Disney Sing Along Songs Topsy Turvy ReviewÂ
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 it takes 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 Houseâ€™s return to the Mr. Owl saga with Topsy Turvy!
As a bonus the songs featured in the UK version are also included!!
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We get the classic opening and then we go straight into something similar to the â€œsongbook transitionsâ€ except itâ€™s the theatre curtain transitions because the title of the song appears on the curtain and it opens and the footage begins and there is also no definite theme around this time. The title song starts us off and it is a very good song to get us excited for the rest of the songs and it is a great and large show stopping number!
Youâ€™ve Got a Friend in Me
With the big hit of Toy Story they had to put the theme song to that film in here. Itâ€™s used well in the video and my personal feelings toward the song are kind of indifferent. Itâ€™s not great, but itâ€™s not bad itâ€™s just there. Then again thatâ€™s how I feel about all of Randy Newmanâ€™s music.
Stand by Me
Now I remember this music video when it was used to promote the Timon and Pumbaa show and it was hilarious and awesome! Timonâ€™s cover of this classic is just great and Pumbaa is definitely put through the test of loyalty. Great stuff!
Streets of Gold
Now this song from Oliver and Company obviously isnâ€™t as good as Why Should I Worry, but itâ€™s an okay song. What I love about it is that it just oozes 80s and itâ€™s interesting for Disney animated feature scores to have that specific contemporary sound instead of a timeless one. Itâ€™s new and I think itâ€™s good.
Dwarfâ€™s Yodel Song
This song has already been on the sing along before so Iâ€™m not really going to say anything about it here.
The second song from a promoted movie must be present so itâ€™s obviously this one. Hellfire would have been freakinâ€™ awesome, but Iâ€™m happy with this one. I really like this song. Itâ€™s one of the more emotional and powerful â€œI Wantâ€ songs with Quasimodoâ€™s self esteem and social issues worked in and his willingness to go into an unknown world perfectly captured and explored. A great part of this episode!
Now we have another Newman song in here. This like Y.G.A.F.I.M. in that Iâ€™m completely indifferent about it. Itâ€™s just there.
The Unbirthday Song
Now we end with a song that has already been in a Sing Along before and itâ€™s the same old quirky yet enjoyable song.
Topsy Turvy Reprise
The tradition continues with the title song reprising 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!
This was 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 of the Wind!