Picks and Pans Review: Minnie'n Me
In this brand-new Disney offering, Mickey Mouse's main squeeze appears only sporadically to squeak out lines of dialogue before some of the album's 12 songs. The real star is 10-year-old Christa Larson, a native of St. Louis, who lends her pretty little voice to a batch of sunny pop pap with surprisingly sophisticated and varied musical arrangements, from the Cajun-flavored "Pets" to the silly show tune "I Wanna Be the Conductor." There are two fun oldies, "Animal Crackers in My Soup" and "Swinging on a Star," but other songs are markedly contemporary—do you think your tyke is ready, for example, to skip along to "Jump Rope Rap"?
A colorful companion booklet spells out the lyrics, which are nicely tailored for a preteen audience. For example, there's "Party Slumbering": "Bring your pillow/And all your favorite dress-up clothes/ Mommy's high heels/ Fill our hair with pretty bows/ Go get pajamas/ And don't forget your diary." One song, "The Girls on Minnie's Street," tells the little angels that they can have their cupcake and eat it too: "Have a kind heart/ Always work hard/ Be neat and clean and always lend a helping hand/ And you can dress sharp/ And dance fast."
The record is billed as "Songs Just for Girls," but it isn't all that gender specific. So if you find your son has co-opted this perky collection from Sis, don't be alarmed. Minnie can be a friend to all. (Walt Disney Records, cassette, $8.95, and CD, prices vary)
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