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<td width="460"><font size="3" face="Arial"><strong>Disneymania 3 (2005)</strong></font>

<font face="Verdana" size="1"><b>Executive Producer</b>: Jay Landers

<b>Artists</b>: Raven-Symoné, Jump5, Nick Lachey, Jessica Simpson, Fan_3, Bowling For Soup, The Cheetah Girls, Aly & A.J., Vitamin C, Skye Sweetnam, Christy Carlson Romano, Clay Aiken, Everlife, Kimberley Locke, LaLaine, Jesse McCartney

<b>Running Time:</b> 48 minutes, 29 seconds
Available Format: CD
Release Date: February 15, 2005</font></td></tr>
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By Aaron Wallace

When Disney launched "Disneymania," they created an instant success and
fan favorite. The idea is that today's biggest names in pop music will give
their own unique spin to the recognized and beloved Disney song classics.
The first installment was extremely inspired and the second, though not
quite as good, more or less followed suit. More than two years after the
original's release, Disney has issued a third volume.

Part pop, part Disney Channel, and part "American Idol," the new CD
offers a varied selection of musical styles from a less-varied-than-usual
selection of artists. While new and unique covers are always welcome, it's a
little disappointing that more than half (nine, in fact) of the songs have
already been covered by different artists on the first two "Disneymania"s.
Add to that sum the two tracks withheld from the "Aladdin" Special Edition
soundtrack to be included here, and you have a total of only five all-new,
previously unused, never-before-heard songs ("A Whole New World" overlaps in
the two aforementioned categories). At the same time, it is the inclusion of
these two songs that gives the CD much of its value.

Unfortunately, the third installment falls a few bars short of the
precedent set by the first two in the series. That's not to say that it
isn't a good collection, of course. There just doesn't seem to be the depth
of quality and evidence of effort that was so obvious in the first volume.

Walt Disney Records presents the mediocre album on compact disc with
satisfactory treatment.

A star (<img src="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/images/a-c/bmwstar.gif" width="9" height="9">) denotes my five favorite tracks from the CD.

<b>Tracks</b>

1. <i>Under The Sea</i> - Raven-Symoné (3:14) (Originally from "The Little Mermaid")
In the first of three songs from "The Little Mermaid" on this CD, pop
powerhouse Raven-Symoné, commonly known as Raven, further asserts her
dominance over Walt Disney media. This makes her second of three recordings
in the Disneymania franchise (the third follows on this disc as part of The
Cheetah Girls), and it's also her best thus far. While she's no Samuel E.
Wright (voice of Sebastian), she does do a fairly good job of singing in a
Caribbean accent. Though some Disney fans object to Raven's participation in
anything these days, she does command a certain degree of vocal talent. In
fact the recording's one failure doesn't lie with Raven, but with the
arrangement. On an album that seeks to breathe a new and varied life to
beloved classics, this rendition sounds pretty similar to the film's
original, unlike the A*Teens' cover on the first Disneymania volume. Still,
similarity to a wonderful song can't be all bad and the song does succeed in
being catchy and enjoyable.

2. <i>Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride</i> - Jump5 (3:04) (Originally from "Lilo & Stitch")
Jump5, known for their youthful dance music excursions into the
Contemporary Christian and mainstream pop scenes, has been included once on
each Disneymania album to date and have so far failed to disappoint. While
this is their least engaging Disney tune, it manages to improve upon the
rather bleak and childish original. Jump5's vocal range suits their medium
well. Perhaps a bit too heavy on the hard rock sound, the track is still
quite trendy and benefits from multiple listenings.

<img src="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/images/a-c/bmwstar.gif" width="9" height="9"> 3. <i>A Whole New World</i> - Nick Lachey & Jessica Simpson (4:10) (Originally from "Aladdin")
The third track is nothing new to Disney fans, having debuted in music
video form on October 2004's Platinum Edition release of "Aladdin." This
does, however, mark the first time that it's been available to purchase
outside of the DVD. Covering "A Whole New World," one of Disney's most
popular songs, is no easy task. Fortunately, the husband/wife team of Lachey
and Simpson, stars of MTV's "Newlyweds," are among the most vocally gifted
individuals in today's Top 40 music scene, and they show off their abilities
in this recording. While the arrangement doesn't stray far from Peabo Bryson
and Regina Belle's pop original (unlike LMNT's rendition on Disneymania 2),
the vocal performances make this a beautiful and impressive recording. This
marks Lachey's first appearance on a Disneymania album and Simpson's second.

4. <i>It's A Small World (RapMania! Mix)</i> - Fan_3 (3:01) (Originally from 1964 New York's World Fair/Disneyland)
Upon first hearing this, one might believe that Salt 'N Peppa have
teamed up with Aaron Carter for an all-new recording. In fact, it's just one
girl, the up-and-coming teen rapper named Fan_3. While not all of
Disneymania's songs have been absolute gems, this is by far the worst so
far, even managing to fall short of the Baha Men's previous take on it. At
the beginning, the familiar chorus to "It's A Small World" scratches into
muffled play and then gives way to a completely new and unrelated teeny-bop
"rap" song. The lyrics are set to a beat that combines a bass track with
what sounds like the sound effects of a classic cartoon short of the
mid-20th century. The classic theme park jingle returns only during the
chorus. It sounds every bit as whiney and childish as a subtitle like
'RapMania! Mix' might suggest. While some may expect anything with the words
"It's A Small World" in the title to annoy in the first place, this new
"rendition" is actually uneasy to listen to.

5. <i>The Bare Necessities</i> - Bowling For Soup (3:38) (Originally from "The Jungle Book")
Capitalizing on the whole idea behind the Disneymania project, Bowling
For Soup offers a fresh take on this classic without strolling into the
absurdly unrecognizable. Their rendition can simply be summed up as fun.
Employing everything from a lazy country sound to hard rock to whistling,
this cover song has it all, even Baloo's spoken parts!

6. <i>I Won't Say (I'm In Love)</i> - The Cheetah Girls (3:02) (Originally from "Hercules")
This song, like the film it originates from, is one of Disney's most
underrated. It is therefore refreshing to see it given recognition here.
Unfortunately, instead of making it special, the Cheetah Girls simply make
it plain (plus a few techno effects) and really don't offer much of a reason
to listen to it.

7. <i>Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah</i> - Aly & A.J. (2:54) (Originally from "Song of the South")
Though it's not as fun as Stevie Brock's version on Disneymania 2, this
new cover does manage to blend the classic with a bit of a retro sound and
guitars. The final result is a song from a 1940s musical sounding like a pop
song of today, much in the vein of Avril Lavigne.

8. <i>Kiss The Girl</i> - Vitamin C (2:42) (Originally from "The Little Mermaid")
Covered for the second time on a Disneymania album, "Kiss The Girl"
isn't exactly given new life by Vitamin C. Instead, a fantastic song is
watered down to a fairly substandard pop tune and features the occasional
shouting from a Jamaican-sounding man in the background. It's listenable,
but that's about all that can be said for it.

9. <i>Part Of Your World</i> - Syke Sweetnam (2:33) (Originally from "The Little Mermaid")
Of all the Disney songs to potentially receive the grunge treatment,
most fans probably wouldn't expect this to be it. That's exactly what Skye
Sweetnam delivers, though (if one uses "grunge" in the casual, poppy sense).
It's certainly a far cry from Jessica Simpson's version on the original
Disneymania, but it is nonetheless unique and enjoyable.

10. <i>Colors of the Wind</i> - Christy Carlson Romano (3:58) (Originally from "Pocahontas")
There's not a lot to be said for this new rendition from the "Even
Stevens" star (which follows Ashanti's version on the first Disneymania).
It's not exceptionally good, but it's not exceptionally bad, either.
Overall, it's fairly bland and only strays from the original to dull it down
and make it sound a bit more ethnic. Romano is vocally talented but doesn't
show it off here, which leaves this recording to be described as just
"decent."

<img src="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/images/a-c/bmwstar.gif" width="9" height="9"> 11. <i>Proud of Your Boy</i> - Clay Aiken (2:18) (Originally from "Aladdin" Platinum Edition DVD)
Like "A Whole New World," this debuted on the October 2004's release of
"Aladdin" on 2-Disc DVD in the form of a music video (also available on
"Disneymania In Concert," which was released simultaneously with
"Disneymania 3"). The song had been drafted as part of an earlier storyline
for the film and was later abandoned. Though it doesn't jive with every
detail of the film, it certainly strikes one as a song perfectly suited for
the character of Aladdin. Both Clay Aiken's performance and the arrangement
of this version are beautifully executed and the lyrics are moving. Though
it isn't a cover song per se, it is a welcome addition to the Disneymania
line, especially in light of the fact that this is its first incarnation in
retail outside of the DVD (aside from a demo version on the "Aladdin"
Special Edition soundtrack). The song probably benefits from repeat
listening but it stands out as one of the more accomplished and pleasurable
inclusions on the album.

<img src="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/images/a-c/bmwstar.gif" width="9" height="9"> 12. <i>Strangers Like Me</i> - Everlife (3:31) (Originally from "Tarzan")
In an upbeat and charged remake, Everlife improves on Phil Collins'
rather lackluster original from "Tarzan," which, in this reviewer's opinion,
isn't a terrific feat. Though it doesn't exactly ring with traditional
Disney flavor, it does make for a fun summertime-type song.

<img src="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/images/a-c/bmwstar.gif" width="9" height="9"> 13. <i>A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes</i> - Kimberly Locke (4:41) (Originally from "Cinderella")
Walt Disney Records seems eager to embrace finalists from "American
Idol," a move that will see no complaints here. Kimberly Locke commands a
phenomenally talented voice and while this may not be quite as inspired as
some of her performances on "Idol," she still delivers an excellent
rendition. Of course, it's hard to make this song sound bad but that the
vocals are so enjoyable is to Locke's credit. The arrangement, however, is
slightly disappointing. The song starts like a piano ballad from Evanescence
and quickly becomes a bit like hotel lobby music. Though it doesn't compare
with Daniel Beddingfield's splendid cover on Disneymania 2, it is certainly
pleasing and is sure to hold up to future listenings.

14. <i>Cruella De Vil</i> - LaLaine (2:38) (Originally from "101 Dalmatians")
<br>Hilary Duff began her career as an actress on "Lizzie McGuire" and soon
exploded onto the pop music charts. It looks as though her co-star LaLaine
now looks to follow the same path. However, based solely on this
performance, that future doesn't look promising. The arrangement here is a
surprising and enjoyable departure from the original (think country-rock).
The vocals, however, aren't much more than passable. LaLaine may have been a
good actress on "Lizzie," but her voice comes off as a bit whiney and
strained in this recording. Still, the music itself makes it a fun song.

<img src="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/images/a-c/bmwstar.gif" width="9" height="9"> 15. <i>When You Wish Upon A Star</i> - Jesse McCartney (3:05) (Originally from "Pinocchio")
Rising pop star Jesse McCartney has certainly come a long way since he
appeared on Disneymania 2; he now hangs out at the top of the US pop charts
and has proven himself to be a very talented singer. Here he tackles the
enchanting theme from "Pinocchio," the only song to have been covered on all
three Disneymania albums, and each time it has been among the best of the
included tracks. Though McCartney's rather charming and melodic version
doesn't quite match up to Nsync's a capella or Ashley Gearing's bluesy take,
it does make for one of the better tracks on the CD.

<b>PACKAGING, DESIGN, and FEATURES</b>

The CD sports a red cover that features the names and pictures of select
artists. The back side lists the included tracks. Inside, there is an
eight-panel fold-out mini-poster of the "Disneymania 3" stars. The poster
flips over to reveal technical information, liner notes, and advertisements
for other Walt Disney Records releases as well as the new releases from
Jesse McCartney and Raven-Symoné.

The disc is silver with swirls of red and yellow, which matches that of
other "Disneymania" releases.

When inserted into a CD-ROM drive, the disc will prompt users to access
special internet features, which is really nothing more than a thank you
page, an advertisement for other CDs, and a very brief consumer survey. You
can also register your album through the CD-Rom feature, which is powered by
Macromedia.

<b>CLOSING THOUGHTS</b>

It may not live up to the first two volumes, but "Disneymania 3" isn't a
complete disappointment. Among the duds are some very strong renditions of
some very good songs and the quality of the audio leaves no complaints. The
inclusion of two much-hyped recordings from the "Aladdin" DVD increases its
value as well.

Those who don't already own the first two "Disneymania"s are urged to
pick those two up before considering this. Fans who already own and enjoy
volumes one and two (or perhaps zealous fans of "Aladdin") will likely find
this CD worth owning, despite its shortfalls. It is for this latter group
that the disc gets a recommendation.

Buy Disneymania 3 from Amazon.com

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I love the idea of having celebrities sing Disney songs!!! I just checked out the review on amazon of Disneymani vol.1 and I'm so happy and excited that Ronan Keating, such a great singer, sings Circle of Life!!! I'm sure he sang it with great passion, or at least care!


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A bunch of the songs from this CD are on Radio Lion King: http://radio.lionking.org


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Sailor Eric wrote:
I love the idea of having celebrities sing Disney songs!!! I just checked out the review on amazon of Disneymani vol.1 and I'm so happy and excited that Ronan Keating, such a great singer, sings Circle of Life!!! I'm sure he sang it with great passion, or at least care!


It's actually just ok, imo. I do really like Ronan's "Lovin' Each Day" song.

-Aaron

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Wow, I love this CD.

1. Under the Sea - pretty good.
2. Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride - I really like it, except for the whistling.
3. A Whole New World - OH WOW!
4. It's A Small World - Rap and 'IASW'. BAAAD combo. Especially since IASW is incredibly annoying (aside from Zazu singing it. That was just hilarious)
5. Bare Necessities - good. BFS is awesome.
6. I Won't Say (I'm in Love) - I agree this song is underrated. It's so beautiful. Not your traditional love song, either.
7. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - pretty okay. Aly & AJ seem promising.
8. Kiss the Girl - good to see VC make a return.
9. Part of Your World - I really like this rendition. Not sure why. I daresay it's better than the original, if not up to par.
10. Colors of the Wind - CCR rules. Enough said. :lol:
11. Proud of Your Boy - Okay. But I like the Aladdin soundtrack version better.
12. Strangers Like Me - I like the small changes ('her' to 'you'), it makes the song sound better and more 'personal' in a way.
13. ADIAWYHM - :pink: Woohoo!
14. Cruella De Vil - Lalaine is so much better than HD.
15. WYWUAS - It's okay. JMC is a little overrated for my tastes though.

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I recently received this Cd for free, ive never purchased any of the other Disneymania's mostly because the amount of great covers is less than the amount of bad covers. This holds true to this version.

1. Under the Sea -Raven for me is a give or take...sometimes she is good sometimes she is bad...this time is the latter.
2. Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride - no biggie.
3. A Whole New World - overall okay, Nick Lachey does great...but Jessica sounds awful...(returns to listening to Lea Salonga's version)
4. It's A Small World - lame.
5. Bare Necessities - Very fun and energized version of the song, had never heard Bowling for Soup before this but they were great.
6. I Won't Say (I'm in Love) - Underrated song,Underrated film, okay rendition...one of the better tracks on the album.
7. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - ehhh....
8. Kiss the Girl - yikes this song is awfull..
9. Part of Your World - Favorite Track on the Album...great new style for a great classic, Hopefully Skye will be asked to have a music video on next years dvd.
10. Colors of the Wind - Expected beter from Christy, but overall good song.
11. Proud of Your Boy - Clay does great in this song...considering im not a fan of his.
12. Strangers Like Me - Not as good as Phil Collins, but still a good track on the album.
13. A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes- Very good track.
14. Cruella De Vil -This is awful, i actually liked her on Lizzie Mcguire but her whole Actress/Singer attempt is horrible...she really should try it.
15. When You Wish Upon A Star - Not as Good as Nsync's, but still a good track, Jesse Mcartney is gonna be big.

overal...not that bad...but not that good eeither.

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1. Under the Sea - disgusting.
2. Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride - no biggie.
3. A Whole New World - overall okay, Nick Lachey does great...but Jessica sounds awful.......(returns to listening to Lea Salonga's version)
4. It's A Small World (RapMania Mix) - a 'RapMania Mix' to an already insanely annoying song.
5. Bare Necessities - Very fun and energized version of the song, I luuuurves Bowling for Soup, so I might be bias.
6. I Won't Say (I'm in Love) - My second favorite track on the CD. The Cheetah Girls sound great- WITHOUT Raven.
7. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - Alyson and A.J. do a good version of the song, but it's nothing special.
8. Kiss the Girl - yikes this song is awfull..
9. Part of Your World - Favorite Track on the Album...great new style for a great classic, Hopefully Skye will be asked to have a music video on next years dvd.
10. Colors of the Wind - Good for Christy
11. Proud of Your Boy - Clay does great in this song...considering I dispise him.
12. Strangers Like Me - Not as good as Phil Collins, but a great track.
13. A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes- Very good track.
14. Cruella De Vil -This is awful, i actually liked her on Lizzie Mcguire but her whole Actress/Singer attempt is horrible...she really should try it.
15. When You Wish Upon A Star - MUCH better than N*Sync's, but still a good track, Jesse Mcartney is gonna be HUGE!!


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