Sunday Sing-along: A Whole New World

Let’s tone it down a bit for this Sunday Sing-along.  Honestly, I had forgotten about this song until I heard it at the grocery store today.  Not the most romantic atmosphere, but the atmosphere directly responsible for bring you this glorious duet from 1992’s Aladdin.

If anything could describe this moment in Disney history, the totally appropriate word would be wonderful.  Is there really any better date idea than to board a flying carpet with your significant other and sore through the night sky past historic landmarks, skimming over a clear, reflective lake, and stopping only to pet a wild pony?  Perfection.  If anyone ever has the privilege to spend an evening like this, they must let us know.

And did anyone else never notice when they were a kid how very big and expressive Aladdin’s eyes are and how very sweetly sincere Jasmine is?  Classic Disney magic.

So sing along, enjoy, and experience a whole new world in your Monday!

Sunday Sing-along: Topsy Turvy

For this Sunday’s sing-along, I bring you a song that is, in my opinion, rather forgotten.  Perhaps that is because The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which premiered in 1996, may be a rather forgotten Disney film.  At least, I forgot about it for many years and if you poll people on their favorite Disney film, Hunchback is unlikely to be up there with The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast.

That having been said, it is a stellar film.  I love theatrics and this film is nothing, if not theatrical.  The story is dramatic, the songs are high quality, and the characters are memorable.

“Topsy Turvy” is pure entertainment; we are thrown into the crowd as a spectator to an outrageously fun festival.  All the main characters (actually, it may be every character in the film…how’s that for theatrical!) appear in this segment, so if you haven’t seen Hunchback in years, I invite you to reacquaint yourself…and if you haven’t seen it at all, welcome to a very festive introduction.

So sing along, enjoy, and prepare for a theatrically topsy turvy Monday!

Sunday Sing-along: In Summer

You’d think that we, as an American culture accustomed to claymation and animation, might be a tad tuckered out from singing and talking snowmen.  Think Sam the Snowman from Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, every smiling and happy snow person you’ve seen on Christmas mugs, place mats, and sweaters.  You’ve seen one singing, talking, smiling snowman, you’ve seen them all, right?  Apparently not!

Olaf, the little optimistic snowman from Frozen, is a snowman that I haven’t seen the likes of before.  I like Sam, I like Frosty, but I adore Olaf.  Olaf may be small, but he does possess some big personality traits  – big positive outlook, big loving heart (he does like warm hugs, you know), big singing voice (see below sing-along).  In fact, we could all probably learn a few things from Olaf…like some people are worth melting for.  D’aw!

Sam, Frosty, and our other snowman friends possess some of these – as well as other – traits too and if given the opportunity, I wouldn’t mind chilling with them (baha, pun totally intended)!  But what makes Olaf different?  I wouldn’t mind meeting the others.  But I want to be Olaf’s best friend.

So sing along, enjoy, and take a little bit of summer into your Monday.

Sunday Sing-along: Colors of the Wind

Do we all remember this one?  I know I certainly do!  Welcome to my first post in a fun series I’m calling Sunday Sing-alongs, in tribute to vague memories of an actual VHS series of Disney Sing-alongs that I used to well, sing along to.

This song is a Disney staple.  What a gorgeous reminder that we shouldn’t judge others, that we should love Mother Earth, and that beauty is everywhere.  And, of course, the historical significance blows me away.  This song may have debuted in 1995 with the Pocahontas movie, but it captures an ancient Native American spiritualism.  If only people really did burst into song at random moments in real life – what the Virginia Company settlers could have learned in the seventeenth century!

Sing along, enjoy, and paint your Monday with the colors of the wind.