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music's fun for everyone!"

"Is everybody ready?"
"To sing along!"
"With Disney songs!"
"A Disney Sing-Along!"
Professor Owl and his students, the first lines of the original theme song

Disney's Sing-Along Songs is a Walt Disney Home Video series consisting of compilation clips from various Disney movies, shorts and TV shows. The series launched in 1986, and became one of Disney's most successful and long-running video series, the last volume appearing in 2006.

The series, as the name implies, centers around songs being played for the viewer and the viewer invited to sing along. The original set of videos usually featured one of three interchangeable hosts- Jiminy Cricket, the intrepid guide from Pinocchio, Ludwig von Drake, a rather ditzy inventor whose previous credit was hosting Walt Disney's Wonderful World in Color, and Adventures in Music Duology star Professor Owl, whose reasoning for showing the songs was usually teaching his class of young owls about the songs. As the series progressed, they would be dropped and often Mickey and Minnie were used in their stead.

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    Tapes in the original series 
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (1986)

The first release (though labeled Volume 2 starting in 1990), Professor Owl hosts a collection of Disney songs.


Heigh-Ho (1987)

The second release in the series (though labelled Volume 1 starting in 1990), Professor Owl hosts another set of Disney tunes.


The Bare Necessities (1987)

Jiminy Cricket (in his Sing Along Songs hosting debut) looks at a set of songs about the animal kingdom and its inhabitants.


You Can Fly (1988)

Professor Ludwig von Drake takes you on a sing-along world tour with songs either about flying or taking place in various nations.


Very Merry Christmas Songs (1988)

Get into the spirit of the holidays with famous holiday standards set to wintery Disney scenes. Footage is entirely sourced from archival cartoons, with Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer notably using clips from public domain Christmas cartoons from other companies (Famous Studios' 1949 Screen Songs cartoon "Snow Foolin'", and The Jam Handy Organization's 1948 Rudolph cartoon, the latter produced by early Disney rival Max Fleischer.)


  • "From All of Us to All of You"
  • "Deck the Halls"
  • "Jingle Bells"
  • "Joy to the World"
  • "Up On a Housetop"
  • "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"
  • "Sleigh Ride"
  • "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers"
  • "Winter Wonderland"
  • "Here Comes Santa Claus"
  • "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
  • "Silent Night"
  • "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" note 
    —Note: Since it's a Christmas episode, The volume does not feature the Disney's Sing-Along Songs theme song.

Fun with Music (1989) note 

Professor Owl (with help from Ludwig von Drake) hosts a lesson about the importance and fun of music.


  • "Fun with Music" (The Mickey Mouse Club)
  • "Why Should I Worry?" (Oliver & Company)
  • "With a Smile and a Song" (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
  • "Let's All Sing Like the Birdies Song" (The Enchanted Tiki Room)
  • "Cruella De Vil" (101 Dalmatians) note 
  • "All in the Golden Afternoon" (Alice in Wonderland)
  • "While Strolling Through the Park" (The Nifty Nineties)
  • "Boo Boo Boo" (A Symposium on Popular Songs)
  • "The Green with Envy Blues" (An Adventure in Color)
  • "Good Company" (Oliver & Company)
  • "The Blue Danube Waltz" (A Square Peg in a Round Hole)
  • "Old MacDonald Had a Band" (Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom) note 
  • "Scales and Arpeggios" (The Aristocats)
  • "Why Should I Worry? Reprise" (Oliver & Company)
    Note: This was the last volume to use the 1986-1989 cover art. The clips for Let's All Sing Like the Birdies Song are footage of Bambi and the classic Silly Symphony short, Birds in the Spring.

Under the Sea (1990)

Ludwig von Drake takes you on a cruise through a nautical-themed sing-along show, inspired by The Little Mermaid. The first Sing Along Songs release to coincide with a then-new theatrical released Disney film, and the first to feature "Disney Scenes", featuring newly recorded songs set to archive animation, presumably because there weren't enough nautical or underwater musical cartoons in their library.


  • "Under the Sea" (The Little Mermaid)
  • "By the Beautiful Sea"
  • "Never Smile at a Crocodile" (Peter Pan)
  • "That's What Makes the World Go Round" (The Sword in the Stone)
  • "Kiss the Girl" (The Little Mermaid)
  • "At the Codfish Ball"
  • "Sailing, Sailing / The Sailor's Hornpipe"
  • "A Whale of a Tale" (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea)
  • "Someone's Waiting for You" (The Rescuers)
  • "Under the Sea (reprise)" (The Little Mermaid)
    Note: The first volume to feature the 1990-1993 cover art.

Disneyland Fun (1990)

Take a musical trip through "The Happiest Place on Earth" with Mickey Mouse and his friends. Basically a proto-release of the later Mickey's Fun Songs tapes, this was released to coincide with Disneyland's 35th anniversary, and features a large amount of re-used footage from 1983's A Day at Disneyland souvenir tourism video. Inspired the 1993 Europe-only sequel Let's Go to Disneyland Paris, which reuses some footage and songs from Disneyland Fun, and is available on the US DVD release via French language settings.


  • "Whistle While You Work"
  • "Step in Time"
  • "I'm Walking Right Down the Middle of Main Street, U.S.A."
  • "Following the Leader"
  • "The Great Outdoors"
  • "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah"
  • "Rumbly in My Tumbly"
  • "It's a Small World"
  • "Making Memories"
  • "Grim Grinning Ghosts"
  • "The Character Parade"
  • "When You Wish Upon a Star"

I Love to Laugh (1990)note 

Ludwig von Drake (in his first turn as a Sing Along Songs tape host) introduces a show of songs that are sure to get you laughing out loud.


Be Our Guest (1992)

Jiminy Cricket hosts a look at where music comes from and how it can help us feel things, inspired by Beauty & The Beast.


Friend Like Me (1993)

Jiminy Cricket hosts a show featuring songs about friendship, inspired by Aladdin.


The Twelve Days of Christmas (1993)

Mickey and friends put together a show of warm and funny holiday tunes. Disneyland mascots star here in newly produced Christmas vignettes and music videos.


  • "Very Merry Christmas"
  • "Deck the Halls"
  • "Dear Santa"
  • "Jingle Bells"
  • "Snow Ho Ho"
  • "Hip Hop Noel"
  • "He Delivers"
  • "The Twelve Days of Christmas"
  • "I'd Like to Have an Elephant for Christmas"
  • "Here Comes Santa"
  • "O Christmas Tree / We Wish You a Merry Christmas"
    —Note: Just like Very Merry Christmas Songs, it does not feature the Disney's Sing-Along Songs theme song. This was also the last volume to use the 1990-1993 cover art.

Circle of Life (1994)

Jiminy Cricket hosts a show about finding our place in the circle of life, inspired by The Lion King. The first Sing Along Songs video to feature a reused song ("Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat").


  • "Circle of Life" (The Lion King)
  • "Part of Your World" (The Little Mermaid)
  • "Prince Ali" (Aladdin)
  • "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" (The Lion King)
  • "Belle" (Beauty and the Beast)
  • "Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat" (The Aristocats) note 
  • "Follow the Leader" (Peter Pan) note 
  • "When You Wish Upon a Star" (Pinocchio)
    Note: First volume to feature the new "Ocean Waves" title card, and 1994-1999 cover art.

Colors of the Wind (1995)

Ludwig von Drake hosts a look at stories that inspire wonderful songs, inspired by Pocahontas.


  • "Just Around the River Bend" (Pocahontas)
  • "Cinderella Work Song" (Cinderella) note 
  • "Why Should I Worry?" (Oliver & Company) note 
  • "Casey Junior" (Dumbo) note 
  • "Oo-De-Lally" (Robin Hood (1973)) note 
  • "Little Wooden Head" (Pinocchio)
  • "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (The Lion King) note 
  • "Higitus Figitus" (The Sword in the Stone)
  • "Colors of the Wind" (Pocahontas)

Topsy Turvy (1996)

The first Sing Along Songs video with no host, but themed after the newly released The Hunchback of Notre Dame.


Pongo and Perdita (1996)

In this live adventure, Bren and her dalmatian friends put together a doggone fun party. The only Sing Along Songs video with no on-screen song lyrics (closed captioning aside), though DVD reissues add on-screen lyrics. Inspired by the live action 101 Dalmatians feature film, but features no footage or music from that movie, and has its own standalone story.


  • "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah"
  • "Kanine Krunchies Commercial"
  • "Following the Leader"
  • "Do Your Ears Hang Low?"
  • "The Bow-Wow Ball"
  • "Hokey Puppy" (aka "Hokey Pokey")
  • "Pongo" (aka "Bingo")
  • "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"
  • "Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?"
  • "Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)"
  • "The More We Get Together"

Honor to Us All (1998)

Inspired by Mulan, this is the final video to feature Professor Owl, and only at the beginning at the program.


Happy Haunting (1998)

Mickey and Minnie are throwing a Halloween party at Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, and you're invited! Similar in structure and presentation to the Mickey's Fun Songs releases, but only issued under the Sing Along Songs branding. Hosted by the Magic Mirror from Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, this also features a number of "Disney Scenes"-styled musical numbers using archive Disney animation, unlike other live action Sing Along Songs videos.


  • "It's Halloween"
  • "Five Little Pumpkins"
  • "Grim Grinning Ghosts"
  • "Chicken Lips and Lizard Hips"
  • "The Headless Horseman"
  • "Five Little Witches"
  • "Spooky Scary Skeletons"
  • "Casting a Spell"
  • "Trick or Treat"
  • "Monster Mash"

Flik's Musical Adventure (1999)

Flik from A Bug's Life takes us on a musical safari through the new Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park to meet the animals that live there. Similar in structure and presentation to the Mickey's Fun Songs releases, but only issued under the Sing Along Songs branding. Notable in the series for including some educational content about animals at the Animal Kingdom, and for including some preview footage from A Bug's Life.


  • "Welcome to Harambe"
  • "On Safari"
  • "I Wan'na Be Like You"
  • "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby"
  • "Walk the Dinosaur"
  • "It's a Bug's World"note 
  • "Asia"note 
  • "He Lives in You"
  • "Circle of Life"
    Note: This was the last volume to use the "Ocean Waves" title and 1994-1999 cover art.

    Collection of All-Time Favorites 
In 1997, Disney released three special videos compiling songs from different eras of Disney history.

The Early Years (1933-1949)


The Magic Years (1950-1973)


The Modern Classics (1989-1997)

The only Collection of All Time Favorites release in the United States to feature an exclusive song ("One Last Hope", whose only prior release was on the Europe-only video From Hercules).


    Mickey's Fun Songs 
Inspired by the success of Disneyland Fun, Disney made three live-action sing-along videos, called Mickey's Fun Songs, featuring Mickey Mouse and friends taking a group of kids on fun adventures, singing mostly popular children's songs with the occasional Disney tune or pop hit. They were repackaged with Disney Sing-Along Songs packaging and graphics in 1996. The later Happy Haunting & Flik's Musical Adventure videos are similar in content and structure, but their first-run releases were with the Sing Along Songs branding.

Let's Go to the Circus (1994)

The gang travels to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, where Mickey is the guest ringmaster for tonight's show.


  • "Rainbow World"
  • "The Circus on Parade"
  • "Upside Down"
  • "Aba Daba Honeymoon"
  • "I Wan'na Be Like You"
  • "The Man on the Flying Trapeze"
  • "Over & Over Again"
  • "Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines"
  • "Make 'Em Laugh"
  • "The Bells" ("New York, New York")
  • "Animal Calypso"
  • "Jump Rope"
  • "Be A Clown"
  • "Join the Circus"

Campout at Walt Disney World (1994)

Mickey and friends stake out camp at the Fort Wilderness campground and have fun roughing it with adventure, games and a talent show.


  • "Comin' Round the Mountain"
  • "The Bare Necessities"
  • "The Caissons Go Rolling Along"
  • "The Happy Wanderer"
  • "Oh, Susanna!"
  • "Camptown Races"
  • "By the Beautiful Sea"
  • "Don't Fence Me In"
  • "Turkey in the Straw"
  • "Talent Round-Up"
  • "Jeepers Creepers"
  • "Mountain Greenery"
  • "Country Roads"
  • "If You're Happy and You Know It"
  • "Goodnight Ladies"

Beach Party at Walt Disney World (1995)

Mickey and friends spend a day hosting a beach party at the Polynesian Resort, with surfing, a luau and a trip to Blizzard Beach.


  • "Celebration"
  • "Set Your Name Free"
  • "Surfin' Safari"
  • "Three Little Fishes"
  • "A Pirate's Life"
  • "Part of Your World"
  • "Hot, Hot, Hot"
  • "The Hukilau Song"
  • "Pearly Shells"
  • "Limbo Rock"
  • "Slicin' Sand"

In the 2000s, Disney started releasing new Sing-Along Songs volumes on VHS and DVD (with yet another new cover art template, and an all-new intro) as well as updating previous titles.

Disney's Very Merry Christmas Sing Along Songs

An update of 1988's Very Merry Christmas Songs, with new holiday tunes mixed in with the original songs.


  • "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"
  • "Winnie the Pooh's Jingle Bells"
  • "Toyland"
  • "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth"
  • "Deck the Halls"
  • "Jingle Bells"
  • "Joy to the World"
  • "Up on the Housetop"
  • "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"
  • "Sleigh Ride"
  • "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers"
  • "Winter Wonderland"
  • "Here Comes Santa Claus"
  • "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
  • "Silent Night"
  • "Seasons of Giving"
  • "As Long as There's Christmas"
  • "Jingle Bell Rock"
  • "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"
  • "White Christmas"
  • "The Best Christmas of All"

Circle of Life (2003)

An update of 1994's Circle of Life, with additional songs added to the mix.


  • "Circle of Life" (The Lion King)
  • "Jungle Rhythm" (The Jungle Book 2)
  • "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" (The Lion King)
  • "Hakuna Matata" (The Lion King)
  • "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (Timon & Pumbaa)
  • "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy" (Timon & Pumbaa)
  • "W-I-L-D" (The Jungle Book 2)
  • "Prince Ali" (Aladdin)
  • "When You Wish Upon a Star" (Pinocchio)

On My Way (2003)

Inspired by Brother Bear, and hosted by Rutt & Tuke from that movie.


Little Patch of Heaven (2004)

Inspired by Home on the Range, and hosted by Maggie from that movie.


  • "Little Patch of Heaven" (Home on the Range)
  • "Yodel-Adle-Eedle-Idle-Oo"
  • "Home on the Range"
  • "Oh, Susanna!"
  • "Old MacDonald Had a Farm"
  • "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain"
  • "The Farmer in the Dell"
  • "Pecos Bill" (Melody Time)
  • "A Cowboy Needs a Horse" (A Cowboy Needs a Horse)
  • "Stanley Rides Again" (Stanley's Dinosaur Round-Up)

    Disney Princess 

The last three volumes were sold as part of the Disney Princess franchise, and consisted mostly of songs from the princesses' movies.

Once Upon a Dream (2004)

Sheryl Bernstein informs viewers about the Disney Princesses (including some not officially part of the line), while playing some of their songs.


Enchanted Tea Party (2005)

Sheryl Bernstein invites viewers to meet with the Disney Princesses at a tea party, and serves treats themed after their respective stories.


Perfectly Princess (2006)

The last Disney Princess-themed Sing-Along DVD has the princesses send letters to the viewer.


This video series contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • "Little Wooden Head" from Pinocchio gets a bridge, a second verse, and a slightly expanded first verse repetition over what was purely instrumental music in the film.
    • I Love To Laugh had a variant with "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers"; in the Winnie the Pooh featurettes, Tigger only sings the first verse of the song, while here a new recording of Paul Winchell singing the entire song, including the second verse and bridge, is featured, set to footage from the featurettes.
  • The Artifact: Professor Owl and his students turned into this pretty quickly. It took all of three installments for Professor Owl to start delegating his hosting duties to a character for whom there is more available Stock Footage. At a certain point, they gave up on Professor Owl appearing even long enough to introduce the real host. And yet, the Professor Owl opening sequence is maintained for the overwhelming majority of the series.
  • Berserk Button: As with his appearance in Melody, Professor Owl hates being interrupted during his lectures and finds himself forcing Panchito to stop singing "The Three Caballeros" for longer than he was supposed to in Heigh-Ho.
    Professor Owl: QUIET!!!!!
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Professor Owl in Heigh-Ho when Panchito presses his Berserk Button.
  • Bowdlerise: Happens to some of the featured songs.
    • In "The World's Greatest Criminal Mind" from Be Our Guest, an entire segment where Bartholomew gets punished for calling Professor Ratigan a rat is removed (likely as much because it was originally a very long segment where there was hardly any singing as because of its Mood Whiplash for the darker), as is a portion earlier on mentioning the drowning of widows and orphans and praising Ratigan for it and another portion featuring a harp solo from Ratigan.
    • "Topsy Turvy", from the video of the same name, cuts out Esmeralda's dance and rewrites the lyrics so that Clopin wouldn't mention religious concepts (as well as beer).
    • "Out There" completely skips right to Quasi's "I Want" portion of the song, removing Frollo's warning verse at the beginning completely.
    • In Flik's Musical Adventure, the lyrics to Walk The Dinosaur are edited heavily to be more family-friendly. For example: "I lit a cigarette, picked up a monkey skull to go" becomes "The Dinosaurs Could dance, and they were putting on a show"
    • Later releases of Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah altered "Following the Leader", changing "We're out to fight the Injuns" to "We won't be home `til morning". Oddly, the original line was restored when it was featured on a later volume, On My Way.
  • Christmas Episode: Very Merry Christmas Songs, a typical Stock Footage montage which happens to be set to classic Christmas songs (with precisely one song, "Here Comes Santa Claus", being set to live-action footage), and The Twelve Days of Christmas, which has original songs and a style that wouldn't feel out of place in Disneyland Fun.
  • Dunce Cap: Bertie Birdbrain wears one.
  • Follow the Bouncing Ball: A major interactive part of this series. It even features in its theme song! The majority of the songs use the "text changing color" form instead of an actual bouncing ball, including most versions of the theme song (which retains the mention).
    Sing along, one and all
    Follow the bouncing ball
  • Montage Ends the VHS: Starting with the original release of The Bare Necessities in 1987, a promo covering other volumes was a regular feature of the series. A more traditional montage hosted by Ludwig Von Drake appeared starting on Be Our Guest. Starting with Topsy Turvy, the tapes no longer ended with a montage (this one instead has a preview for the other videos, narrated by Mark Elliot instead of Ludwig Von Drake, appear before the main program).
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Near the end of Colors of the Wind, it can be pretty jarring to go from the whimsical nonsense of "Higitus Figitus" straight into lines like "You think I'm an ignorant savage" from the title song. The intro by Ludwig Von Drake (which involves him throwing his guitar at offscreen stagehands and freaking out over a diffraction, mistaking it for rain) doesn't help to smooth things over.
    • There's also the heartwrenching Someone's Waiting For You immediately before a reprise of Under the Sea on the VHS of the same name.
  • Oddball in the Series: Pongo and Perdita (1996) had no words to the songs displayed on screen. Strangely, the video is closed-captioned.
  • Painting the Medium: The onscreen lyrics do this sometimes. For example, The Backwards Я pops up during the Russian puppet's verse of "I've Got No Strings" in You Can Fly.
  • Pan and Scan: The videos cropped every clip from a movie or short animated or filmed in widescreen. Unfortunately, this practice continued even after 16:9 TVs became the norm.
  • Recut: This too has happened to the videos from time to time, with "Yo-Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" and "The Siamese Cat Song" from Heigh-Ho, "He's a Tramp" from You Can Fly, and "Little Wooden Head" from Be Our Guest getting cut from most later reissues of the same volumes.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Sometimes, Professor Owl or Jiminy Cricket will do this during their host segments.
  • Running Gag: Sometimes in the early videos, Professor Owl will respond to a correct response to his queries from his students by smacking Bertie Birdbrain right on the dunce cap as he exclaimed, "Rrright!"
  • Stock Footage:
    • The theme song and host segments with Professor Owl come from the two Adventures in Music shorts, Melody and Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom, as well as new animation from the Disney anthology episode carrying the latter's title. The theme song for the revival's videos instead use footage from a random assortment of Disney movies.
    • Jiminy Cricket cutscenes used clips from either the Disney anthology series or from educational shorts created for The Mickey Mouse Club. In addition, the introduction to "Figaro and Cleo" from The Bare Necessities used a clip from Fun and Fancy Free.
    • Ludwig von Drake cutscenes used clips from the Disney anthology series, as well as A Symposium on Popular Songs.
    • The songs themselves have even more examples, listed on the videos' Recap pages.
  • Title Sequence Replacement: When Disney updated the logo in 1994, they also attached it to re-releases of older volumes.
  • Variations on a Theme Song: Friend Like Me, Circle of Life, Honor To Us All, and the Collection of All-Time Favorites use a remixed theme song that doesn't appear on any other tapes from the original series save for a reissue of Heigh-Ho.
  • A Wild Rapper Appears!: The version of "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" recorded for Disneyland Fun features a rap verse about Splash Mountainnote :
    Well, you know it is a thrill when you go down hill
    'Cause your riding on a mountain of your own free will
    And you're zippin' in a flash on a daring dash
    Down a waterfall so rapid that you go splish splash
  • With Lyrics: Under the Sea features "Never Smile at a Crocodile" from Peter Pan with the unused lyrics included (as in the finished film it was only heard in instrumental form).

Alternative Title(s): Sing Along Songs


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