Disney Live: Mickey's Rockin' Road Show
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre,
Review: Melanie Coram
There is barely a small child who could escape to school age without encountering a Disney character.
And Mickey's Rockin' Road Show is here to bring those characters to life - all-singing, all-dancing life.
Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy may be long in the tooth (especially Goofy - guffaw, guffaw) but they remain as recognisable and radiant as they did 50 years ago.
However, for many preschoolers they are the support act to the Toy Story crew.
New Disney stable mates Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie twist and jive with Cinderella and Tigger and together they all put on a rockin' show.
Host Emanuel encourages boys and girls to clap and dance and shout, all of which makes for a riot of popping colour and noise.
Cinderella is one of a stable of Disney princesses who swish and sashay through movies enchanting children with their tiaras and satin gowns. Certainly she is captivating when her voice soars and she radiates goodness and beauty.
Against all that sparkle, Jessie the cowgirl is a breath of fresh air. She is a can-do girl who wears pants and can match Buzz and Woody in every one of their adventures.
It's a bracing change from both Minnie - who tells the audience a girls' wardrobe is never big enough and does an entire song-and-dance number about shoe shopping - and Cinderella.
Another highlight is Tigger. His bouncing gets the audience up and dancing and his enthusiasm is contagious.
Disney knows how to entertain, no doubt about it. But they also know how to make money. If you just intend going to see a show with your little ones be aware that merchandise lurks at every turn.The show is over in Perth and has moved on to other capitals. But for many young Disney fans, the characters will live on forever - or at least in the DVD player.