Since the company's earliest days in the 1930s, Disney's animated movies have been a treasure trove for pop-music confectionery. The third installment of the DISNEYMANIA series reaffirms this tradition, as 15 of 2005's leading pop lights offer their own interpretations of the songs initially performed by animals, princesses, mythological figures, and other assorted characters. While many of the tunes on DISNEYMANIA 3 are established classics ("Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" and "When You Wish Upon a Star"), a few artists look further into the Disney songbook to revive lesser-known gems.
Raven-Symone opens the disc on a playful note, with a rousing rendition of "Under the Sea," followed by the teen group Jump5, who keep the festive feel afloat with "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride" from LILO & STITCH. Bowling for Soup, the lone non-teen rock act, offers an energetic take on THE JUNGLE BOOK's "The Bare Necessities," while newcomers Aly & A.J. add a bit of guitar-jangle to "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah." Rising star Jesse McCartney closes the album on a fitting note, returning "When You Wish Upon a Star" to its simple lullaby roots.