Disney Sing Along Songs Topsy Turvy Review 

Theme Song by Brian Setzer and owned by Walt Disney Records

Theme Song by Patrick DeRemer and owned by Walt Disney Records

 

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 House’s return to the Mr. Owl saga with Topsy Turvy!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

As a bonus the songs featured in the UK version are also included!!

All Footage owned by Walt Disney Home Video

 

Topsy Turvy

We get the classic opening and then we go straight into something similar to the “songbook transitions” except it’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!

You’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. It’s used well in the video and my personal feelings toward the song are kind of indifferent. It’s not great, but it’s not bad 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 to promote the Timon and Pumbaa show and it was hilarious and awesome! Timon’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 isn’t as good as Why Should I Worry, but it’s an okay song. What I love about it is that 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.

Out There

The second song from a promoted movie must be present 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 more emotional and powerful “I Want” songs with Quasimodo’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!

Family

Now we have another Newman song in here. This like Y.G.A.F.I.M. in that I’m completely indifferent about it. It’s just there.

The Unbirthday Song

Now we end with a song that has already been in a Sing Along before and it’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!

Final Thoughts

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!

 

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