Wizards of Waverly Place Soundtrack

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Squeaky-clean magical CD won't cast any bad spells.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Magic is the common theme here, but the songs also share similar teen romance subject matter, which usually consists of longing for someone or crushing on someone. There are also a few songs that focus on believing in the impossible and in yourself.

Positive role models

Most of the artists featured here are squeaky-clean Disney branded ones; they are mostly wholesome and innocent. There's little seduction or sultriness in anyone's voice.

Sexy stuff

Many of the songs are flirty or discuss crushes, but there's nothing overtly sexual. This is as racy as it gets: "I gotta hold on you tonight." from The Cars' classic "Magic."

Consumerism

The CD launches interactive Unlock More Rock feature when it's placed in a PC. Here, you can watch music videos from the soundtrack and also see behind- the-scenes clips. The extra Web content promotes the Disney series and upcoming Wizards of Waverly Place cable TV movie.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this album is one magic potion that doesn't have any questionable ingredients. Pulling from the Disney Channel talent stable, the soundtrack features lots of famous TV faces. If you're familiar with the tone of Hannah Montana music and iCarly sounds, then you shouldn't be surprised at the style here. Parents will probably recognize lots of the songs, as many of the "magic" songs are from the '70s and '80s.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo! Disney's fascination with the fantastically magical (think the Blue Fairy from Pinocchio, Tinkerbell from Peter Pan, and Fantasia) continues with WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE, a soundtrack to the hit Disney Channel TV show. Following the theme of this sorcery sitcom, each song is about  magic. There are a bunch of retro covers that draw from a variety of magic-themed songs, from The Pilot's 1975 hit "Magic" and the similarly title '84 single by The Cars to "Magic Carpet Ride" and "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic," which finds Hannah Montana star Mitchel Musso covering the Sting classic. Just like on TV, Selena Gomez is the star here, singing four of the 12 tracks.

Is it any good?

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Just like the series that inspired this soundtrack, the music featured here is fun and upbeat -- a veritable dance party in an LP. There's nothing especially deep or profound, but this is Disney tween entertainment at its best: hip, pop tunes that capture the spirit of the moment. With the '80s becoming retro chic these days, the revival of pop classics from the era seems like a perfect spell. All these songs, whether covers or originals, get the same super-production. For fans of the original songs, this might be an abomination, but for tweens who've never heard these classics, this album should be just the trick.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the interconnectedness among movies, TV, music, and the Internet. Why does every show have a soundtrack, Web site, or movie associated with it?

  • Why do so many other Disney artists appear here? What is Disney's marketing strategy? Do you think it was good timing to put out a soundtrack for the television show just weeks before the related movie is released? Read "Selling to Kids Tips" to combat the marketing monster.

  • Talk about fantasy versus reality. Disney television shows and movies can make the average into the fabulous. Characters live in beautiful houses, have the latest fashion, and are always fit and trim. How does this image differ from real life? Read our "Positive Body Images Tips" to find out how to build self-confidence.

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:August 4, 2009
Label:Walt Disney Records
Genre:Soundtrack
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 17 year old Written byKimberly Stocker October 10, 2009
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prfect for older 17+

i think it was amazing!!!

What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written bySimtan June 18, 2010
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great

i think it is good no negative behaveor exilent and a great job on this hats of to u the cast

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Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 5 and 7 year old Written byBramfieldMum September 18, 2009
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Fun car tunes!!

We're all enjoying this CD - I even caught myself listening to it after I dropped my kids off at school. My girls are 5 1/2 & 7 1/2 and really enjoy this music. It's a fun CD.

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