Very Merry Christmas Songs is a Christmas-themed Sing-Along video produced by Walt Disney Home Video, originally released on October 4, 1988. It was the fifth release in the Disney Sing Along Songs series of videos and was reissued in 1990 (as Volume 8) and 1994.
The original 1988, 1990 and 1994 VHS releases contained the following songs:
The 2002 reissue removed "From All of Us to All of You" from the actual program and added in the following songs:
- In the original issues, a still image of the Christmas tree from the animated film Lady and the Tramp is used for the closing credits. The firework shot from "A Present for Donald" is used at the end, as well.
- "From All of Us to All of You" is played at the end of the advanced level of the Words of the Season vocabulary game on the 2002 DVD release.
- The song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" used footage from the 1948 Max Fleischer cartoon of the same name, as Disney has never made their own Rudolph cartoon. This is due to the cartoon being in the public domain, allowing Disney to use it without any legal trouble.
- The lyrics to the song "Jingle Bells" used footage from the 1949 Famous Studios Screen Song cartoon "Snow Foolin'", which was also in the public domain. Much like the modern Sing Along Songs cartoons, the Screen Songs series used sing-along sequences and a bouncing ball to encourage crowd sing-alongs in the movie theatres.
- Here are some differences in the 2002 release:
- In the 2002 release, "Winter Wonderland" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" has the same design for the bouncing ball as the 1988 version but looks different. In addition, the timing of the words is also different.
- In the 2002 release, the bouncing ball for "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" has the Mickey with the Rudolph design for all of the duration of the song but in the 1988 version, the regular Mickey bouncing ball appears but when it goes to the line, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", the Mickey bouncing ball with the Rudolph design appears and stays there for the rest of the song.
- In the 2002 release, the wraparound segments between each song have been replaced; the 2002 release uses new wraparound segments consisting of live-action Christmas sets with narration by Roscoe Lee Browne over it. In addition in the 2002 release, the older faded prints of classic Disney cartoons and movies from the 1930s-1950s used in the 1988, 1990 and 1994 releases have been replaced by newer transfers from the 1990s, which looked far superior.
- The "Sleigh Ride" sing-along omits the first two lines.
- The "Seasons of Giving" sing-along uses the third version (introduction to the Christmas segment).
- The 2002 release is dedicated to Eleanor Richman-Adams.
- The ending from the House of Mouse episode "Clarabelle's Christmas List" with Santa Mickey signing off is featured in the 2002 release.
- There is a different arrangement for the 2002 version of "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" than the original arrangement for the 1988 version.
- The songs "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "Jingle Bell Rock" use their original Brenda Lee and Bobby Helms recordings.
- The original 1988 release ended with a list of other Sing-Along videos, announced by Jiminy Cricket, but the 1990 release ended with a list of other Christmas related videos, announced by Brian Cummings. While the 1994 release ended with the 1994 version of the Disney Sing Along Songs promo.