Thursday, September 3, 2015
Open the Disney vault with Hoopla
If you don't remember Hoopla, it's that cool digital service we offer that lets you read eBooks and comics, stream music and audiobooks, and watch TV shows and movie anywhere and at any time for free.
You can now stream a lot of Disney movies, music and more using Hoopla. (And it's still free with your Mentor Library card.) Check out some of the Disney classics, rarities and oddballs that Hoopla added to its library.
Let's get this out of the way. No, Frozen is not on Hoopla—not the film, at least, not yet.
No, right now Hoopla's great for finding that bit of forgotten freshness from your childhood.
Did you love Oliver & Company? The Sword in the Stone? Black Cauldron? Hoopla has them all.
Hoopla's Disney collection is especially kind to those who came of age in the 1990s. Did you sing along with Tevin Campbell while watching A Goofy Movie? Did you enjoy the Ducktales, Recess and Doug movies? You can watch them all right now for free.
Hoopla also has cult favorite Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken. Depending on whom you are, that either doesn't matter to you or is the single most important thing you'll learn all day. (She's blind and rides a horse off a high dive!)
Hoopla also has some cool Disney documentaries, including the environmentally minded Sacred Planet and Trail of the Panda.
Animation buffs will love Frank & Ollie—a documentary about Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, two of Disney's most famous artists—and The Hand Behind the Mouse, the story of Mickey Mouse's other creator, Ub Iwerks.
Pretty much all of the classic Disney soundtracks are available to stream on Hoopla: Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Sleeping Beauty, Jungle Book, and, yes, Frozen.
There are also more Princess compilations than you can shake a scepter at. The best of the batch is probably The Ultimate Song Collection.
It also has the soundtracks for Disney channel hits like High School Musical, Hannah Montana and the recently premiered Descendants.
You can also find Disney techno, country and jazz compilations. The jazz album, in particular, is splendid. (It's worth streaming just to listen to Esperanza Spaulding hum "Chim Chim Cher-ee.")
A lot of great singers and musicians have taken a shot at the Disney canon: Louis Armstrong, Brian Wilson, Los Lobos and more. You can listen to their takes for free.
Here's a pro tip. You're best bargain of the bunch is Disney Classics. (Remember, you can check out 10 items from Hoopla each month, so you want to get the most out of each checkout.) In one album, Disney Classics gives you nearly 100 songs that you've probably known by heart since you were 12. Borrow it before your next vacation, and it will become the soundtrack for your every road trip.
Hoopla also has a useful collection of Disney audiobooks based upon the novelizations of their films: Toy Story, Brave, Big Hero 6, Tangled, Frozen and more. They're great for car rides with the kids.
You can even stream episodes from all five seasons of Bill Nye the Science Guy.
That's a lot to watch, listen and love. Start wherever you like. Me, I'm rewatching Goofy Movie.