'High School Musical' lures toddlers, too
By LEANNE ITALIE
June 20, 2008
http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs....=2008806200327NEW YORK — Talya Appelbaum recently had a High School Musical birthday party. She got special balloons and a slice of cake decorated with the spoiled Sharpay, her favorite character because "she's with Ryan."
Jemma Fox has an HSM karaoke microphone and trading cards of the East High gang.
Talya and Jemma are 3 years old. They have tot-sized insights but large obsessions with the wildly popular Disney franchise that has jumped from TV show to hit song factory to merchandising mania since 2006, when the Wildcats first took kid culture by storm.
But it's high school, and now senior year at that. Do Talya and Jemma need to "bop to the top" or demand "all things fabulous?" And what about the kissing, the backbiting and the big-kid fashions?
With the October release of the third HSM movie — this one in theaters rather than on the Disney Channel — parents of extra young aficionados are debating whether the phenom is innocent dance-'til-you-drop fun or not quite appropriate.