It was only a matter of time before Disney songs would be slotted into the highly popular That’s What I Call Music series. In fact, there are so many classic Disney songs, you could have a Now That’s What I Call Disney series that runs for several volumes.
Now That's What I Call Disney features 20 songs from the first Disney full-length cartoon, the 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, through 2010’s Tangled (all the songs are drawn from Disney’s animated films). It’s such a broad time span to cover that the end result is a bit eclectic. It would have worked better to have broken up the series into a few releases covering different eras; “Bella Notte,” from Lady and the Tramp, sits a bit uneasily next to “Life is a Highway,” from Cars, for example. Songs from earlier eras have a charm that’s missing in the songs from later years, which lean toward being overproduced, which also makes this collection feel uneven.
But at least Now That’s What I Call Disney has the songs performed by the original artists, as heard in the original films, just like you remember them: “When You Wish Upon a Star,” performed by Cliff Edwards in Pinocchio; “The Bare Necessities” performed by Phil Harris in The Jungle Book; “Beauty and the Beast” performed by Angela Lansbury in the film of the same name. If you saw any of these films while growing up, the opening chords will undoubtedly bring back a rush of memories.
Other films with songs on this set include: Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, 101 Dalmations, The Aristocats, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Aladdin, The Lion King, Toy Story, Hercules, Mulan, and Lilo & Stitch.
Overall, it’s a good introduction to the wealth of great songs that were featured in these classic films.