Jim Farber
May 10, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Turtles: Happy Together

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
distributor
Rhino Video
genre
Documentary, musical

We gave it a B+

They weren’t deep. They had no glamour. And yet the Turtles ranked as one of the great pop bands of the ’60s. Extensive proof too extensive is offered in The Turtles: Happy Together, a 90-minute tape covering the group’s history of hits from its folk-rock cover of Bob Dylan’s ”It Ain’t Me Babe” to the pure pop of ”Elenore.” Included are lots of vintage promo clips and TV lip-synched performances. All are a hoot, especially a 1967 clip of the group miming its biggest hit, ”Happy Together,” on The Smothers Brothers Show, with second singer Mark Volman dressed as a ladybug. The group was good at cutting up, and it had to be: The fellows’ portly figures and geeky looks made charm a prerequisite. They retain that likability in recent interviews included here. The now middle-aged Turtles tell colorful stories about meeting heroes like Dylan, who greeted them face down in a plate of pasta. Ultimately, such stories go on too long. But to serious mop-top fans, every moment will seem utterly fab. B+

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