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`Tis the Season for Walt Disney Records Holiday Gift Guide 2002.

Entertainment Editors & Music Writers

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 29, 2002

Walt Disney Records gets you ready this holiday season with a stocking full of exciting new releases for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Walt Disney Records brings a special brand of family entertainment into homes with the "Lilo & Stitch" and "Beauty & The Beast" DVD Read-Alongs. These two magical stories have a new home in the Read-Along family, enabling children and their parents an unlimited amount of fun! The product offers an interactive experience for the entire family, complete with vocabulary lessons, sing-alongs, and creative games. Walt Disney Records introduced the Read Along concept more than 40 years ago on vinyl records, followed by cassettes, then CD and now the DVD. Just as the technology of the times changed, so did the format of the Read-Along. This new generation of DVD Read Along products features five different languages, enabling children and their parents to hear and read the story, songs and vocabulary in English, Spanish, French, Italian and German. They can be played on multiple platforms, ranging from the TV to the PC plus the PlayStation 2 and X-Box. "Lilo & Stitch" and "Beauty & The Beast" will have a suggested retail price of $14.98 each.

Teens and pre-teens will be dancing with the sugarplum fairies to their favorite holiday pop tunes when they receive the perfect gift item for Holiday 2002 -- "Radio Disney Holiday Jams 2." This collection of popular holiday tunes includes rockin' favorites "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" by A-Teens, "As Long As There's Christmas" from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," "Wonderful Christmastime" by Jump 5, "Feliz Navidad" by Jose Feliciano, "It's Beginning to Look like Christmas" by Johnny Mathis, "Santa Claus Lane" by Hilary Duff, "Here Comes Santa Claus" by Gene Autry, "Christmas Time" by Backstreet Boys, "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" by Burl Ives with Owen Bradley & His Orchestra, "Go Girlfriend (Have a Merry Christmas)" by No Secrets, "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" by B2K, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" by Jackson 5, "The Chimney Song" by Bob Rivers and "My Christmas List" (Radio Disney Edit) by Simple Plan. "Radio Disney Holiday Jams 2" is available wherever music is sold and price varies at retail.

In support of the highly anticipated Walt Disney Pictures film, "The Santa Claus 2," Walt Disney Records is releasing a star-studded soundtrack filled with new and classic holiday favorites.

"The Santa Claus 2" soundtrack features a mix of new and classic holiday songs by a wide range of popular artists. SHeDAISY gives a rockin' country twist on "Santa's Got a Brand New Bag," while Brian Setzer delivers a swingin' rendition of holiday favorite, "Jingle Bells." Chuck Berry performs the playful "Run Rudolph Run," and Unwritten Law and Sum 41 contribute the hip-hop flavored "Unwritten Christmas." The collection also features classic performing artists The Shirelles ("Blue Holiday"), Louis Armstrong and the Commanders ("Zat You Santa Claus") and Brenda Lee ("I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus"). Other tracks on the soundtrack include: "Everybody Loves Christmas" (Eddie Money and Ronnie Spector), two versions of "Santa Claus is Comin' To Town" (one by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, another by Steve Tyrell) and "North Pole (Score)" (George S. Clinton). "The Santa Claus 2" soundtrack is available wherever music is sold and varies in price at retail.

Hilary Duff, star of the Disney Channel hit series "Lizzie McGuire," makes her highly anticipated musical debut this Christmas season with "Santa Claus Lane." "Santa Claus Lane" is a fun, pop-inspired collection of holiday jingles including original songs and contemporary versions of classic Christmas favorites. "Santa Claus Lane" is the first single from the album; it will appear in Walt Disney Pictures' feature film "The Santa Claus 2." This must-have holiday album features duets with some of today's popular teen artists. Universal recording artist Lil'Romeo joins Hilary on a Christmas rap, "Tell Me A Story (About the Night Before)," and Def Soul recording artist Christina Milian lends vocals on an upbeat pop song, "I Heard Santa on the Radio." "Santa Claus Lane" is available wherever music is sold and varies in price at retail.

Walt Disney Records is releasing a holiday collection of musical favorites from the popular television series "Bear in the Big Blue House" this season. "Bear's Holiday Celebration" offers 20 holiday tunes from the beloved television series, enabling children to sing along with Bear and friends long after the program has ended. The compilation includes such entertaining songs as "Trick or Treat," "What Are You Gonna Be for Halloween," "So Much to Be Thankful for," "Thanksgiving with My Friends" and "A Berry Bear Christmas." A featured television show on The Disney Channel's successful Playhouse Disney block of programming, "Bear in the Big Blue House" introduces preschoolers to a cast of new characters who are continually exploring their environment. Produced by Jim Henson Television, the show is hosted by Bear, who invites the audience into his home each day to play, learn and sing with his friends. "Bear's Holiday Celebration" is available wherever music is sold and varies in price at retail.
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