Classic Films for the Classic Childhood: Babes in Toyland

LIFE LESSON: Never Settle Babes in Toyland : A classic fairytale wonderland sets the stage for true love to be battered about a bit before we believe it’s actually possible again. Catching a lucky break by not being thrown into the sea by Barnaby’s henchman Tom comes back as a gypsy woman in order to save his…

Teen Beach Movie & West Side Story

  Disney Channel brings us more old movie magic thanks to the success of Teen Beach Movie ( a mashup of Frankie & Annette , West Side Story, and Grease ) with Teen Beach Movie 2 and the Wet Side Story characters entering the real world this summer. Its a great time to intro the little ones in your life to…

Bikini Beach

  Bikini Beach. What can I say? Annette’s look of contempt here in this picture sums it up. After experiencing the whimsy and presence of a storyline in Beach Party I was saddened to see little of either in Bikini Beach. The good parts: decent beachy scenery, Annette holding strong to her virtue and fashion…

Muscle Beach Party

“You know if there wasn’t music here, this place would be raided!” Muscle Beach Party follows an Italian Contessa to the Body Builder Stables that pop up on Frankie and Annette’s beach, only to realize that the muscle bound man she had followed there couldn’t hold a candle to the yellow-leather clad Frankie singing in…

Beach Party

Frankie and Annette played teenagers in the American International Pictures surprise success Beach Party, though neither actually were. Interesting how times have changed! These days while we’re usually aging our young stars up, but back the, they aged them down. With the plan to run away to a beach house on the horizon Dolores(Annette) adds…

Babes in Toyland

People always say that Christmas is a Romantic time of year. How? Why? Where did this saying come from? My only guess so far is that some child once watched Babes in Toyland and saw Mary Contrary’s Christmas Wedding Dress, Cloak, and Horse Drawn Carriage. This is the stuff Disney Dreams are made of. With…

Hayley Mills

April 18, 1946                     Hayley Mills                        Parent Trap     A child of the 80’s, my first experience with Hayley Mills was when she had the misfortune of being cast in one of the horrid made-for-T.V. Parent Trap movies.  Luckily, I had a dutiful mother who also raised me on Disney, and it didn’t take long to…