Two Mickey Mouse Club DVDs from Disney
The Best of Britney, Justin, & Christina (July 17/05)
Given that several of the Mickey Mouse Club's graduates from the show's early '90s version have gone on to become huge stars, it makes sense that Disney's released this disc featuring four episodes of the show. Along with headliners Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Christina Aguilera, it's not difficult to spot such familiar faces as Keri Russell, J.C. Chasez, and even Ryan Gosling among the show's cast. Unfortunately, the series hasn't aged all that well and there's no mistaking it for anything but an early '90s production. Additionally, the show's skits are incredibly silly and juvenile - though it's clear that young children will undoubtedly get a kick out of them. Each episode features a short profile of one of the Mickey Mouse kids, which offers viewers a glimpse of their home life (Spears, Timberlake, and Aguilera all receive such profiles). But the bottom line is that unless you're a die-hard fan of these performers, this disc is unlikely to offer much in the way of entertainment.
The Best of the Mickey Mouse Club (July 17/05)
The Best of the Mickey Mouse Club collects five episodes from the early days of the show, ranging from 1957-1964. Using a cast of around a dozen Mouseketeers, the series features a heavy emphasis on skits and songs (unlike The Best of Britney, Justin, & Christina, though, the only familiar face here is legendary Mouseketeer Annette Funicello). The five episodes included are: "Fun With Music Day," "Talent Roundup Day," Guest Star Day," "Circus Day," and "Anything Can Happen Day." And unlike the early '90s incarnation, this Mickey Mouse Club is actually fairly entertaining for both children and adults alike. One final note: the disc might just be worth purchasing for the unintentionally hilarious moment in which all the youthful Mouseketeers introduce themselves, and are unexpectedly followed by a portly, middle-aged man named Roy.