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Walt Disney Treasures: The Mickey Mouse Club Presents Annette
(Charles Lamont, 1958)
Review by Leonard Norwitz
Theatrical: Walt Disney Studios
Region: 1, NTSC
Runtime: 286 min
Case: Oversize DVD case in Disney Treasure Tin.
Release date: November 11th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
English 2.0 Dolby
English (SDH) yellow
• Introduction by Leonard Maltin
• Featurette (1993/2008): Musically Yours: Interviews by Annette, Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, and Fabian. (12:00)
• Documentary: To Annette, With Love: A newly produced tribute to everyone’s favorite Mouseketeer (16:05)
• The Mickey Mouse Club: The first and last episodes (1955 & 1958)
When Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Club first aired in 1955 -
not coincidentally a few months after the opening of the
Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California – Tracy
Turnblad and her friends would not have been welcome. The
original Mousketeers were all very much of similar stock
save one: a peculiarly dark-haired ethnic Italian girl that
would come to be the most popular of the gang: Annette
Funicello. Annette was just 13 when she joined as an
original cast member. She was to have her own series during
the third season of the Mickey Mouse Club, which is the
subject of this DVD. After the show closed in 1959, Annette
The DVD is presented in glorious academy ratio B&W – and an
excellent image it is, with very little signs of wear and
tear for the serial epiosodes. The segment of the entire MMC
show that introduces the Annette serial is in slightly less
good shape, especially the closing number for the show,
tending to lose greyscale. The two main bonus features are
derived from many sources, including photo and movie
scrapbooks, and are unapologetic about their pedigree.
Audio & Music:
Disney made certain that dialogue and music were presented clearly and without fuss. This is nicely preserved in your basic 2 channel mono.
The menus are Simple and unremarkable. On the other hand, I have to say that these Walt Disney Treasure Tins are among the least user friendly ideas to come along the home video front. At least in the present case, you can take the enclosed DVD case out of the tin and file it. The problem with the tin is that it has no identification on the spine, so what should we do with it?
There are a total of three Mickey Mouse Club shows in their entirety. The very first and final shows from 1955 and 1958 respectively and the one that introduced Annette's 19 part serial. Bonus materials include a mini-documentary featuring Annette, Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, and Fabian. The longer documentary on Disc 2: To Annette, With Love, is especially worth watching as it presents a lovely, if sentimental, tribute to Annette's career and personal struggles. Leonard Maltin's Introduction shows him to have a special fondness and appreciation for these times and Annette Funicello's contribution to them.