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by Alexandra - 3 Comment(s)

I have a confession to make -- I am totally and completely in love with made-for-TV Disney movies. It's a sickness, I know... but I can't help myself. There is just something about these totally-formulaic, always shiny movies that sings to my soul.

Especially the ones with, well... singing!

That's not true; for every Camp Rock (wooo! JONAS!!!) there's a Cheetah Girls (uggggggg). Every High School Musical (flip yes!) has a Starstruck (that guy's FACE! Really!?!??! And his name is STERLING KNIGHT?!?!?! You have to be kidding me).

Don't get me wrong, I love real musicals too. But Disney Channel captures my childhood in a way that a gritty Sondheim Song can't.

I picked up Lemonade Mouth the other day on a whim. I'm currently suffering from Bridgette Mendler OVERLOAD (I think Disney put her in every single thing they made over the last two years...) and hadn't heard anything -- good or bad -- about it. But when I popped it in, I was INSTANTLY HOOKED. The formula works: High school setting that is too huge and gorgeous to ever exist in real life + Kids that aren't ACTUALLY kids cuz no one going through puberty looks that good + clearly defined cliques and 100% self-aware protags + a problem that isn't a real problem = smash hit.

It doesn't hurt that the rag-tag team of misfits that makes up "Lemonade Mouth" comes along with just as diverse of music tastes -- their band is this pop/rock/punk/indie/ballad/dance/rap/ska mix of everything -- why doesn't a band like that exist in real life!??!?!

Anyways, suffice it to say Lemonade Mouth is worth a watch. It's cheesy, fun, musical and colourful.

But if you're just into 'up-and-coming-underdog-garage-band-takes-on-established-musicians-who-are-usually-jerks' as a theme in general, here are some other titles from Calgary Public Library that you HAVE to check out:

School of Rock - I'm sure you've seen this classic Jack Black offering, but if you haven't in a while, go check out Miranda Cosgrove before she was a Nickelodeon superstar (thankfully just not one of the ones who sings...)

Scott Pilgrim vs The World - Watch Scott's indie band, 'Sex Bob-Ombs' as they make you 'think about death and get sad and stuff' -- and defeat the evil Gideon Graves, corporate meanie and overall weener. BONUS POINTS for starring a Canadian in a Canadian Setting!

Bandslam - Two previous Disney starlettes, Vanessa Hudgens and Aly Michalka duke it out in a high school garage band, and try, unsuccessfully, to shed their goody-goody days of the Family Channel.

Freaky Friday - Oh mannnnn, ANOTHER Disney Starlette! Okay, if you're just tuning into the program already in progress, Lindsay Lohan is a real hot mess. But if you want to know why people even give a care, it's because she USED to be pretty adorable and reasonably talented. Guys... just be thankful I didn't put a Hilary Duff one in here....


And since music choices are so important to identity, and being in a band (or being obsessed with one) is such a quintessential part of teenagerhood, we've got about a bajillion books about it too:

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by Adrienne
Also Pay The Piper by Jane Yolen is a fun twist on High School Bands & The infamous Pied Piper... http://ent.calgarypubliclibrary.com/client/search/results/default/q$003dpay$002bthe$002bpiper$0026rw$003d0$0026ic$003dfalse$0026te$003d$0026dt$003dlist$0026rt$003dTITLE$0026sm$003dfalse$0026
by Alexandra
Oh! Good one Moe! And a classic "Bohemian Rhapsody" that will live on in infamy! GREAT suggestion! You guys can put that on hold here: http://ent.calgarypubliclibrary.com/client/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f691$002fSD_ILS:691190/email/default/q$003dwayne$002527s$002bworld$0026rw$003d0$0026ln$003den_US$0026d$003dent$00253A$00252F$00252FSD_ILS$00252F691$00252FSD_ILS$00253A691190$00257EILS$00257E0$00257E26$0026ic$003dfalse$0026dt$003dlist$0026sm$003dfalse$0026 Wow... that's quite the URL...
by Moe
Thought of another one---an 'oldy but a goody'--- and one that a lot of the current batch of teens may not know about , but I bet your parents do. It's Wayne's World and it stars Mike Meyers pre Shrek and Austin Powers days. Rag tag team of misfits, evil corporate weenie, rising musical star- just lots of silly fun and harmless inappropriate humour.

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