Also, I was surprised at how quickly he fired children from the show. If you can sing and dance, must you also act? I think he was their best grown up friend. I loved getting to know the background of the kids and how they got on the show. So my quarrel is not with this unauthorized but well researched book but with the way children were treated back in the s.
Why? Because We Still Like You: An Oral History of the Mickey Mouse Club
I do remember some regimentation then in public school so it shouldn't be all that surprising. I am very glad that Paul Peterson, a former Mouseketeer and heart throb from the Donna Reed show runs an advocacy group for child stars. It was sad to read about the fired Mouseketeers who didn't think of themselves as 'good enough'. I hope that Paul Peterson and others will create ways and means to protect young stars. This book is very well written, there is an appendix in the back with summaries of the different star lives.
I remember racing home to settle down in front of our Philco TV set with my mother on the couch. I sang the Mickey Mouse song along with TV and the roll call was my favorite part of the show. I would highly reccommend this book to fans of the original Mickey Mouse show.
Oct 22, Jules rated it liked it Shelves: reviewed , sentreview. I am a big Disney fan so I was really looking forward to reviewing this book.
I watched re-runs of this original cast when I was a kid. Used to drive the parents nuts running around singing the song. I have to admit that I never watched the newer version of the show which launched Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, but I was surprised that there wasn't more details regarding it. Especially since they discuss the possibility of a newer version being created. The book wasn't quite what I expecte I am a big Disney fan so I was really looking forward to reviewing this book. The book wasn't quite what I expected after reading the blurb from the publishers.
I didn't find it to be the exciting and gripping read they promised. There wasn't as much depth as I was looking forward to either. It seemed to skim over several issues and not delve more into what happened with some of these child stars other than Annette. Overall I felt it was a light, nostalgic look back at some of the "kids" that entertained many of us as kids ourselves.
It would be a nice, quick read for a fan of Disney or the Mouseketeers. Feb 06, Paula rated it really liked it. I loved the Mickey Mouse Club!!! Who wouldn't have wanted to be a Mouseketeer!! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about what happened behind the scenes and how the club came to be. It was a very nice trip back to the 50s.
View 1 comment. Nov 03, Rach rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , ebook , x-src-challengefall. Back when I was a kid in the 80s, the only premium tv channel we received was the Disney Channel. My parents loved all things Disney, and in our innocent, impressionable states, my siblings and I followed suit. One of my favorite shows to watch was the old reruns of the Mickey Mouse Club show from the 50s; despite the show being in black and white, I couldn't get enough of the singing and dancing kids.
Of course, my very favorite days were the ones they showed the serials - first, the Adventures Back when I was a kid in the 80s, the only premium tv channel we received was the Disney Channel. Of course, my very favorite days were the ones they showed the serials - first, the Adventures of Spin and Marty, and then later Annette.
Ah, Annette. She was so pretty and perfect and charming. You just wanted to be her best friend! When I saw this book mentioned in a magazine, I immediately wanted to read it. I was certainly not disappointed; I had no idea of all the hard work and drama that went on behind the sets. It makes sense that the kids were divided into "teams" based on performance and popularity, but it still makes me kind of sad for those that were relegated to the back up roles. But no matter what, they were still Mouseketeers! They had the ears!
But the kids I remember most ARE the kids from the Red Team, the ones who got to shout their names during roll call every day, and what I was most intrigued by was hearing their back stories, their experiences on the show, and where they've gone since. I can imagine there are a lot of people that feel the same way, so Disney people, take note! You can have our money, just give us what we want! That is all. Shelves: first-reads-giveaways-on-goodreads , memoirs-autobiographies-biographies , , based-on-movie-tv-or-blog. I like to say that if you were to look at my blood cells under a microscope, they'd be wearing mouse ears.
That's how ingrained the world of Disney has been in my life. My grandfather worked with the construction crews building Disney World here in FL, so I visited the park before it was open to the public Okay so I was still in diapers Although I wasn't around when the Mickey Mouse Club first aired, I watched it--and bits of the later remakes--over the years. This nostalgic look at the orig I like to say that if you were to look at my blood cells under a microscope, they'd be wearing mouse ears. This nostalgic look at the origins of the show, the lives of the Mouseketeers before and after, is an interesting read for any Disney buff.
What began as a marketing ploy for the opening of Disneyland, became a first-of-its-kind show: a show for kids, with kids as the entertainment. This was a quick read, but not "gripping" as a snippet from the back cover proclaims. Had they included more of the later resurrections of the club--particularly the MMC which featured Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Justin Timberlake--perhaps then this would be more than a quaint look back. Instead, they were just a footnote to the original club's tales, especially that of Annette.
I own more than one pair of Mouse Ears including my very first. I still know most of the words to the Alma Mater. I wish they would re-air the show for my kids. I give this an honest three stars and will be passing this onto my mom for her own look-back. Feb 07, Tracy rated it liked it. This was interesting, and made me realize how short the run of the show really was. However, that was the downfall of the book. Because they were only in production for three years, there's a lot of emphasis put on how the kids were recruited, and what happened to them once the show was cancelled.
The real "meat," or what I think most people are hoping to read about, is only a small percentage of the text. And because the author was interviewing the kids, most of what makes this type of book rea This was interesting, and made me realize how short the run of the show really was. And because the author was interviewing the kids, most of what makes this type of book really fascinating--the dynamic between the creative minds and those who have to execute the creative vision--was missing.
The kids, for the most part, did as they were told and had no input as to the content of the show whatsoever, which is not surprising, but makes for a rather one-dimensional telling. I understand the position the author was in--since the "kids" themselves are all in their 50s and 60s or even older, since this book isn't newly published , the people who were actually running the show are all long gone.
If you're a die hard Disney fan, like one of my sons, who will savor any tidbit, no matter how faintly flavored, it's a good read. If you don't really care much about Disney, you'll find it of only mild interest. But then, if you don't care much about Disney, you're unlikely to pick this up in the first place. Sep 27, Chrissy rated it liked it Shelves: book-challnge I grew up watching the old reruns of the original Mickey Mouse Club so I was excited to start reading Why? This book has the stories of the behind the scenes and things they went threw of the mouseketeers who started the original Mickey Mouse Club.
I enjoyed the book and found it very informative and fascinating. I also thought it could gone into more detail but it was a good read and interesting to know how things went down, what they went through and where they are no I grew up watching the old reruns of the original Mickey Mouse Club so I was excited to start reading Why? I also thought it could gone into more detail but it was a good read and interesting to know how things went down, what they went through and where they are now. I was surprised to find out that it was only on the air for less than 5 years before getting canceled due to contract disputes.
Because We Still Like You was a nice read, very informative and enjoyed by me tell the end. By receiving a complimentary copy it in no way obligates me to write a good or bad review. I am an honest reviewer and my reviews are based on my own opinion and written only by me. Feb 24, Tammy rated it liked it. I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I have no memory of this, other than the pictures of myself as a toddler wearing the iconic ears, but apparently I was a huge fan of the Mickey Mouse Club during it's second run in syndication, if I'm following the dates provided by the book correctly.
I enjoyed the book, but it seemed as though the author was being a little bit - careful. She had clear opinions about a few of the key players - some positive and some negative - and they came through. Which is fine - she's entitled to opinions, of course. I think I, personally, may have enjoyed the book more without them. A previous reviewer mentioned that the same stories were repeated or alluded to over and over and I would definitely agree with that assessment.
I enjoyed the pictures and wished there had been more - not something I would usually say, but when it is a book about pop culture - well - the visuals are important. This was essentially a fun and easy read. Mar 10, David rated it liked it. Pretty good. I learned that the Micky Mouse Club was originally conceived to promote Disneyland.
Also, it was an interesting seeing the similarities of kids being affected by the Disney pixie dust in much the same way they are today, as well as the effect of being child actors who have to deal with school, teenage hormones, etc. I would have liked to know the depth of depres Pretty good. I would have liked to know the depth of depression of those who we're kicked off the show.
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Did they cry every day? Additionally, it seemed like the book focused on two few folks, rather then a greater selection of Mouseketeers. The book repeatedly mentioned the story of some, like Don Grady who went on to My Three Sons, rather then telling the story of a greater variety of ex-mice. Shelves: first-reads , nonfiction , I don't usually care for biography, so for me this was a pretty good comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at the original Mickey Mouse Club -- how the show was conceived, how the cast was assembled, what they did after the show and are doing today, and how it influenced television programing into the current century.
For example, my sisters and I also used to watch reruns of My I don't usually care for biography, so for me this was a pretty good comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at the original Mickey Mouse Club -- how the show was conceived, how the cast was assembled, what they did after the show and are doing today, and how it influenced television programing into the current century. I used to watch the reruns every day after school no, I am not old enough to have seen them in the original run on tv.. Karen, Cubby, and Annette. It was really interesting to read the back stories and sad to learn about the twists and challenges some of them encountered in later years.
Thanks, Theresa for the recommendation! Oct 24, Terri rated it really liked it. I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. I remember watching the Mickey Mouse club when I was a kid, and I loved it. The mouseketeers looked like they were having a great time, and I had a great time singing along with them.
I remember being shocked when my dad told me that he had watched these same shows when he was a kid. I couldn't believe I was watching reruns of a show from the 50s. The show seemed timeless. Even all these years later, the show still enchants and fascin I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. Even all these years later, the show still enchants and fascinates.
Jennifer Armstrong's book was a wonderful read. The behind the scene stories and the updates on the mouseketeers were insightful as well as incredibly interesting. This book is a great read for all mouseketeer fans. It is just not worth the price. The book was OK, but I believe it could have been so much more. It was a quick read, but had lots of pages that seemed to go over and over the same stuff. If you see the book in a store, just go to the back pages and read the up dates.
I was disappointed over over all.
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I too loved the show, and wondered what became of the others in the group aside from Annette. Some made a "life" for themselves, but others did not. There was not much in depth story lines, and as said, just a rehash of all. Sep 13, Lori rated it really liked it. I was not born when the original mickey mouse club was on from to Sep 30, Gina rated it really liked it Shelves: first-reads-i-have-won. This was a Goodreads win. This was back when The Disney Channel was new and exciting, and had a lot of the original programs that Disney created.
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I miss how it used to be. There are still a few great Disney shows for kids these days, and I love Playhouse Disney, but overall there's not much magic anymore. Back to the book, it was well written, kept the mood light, and had some intere This was a Goodreads win.
Back to the book, it was well written, kept the mood light, and had some interesting tidbits about the show and it's young cast members. I will definitely have to pass it along to my parents, since they would both enjoy it. Oct 19, AJ rated it liked it Shelves: , disney , non-fiction , first-reads. Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads program. The book mostly focuses on each Mouseketeer's life from auditioning to their post-Mouse career. I found it interesting how difficult it was for most of the Mice to find rewarding careers after the Mickey Mouse Club, especially in light of the huge superstars bred by the newer version of the show Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads program.
I found it interesting how difficult it was for most of the Mice to find rewarding careers after the Mickey Mouse Club, especially in light of the huge superstars bred by the newer version of the show. Dec 25, Ron rated it really liked it. Top Charts. New Arrivals. See more. Shattered: Stories of Children and War.
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But while each story is different, they combine into a harmonic song of praise—for the depths music can reach in us, and the power it has to bind us together. From the bestselling author of Sienfeldia, a behind-the-scenes history of the Mickey Mouse Club that is a treat for anyone who grew up with Walt Disney's television classic. Full of nostalgia, this book gives you the never before told 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 stories of Annette, Darlene and her famous rivalry with Annette , 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.
Finally, 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. Take a trip down memory lane with the original Mickey Mouse Club cast and creators, through drama and unexpected fame, to see how an television institution came into being. Four score and seven years ago So begins one of the most important speeches in the history of the United States -- Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Given on a cold November day, it wasn't much of a speech, really -- just a few remarks.
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