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Disney In Depth: 8 Awesome Disney Flash Mob Videos
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The Oxford Dictionary defines a flash mob as “a large public gathering at which people perform an unusual or seemingly random act and then disperse.” While these acts seemed to be all the rage a few years ago, they still remain popular for their originality and entertainment value. Disney enters the picture when you consider how many individuals set their YouTube flash mob videos to Disney music – or, in some cases, within the Disney parks themselves.

Here are eight awesome flash mob videos that will make you want to get on your feet and join in!

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Disney In Depth: 5 Disney Villain-Themed YouTube Music Videos
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Ghouls and haunts cheer for the day that comes once a year. Happy Halloween, everyone, as the holiday is finally here

In honor of the terrifying occasion, let us applaud the online Disney fans who exhibit passion for the Disney baddies in these hit YouTube videos. Sensational songs that bleed brilliance and exaggerated enthusiasm, they pay tribute to the characters we all love to hate, and sometimes even hate to love.

Here is a selection of the ones taking YouTube by spooky storm.

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D23 Expo: Alan Menken Live: Medleys Of ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘Beauty and The Beast,’ ‘Aladdin’ (Video)
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Legendary Disney musical talents Alan Menken and Richard Sherman performed dozens of songs last night from their library during “The Disney Songbook” concert at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA. Sherman played a handful of hits.

I’ll be sharing videos of some of those tunes in a future post but for now, here are some of Alan Menken’s musical medleys of songs from Oscar-winning features The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin.

Enjoy!

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Disney In Depth: Soundtrack Review: ‘Everybody Wants To Be A Cat’
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"Everybody Wants To Be A Cat" album coverMore than a year ago, Walt Disney Records released a soundtrack to little fanfare within the general music community, but rightfully deserves some attention. Collect a bunch of famous Disney tunes and gather some jammin’ jazz artists. Spin the two together and your creation is an awesome assortment of standards breathing new energy. Here is my review of Disney Jazz Volume 1: Everybody Wants To Be A Cat.

1. “Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat” by Roy Hargrove: The Grammy-winning trumpeter lends his potent musical skills into mixing up this classic tune from The Aristocats. While the first minute or so of the five-minute cover closely resembles the jazzy piece, he then spins some impressive arrangements. I could imagine listening to this strong instrumentation in a coffeehouse or lounge. Though it steers off in a different direction for much of the entirety, Hargrove returns to the memorable theme toward the end.

2. “Chim Chim Cher-Ee” by Esperanza Spalding: The artist who prevailed over teen sensation Justin Bieber at the 2011 Grammys as the “Best New Artist” adeptly takes control over the Sherman Brothers’ legendary melody. The orchestration possesses a French flair, with some light piano and accordion in the background at different points. Spalding scats with beautiful range in this romantic version that still stirs up a chilling sensation. Guesses are that if Dick Van Dyke has heard Spalding’s take on the piece, he would be pretty proud.

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Disney In Depth: Destination D: An Evening with Alan Menken, The Music of Disney
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For many attendees of the Destination D experience, the last event was perhaps the most special, in that “An Evening with Alan Menken” touched the hearts and souls of everyone who has ever wanted to hear the master of his craft live.

Alan Menken, the composer behind the films and songs we know by heart, presented the most extraordinary two hours of music I have ever heard – and seen – in my life. Now that’s quite a statement. Some may call that a bit exaggerated, but as a devoted Disney fan, like almost all of my fellow audience members, we knew the gift we were being presented. Menken rarely performs publicly, so to hear his legendary stories and songs in person made this even more winning.

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