Disney Sing Along Songs Vol. 9: I Love to Laugh Review 

Theme Song by Brian Setzer and owned by Walt Disney Records

Theme Song by Patrick DeRemer and owned by Walt Disney Records

 

With Volume 9 the Sing Along series returns to the standard formula of focusing songs on a particular theme of music and showcasing Disney music history. This time the theme is on silly songs mainly songs that are fun little romps that bring smiles to people’s faces. Mr. Owl invites Professor Ludwig Von Drake to take over the show and Von Drake introduces the first song in this Mary Poppins themed episode!

I Love to Laugh

Now this is a song that you wouldn’t expect to be a title song, but actually makes a really good one. It definitely fits the theme of how music can bring joy to other people as well as the concept of humor in general. It serves as a great storytelling method in the film of Mary Poppins to show the children a sense of laughter and enjoyment in comparison to their no nonsense home. Ed Wynn is just amazing in this song! He’s just so damn likeable and just a joy to watch. However I think Dick Van Dyke is the funniest because of his various concepts of laughs as well as just his personality and energy he brings to the character of Bert. I can’t watch this song without laughing! I really can’t. The jokes maybe corny and bad, but they’re so bad and they’re said by excellent characters that the jokes are funny anyway! Great start to the episode!

Everybody Has a Laughing Place

The next song is a really good song from Song of the South! This song may not be as good as Zip a Dee Doo Dah, but it is still a good song and it mixes in clips of other Disney films and cartoons where characters laugh. It definitely fits the theme and is in a lot of ways the second core song of the volume! I hope everyone is able to find their laughing place someday.

Bluddle-Uddle-Um-Dum

This is probably the weakest song on here just because it’s not really a song. I found this scene in the film to be more of a gag fest than anything else. It’s just okay.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

The next song is probably the most overrated of all the Sherman Brothers songs. Now don’t get me wrong it’s still a very good song, but as far as the Sherman Brothers go it doesn’t measure up to Feed the Birds or Chim Chim Cheree. Still this vibrant and fun song of the one of the few nonsense words to make it into the English dictionary is still a delightful song.

Quack Quack Quack Donald Duck

Donald Duck Cartoon Theme

This next one is very interesting because it’s a song that describes Donald very well. Although I think the Donald cartoon theme from the 40s and 50s is the real Donald theme, but that’s just me being old school. Still this song is really good at nailing Donald’s character sort of. The quacking can get annoying, but it’s still a good song. Here’s the old school Donald cartoon theme.

Oo-De-Lally

This particular song from Robin Hood is kind of shoehorned into the theme because it isn’t really a silly song, but it’s put in because of the “merriness” of Robin Hood’s men and adventures. Still it is a good obscure song to put into the lineup for this episode.

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf

The first hit Disney song is on this list. This song has a fun and catchy feeling about it even though it’s a song that proves Fifer and Fiddler Pig’s undoing and shows their hubris and irresponsibility once the wolf does show up.

The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers

A volume about silly songs isn’t complete without everyone’s favorite energetic Pooh character the ever bouncing Tigger. What a perfect song to define who Tigger is. A great song written by the Sherman Brothers that shows the silliness and playfulness of everyone’s favorite Pooh character.

Pink Elephants on Parade

Obviously a Sing Along about silly songs can’t be complete without this trippy little song. As much as I like I do admit it is just so surreal and so weird especially with the imagery that accompanies it. Still a fitting song for the volume.

Jolly Holiday

Now this volume is one of the only volumes that doesn’t have a reprise at the end. One would think you would because of the reprise that starts when Mr. Dawes Sr. laughs at the joke and rises out of the chair. The music starts and you could show the footage from the beginning again. Instead of a reprise we get a great song from Mary Poppins where Bert and Mary basically go on a date. This is a good song to make us come full circle with Mary Poppins and it is also very entertaining just to see Dick Van Dyke playing the character of Bert brilliantly again.

Closing

 

Final Thoughts

 

While this volume ends abruptly it still is very enjoyable and is a return to the classic Sing Along formula. For the next volume the series can now resume having their title songs and main themes be on the latest Disney film of the Animation Renaissance. Join me next time where the Sing Along series continues with the next big hit of the Animation Renaissance in Volume 10: Be Our Guest!

 

 

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