Special Friends: Ring Along Sing Along (lost musical VHS tape; 1991)


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Special Friends: Ring Along Sing Along
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Special Friends: Ring Along Sing Along is a lost VHS tape from 1991.[1] It is the third VHS in the "Special Friends" series, which have become highly popular on Youtube due to various edits made to the videos. The first two tapes, "Special Friends Starring 'You On Kazoo'", made in 1989, and "Special Friends: Let's Sing Along!", made in 1990, have already been uploaded to Youtube in full.

The third tape was brought into question during a Reddit AMA with the main star of the three videos, Brett Ambler, who responded to a question asking if there was a second video after "You On Kazoo", to which he responded with, "There are actually three videos out there... The last one was called Ring Along Sing Along and came with jingle bells. I don't remember much of that one. But it's out there somewhere."[2]

Soon after, a user by the name of 143books on the same thread found a listing of the tape at the Chicago Public Library. Another user by the name of Kirioko placed that tape on hold and also found listings for the same tape in Dodge City, KS, Hugoton, KS, Mandan, ND, and Jacksonville, FL. However, he later responded saying that he got a message from the Chicago Public Library saying "Your request for the following item has been canceled because: All copies charged/traced/lost."

No clips or screenshots from the video have been found, nor any pictures of the box or the tape itself. It is likely that someone, possibly one of the cast members from the video, has a copy, catches on to the growing popularity of edits on the other two videos, and decides to upload it in full to Youtube.

References

  1. Library listing of "Ring Along Sing Along". Last retrieved 17 Dec 2016.
  2. Brett Ambler AMA thread discussing "Ring Along Sing Along". Last retrieved 17 Dec 2016.

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Anonymous user #1

17 months ago
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Theres a review on it by a guy who watched it... Interested?
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Anonymous user #3

13 months ago
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YEP
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Anonymous user #2

15 months ago
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I actually was in that t four years old I wore a red white and blue polka dot dress and said hi I'm Jill at some point I have a few copies of the movie at my house!
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Anonymous user #3

14 months ago
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Can You Upload It? PLEASE?
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Anonymous user #4

12 months ago
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I have a copy of Ring Along Sing Along, too. I will try and upload for you.
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Anonymous user #8

10 months ago
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just convert it
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Anonymous user #10

8 months ago
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You can do it. There's nothing to it. Just, kazoo it. That means, DO IT PLZ?
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Anonymous user #5

11 months ago
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The Special Friends videos are so weird, yet so entertaining! I really want to see Ring Along Sing Along!
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Anonymous user #6

10 months ago
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Hey its Anonymous user #6 and I JUST watched Ring Along Sing Along! It was a Christmas special.
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Anonymous user #5

10 months ago
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What was it like?
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Anonymous user #7

10 months ago
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The only way to probably get footage would be recording the playing the video... Even then not many people have VHS Players.
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Raincrafter

9 months ago
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I feel like lots of these people are liars if they remain Anons... I now devout my soul to finding this and tweeting it out to @brettambler. Wish me luck!
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Anonymous user #9

9 months ago
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I agree. If they really have the video, they probably would've uploaded it by now.
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Virtualboy

8 months ago
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I love this piece of lost media. I love how the guy who starred in it doesn't have a copy, I love how the internet exists and everyone can communicate with everyone and we still can't find it.
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Anonymous user #10

8 months ago
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Can someone upload Ring Along Sing Along?
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Reynard

8 months ago
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What a freaking mess. Somebody clean this up? I certainly am not. (if it doesn't get cleaned up, I might delete this article)
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Virtualboy

8 months ago
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I will do the duty, for the sake of this piece of garbage! :)
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Virtualboy

8 months ago
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Okay, I did my best, or at least as much as this is worth; clearly people put effort into this article, so I would just keep it up.
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Anonymous user #11

7 months ago
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I can't believe this still hasn't been found.
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Anonymous user #12

7 months ago
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All I hope is that someone goes to one of those libraries, find that tape and do whatever they can to up load it. Who ever is willing to do it, good luck.
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Anonymous user #13

6 months ago
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YOU ON KAZOO!
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Anonymous user #14

5 months ago
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Saw this for sale in a bargain bin at an old bookstore in Echo Park, and the nostalgic cover art was calling my name. I didn't watch this until months later, after taking my VCR out of the closet for a viewing of some old family memories. That's when I remembered my copy of "Ring-Along, Sing-Along" was still beside my couch. The video is Christmas themed and begins with a silly song about staying warm in the snow by starting a fire. Though they stress that adults should be supervising, a blatant ignorance towards fire safety is what makes this tune stand out. At one point towards the end of the song, several children impersonate flaming yule logs while a voice-over sings "we'll keep you warm 'till Santa comes down the chimney." The tape progresses from the setting of a retro, oak-filled living room to that of a department store. Here, our well-sung hero Brett finds a group of kids who are strikingly similar to the ones who I just watched dressed as a set of flaming logs, all roaming a toy store. For no apparent reason, Brett decides to teach them not to be demon children and teaches them not to beg their parents for toys, but instead extort them using good behavior. This ends with a bratty little girl missing the point and falling into a mall fountain. They faintly allude to her death. Guess you should have listened to Brett, darlin'. The scene cuts and Brett finds himself in a studio with a white backdrop and a prop microphone. With nothing but his youthful pep to deliver us viewers a good time, he explains to everyone that Christmas is all about family, and maybe Jesus if your parents fell for that load of bull. Things get awkward as other kids appear in the room and start singing about ... nothing really. This is the Seinfeld of musical skits. Mostly the kids just make noises while someone behind the camera rings a bell. Brett pauses, and almost as an afterthought, he reminds us that we should be playing the jingle bells that came with the video. I improvised with rhythmic sighs since my copy didn't come with jingle bells. The rest of the video was mostly a blur, since at this point I was very high.

The final scene features Santa Clause handing out candy to the children and asking them if they want to hear a song. For some reason, Santa Clause sounds like a woman faking a deep voice. Santa has an oddness about him and keeps rubbing the kids shoulders while delivering his/her lines. The kids seem aware of this very present danger and are visibly uncomfortable around Santa. Not to mention, not one child ate their candy. Apparently, kids back then took the "stranger danger" mantra very seriously. Brett's talent cuts through this awkward tension as he reluctantly grabs Santa's hand and sings a diddly that pulls influence from the likes of Michael Jackson and the Cookie Monster on Sesame Street.

In the end I felt uplifted and impressed with Brett's acting and singing abilities. More than anything though, I felt hungry -- because I was very, very high.
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Anonymous user #15

5 months ago
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Can one of the people that owns it just record and upload it? Comments about owning it aren't helping and at this point it's not looking like anyone actually has it.
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Yoda

5 months ago
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Someone should try the other libraries. I would, but I don't have a VHS player.
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Anonymous user #16

4 months ago
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Ok so my sister (now 27) was obsessed with Ring Along and Sing Along as a kid (early 1990s). I've seen it a million times. It's incredibly odd that Brett became a meme recently since he was basically just like Big Bird in our house for 20+ years. The video we have definitely wasn't Christmas themed...basically a bunch of kids singing songs in a school auditorium, around the school, on a playground, and in a park, and it came with a little bell stick so you could "ring along" with their songs. There's a song that goes "you and me! Me and you!" Basically as the whole chorus...very inventive, haha, but I haven't seen it in years. I'm pretty sure I still have our copy at my parents' house and seeing that no one else in the world has apparently seen this I will definitely look for it the next time I'm back home. It may be a few months, but if it's still there I'm definitely uploading it (we have the hardware to convert it to digital).
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Anonymous user #17

2 months ago
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The box is seen in this video:

www(dot)youtube(dot)com/watch?v=rgCwU79Yeaw (Replace the "dot" with an actual dot, since we can't post links)
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Anonymous user #14

1 months ago
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Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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KPEX

1 months ago
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Nice!
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Anonymous user #18

1 months ago
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Just because it's not online doesn't make it lost.
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Anonymous user #14

1 months ago
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"Lost" can also mean it isn't easily available to the public.
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KPEX

9 days ago
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I really want to see this.
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