A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Club Mickey Mouse is the modern iteration of the classic Mickey Mouse Club and is available to watch on Facebook, Instagram, and Disney's website. Videos run up to a few minutes in length and feature music videos, dancing, the teen cast's visits to locales like Walt Disney World, and some behind-the-scenes looks at how they create and perform. There's some product placement in the spots (the teens use an HP Sprocket to print photos on the go, for instance) and plenty of Disney promotion throughout. On the upside, there's much diversity reflected in this octet of exceedingly talented teens, and their music and collaborative performances have subtle messages about respect and self-esteem.
What's the story?
A new generation of Mouseketeers sings and dances its way into fans' hearts in CLUB MICKEY MOUSE. Cast members Regan Aliyah, Jenna Z Alvarez, Ky Baldwin, Gabe De Guzman, Leanne Tessa, Brianna Mazzola, Sean Oliu, and Big Will Simmons are accomplished musicians, dancers, and performers. The show's videos, which are available on its Facebook page, include music videos, dance showdowns, unscripted conversations, and scenes of the Mouseketeers on location in and around Disney complexes.
Is it any good?
This iteration of a classic showcases its new stars in a compact and "behind the scenes"-style format that does them and their talents a bit of a disservice. The minutes-long clips are well suited to the cast's music videos and dance segments, but their abrupt endings disappoint at times.
Given the Mouseketeers' obvious performance skills, more could have been done to showcase the cast's abilities, even with the show's focus on the process behind the music rather than on the finished product alone. Ultimately, Club Mickey Mouse feels more like an advertising campaign for the music and the Disney brand than it does must-see TV.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the purpose of this series. What, if anything, do you learn about the creative process behind music and performance? Would Club Mickey Mouse have been better served by a longer or more traditional format? What positive behavior do you see among the characters?
Are you inspired by the cast members' talents? Do you ever compare yourself to people you see on TV or in ads? How can unrealistic representations influence our body image and self-esteem?
What instances of advertising do you notice in this series? Are they intentional? Does seeing celebrities using or wearing certain things encourage you to want them?
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