Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Beach Party Anyone!?!

Although the movie Teen Beach is aimed primarily at tweens and teens, the throwback to classic beach party musicals possesses a sense of carefree nostalgia that any generation can relate to, drawing its style inspiration from the fashion-forward ‘60s. 

Disney found inspiration in an oft-forgotten niche of 60’s culture: the kitschy teenage fodder of the early 60’s beach movies, such as Beach Party and Bikini Beach. Just like the early teen beach movies Teen Beach Movie is largely similar in plot; it follows a beachside romance between two young lovers, McKenzie and Brady (today’s Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello), but there is no biker boy to cause complications, but instead a biker girl named Lela. They both are largely ridiculous, at times genuinely weird and mostly very amusing both for their goofy, innocent, fun-kid-times vibe as well as their purpose as a time capsule to an era that was just beginning, often awkwardly, to embrace youth.

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