I thought it would be fun to have one of my parents read this book and write a review, as they grew up with original the Mickey Mouse Club. Below is my mom’s, Maureen, review. Thank you mom for reading and writing this review.
“WHY? BECAUSE WE STILL LIKE YOU reveals the behind-the-scenes story of how The Mickey Mouse Club paved the way for all that came after, from its humble beginnings as a marketing ploy, through its short but mesmerizing run, to the numerous resurrections that made it one of television’s first true cult hits–all through the recollections of those regular kids-turned-stars who made it a phenomenon. It will reveal, for the first time ever, the untold stories of Annette, Darlene, Cubby and Karen, Bobbie and the rest of the beloved cast. Readers will discover the real story behind this classic show and just what made it so special.
I looked forward to reading this book as I remembered my childhood and watching the Mickey Mouse Club whenever I got the chance. If you’re not that familiar with the original Mickey Mouse Club TV show, you may find this book very hard to follow and perhaps a bit boring.
There have been dozens of books written about Disney’s phenomenon, some by the Mouseketeers themselves. Jennifer Armstrong primarily uses quotes from these books and other media to put together a book trying to take the reader through the process from the beginning auditions to the present lives of the more than 30 Mouseketeers that were involved in the 3-year run in the 1950’s.
I found myself getting lost as she jumps from performer to performer. It was interesting to learn than Walt Disney pitched the show idea to ABC solely to raise money and awareness for his new theme park, Disneyland. It was also interesting to read about the actors’ lives after Mickey Mouse. Perhaps Armstrong tried to cram too much information into one quick read.
Nevertheless, it is an easy read and has many interesting behind-the-scene stories that most people have probably not heard or remembered. So if you’re a Mickey Mouse Club fan, definitely get this book and enjoy.”
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