Sometimes there’s nothing wrong with repetition, more so if you can at least do minor tweaks to make it individual enough from its original and be good at presenting it. Take for instance this volume from the second series of Disney Sing-Along Songs, featuring another trip through a Disney park.
Yes, we covered it not long ago in the song list for volume “Disneyland Fun”. This time however, the volume takes its presenters (and the viewers) to the then-recently opened Euro Disney, now called Disneyland Paris. Like its predecessor, this features some songs already found in past volumes, but this time with visuals of various Disney characters (mascots and costumes) having fun in Disneyland Paris.
Well, here comes the list:
Whistle While You Work (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
Step in Time (from Mary Poppins)
I’m Walkin’ Right Down the Middle of Main Street U.S.A. (music from Walt Disney World and Disneyland)
Following the Leader (from Peter Pan; Donald Duck in “Disneyland Fun” version replaced by Peter Pan)
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (from Song of the South; fast-paced pop version)
How D’Ye Do and Shake Hands (from Alice in Wonderland)
The Unbirthday Song (from Alice in Wonderland)
Rumbly in My Tumbly (from Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree)
Pecos Bill (from Melody Time)
It’s a Small World (music from Walt Disney World and Disneyland)
Grim Grinning Ghosts (music from The Haunted Mansion; Captain Hook in “Disneyland Fun” version replaced by Jafar and Iago)
The Character Parade (from Walt Disney World and Disneyland)
We’re now more than halfway through our listing tour of all rail transportation amenities to be found in Disney theme parks and resorts around the world. Next in line to be featured (albeit a tad out of place chronologically with our previous article on Disneyland Paris) is Tokyo Disney Resort.
Beginning with the first Disney theme park in Asia with Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort under Japan’s Oriental Land Company is now comprised of two parks and a shopping complex. Here’s a rundown on what sorts of rail transport and attractions you can expect to ride while enjoying your visit.
Western River Railroad – steam locomotive opened in April 1983; while an actual train, its track is a closed loop and has only one station within Tokyo Disneyland, making it a ride attraction rather than a way to get from one point to another
Jolly Trolley – electrical-powered trolley in Toontown; opened in 1996 and – similar to its big brother in Disneyland Resort – has also closed down, this one in 2009
Disney Resort Line – opened in July 2001, this monorail is the quick way to get to and from Tokyo Disney Resort; can be reached by rail transfer from Maihama Station and stops at the Resort Gateway Station
DisneySea Electric Railway – opened in September 2001 along with TDR’s second theme park, Tokyo DisneySea; an electric locomotive powered via a classic third-rail method, this train connects the Port Discovery and American Waterfront themed areas
Many must have wondered what it would be like if the Disney 2014 animated film Big Hero 6 became a regular series. The story just flowed naturally in that potential direction, being a superhero team origin movie. Big Hero 6 was after all adapted from a niche Marvel Comics title.
Well now, Big Hero 6: The Series is nine episodes old and still going on its inaugural season in the Disney Channel. Beyond the team and certain main character names, there really isn’t much attempt to sync the setting with its Marvel source. That leaves the production team numerous possibilities.
And with people who worked on Kim Possible years ago as part of the creative minds behind the further adventures of Big Hero 6, we can count on seeing really colorful characters on the other side of the law from our ad hoc team of do-gooders. So far we have:
Obake – former student of the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology; villain mastermind with a single-minded focus on the Big Hero 6
Yama – gangster and underground bot-fight organizer; got roped into being muscle for Obake
Barb – one half of the villain tandem High Voltage, with electrical powers; mother of Juniper
Juniper – one half of the villain tandem High Voltage; daughter of Barb
Globby – formerly Dibs, a snatch thief transformed into a slime monster
Baron Von Steamer – evil genius specializing in steam-punk tech; archenemy of Boss Awesome, aka Fred’s dad
Momakase – ninja thief with a chef motif with an arsenal of cooking knives as weapons
Mad Jacks – a mercenary spec ops team with all members named “Jack”
Those are the villains that have appeared to menace the Big Hero 6 in all episodes premiered. There are sure to be more, but that’ll be for some other time.
Building up from the momentum generated by the early 2015 success of Daredevil on streaming, Marvel Television and Netflix were quick to follow through with their collaboration on more Marvel series connected to the Cinematic Universe, but featuring the heroes (leaning more on the antiheroic bent) that fight street-level crime.
Next on their schedule was Jessica Jones, about a former teen superhero-turned-cynical hardboiled private eye, still struggling with the trauma of what happened in his past concerning a powerful mind-controller named Kilgrave. When Kilgrave hatches a great plot, it’s up to Jessica to rise past her demons and stop him.
Here are the episodes of the first season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix, which premiered on streaming in all entirety on November 20, 2015.
For the next volume in the second series of Disney’s Sing-Along Songs, the production team did as per usual and put the focus on a recent entry of the Disney Animated Canon, 1991’s Beauty and the Beast. And while the same-titled theme song of the movie is plenty popular and well-known, thanks to its interpretation by either Angela Lansbury or Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson, the focus song for this volume is the other standout musical number, “Be Our Guest”.
This 1992 volume of Sing-Along Songs was hosted by Jiminy Cricket and was the first to have no repeat numbers from previous entries, and feels entirely original as a result. Volume “Be Our Guest” will also be re-released in 1994. Here are the featured songs:
Be Our Guest (from 1991’s Beauty and the Beast)
A Spoonful of Sugar (from 1964’s Mary Poppins)
Little Wooden Head (from 1941’s Pinocchio)
Bella Notte (from 1955’s Lady and the Tramp)
Heffalumps and Woozles (from 1968’s Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day)
Beauty and the Beast (from Beauty and the Beast)
The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind (from 1986’s The Great Mouse Detective)