Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Why? Because We Like You, An Oral History Of The Mickey Mouse Club

Why? Because We Still Like You, Product Description
This book will tell 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. It will explore, through the reminiscences of former fans who grew up to be some of television's finest minds, what made the show so special. And it will examine why the formula the creators of the show invented is more relevant than ever, and whether we'll ever see yet another Club for a new generation.

About the Author

Jennifer Armstrong is a feature writer for Entertainment Weekly. She has provided pop culture commentary for CNN, VH1, Fox News Channel, and ABC, and her writing has been featured in Salon,, Glamour, Budget Travel, and the Chicago Sun-Times. She also co-founded and continues to run, an alternative online women's magazine. Her essays have appeared in the anthologies Altared: Bridezillas, Bewilderment, Big Love, Breakups, What Women Really Think About Contemporary Weddings, and Coffee at Luke's: An Unauthorized Gilmore Girls Gabfest.

What I Can Tell You:

Ok, I am totally about to age myself here. I watched reruns of the Mickey Mouse Club when I was a little girl. It started in 1955 and I was born in 1965 and wanted to be Darlene and have a shirt with my name on it. They kids seemed so talented and got to hang out together and hang around Disney and Mickey Mouse. I was so jealous. Then I watched the second batch of The Mickey Mouse Club featuring Lisa Whelchel of the Facts Of Life.

Reading the behind the scenes of the kids and how they got their spot on the Mickey Mouse Club, the jealousy they felt for Annette and her rising star. The way Walt ran the joint and the aftermath of what they did after the Mickey Mouse Club made me wish I had my sister sitting with me reading too so we could discuss it along the way. I spent the day watching You Tube Videos of the original Mouseketeers. Ahhh....good times.

What a fantastic read for fans of the show!

Now's the time to say goodbye
To all our company
Through the years we'll all be friends
Wherever we may be
Mickey Mouse, Mickey Mouse
Forever let us hold our banner high
M-I-C - See ya real soon!
K-E-Y - Why? Because we like you!
 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Why? Because We Still Like You An Oral History Of The Mickey Mouse Club from Hachette Book Group.

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1 comment:

  1. I don't care if it was a marketing ploy, it was still a fun, up, kid strong show.
    Sure there were probably dramatics behind the scenes, but they never seemed to over shadow any of the shows the public got to see.
    I wish they had a Donald Duck Show, showcasing boys strengths and a Daisy Duck show showcasing girls strenghts.


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