Picks and Pans Review: Very Merry Christmas Songs

updated 12/19/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

Carol break. This tape from the Disney's Sing Along Songs series is the right length—27 minutes—and includes a pleasant selection of holiday tunes, with follow-the-bouncing-ball—style lyrics in subtitles. Most of the video part of the tape consists of clips cannibalized from Disney animated shorts and features. A snippet from Peter and the Wolf appears in the Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, segment, for example, and a Bambi bit shows up in Winter Wonderland. Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Goofy and other Disney regulars are spliced in and out, and there's one live-action sequence—a Disneyland parade illustrates Here Comes Santa Claus. It's inviting to sing along with Donald and Goofy—not even the most tone-deaf dad will sound worse than they do—and the sound track also includes Bing Crosby, who performs Let It Snow, and Gene Autry, whose classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer accompanies scenes from a Disney version of the Rudolph story. Most of the singing, though, is done by a newly recorded children's chorus, and the sound track leaves blanks for viewers to do the singing during Up on the House-top and Parade of the Wooden Soldiers. The choppy editing can be disconcerting, but the Disney characters all seem something like relatives, and in this case familiarity breeds content. (Disney, $14.95)

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