In A Big Warehouse
Artist: Imagination Movers
Produced by: Walt Disney Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
The New Orleans-based child-centered band known as Imagination Movers began their journey in 2003. Longtime friends and neighbors, the band started out as a television/music concept pitched to a local PBS station in Louisiana. The band consists of former journalist Rich Collins, teacher Scott Durban, firefighter Scott “Smitty” Smith and architect Dave Poche. In a very short time, the Imagination Movers caught on and their self-produced CDs and DVDs sold over 100,000 copies.
By the year 2005, Disney had begun to take notice of Imagination Movers and by 2006, the band was signed up. Releasing their debut CD, Juice Box Heroes, in March 2008, Imagination Movers found instant success. The album ranked in the Top 10 on the iTunes Children’s Music Charts and Parenting Magazine awarded it a “Parenting Pick”. Common Sense Media recognized the Imagination Movers television series among the best TV of 2008. The soundtrack of Season One of the series, For Those About to Hop, hit the stores in 2009 and the band went on its first national concert tour shortly afterward.
On September 21, 2010, Walt Disney Records will release In A Big Warehouse, Imagination Movers third album with the label. The album features eighteen tracks of songs from the Playhouse Disney television series and contains a booklet featuring the lyrics from every song included on the album.
What makes Imagination Movers so successful is that they create educational songs and set them to modern music that appeals to both children and adults. Songs like When You Grow Up, Friendly Guy, My Friends and Me, and Get Serious contain important messages for children and yet they are presented in a fun way. The genre of the songs found on In A Big Warehouse span from rock and roll, to pop, country, R&B, rap and more and they teach kids about things like friendship, hygiene, getting older, how to comport yourself in certain environments and situations and more.
One of the reasons I enjoyed this album is that the songs reminded me of those I grew up with as a kid. I always watched shows like The Mickey Mouse Club, Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Villa Alegre, etc. The creators of these shows knew that the educational songs presented to their audience had to be catchy and fun or they would not retain the attention of the children and therefore wouldn’t teach them anything. Everyone knows that when education is fun, it’s easier to learn. Imagination Movers know how to educate in a fun way that involves both the child and its parents.
In A Big Warehouse is a great album with enjoyable music and fun, catchy lyrics. I’m saving this one for my nephew. He’s a bit young now, but as soon as he’s old enough to sing along, I’m sure he’ll enjoy it as much as I did and play it over and over until the CD wears out.