Steve Simels
October 25, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Babalu Music!

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball
Producer
Weird Al Yankovic
distributor
Fox Home Video
genre
Comedy, musical

We gave it an B-

The idea behind Babalu Music! is simple: to excerpt on one convenient videocassette the best musical numbers from I Love Lucy, with an emphasis on the Desi Arnaz Cuban stuff that provided some of the show’s most memorably surreal moments. For whatever reasons, though, compiler-producer ”Weird Al” Yankovic has decided to dilute the concept by including whitebread Tin Pan Alley standards (”Cheek to Cheek”) and sappy love songs (”We’re Having a Baby”). Speaking as a Lucy agnostic, I find most of this only fitfully entertaining (at least out of context), although it should be noted that the ”Babalu” number itself, with a tuxedoed Arnaz going hysterically over the top while whomping on a conga drum, is itself worth the price of the tape. Barely. B-

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