Disneymania

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Popular artists sing hits from Disney soundtracks.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

These songs may yearn for romance, adventure, or new horizons, but in a way that generally is age-appropriate and non-threatening.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Sex is not an issue; everything stays very, very benign (think "Can You Feel The Love Tonight," "Kiss The Girl," and "You'll Be In My Heart").

Language
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Consumerism

It's hard to ignore that all of the songs are from Disney movies (or Disney theme parks), but their updated arrangements make them sound new and offer a different context.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that these all-ages CDs take hit musical artists (Demi Lovato, Aly and AJ) and have them sing songs from Disney movies ("Cruella De Vil") or Disney theme parks ("It's a Small World After All").

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What's the story?

Take some of Disney's movie soundtrack and theme park hits, mix liberally with today's popular artists and some slick production, and what do we get? A series of kid-friendly CDs with music that's very familiar, but somewhat new at the same time.

Is it any good?

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The most successful tunes are the ones that go boldly against expectation: the RapMania! Mix version of "It's a Small World After All" by fan_3, for example. Less exciting are the straight-ahead covers. Take "A Whole New World." It starts out prettily enough with a strong Nick Lachey vocal -- until Jessica Simpson's weak, nasal warble floats in -- time to skip to the next track! The other ballads are better performed, but aren't different enough from the original versions to be all that interesting. A thing to note: The songs are ones we've already heard a million times and after a few of the less-than-stellar tunes, you may be asking yourself if we really needed another version?

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the Disney empire. Why do you think that anything that Disney puts out becomes a hit? Is it the talent, the marketing push, or both? Families can also discuss whether their kids prefer these modern versions of the songs, or the originals -- and why.

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:May 20, 2008
Label:Walt Disney Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byNoseStuckInABook April 16, 2010
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Why are the crappy Disney channel singers ruining my classic Disney?

Nothing bad, but the singers butcher all the beloved Disney songs.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism

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