Playhouse Disney Music Play Date

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Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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TV tunes are OK but may whet the appetite for more TV time.

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Most of the songs on the album are about simple fun for preschoolers. But adults might not embrace the message in "Get Up and Go Go Go: "Every day I wake up I mess up my monster bed, then I go and shower and put mustard on my head, I put on clothes I've already worn, ohh my dirty clothes are much more fun."

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Basically a promotion for the Disney Channel's daytime cartoon programming block, Playhouse Disney. All the songs are taken from Playhouse Disney series with many theme songs included on the album.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that if their kids are avid viewers of Playhouse Disney, this album should be familiar music. All of the songs come straight from the Disney Channel's preschool programming. Shows like Handy Manny and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse are just a few that are featured prominently on the album. That's good news for dedicated viewers, but if you are looking to add some musical diversity to your house, this CD won't cover any new ground.

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What's the story?

The Imagination Movers, Ooh and Aah, They Might Be Giants and My friends Tigger and Pooh are just a few of the TV crew featured on the album PLAYHOUSE DISNEY MUSIC PLAY DATE. All the songs come straight from the small screen, with theme songs, instrumentals and dance songs all together on this one CD. Like a musical collection of weekday morning Disney programming, the CD features nearly 30 tracks of singalong series standards.

Is it any good?

For fans of the Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney, this album is perfect. But for parents, it appears to be much more of an attempt to capitalize on the success of the station's preschool programming than to offer anything new to the world of kids' music. The implied message here is: When the afternoon comes to an end and Playhouse Disney goes off the tube, here's an easy way to keep it going.

There are a few songs on this album that should inspire interactivity, like dance instructions and a musical "Simon Says," but much of the CD sounds like a promo for the Disney shows. Seven of the short 29 tracks are just theme songs to the Disney cartoons and live-action series. The album provides familiar fun, but doesn't do much to inspire creativity or imagination in its little listeners.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how music plays a part in their favorite television shows and movies. Do you like a song if it is sung by one of your favorite characters? Is it fun to listen to songs that you usually hear on television or do you miss watching the characters dance and sing to the music? Parents can also think about how playing music from TV shows just may entice their kids to want to watch more TV. Read about how to set time screen time limits.

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