Why? Because We Still Like You: An Oral History of the Mickey Mouse Club (2020)

Why Because We Still Like You An Oral History of the Mickey Mouse Club This book will tell the behind the scenes 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 ru
  • Title: Why? Because We Still Like You: An Oral History of the Mickey Mouse Club
  • Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
  • ISBN: 9780446545952
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Why? Because We Still Like You: An Oral History of the Mickey Mouse Club
    This book will tell the behind the scenes 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 phenomenThis book will tell the behind the scenes 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 untold stories of Annette, Darlene, 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 And it will examine why the formula the creators of the show invented is relevant than ever, and whether we ll ever see yet another Club for a new generation.
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    1. Today s kids watch reruns of shows that I used to watch when I was kid, like Full House and Fresh Prince of Bel Air When I was a kid, I watched what my parents loved when they were little The Mickey Mouse Club This book was one of the most fun books I ve read for a long time It didn t seem overly gossip y and I loved that the author actually interviewed most of the Mice herself There were a few who were unable to comment, including the most popular Mouse herself, Annette Armstrong used credible [...]

    2. This wonderful collection of stories from the original Mouseketeers gives you behind the scenes details and insights These were the original child stars when television was a new medium and the regulations were probably strict than today Though there are tales of underage drinking and shy kisses, I don t think these kids were as wild as today s children stars I watched the reruns of the shows since I had older brothers and a sister We went to Disneyland regularly and were very much in tune with [...]

    3. I think this book is a Where are they now Book and a Behind the Scenes Book of the original Mickey Mouse Club It is fascinating to learn about the different personalities of the show includingthe two adult members of the cast.Unfortunately, of what happened to the individual Mouseketeers, I already knew from little pieces of news stories Some missed the attention from being stars so much that they acted out but others were real success stories later in life So what was new for me was what it was [...]

    4. 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 details regarding it Especially since they discuss the possibility of a newer version being created.The book wasn t quite what I expected after [...]

    5. 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.

    6. 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 envied their bright, clean, young lives, growing up in Southern California The book seemed somewhat incomplete, however I would have liked to know the depth of depression [...]

    7. I was really captivated by this book I did not get to watch the original Mickey Mouse Club, but saw it in its first round of syndication This book pulls the curtain on how the Club was cast, filmed and the impact it had on TV and the nation The author does not coddle or venerate, but is respectful and appropriately honoring I really enjoyed this read and highly recommend it to fellow Disneyphiles.

    8. 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 of Sp [...]

    9. 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 origins of th [...]

    10. 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 really fa [...]

    11. I grew up watching the old reruns of the original Mickey Mouse Club so I was excited to start reading Why Because We Still Like You 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 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 [...]

    12. I received this book in a 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 [...]

    13. 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 remembered a few of the names from the show Annette, Tommy, Darlene, Doreen, Cheryl, Sharon, Cubbybut not others For example, my sisters and I also used to watch reruns of My Three So [...]

    14. On the recommendation of my west coast facebook friend, I read this very interesting oral history of one of my favorite childhood shows, The Original Mickey Mouse Club 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 tvlol , and like most kids, I looked up to the talented kids and pretended to be friends with my favoritesKaren, Cubby, and Annette It was really interesting to read the back stories and sad to learn about the twists [...]

    15. I received this book as part of a 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 What 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 fascinates Jennifer Armst [...]

    16. found this to be a fun nostalgic read I was not born when the original mickey mouse club was on from 1955 to 1958 but watched it on reruns during the 1960s there were some interesting facts about the kids who were the original mouseketeers what they are doing now i remember how there was the red team of kids who were the first string entertainers there was a whole chapter on Annette alone since she was the most famous of the original Mickey mouse kids this is a fun read if you ever watched the o [...]

    17. This was a win I enjoyed reading about the original cast of The Micky Mouse Club, since I watched reruns of it when I was a kid This was back when The Disney Channel was new and exciting, and had a lot of the original programs that Disney created 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 any Back to the book, it was well written, kept the mood light, and had some interesting tidbits about [...]

    18. This was a win, other wise I would have not purchased this at 25 It is just not worth the price.The book was OK, but I believe it could have been so much 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 While I was younger than the age group of the MMC, I did watch the MMC in reruns I too loved the show, and wondered what became of the others [...]

    19. An easy read about the life and times of the mouseketeers Written in small vignettes, the book moves along quite easily A few cute stories here and there Certainly nothing scandalous or shameful Perhaps a good read for anyone hoping to get their kids into show business It certainly dictates the grueling reality of 70 hour work weeks, hours upon hours of practices, and the pain and disappoint of not getting the role solo lead Recommended for any Mickey Mouse Club Fans or even Disney fans in gener [...]

    20. I really liked this book, much than I thought I would I never saw the MMC but I know about it just through tv and reading things about it I saw this book in Entertainment Weekly and thought it looked interesting because I like everything about Disney It was a really easy, fun and interesting read about behind the scenes stuff I liked that the author interviewed the people and took information from credible sources, and the book wasn t full of gossip or anything mean I definitely recommend it to [...]

    21. Disclaimer I won a copy of this book through First Reads program This was a fun book to read, even though I ve never watched an episode of the Mickey Mouse Club not even the 90s version 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.

    22. This is the first book that I have read on the original Mickey Mouse Club from the 1950s Yes, there are many others out there, but this is the most recent A very quick but enjoyable read It is interesting to read how Disney used the original Mice to further his dream of building the Happiest Place on Earth We read about off screen crushes and romances as well as what it was like to be fired as a Mouseketeer The author s style of attribution is something you really need to pay attention to while [...]

    23. This is an interesting book that focuses on the original Mouseketeers I wish it had photographs so you could actually see the people the author is talking about I enjoyed the behind the scenes trivia the author and interviews revealed, but the biggest thing I noticed is now totally different the Mouseketeers really were Most seem like nice average people, but there were a few who are very ego fanatical Seemed a few seemed to be their biggest fans and didn t feel any reason to appreciate their w [...]

    24. Because I was born in the early 1950 s this book was very special and fun read The book was an oral history of the original Mickey Mouse Club The book was fast paced, I actually read the entire book in one evening My daughter bought it for me for my birthdy It arrived via a few days early so I actually had the entire book read in advance of my big day If you were a child of the 50 s and watched the Mickey Mouse Club you will really enjoy this book.

    25. I got the book as a Christmas Gift from my sister We spent many hours watching the Mickey Mouse Club and of course had our favorite Mousketeers It was interesting to see what really went on behind the scenes and how their lives turned out as a result of being on that show It was a quick read but to me, worth reading.

    26. This brought back many memories of wanting to be a Mouseketeer when I was young and thinking I d give anything to go to the Happiest Place on Earth someday When I finally did, I was excited than my 3 yr old son After numerous visits over the next few years, he asked to not go any because he was tired of Disneyland Imagine that

    27. I ve never actually seen the show, but have owned two of the Mickey Mouse Club records since I was a child, so I m quite familiar with the songs, and have seen photos of most of the Mouseketeers.I would highly recommend it for any Baby Boomers out there who grew up with the show like my dad who always talks about Annette

    28. Why Because We Still Like You An Oral History of the Mickey Mouse Club by Jennifer Armstrong Grand Central Publishing 2010 791.4575 Gentle reminiscences of every Boomer s early days in front of the tv from the kids we all wanted to be or at least to be like My rating 7 10, finished 12 1 2010.

    29. I won this book through the giveaway Although I do not recall seeing the series as it originally aired I do remember watching the reruns The book was pretty good but did not really provide any new information that I had not read from other sources It is a nice nostalgic resource I am pleased to have on my bookshelf.

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