|Britney Spears. Christina Aguilera. Keri Russell. JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake of N-Sync. What do these fabulously famous teens have in common besides being, well, fabulously famous teens? They were, one and all, Mouseketeers.
In 1989, Disney decided to bring back its popular children's show with an All-New Mickey Mouse Club, utilizing a format similar to the original series from the 1950ís. However, this teen variety show, which included an MTV-like atmosphere of lovely, young singers and dancers, was missing one very noticeable element. Somehow, the producers nixed the round Mickey Mouse ears which were a prominent feature of the 50's and 70's Mickey Mouse Club versions.
The televised All-New Mickey Mouse Club was an extension of the live shows which were performed at the Disney theme parks. The series, which augmented the music video sequences with comedy bits reminiscent of You Canít Do That On Television, lasted from 1989 to 1994. In 1993, MMC, as they liked to be called, released a television special called MMC in Concert.
A veritable incubator of 90's pop and TV sensations, The All-New Mickey Mouse Club insured our supply of teeny-bopper talent for years to come.