Jungle Book)
  • The Caissons Go Rolling Along
  • Happy Wanderer
  • Oh, Susanna (Traditional)
  • Camptown Races (Traditional)
  • By The Beautiful Sea (Traditional)
  • Don't Fence Me In (Groundling Marsh)
  • Turkey In The Straw (Traditional)
  • Talent Roundup
  • Jeepers Creepers (Traditional)
  • Mountain Greenery
  • Country Roads (John Denver)
  • If You're Happy and You Know It (Traditional)
  • Goodnight Campers

Volume Trivia

  • Stock #2600, 30 min. (VHS)
  • DVD release September 27, 2005
  • Originally released as "Mickey's Fun Songs - Campout At Walt Disney World", later reissued in the Sing Along Songs series
  • That was the third theme-park sing along video.

Let's Go To The Circus (April 22, 1994)

Volume Trivia

  • Stock #2599, 32 min. (VHS)
  • Originally released as "Mickey's Fun Songs- Let's Go To The Circus", later reissued in the Sing Along Songs series.
  • Barry Manilow is reported to have composed the score for the video and wrote two original in 1987 with Bruce Sussman, but credited as written by Andy Belling and Nick Allen.
  • One of the clowns featured in the movie was Karen Bell.
  • In the TV scene in Make 'Em Laugh, you will barely hear a Wilhelm Scream.

Circle of Life (December 23, 1994)

Volume Trivia

  • Stock #3491, 29386, DVD Stock #29382 - PAL Vol. 10
  • Hosted by Jiminy Cricket (1st edition only. DVD edition featured voiceover only)
  • DVD release April 2003
  • † Included in the 2003 release, but not the original 1994 release.

Beach Party At Walt Disney World (August 16, 1995)

Volume trivia

  • Stock #4721, 32 min. (VHS)
  • DVD release September 27, 2005
  • Originally released as "Mickey's Fun Songs - Beach Party At Walt Disney World"
  • That was the fourth Disney theme-park Sing-Along video.

Colors of the Wind (July 21, 1995)

Volume trivia

  • Stock #4814 (VHS), 4814AS (Laserdisc), PAL/UK Vol. 13, Stock #D248142
  • Hosted by Ludwig Von Drake
  • Laserdisc featured Mickey's Fun Songs - Let's Go To The Circus on side two
  • Features the return of Little Wooden Head, cut from the 1993 edition of Be Our Guest
  • VHS edition features updated preview for the 3rd series, plus a preview for Mickey's Fun Songs three tape series
  • † Songs featured only on United Kingdom PAL VHS

Let's Go to Disneyland Paris (1996)

Volume trivia

  • Stock #D271252 - UK/PAL only
  • A Disneyland Paris sequel to Disneyland Fun/It's A Small World, featuring theme park oriented live action performances of Disney classics.
  • Hosted by Professor Owl
  • That was the fifth Disney theme-park Sing-Along video.

Topsy Turvy (June 25, 1996)

(also known as Sing Along Songs from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, UK/PAL)

Volume trivia

  • Stock #7648, PAL Stock #D269902
  • No host
  • Songs appear only on original NTSC edition
  • †† Songs appear only on PAL/UK edition

Pongo & Perdita (November 26, 1996)

Volume trivia

  • Stock #8525
  • DVD release January, 3, 2006
  • The "Follow the Leader" segment actually used a recording of the version in "Disneyland Fun ".
  • The only volume without sing-along words on the screen, though it is Closed Captioned (CC) for hearing impaired (as are most volumes), and sing-along lyrics have been added to the 2006 DVD release (though still incomplete)

From Hercules (June 29, 1997)

Volume trivia

  • Stock # D269542 - UK/PAL only
  • Hosted by Tinkerbell

Collection of All Time Favorites: The Early Years (July 22, 1997)

Volume trivia

  • Stock #11432 - Volume 1
  • No host (voiceover by Professor Owl)
  • Features songs from 1933-1949

Collection of All Time Favorites: The Magic Years (July 22, 1997)

Volume trivia

  • Stock #11435 - Volume 2
  • No host (voiceover by Professor Owl)
  • †† Songs appear only on PAL/UK edition
  • Features songs from 1950-1977

Collection of All Time Favorites: The Modern Classics (July 22, 1997)

Volume trivia

  • Stock #11436 - Volume 3
  • No host (voiceover by Professor Owl)
  • Features songs from 1989-1997

Honor To Us All (July 28, 1998)

Volume trivia

  • Stock #14023, 14023AS (Laserdisc)
  • Laserdisc features Pongo and Perdita on side two
  • No host (voiceover by Professor Owl)
  • Features the return of The Siamese Cat Song, cut from the 1994 edition of Heigh Ho
  • On The Open Road has a Wilhelm Scream.

Happy Haunting - Party At Disneyland (August 25, 1998)

Volume trivia

  • Stock #14015
  • DVD release September 5, 2006
  • Hosted by the Magic Mirror.
  • Original VHS released for Halloween 1998
  • That was the sixth Disney theme-park Sing-Along video.

Sing A Song with Pooh Bear & Piglet Too (February 23, 1999)

Volume trivia

  • Stock #30135 (DVD), #14017 (VHS)
  • DVD release April 2003
  • † Songs seen only in the 2003 edition
  • The theme song in the 1999 release is Winnie The Pooh with a computer animated tour of Christopher Robin's bedroom with all of his stuffed animals lying around.
  • Originally released as Disney's Winnie The Pooh: Sing A Song With Pooh Bear in 1999
  • VHS edition features Bonus Footage Learn to Draw Pooh hosted by [(Winnie the Pooh)|Gopher]
  • DVD features music and vocabulary games as well as Spanish and Italian language presentations of many songs

Flik's Musical Adventure At Disney's Animal Kingdom (March 12, 1999)

Volume trivia

  • Stock #14022
  • Hosted by Flik the Ant from Disney/Pixar's A Bug's Life
  • DVD release September 27, 2005
  • Last videocassette to feature Sorcerer Mickey title
  • Final Disney theme-park Sing-Along video.

Winnie The Pooh - Sing A Song With Tigger (2000)

Volume trivia

  • Stock #18856 (VHS)
  • Bonus Programming - Tiggerrific Tips on How To Make A Scrapbook!
  • Hosted by Tigger, who is showing you his scrapbook
  • Released in 2000 in promotion of The Tigger Movie
  • This video was not released as a Sing Along Songs volume, rather a "Sing a Song With"..., but otherwise conforms to SAS volume standards.
  • Opening credits feature a computer animated tour of Christopher Robin's bedroom showing his stuffed toys
  • Also features bonus music videos A Girl Worth Fighting For (Mulan), Scales And Arpeggios (The Aristocats), Best of Friends (The Fox and the Hound), Steady as the Beating Drum (Pocahontas), Higitus Figutus (The Sword in the Stone)

Brother Bear - On My Way (October 28, 2003)

Volume trivia

  • Stock #31968 (DVD)
  • Hosted by Rutt and Tuke
  • Also features Karaoke Mode and three Vocabulary Activities
  • † Songs also presented as Dance Along alternate video.
  • On the Open Road was presented on Honor to Us All and features a Wilhelm Scream

Home On The Range - Little Patch of Heaven (March 23, 2004)

Volume Trivia

  • Stock #33819 (DVD)
  • Hosted by Maggie The Cow
  • Also features Karaoke Mode and three Vocabulary Activities

Disney Princess Sing Along Songs Vol. 1 - Once Upon A Dream (September 7, 2004)

Volume trivia

  • "If You Can Dream" appears to be an original song composed exclusively for this Sing Along Songs volume
  • Re-issued 2006 with collectible princess necklace

Disney Princess Sing Along Songs Vol. 2 - Enchanted Tea Party (September 6, 2005)

Volume trivia

  • DVD includes Princess Tea Time game, Dance Along, Karaoke, Random Play
  • Where Dreams Begin was newly created for this volume.

Disney Princess Sing Along Songs Vol. 3 - Perfectly Princess (February 14, 2006)

Volume trivia

  • Includes Karaoke, Princess Pen Pals, Princess Pals DVD-ROM

Sources/References

  • Song lists drawn from VHS/DVD packaging and actual song order from programs
  • Many release dates from Amazon.com

Broadcast history

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Disney Channel

External links

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