If the employees at the Disney Archives have a time capsule, they'll want to file the Disney Dance Crew under "The Way We Were" circa 2010. Decades from now, the archivists will want to pull out the video of Mixmaster Mickey Mouse hip-hop dancing to mash-ups of urban street sounds and familiar Disney songs as yet another example of Disney's never-ending desire to stay current with pop culture.
Years from now, we'll laugh, cringe and marvel at Disney's valiant but vain efforts to remain contemporary with bad fashion, bad puns and bad ideas. At the moment, we can only ask, "What were they thinking?"
On the whole, the Disney California Adventure show, which made its official debut Oct. 22 after a soft opening few days before, left me torn when I viewed it last week. I was amazed by the animatronic advances made by Walt Disney Imagineering yet befuddled by Disney's foolhardy decision to turn the company's renowned icon into Gangsta Mickey.
Disney's Dance Crew represents the main public debut in one of Disney's California theme parks of the revolutionary "talking" Mickey Mouse whose articulated mouth moves as he talks. Adding to the awe-inspiring technological feat are the fleet-footed dance moves that the new Mickey unleashes on the dance floor that make him look like a cross between Fred Astaire and Justin Timberlake.