Video Review

Simply Mad About the Mouse (1991)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; Genres: Kids and Family, Musical; With: Michael Bolton, Harry Connick Jr., Billy Joel, Bobby McFerrin and Ric Ocasek; Distributor: Buena Vista Home Video

The idea behind Simply Mad About the Mouse — to have stylistically varied pop stars performing songs from Disney films — is so good you can't help but wonder why nobody's done anything like it before. Of course, somebody has: producer Hal Willner, with his 1988 album Stay Awake (A&M). It featured such non-mainstream types as Tom Waits and the Replacements, and as such had a subtext — i.e., that there were dark, adult concerns lurking around the edges of these seemingly innocent songs. But Simply Mad has nothing on its mind beyond commercial success and consequently is a lot less interesting.

Ric Ocasek's ''Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah'' (with cute Disney animated animals) has an interesting air of demented glee. Unfortunately, the tape also has such misfires as ''The Bare Necessities,'' by a too-pleased-with-himself Harry Connick Jr., and an overwrought ''A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,'' by faux-soul singer Michael Bolton. And none of it so visually compelling that you wouldn't be better off with the simultaneously released, cheaper CD. Or for that matter, with Stay Awake. B-

Originally posted Oct 04, 1991 Published in issue #86 Oct 04, 1991 Order article reprints
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