Los Angeles Times (November 2, 2010) - Review: Mixmaster Mickey Mouse makes a mixed debut in Disney California Adventure show

I liked this Los Angeles Times article on Disney California Adventure's new Disney Dance Crew show. I thought it was very fair to the show. To be honest, I don't hate it and I don't agree that Disney shouldn't try do cash in on today's trends. I'm sure people scoffed at Disco Mickey in the 1970s. As a child, though, Mickey did introduce me to disco music and I would listen to the album every day. I absolutely loved it. So, sometimes, we rabid Disney fans have to remember that it isn't all about us.

Disney Dance CrewAlso, I have to admit that I am a fan of watching hip hop dancing and have both So You Think You Can Dance and America's Best Dance Crew on my DVR. The dancers are talented and can definitely move.

At the same time, its a little hard to swallow and it is uncomfortable listening to Mickey use such contemporary language and dance in a way that we are not used to. The article says, "Mickey unleashes on the dance floor that make him look like a cross between Fred Astaire and Justin Timberlake." I think it makes him look more like Fred Astaire trying to dance like Justin Timberlake. It doesn't mean that Fred Astaire shouldn't or couldn't dance like Justin Timberlake, but, at the same time, he was so iconic for ballroom dance, that it would just seem odd.

What I think is the strangest thing about this show, though, is that it replaced "Drawn to the Magic," a show that arguably could have played at the park for fifty years and still would have appealed to visitors. Why? Because it has a timeless quality that doesn't date the music and was one of Disney California Adventure's only touchstones to classic Disney. As one person pointed out to me, it was also only one of the places where a child could meet a Disney princess at the park...that is, without having to pay for it (because you can meet them at Ariel's Grotto for a price).

It will be interesting to see how long the show survives...especially with Disney California Adventure working to re-theme the Hollywood Pictures Backlot area to 1920s Hollywoodland. I have a feeling that in ten years, we'll be talking about it in the same way we talk about Videopolis today. :)


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