Walt Disney Treasures: The Mickey Mouse Club Presents Annette (Collector's Tin Packaging)
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This set focuses on episodes when Annette comes to California to stay with her aunt and uncle, and basically does teenager stuff, like hanging out at the malt shop, making plans for the weekend sock hop, and figuring out how to pin on corsages. At one point, Annette's stuffy uncle suggests she attend a school different from one a new pal goes to, and the usually compliant Annette simply has to burst out, "Oh, please, Uncle Archie, can't I go to Old South High, Jet says it's keen!" It's all very quaint and endearing, and a reminder of how winsome the young Annette was, before she became a singing sensation ("Tall Paul") and boogied on the beach with Frankie Avalon in the '60s. Disney and early-television fans will want this sweet--make that keen collection. --A.T. Hurley
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The series does seem a little dated, but Annette is so natural that she really does make it enjoyable, even 50 years after it was first broadcast. This serial is also a fantastic time capsule with the Disney-fied version of what the 1950's were like. Each episode of the serial is extremely short, as The Mickey Mouse Club itself was only half an hour at this point.
Bonus features include:
* "Musically Yours, Annette" - From a 1992 interview, Annette recalls her career as a recording star and her years on "The Mickey Mouse Club." Also includes interviews with Annette's fellow teen idols Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, and Fabian. It is touching to see how Annette stayed unspoiled and natural, even in her contemporary interview segments. The admiration from her coworkers is also evident. The Sherman Brothers practically glow when they speak of her, and her record producer Tutti Camarata explains how "The Annette Sound" was created by overdubbing her vocals.Read more ›
Leonard Maltin's commentary and two special bonus mini-documentaries give you a brief overview of Annette's career as America's first female teen pop idol, from her selection by Walt to her beach party movie days, and gently touching on her more recent bout with Multiple Sclerosis (which resulted in her and her husband, Glen Holt, creating a foundation to help others with the affliction -- how can you not love her even more?)
It's the subject of many a Disney fan's roundtable discussion as to how Annette became such a phenomenon while the Mickey Mouse Club odds-on favorite for breakout stardom at the beginning was the gifted Darlene Gillespie (and if you have not heard her version of Alice in Wonderland with the great Tutti Camarata, I highly recommend you download it from iTunes -- it's my favorite record album.)
Maltin's comments add fuel to the discussion by mentioning that one reason Walt may have selected her was because her ethnicity, in a very white bread period for television, made her stand out. It's fascinating to consider his instincts and strategies as well as his knack for knowing what would appeal to the public.Read more ›
The serial had a charming story about high schooler Annette McCloud trying to adjust to city life after moving there from a rural area following the death of her parents. It also features a great supporting cast, most of whom would co-star on prime-time TV series soon after. Richard Deacon, who would play Ward Cleaver's co-worker Fred Rutherford on "Leave it to Beaver" and producer Mel Cooley on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and later Roger Buell on "The Mothers In-Law," plays Annette's Uncle Archie; Sylvia Field, who would portray Mrs. Wilson on "Dennis the Menace," plays Annette's Aunt Lila; Tim Considine, who would play oldest son Mike on "My Three Sons" 1960-65, plays one of the boys interested in Annette; Shelley Fabares, who would play daughter Mary on "The Donna Reed Show" 1958-63, plays one of Annette's friends; and Roberta Shore, who would co-star with Annette in the Disney feature film, "The Shaggy Dog," and then play the ranch owner's niece on "The Virginian" in the 1960s, plays Annette's rival.
When "Mickey Mouse Club" episodes containing this serial were rerun on the Disney Channel a few years ago, the hayride episode in which Annette sings "How Will I Know My Love" was omitted. So it is nice to hear that all episodes are included in this set, as that song became a hit and launched Annette's recording career.
In short, this is a great nostalgic series and a true treasure for all fans of Annette Funicello.
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I purchased this a while ago now but still have the dvd and still take it down to view, says it all.Published 21 months ago by Mrs. Barbara J. Petersen
This Disney treasure has been my personal treasure for awhile now. Purchased this when it was first released. The tin certainly makes it a collectors piece. Read morePublished on March 23, 2014 by HelenMarie
Great dvd's that bring back a lot of childhood memories. Excellent packaging - the special features are fabulous. Hope they bring out more of these series.Published on March 2, 2014 by Lozfromoz
Haven't seen this series in decades and when I saw it again, it was pretty much what I expected. A very early Disney charming series. Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by Steve Mann
Have been waiting for years to find this, and here it is. I'm so excited to share with my kids the joys Annette brought to me she was a kid.Published on January 9, 2014 by B. HESTER
The third and final release of Walt Disney Treasures Wave 8 gives us the complete series of the Annette serial that was part of the 30 minute version of The Mickey Mouse Club Show. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by DR SHOCK
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