STUDIO: Disney
MSRP: $14.99 Each
RUNNING TIME: 27 Minutes Each
SPECIAL FEATURES: The DVDs are so special Disney included no features.

The Pitch

“Mr. Iger? Since we don’t put out any actual musicals anymore, why don’t we whore out every notable song we’ve ever produced in a different way? Maybe no one will notice these aren’t new.”

The Humans

The Live and Animated casts of various Disney flicks including Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, 101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan.

The Nutshell

Take a musical number from a past Disney film. Subtitle it. Voila! DVD Magic!

I think there’s a hidden political message in there…

The Package

Yet another set of Disney Sing-Along DVDs you can play endlessly for your five year old. Aren’t you lucky!? Like past sets (reviewed here and here) these sound good and that’s about it. Each disc is presented in 5.1 Surround Sound. Why? Maybe because when you turn it off the average Disney-addicted kid will scream in 4.2 sound. Turning on another DVD will drown out the sound of fury.

None of these discs contain any bonuses either. Usually that bothers me. But, with these, I think your $14.99 buys you a 27 minute diversion, nothing more, nothing less.

Not to reuse the same caption, but, I think a similar message is hidden in here too.

The Lowdown

Honestly, these sets are purchased for one reason – a 27-minute babysitter. That’s it. No Disney collector is out there combing Best Buy every Tuesday looking for the new batch of Disney Sing Along DVDs.

However, when Little Johnny is screaming his head off while Daddy is looking at new 50 inch HD Flat Screens… Dad might pick up a Disney Sing Along DVD for $15 to have some peace later in the day.

I’m not knocking that. Whatever gives parents a moment or two of serenity in a chaotic day is fine by me.

These discs will probably serve that purpose just fine. I don’t have a kid to test this theory on though. I have seen children become captive zombies for hours at a time with cartoon and live-action musicals. These discs just take out all that plot garbage and put the musical money shots in full display. Buy them and enjoy, I’m sure, 27-minutes of bliss. That alone should be worth the $15.

The two point boost in ratings below for the second two discs is because they both contain a Song of the South song on them. Any time Disney actually admits that movie exists is worth a little extra something.

Bare Necessities and You Can Fly:
4 out of 10

Supercalifragilisticexplialidocious and Pong & Perdita:
6 out of 10

Michael Jackson impersonating a black man impersonating the Scarecrow from Wizard of Oz.