Saturday Matinee #150: "The Disney Classics Box Set, Part Three: Television Classics" (November 12, 2013)
Published November 16, 2013
by Albert Gutierrez
(DisneyClassics01 - Cover)
We now return to this week's regularly-scheduled Saturday Matinee. Continuing from a few weeks earlier, we'll be looking at the next disc in the "Disney Classics" box set. This box set actually saw release four days ago, but we'll still continue looking at the song selections on the remaining CDs. And, truthfully, this disc looks to be my least favorite, simply because the last ten tracks or so feature material I don't care for, nor do I think are "Classic." Of course, Disney throws that word around so often that it's lost its meaning anyway.
01. "Mickey Mouse Club March" - The Mickey Mouse Club
02. "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" - Davy Crocket - King of the Wild Frontier
03. "The Triple R Song (Yippi-A, Yippi-I, Yippi-O)" - The Adventures of Spin and Marty
04. "Theme of Zorro" - Zorro
05. "Scarecrow" - The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
06. "Winnie the Pooh" - Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
07. "Minnie's Yoo Hoo" - The Mouse Factory
08. "Who, What, Why, Where, When and How Day" - The New Mickey Mouse Club
09. "Gummi Bears Theme" - The Adventures of the Gummi Bears
10. "Duck Tales Theme" - Duck Tales
11. "Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers Theme Song" - Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers
12. "Darkwing Duck Theme" - Darkwing Duck
13. "Theme to Lizzie McGuire (Extended Supa Mix)" - Lizzie McGuire
14. "Rockin' at the House of Mouse (Extended Version)" - House of Mouse
15. "The Naked Mole Rap" - Kim Possible
16. "Cheetah Sisters" - The Cheetah Girls
17. "Aloha, E Komo Mai" - Lilo & Stitch: The Series
18. "Hot Dog!" - Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
19. "Get'cha Head in the Game" - High School Musical
20. "Nobody's Perfect" - Hannah Montana 2
21. "Gitchee Gitchee Goo" - Phineas and Ferb
22. "This Is Me" - Camp Rock
23. "What Time Is It" - High School Musical 2
24. "Everything Is Not as It Seems" - Wizards of Waverly Place
25. "Mickey Mouse Club Alma Mater" - The Mickey Mouse Club
Let's get the bad news out of the way. More than half the tracks here actually come from twenty-first century Disney Channel, an era that is hardly classic, nor memorable, for me. I could take the "nostalgic twentysomething" way out and just complain that this material isn't old enough to be classic or memorable, but given that I'm neither classic or memorable yet would make my words hold less weight. Of course, I don't want to be an ageist, either. After all, just because something is old doesn't automatically make it better. But for argument's sake, tracks thirteen to twenty-five are better left to a "New Classics" CD than on a listing that would include material as timeless as the original "Mickey Mouse Club" march and Disney's very first original theme song, "Minnie's Yoo Hoo." Some of this seems to just be corporate shilling, a way to show how the "Disney" brand name must be all-inclusive to every aspect of the company, as that would explain "This Is Me" from 2008's Camp Rock.
Of course, one could also argue that this CD best represents the evolution of Disney through the ages. When we look at each "era" on this track listing, we can almost see very specific dividing lines between generations. Baby Boomers grew up with the likes of "The Triple R Song" and "Scarecrow," while Generation X and the Millenials may look forward to revisiting treasured relics in "Winnie the Pooh" and "Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers Theme Song." Thus, it would be unfair to exclude the YouTube Generation simply because they are the newest one. I can accept a song like "Rockin' at the House of Mouse" as I loved the program from which it came. And even I have my guilty pleasures when watching "Wizards of Waverly Place," so its theme song still feels appropriate. And, of course, we can't forget the wonderful verbal plays in a song like "Gitchee Gitchee Goo," and the exotic-othering when humming along to "Aloha e komo mai." So, with some reluctance, I'll admit that this CD provides a fair selection of songs. Outside of opening credit theme songs, Disney's television fare doesn't seem to offer as many "off the top of your head" tunes that are recalled with ease, and so the selection here does make sense, while still presenting a wide range of what now falls under the Disney name.
All images taken from "Introducing the Disney Classics Box Set"