Disney's Sing-Along Songs: The Bare Necessities is a Disney's Sing-Along Songs video released on October 6, 1987. Released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Jungle Book, it is notably the first Sing-Along Songs video in which Jiminy Cricket appears as the host instead of Professor Owl, who appears at the beginning to introduce Jiminy. It is also the first Sing-Along Songs video in which the featured songs all have a central theme - in this case, the animal kingdom.
Get set for a tuneful time with Baloo the Bear from The Jungle Book as well as other Disney characters in a brilliant, song-filled program of sing-along singing fun! You'll learn the words to a sparkling collection of magical songs with Disney's Sing-Along Songs: The Bare Necessities. Gather up the entire family for a captivating songfest that is highlighted by a rainbow of scenes from best-loved animated Classics, movies and cartoons. Voices ready? Everybody sing!
Sing along with songs from The Jungle Book, Cinderella, The Aristocats, Dumbo...and more!
During "Winnie the Pooh", a clip of the opening scene from Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too runs, then after a clip of Pooh bouncing on the lyrics to the chorus, Jiminy says "You can do better than that, so I'll give you more words. Let's do it over!" and the rest of the song lyrics appear on the screen during a montage of clips from all the featurettes.
After the song, Jiminy then says "Great! Part of this song doesn't have real words. So have fun with it! Ooh-bee-doo with Baloo! Just make them up as you go along." which then leads into "I Wan'na Be Like You".
During "I Wan'na Be Like You", at one point, Jiminy says "Baloo and Louie are singing whatever they want, and you can too!"
During "Look Out for Mr. Stork" Jiminy says "Hmmm...Poor Mrs. Jumbo! All those babies and no sign of her little pachyderm."
The 2006 DVD features the original post-credits promo, but Jiminy's narration is missing.
"The Ugly Bug Ball" uses the original footage from Summer Magic, then it also contains footage from classic Disney bug cartoons like Woodland Café and Mickey's Garden throughout the rest of the song, including new original animations for the middle and end lines of the song, it also takes out the instrumental breaks making the song a bit shorter than it normally is.