Friday, October 10, 2008

High School (Gay) Musical

Are my wife and myself the only people on the earth who are completely underwhelmed by High School Musical 3—or any of the High School Musical productions?
I recognize the fact that these films, and the resultant books, albums and stage shows, are good, clean fun for the 8-14 age group. Disney did a good job with all of these works, and they deserve to be commended for putting out a wholesome product for today's youth given the troubled moral times they're living in. Combined with Hannah Montana, the High School Musical productions could serve as a balance between the gangsta rap and Grand Theft Auto influences that they're all exposed to.
However, the point I'm getting at here is this: Are there any adults who are excited by HSM3? Do you regularly sing or hum any of the songs from any of the soundtracks? Does it make you nostalgic for high school all over again?
If so, why?
Frankly, I wouldn't see any of these films or stage shows, or even listen to the music, unless I got paid no less than £500 to do so. (OK, £250 to listen to the soundtracks, but only once!)
I mean, it's not as if I can't relate to stuff meant for younger generations. After all, this writer owns four Pocket Dragon Adventures DVDs. So, I'm not necessarily turning my head up at kiddie stuff.
Nevertheless—and I'm being brutally honest here—the first word that enters my head whenever I hear or read the words High School Musical is "gay." Fodder for 14-year-old girls (or 14-year-old twinks) who drool at the sight of Zach Efron, and nothing more.
Or is there some actual substance to this High School Musical phenomenon that I may be missing? As I've said, I acknowlege the wholesomeness of it. But I am still quite comfortable with the fact that I could go the rest of my life without hearing so much as one recorded note of any of the soundtracks or watching one split second of the movies unless given a powerfully compelling reason to do so.


Beth said...

I don't get it either... I appreciate it for the talent that they pulled out of the kids but that's as far as it goes... the same is true for all those other 'idol' type shows. I'm just not interested.

kristen said...

Never seen one, never plan to.

But yay for something wholesome out there for our youth.

East of Eden said...

I don't know if Hannah Montanna is wholesome, I think Miley Cyrus is another Jamie Lynn Spears in the making, but as far as HSM goes, my neices, who fall into that 8-14 yo demographic love it. It's nice to see something that a whole family could watch. But I would skip it...just not interested in it.

Mouse1972 said...

Nope, I can't say that I'm interested in the least, however my friend's girlfriend is and she collects the soundtracks and dvds of the High School musicals.

Also Pocket Dragons ftw! I used to watch that show at lunchtime whenever it was on tv.

Nightdragon said...

Ah yes, I do love my Pocket Dragons. Zoom-Zoom is just plain awesome.

I need to find an aviator's helmet and goggles for a small green dragon plushie of mine!