|Posted by DisneyOtoko on August 11, 2012 at 5:55 PM|
Disney Sing Along Songs Topsy Turvy Review
Boy is it good to be back with good old Mr. Owl! We get the classic opening again and everything feels right with this 1996 release! Now the second stretch of the Mr. Owl Saga after the numeric volumes had considerably less songs, but still had the same running time. Either way the fewer number of songs made things feel shorter. This was used to promote the Hunchback of Notre Dame. The song selection is creative and odd because ittakes from other oddball films and hits such as James and the Giant Peach and obviously the mega hit of Toy Story! Here is The Mouse House’s return to theMr. Owl saga with Topsy Turvy!
As a bonus the songs featured in the UK version are also included!!All Footage owned by Walt Disney Home Video
We get the classic opening and then we go straightinto something similar to the “songbook transitions” except it’s the theatrecurtain transitions because the title of the song appears on the curtain and itopens and the footage begins and there is also no definite theme around thistime. The title song starts us off and it is a very good song to get us excitedfor the rest of the songs and it is a great and large show stopping number!
You’ve Got a Friend in Me
With the big hit of Toy Story they had to put thetheme song to that film in here. It’s used well in the video and my personalfeelings toward the song are kind of indifferent. It’s not great, but it’s notbad it’s just there. Then again that’s how I feel about all of Randy Newman’s music.
Stand by Me
Now I remember this music video when it was used topromote the Timon and Pumbaa show and it was hilarious and awesome! Timon’scover of this classic is just great and Pumbaa is definitely put through thetest of loyalty. Great stuff!
Streets of Gold
Now this song from Oliver and Company obviously isn’t as good as Why Should I Worry, but it’s an okay song. What I love about it isthat it just oozes 80s and it’s interesting for Disney animated feature scores to have that specific contemporary sound instead of a timeless one. It’s new and I think it’s good.
Dwarf’s Yodel Song
This song has already been on the sing along before so I’m not really going to say anything about it here.
The second song from a promoted movie must bepresent so it’s obviously this one. Hellfire would have been freakin’ awesome,but I’m happy with this one. I really like this song. It’s one of the moreemotional and powerful “I Want” songs with Quasimodo’s self esteem and socialissues worked in and his willingness to go into an unknown world perfectlycaptured and explored. A great part of this episode!
Now we have another Newman song in here. This likeY.G.A.F.I.M. in that I’m completely indifferent about t. It’s just there.
The Unbirthday Song
Now we end with a song that has already been in aSing Along before and it’s the same old quirky yet enjoyable song.
Topsy Turvy Reprise
The tradition continues with the title songreprising and we started on a high note and we end on a high note no music pun intended. A great way to promote a great movie!
Thiswas a very solid installment! I liked a lot of the song choices and the songs were very well shown! Join me next time where I work backwards with the Mr. Owl saga installment that came out before this one in Disney Sing Alongs Colors ofthe Wind!