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    Tween Scene DVD's: 'HSM: The Concert' and 'Hannah Montana' Debut This Week

    It's a tween world after all with this week's releases from Buena Vista Home Entertainment, available June 26th.


    All in this together (l. to r.): Coleman, Grabeel, Hudgens, Seeley, Tisdale and Bleu.

    HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE CONCERT - EXTREME ACCESS PASS (2007)
    Starring Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Lucas Grabeel, Vanessa Hudgens, Drew Seeley and Ashley Tisdale

    The HSM juggernaut continues with the DVD release of this "D-Concert" from the Disney Channel. Edited from a live performance in Houston, High School Musical: The Concert stays true to its source with all the chronically catchy tunes from last year's Boy-Meets-Girl-Boy-Loses-Girl-Boy-Gets-Girl-Back-Boy-and-Girl-Sing-Perfect-Harmony-Without-Benefit-of-Rehearsal-in-a-High-School-From-an-Alternate-Universe phenomenon.

    Darned if it isn't entertaining though ("Hello, my name is disneytim and I really like 'Stick to the Status Quo'"). The gang continues to be fresh and energetic, with effusive "thank yous" expressed at the end of every song (cue girlish screams). All the original lead cast is there, with the exception of Zac Efron, East Side High's star basketballer Troy, who was off filming Hairspray with John Travolta. Drew Seeley, who co-wrote, "Get'cha Head in the Game," fills in adequately, even if he does lack Efron's boyish charm.

    Several of the cast get turns to show off solo material (Hudgens, Tisdale and Bleu), but the one to keep your eye on is Corbin Bleu, who continues to display the most talent and charisma of the group.

    HSM: The Concert is a slick, sweet confection just like you'd expect, and it arrives in plenty of time to promote HSM 2, premiering on the Disney Channel August 17th. If you didn't know, I'm sure your kids did.


    Bonus Features:
    • "High School Musical: On The Road" - A behind the scenes look at the 42-city HSM concert tour, hosted by Lucas Grabeel.
    • Jordan Pruitt - HSM: The Concert's opening act performs a selection of songs.
    • "U Direct" - View the concert from four different camera angles and mix them together to create your own concert. A cute gimmick, but the screens are small and slow to respond to your direction.
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    (l. to r.) Mitchel Musso, Emily Osment, Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jason Earles.

    HANNAH MONTANA: POP STAR PROFILE (2007)
    Starring Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus

    Not so much a "profile" as a collection of four episodes from the Disney Channel fave. Miley Cyrus is pop superstar Hannah Montana, trying to keep her celebrity hidden from her schoolmates so she can be a normal kid. Episodes include "New Kid in School," "More Than a Zombie to Me," "Good Golly Miss Dolly" (with Dolly Parton), and "People Who Use People."

    Bonus Features:
    • "The Real Miley Cyrus" - A profile of Miley, with comments from her real-life and on-screen families.
    • "Nobody's Perfect" - Miley in Hannah mode performs live.
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    Re: Tween Scene DVD's: 'HSM: The Concert' and 'Hannah Montana' Debut This Week

    is disney ever going to give up on this tween garbage thats destroying the company's image?

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    Re: Tween Scene DVD's: 'HSM: The Concert' and 'Hannah Montana' Debut This Week

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostbuster626 View Post
    is disney ever going to give up on this tween garbage thats destroying the company's image?
    I'm not sure how it's "destroying the company's image" to follow in the path of the Mickey Mouse Club, Spin & Marty and the Hardy Boys, among others, that appealed to a similar audience and were extremely popular in their time.

    It's easy to be cynical and critical about HSM--even I've taken a few shots at it--but you can't argue with its success. Phenomenon doesn't even begin to describe it. It wrote the book on how to produce a made-for-cable movie and synergize it with other media: CD's, digital downloads, DVD's and more. Even Disney was stunned at how successful it became. No TV movie soundtrack ever went to #1 on the Billboard chart, let alone became the #1 CD of the year. And as for Hannah Montana, it's hard to argue with a show that has more total viewers (not just kids) than any other series on basic cable.

    We may roll our eyes at the upcoming HSM 2, but it's going to be a huge hit when it debuts on the Disney Channel. And yes it's going to be treacly, shallow and unrealistic, but the songs will be catchy and kids will eat it up with a spoon. And, honestly, there are far worse role models for children these days than the cast of High School Musical.

    So to answer your question, Disney's not going to give up on HSM and Hannah Montana for a long time. If you haven't gotten used to it by now, you'd better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostbuster626 View Post
    is disney ever going to give up on this tween garbage thats destroying the company's image?
    These products are damaging the trademark. So, Disney should develop a brand extension just for the stuff that only appeals to pre-pubescent girls. In that way, the Disney name, and its meaning, would be preserved.
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    Re: Tween Scene DVD's: 'HSM: The Concert' and 'Hannah Montana' Debut This Week

    Quote Originally Posted by disneytim View Post
    I'm not sure how it's "destroying the company's image" to follow in the path of the Mickey Mouse Club, Spin & Marty and the Hardy Boys, among others, that appealed to a similar audience and were extremely popular in their time.
    I wouldn't say that "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" and "High School Musical" are really following in the path of "The Mickey Mouse Club". ("Spin and Marty" and "The Hardy Boys" were just parts of that single television show.)

    "The Mickey Mouse Club" wasn't so treacly and shallow that adults would find watching it difficult. And, again, it was just a single television series that lasted for a few years on ABC. When I think of the Disney trademark, "Spin and Marty" and "The Hardy Boys" don't immediately come to my mind.

    The Mickey Mouse Club was originally started by cinema owners during the early part of the last century, and the idea was quite successful. Walt Disney did not create the program; it just emerged through the exhibitors, themselves.

    When ABC had such enormous success with the broadcaster's own Disney relationship, the network approached the producer about making an advertiser-supported, daytime series for children. So, the Mickey Mouse Club was revived for a new generation that was born in the age of television.

    The idea for the Mickey Mouse Club originated from theatre owners and a television network. Disney made the concept work, though, by giving children a show that was actually nourishing. The recent Disney Channel offerings are hardly that.
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    Re: Tween Scene DVD's: 'HSM: The Concert' and 'Hannah Montana' Debut This Week

    Quote Originally Posted by PragmaticIdealist View Post
    I wouldn't say that "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" and "High School Musical" are really following in the path of "The Mickey Mouse Club". ("Spin and Marty" and "The Hardy Boys" were just parts of that single television show.)
    I really wasn't comparing the style or quality of Disney entertainment then and now other than to observe there have long been examples of Disney programming targeted to teens and pre-teens. In that respect, there's nothing new about HSM or Hannah Montana. Of course, for every Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen you find, I can find a Monkey's Uncle, but that's beside the point.

    High School Musical has tapped into the pre-adolescent zeitgeist like nothing else in contemporary entertainment. Is it Shakespeare? No, but it's not trying to be. All it's trying to be is entertaining, accessible and positive. The bonus for Disney is that tweens have made it their generation's Grease and have turned it into a cultural phenomenon. It's lightning in a bottle, and yes Disney is going to exploit it for all they can.

    HSM (and Hannah Montana and the Cheetah Girls) has made Disney kids entertainment cool again, something it hasn't been for years, arguably decades. What's so wrong about that?

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    Re: Tween Scene DVD's: 'HSM: The Concert' and 'Hannah Montana' Debut This Week

    Quote Originally Posted by disneytim View Post
    HSM (and Hannah Montana and the Cheetah Girls) has made Disney kids entertainment cool again, something it hasn't been for years, arguably decades. What's so wrong about that?
    What is the definition of "cool" because I'd say Raven Symone is about as far away from cool as one can get?

    The problem, really, is Eisner changing the meaning of the Disney trademark.

    Traditionally, the Disney name has been associated with works of high imagination, enjoyable by everyone. ("Pirates of the Caribbean" comes to mind.) So, if Disney wants to create "tween" schlock, the company should do so under a different name.
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    Re: Tween Scene DVD's: 'HSM: The Concert' and 'Hannah Montana' Debut This Week

    Quote Originally Posted by PragmaticIdealist View Post
    What is the definition of "cool" because I'd say Raven Symone is about as far away from cool as one can get?
    Bad choice. Raven is soooo 2006.


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    Re: Tween Scene DVD's: 'HSM: The Concert' and 'Hannah Montana' Debut This Week

    Quote Originally Posted by disneytim View Post
    Bad choice. Raven is soooo 2006.

    True, she doesn't even perform with them (does her own tours).

    And from The Walt Disney Family Museum site:
    Mouseketeers - After deciding to do a children's television show to air weekdays on ABC, Walt Disney determined that the cast of the show would be normal, everyday kids, deemed Mouseketeers, who would sing, dance, and act in skits and educational segments. *
    Most people would associate 'The Mickey Mouse Club' with Walt Disney. And not some faceless, nameless (and hopefully not sourceless) entities.

    http://disney.go.com/disneyatoz/fami...ictionary.html
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    Re: Tween Scene DVD's: 'HSM: The Concert' and 'Hannah Montana' Debut This Week

    Quote Originally Posted by ALIASd View Post
    Most people would associate 'The Mickey Mouse Club' with Walt Disney. And not some faceless, nameless (and hopefully not sourceless) entities.

    http://disney.go.com/disneyatoz/fami...ictionary.html
    There is a big difference between the "Mickey Mouse Club" and the "tween" culture that currently bears the Disney name. More importantly, Walt Disney was careful to present the "Mickey Mouse Club" series under what is essentially a brand extension.

    If I was advising Disney, I would recommend using the well-established "Mouseketeer" trademark to label some of the products that are targeting young children. For example, the Munch Inc. kid's meals at Disneyland might become "Mouseketeer Meals", instead.
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    Re: Tween Scene DVD's: 'HSM: The Concert' and 'Hannah Montana' Debut This Week

    The 'tween franchises currently diluting and confusing the Walt Disney brand should be rebranded as ABC Family (cable, radio, intenet, everything). Then The Disney Channel should return to true Disney-branded entertainment, including the traditional Walt Disney library cartoons, films and TV programs.

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