Summer Magic Reviews
We had the Disney Channel practically as soon as it came out. To give you some idea, the first made-for-Disney-Channel movie was called [i]Tiger Town[/i], and it came out in 1983. I remember watching it. However, in those days and lasting almost twenty years, the Disney Channel actually played things like Mickey Mouse cartoons and Hayley Mills movies. If it had Tommy Kirk and Annette Funicello in it, I've seen it.
As I've said before, I feel Disney gets a bum rap from my generation. I guess we've seen too much [i]That's So Raven[/i] and such. The current Disney Channel line-up is a source of constant irritation to me; the only thing I watch there on a regular basis is [i]Kim Possible[/i]. But when I was a kid, you got this.
And this is a quintessential Disney movie of its era. For one, there's the Hayley Mills factor. She is the only one in her family of this movie to have an accent--the family's from Boston, but Hayley Mills has her usual British accent. Then, there's her younger brother, played by Jerry Mathers, one must assume because Kevin Corcoran was too old (though he's only three years younger than she, that [i]is[/i] too old for this role). Their mentor in Beulah, Maine, is played by Burl Ives. And, of course, there's perennial Disney mom Dorothy McGuire.
Oh, and the music. Oh, Disney. "The Pink of Perfection." "Ugly Bug Ball." "Flitterin'." And, of course, "Summer Magic," the title song. (And that one Burl Ives sings on the front porch, possibly "On the Front Porch.") "The Pink of Perfection" is the best of them, or anyway the funniest.
I've always liked Nancy, simply because I can see myself getting into . . . well, not these kinds of scrapes, not at all, but stupid situations caused by stupid things I've said. It happens all the time.
This movie makes me so happy. No one really wants to watch it with me, though.