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The original nine films.
Wee Sing is a series of children's direct-to-video musical films created by two elementary music teachers, Pam Beall and Susan Nipp, consisting of various children's songs being strung together with a cohesive plot.

The series initially started out as a series of songbooks, the first of which was titled "Wee Sing Children’s Songs and Fingerplays". In 1981, the series would add audio cassette tapes to the books as companion pieces, with the books becoming more or less lyric sheets.

This was taken one step further in 1985, when the first Wee Sing video, Wee Sing Together, was produced, beginning a series of videos that continued until 1996 with the release of Wee Singdom.

These videos include:

  • Wee Sing Together (1985)
  • King Cole's Party (1987)
  • Grandpa's Magical Toys (1988)
  • Wee Sing in Sillyville (1989)
  • The Best Christmas Ever! (1990)
  • Wee Sing in the Big Rock Candy Mountains (1991)
  • Wee Sing in the Marvelous Musical Mansion (1992)
  • The Wee Sing Train (1993)
  • Wee Sing Under the Sea (1994)
  • Wee Singdom: The Land of Music and Fun! (1996)
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  • Wee Sing Favorites: Classic Songs for Kids (1996)
  • Wee Sing Favorites: Animal Songs (1996)

These films include examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Grandpa in Grandpa's Magical Toys feigns this by repeatedly calling David "Leonard," in an attempt to get the shy boy to talk by correcting him. Also played straight in Marvelous Musical Mansion when Aunty Annabella first meets Kelly: she goes through several 'K' names before she gets it right.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Shows up all over the place. It'd be easier to name characters without it.
  • The Ageless: The end of Grandpa's Magical Toys implies that the toys in the playroom are immortal. Punchinello remarks that "he's been around a long time," and first helped Peter's grandfather—a man in his seventies—when he was Peter's age. Justified since they're toys.
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  • All Just a Dream: "King Cole's Party" was all Jack's dream.
  • An Aesop: In The Big Rock Candy Mountains, Profster will spout these on a dime, much to the confusion of the other characters, until Felicity is able to explain its meaning. For the last three aesops, the other characters are now able to understand what they mean (although Bunny Foo Foo and Lisa still explain their meaning, without Profster having to depend on Felicity). However when Profster cried Tears of Joy at the fly and bumblebee's wedding, even Felicity couldn’t explain this.
  • Argument of Contradictions: Blackbirds Jack and Jill have one about whether the former of the two snores or not in The Wee Sing Train when the protagonists meet them and then have that argument again when said protagonists leave to continue their journey.
  • A Weighty Aesop: The emphasis is on health, not weight, but The Big Rock Candy Mountains still features a warning about junk food when the Fat Comic Relief Snoodledoodles eat too much candy and get stomachaches. This is despite the fact that the setting is a land made mostly of candy. The other characters enjoy a picnic of healthy foods and then have only a little candy for dessert.
  • Baleful Polymorph: In The Big Rock Candy Mountains, as per his song, Little Bunny Foo Foo is turned into a goon by the Good Fairy. His goon form is Played for Laughs, looking just like his normal form, but bright purple, with crooked ears and covered in polka dots.
  • Berserk Button: Peter Rabbit in Wee Sing Together can't stand having flies buzz around his ears.
  • Bewitched Amphibians:
    • The Wee Sing Train features a frog who claims to be a prince and is always trying to get Princess Jennie Jenkins to kiss him. Eventually she does and breaks the spell.
    • The Froogy Frogs of Sillyville in Wee Sing Sillyville talk and sing just as well as any humans.
  • Birthday Episode: Wee Sing Together is all about Sally's stuffed animals giving her a magical, musical birthday party.
  • Blind Without 'Em: This turns out to be the reason behind Gusty the Elf's clumsiness in The Best Christmas Ever. Getting glasses makes him able to build toys again and saves Christmas.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: A Running Gag with David in Grandpa's Magical Toys, who does it both with Sailor's British accent and with Lassie and Laddie's Scottish brogue.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Outrageous!" - Jonathan from Wee Sing Together.
    • "I knew that" - Scott from Wee Sing in Sillyville.
    • "This calls for muffins!' - the Muffin Man from Grandpa's Magical Toys.
    • "Superrific!" by Tusky/Trunky the Elephant.
    • "Sing-a-ling-a-ling!" by Singaling in all his appearances.
  • Christmas Episode: The Best Christmas Ever.
  • Christmas Elves: The above-mentioned Christmas Episode revolves around Gusty the Elf having trouble making toys for Santa (he needs glasses). The elves are human sized, but have quirky names and voices and Pointy Ears, and at least two of them, Poofer and Dermie, have magical powers.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Wee Sing in Sillyville revolves around groups of these. The Spurtlegurgles wear yellow, the Twirlypops wear blue, the Jingleheimers wear (and their friends the Froogy Frogs are) green, the Bitty-Booties wear red and Pasha wears purple. The Aesop they have to learn is that even though they like different colors, they can all be friends.
  • Cool Old Guy: Old King Cole and the Crooked Man in King Cole's Party, Grandpa in Grandpa's Magical Toys and Uncle Rubato in Marvelous Musical Mansion.
  • Creator Cameo: Beall and Nipp show up in Marvelous Musical Mansion as bird watchers.
    • Series composer Cal Scott makes various appearances, usually voicing a puppet, throughout the series.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: A mild example in The Big Rock Candy Mountains. Profster, while not mean, is incredibly prim and unimaginative. The gang persuades him to loosen up while looking for shapes in the clouds; he eventually catches on and starts singing "Grizzly Bear."
  • Easily Forgiven: Little Bunny Foo Foo in Big Rock Candy Mountains is quickly forgiven for bopping the Meecy Mice on the head once he explains why he did it and apologizes, as is Andy Bandy Man for stealing in Marvelous Musical Mansion. Of course in Bunny Foo Foo's case, he had already been punished enough by being turned into a goon.
  • Excuse Plot: The videos are mainly showcases for songs, with only simple plotlines to string them together. Some, such as The Best Christmas Ever and Marvelous Musical Mansion, are more plot-driven than others, though.
  • Exploding Closet: An offscreen example in Wee Sing Together:
    Jonathan: I'm gonna go to my closet and get some clothes! (runs off)
    Sally: Jonathan's closet?! (covers her ears)
    (loud crash)
  • Fantastic Racism: The conflict of Wee Sing in Sillyville, where none of the different groups of Sillyville citizens will talk to anyone who wears different colors than they do.
  • The Fantastic Trope of Wonderous Titles: Most of the titles of the Wee Sing films fall under this trope, particularly Wee Sing in The Marvelous Musical Mansion.
  • Fair-Play Whodunnit: The second part of Marvelous Musical Mansion becomes this type of mystery when various musical items go missing. The fact that Andy Bandy Man is accidentally left awake after he performs and is clearly shown envying the other music boxes makes it easy for kid viewers to solve the mystery along with the characters.
  • Fear of Thunder: Everyone in Wee Sing Together goes through this when a thunderstorm interrupts Sally's birthday party. They deal with it by singing, of course.
  • Follow the Bouncing Ball: The Wee Sing Favorites duology recycled songs from previous videos with this feature.
  • Genre Throw Back: Pam Beall and Susan Nipp basically did this, focusing on beloved songs and chants from their childhood. The videos quickly followed and helped their popularity spread.
  • Girlish Pigtails:
    • Sillywhim, in keeping with her exuberant Woman Child character.
    • Several of the little girls in the series – Sally in Wee Sing Together, Jill in King Cole's Party, Biffy Bitty Booty in Wee Sing in Sillyville, Nellie in The Best Christmas Ever and Casey in The Wee Sing Train – have them too.
  • Grand Finale: Wee Singdom, which features a bunch of characters from past Wee Sing videos coming together to sing songs together.
  • Green Aesop: Under The Sea teaches the importance of not polluting the ocean with garbage.
  • Grumpy Bear: Hermit Crab in Under the Sea.
  • Happily Adopted: Susie in The Best Christmas Ever and Benji in Marvelous Musical Mansion are different ethnicities than their parents and siblings. This fact isn't emphasized; it just quietly normalizes adoptive families. Benji even exclaims "It must run in the family!" when he finds himself able to do magic just like his adoptive aunt and uncle do.
  • Honorary Aunt: Aunty Annabella in Marvelous Musical Mansion insists that family friend Kelly call her "Aunty A." just like her nephews do.
  • Interspecies Romance: The fly and bumblebee that get married in The Big Rock Candy Mountains.
  • Kid Detective: Kelly in Marvelous Musical Mansion.
    Alex: Do you have to make a mystery out of everything?
    Kelly: Life is a mystery, Alex.
  • Knew It All Along: "I knew that" is basically Scott's Catchphrase in Wee Sing in Sillyville. To the point where Sillywhim ask him, "But you knew that, right?" and then...
  • Living Toys: The focus of Grandpa's Magical Toys (obviously), Wee Sing Together, and Wee Sing Train. Played with in regards to Marvelous Musical Mansion, which features living music boxes.
  • Malaproper:
    • Aunty Annabella in Marvelous Musical Mansion.
    • The jester in King Cole's Party is also prone to Spoonerisms.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The adults sometimes have this reaction because they're not privy to what happens in their kids' worlds. In Big Rock Candy Mountain, Lisa's mom has this reaction. Subverted by Grandpa in Grandpa's Magical Toys; his ability to stay young at heart may mean he believes, or even knows, his toys can come to life. Also subverted by the parents in The Best Christmas Ever, who go with the kids to Santa's workshop, and by Uncle Rubato and Aunty Annabella in Marvelous Musical Mansion, who openly use a magical hand gesture to activate his music boxes.
  • Meaningful Name: Some of the characters in Marvelous Musical Mansion are named after musical terminology that's appropriate to their characters:
    • Rubato means "played freely and loosely," and Uncle Rubato has the power to levitate, freeing himself from gravity's pull.
    • The Tap-A-Capella Singers are all named different indicators for tempo and volume: Ally Allegro (quickly), Lawrence Largo (slowly), Flo Fortissimo (loudly), Peter Pianissimo (softly).
  • Misplaced Accent: Dutch Girl from Grandpa's Magical Toys. She dresses in a traditional Dutch outfit, but sounds like she's from Brooklyn.
  • Motor Mouth: Again, Dutch Girl from Grandpa's Magical Toys.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Whether or not it's intentional, the Cookie Jar in "Grandpa's Magical Toys" sounds quite a bit like James Earl Jones.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Most people who watch these videos again years later, whether they be babysitting, have kids of their own, or rediscover them on YouTube will probably have these on.
  • Nursery Rhyme: King Cole's Party centers around the characters from most of these rhymes coming together to celebrate 100 years of peace under King Cole's rule.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted across the videos; Sally and Jonathan in Wee Sing Together and the family in The Best Christmas Ever share the last name Smith.
  • Or Was It a Dream?: Implied with Sally's birthday party in Wee Sing Together.
  • Really 700 Years Old: In King Cole's Party, King Cole has reigned over his kingdom for 100 years. He doesn't look or act a day over 50.
  • Relationship-Salvaging Disaster: Only "disaster" in the mildest sense: in Wee Sing in Sillyville, the Sillyville citizens finally overcome their Fantastic Racism when Sillywhim, whom they all like, hurts her ankle, and they all contribute ribbons, scarves and bowties to bandage it, making them realize how well all their colors go together.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Humpty Dumpty in King Cole's Party.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Mark and Clark in Wee Sing Together and the Jingleheimers in Wee Sing in Sillyville.
  • Sleepyhead: Jack-in-the-Box in Grandpa's Magical Toys and the Hatrack in Marvelous Musical Mansion.
  • Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism
  • The '80s & The '90s: These films are VERY 80s and 90s.
  • Tears of Joy: Profster sheds these during the Fly and Bumblebee's wedding in The Big Rock Candy Mountains, leading to this exchange.
    Snoodle: Why are you crying?
    Profster: I always cry when I'm happy.
    Doodle: Well, what do you do when you're sad?
  • Theme Tune Roll Call: Santa's elves do this in their group songs throughout The Best Christmas Ever.
    "Gusty!" "Poofer!" "Dimpie!" "Snooter!" "Munchie!" "Thooner!" "THAT'S US!"
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Uncle Rubato in Marvelous Musical Mansion has a tendency to add the word "marvelous" into his sentences.
    • Dermie in The Best Christmas Ever says everything twice.
  • What's Up, King Dude?: King Cole in King Cole's Party casually pals around with all his subjects and servants. Several funny moments come from the queen's attempts to make him behave more regally. He also loves the humble gifts Jack, Jill, Mary and Little Boy Blue bring to his party more than any of the priceless treasures others bring.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: The reason for Tusky's name change in Wee Singdom. According to Beall and Nipp, a "Tusky the Elephant" was already trademarked prior to Wee Sing Train. The holders of the original copyright agreed to not file any claim as long as the name was changed should he make any reappearances, hence why he's called Trunky in Wee Singdom.


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