A star-studded list of bands and musicians composed and performed much of the music on Playhouse Disney Music Play Date, including Los Lobos ("Handy Manny Main Title Theme"), They Might Be Giants (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse), Imagination Movers (self-titled show), Tally Hall (Happy Monster Band), musical theater giant Stephen Schwartz, who composed music for Godspell and Wicked ("Johnny and the Sprites Theme"), and Andy Sturmer, former member of Jellyfish (My Friends Tigger & Pooh).
Several of the tracks could stand on their own, like Imagination Movers' "Puppy Dog" and "Kick It," "Get Up and Go Go Go" from Happy Monster Band, They Might Be Giants' "Hot Dog!" and "Do Your Own Dance" from Choo Choo Soul. And check out Stephen Schwartz's very Sid and Marty Krofft-like "Johnny and the Sprites Theme," and Andy Sturmer's Beatle-y "My Friends Tigger & Pooh Theme," sounding like nothing less than an amalgamation of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" and "Octopus' Garden."
But most songs on Music Play Date are for fans of those shows only, and a few tunes are downright annoying, mainly because of unnecessarily goofy voices. "Hop Up, Jump In" from Handy Manny, "Mickey's Mousekedoer" from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and Ooh and Aah's "The Happy Little Monkey Song" are likely to be skipped over on repeat listenings.
Playhouse Disney Music Play Date does in fact contain a few good tunes, but for the most part the CD is for dedicated fans of Playhouse Disney shows only.
Released March 24, 2009; Walt Disney Records
- "Handy Manny Main Title Theme"
- "Hot Dog!"
- "Puppy Dog"
- "Kick It"
- "Get Up and Go Go Go"
- "Do Your Own Dance"
- "Johnny and the Sprites Theme"
- "My Friends Tigger & Pooh Theme"