Writer: Lillie Hayward, Janette Sebring Lowrey
Director: Charles Lamont
Cast: Annette Funicello, Tim Considine, David Stollery, Jymme Roberta Shore, Doreen Tracy, Richard Deacon, Sylvia Field, Rudy Lee, Judy Nugent, Sharon Baird, Cheryl Holdridge, Doris Packer, Tommy Cole, Bonnie Fields, Barry Curtis, Steve Stevens, Shelley Fabares, Ralph Dumke, Irving Bacon, Mary Wickes
Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Disney Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
Online Availability: Amazon for $24.99
Whether you were here for the Mickey Mouse Club or like me, you were too young for it, you probably are aware that Annette Funicello was one of the stars of the show. Funnily enough, I learned this as a child in the 80s. During the 80s classic Stand by Me, the four boys are sitting around talking about The Mickey Mouse Club and whether or not Annette’s chest has gotten larger. This was my first experience with Annette. Over the years I have seen bits and pieces of her work on the Mickey Mouse Club and her infamous beach movies, though I have never sat and watched anything all the way through. This would end up being the first time for me and it was quite an experience!
Annette was given plenty of exposure thanks to this interesting and irreverent show. I don’t want to call it a train wreck, but if I were to do so, I would also say that it’s one of the best marketed train wrecks that I have ever seen. This is a show with mediocre acting, absolutely ridiculous story lines, and the inability to carry over years later. Still knowing everything came out bad and fruity in a number of ways, I still kept watching. I admit it! I couldn’t stop watching. Despite there being nothing impressive to see Mickey Mouse Club had me hooked. Maybe I was just waiting to see the next outlandish thing that they would do. Whatever it was, I was like a deer in headlights and I couldn’t stop watching until the very end.