"Teen Beach 2" delights in its campiness

When the summer ends and school begins, it can be a bummer. But if you are friends with a bunch of stars from a magical move world, anything can happen.

When the original Disney Channel film "Teen Beach Movie," did well for the cable outlet, the young singing stars were bound for a sequel with all of the dance numbers and songs you’d expect from a production aimed at pre-teens. When "Teen Beach 2" aired in June, it brought in 13.5 million viewers. Now, it is available on DVD.

It would be easy to cast off the movie as average eye candy for the type of viewers who love "High School Musical" and shows like "K.C. Undercover" and "Girl Meets World." But, to be honest, "Teen Beach 2" deserves greater attention because it never pretends to be more than it is … a modern day update to the teen beach movies that made Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon household names back in their day.

I doubt young stars Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell, who play the leads of Brady and Mack in the film, expect to star in Skippy peanut butter ads any time soon. But based on the audience reaction, they should plan on shooting a third installment of the film in Puerto Rico.

As the modern-day Brady and Mack step forth on the beginnings of their high school romance, their being sucked into the world of "West Side Story" though a magical bracelet provides the opportunity for some campy fun. When the bikers and straight-laced beach goers decide to enter the real world, they delight in how new and different the world is. However, they can’t resist getting the jocks, nerds, stoners, Goths and cheerleaders to all participate together in a singing and dance number on the outdoor cafeteria tables during school lunch.

The movie has a lot of campy moments like this one, but the characters know it is campy. That’s what they love about it.

Hey, it is magic after all.

The young teens in the household who like Disney Channel shows will enjoy this film that plays on stereotypes, disappearing magic…

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Kidd O'Shea of "Kidd and Elizabeth" mornings on WMYX-FM 99.1 The Mix, is leaving at the end of the month for a TV job in Washington, D.C.
Kidd O'Shea of "Kidd and Elizabeth" mornings on WMYX-FM 99.1 The Mix, is leaving at the end of the month for a TV job in Washington, D.C.

Kidd O'Shea leaving 99.1 The Mix

Kidd O’Shea knows where his roots are. And that is why he got a bit teary this morning.

On the "Kidd and Elizabeth Show" on WMYX-FM, O’Shea announced that he was leaving the station.

"I’m happy here, I have a great job and work for a great company. I love living in Milwaukee," O’Shea said this afternoon, talking about his listeners. "They raised me."

O’Shea is headed to WJLA-TV in Washington D.C., to be the new social media anchor on the station’s morning show.

"I have an agent, and he said that there’s a TV station that is interested," O’Shea said about the opportunity that came his way. "I flew out there and auditioned, and they offered me the job. I’m excited."

O’Shea has been both on radio and television, serving as a reporter on WISN-TV Ch. 12. He said that the opportunity to work full time in television came up, it was too good to pass up.

"I get to do the things that worked well in radio," he said about the melding of social media and morning television. "I will be talking about what the people are talking about that morning."

On his show today, he spoke of his TV dream he’s had since childhood.

"This goes back … to where I would pretend to anchor the TV news with three other imaginary anchors," he said.

You can see the video of his announcement on Facebook

O’Shea said that after the announcement today, he plans to keep doing what he has been doing and have chats with his co-host Elizabeth Kay. He doesn’t depart for the capital until September.

"This is all about moving forward," he said. "We had the announcement, and we’ll go back and do the show like we have for the next couple of weeks.

"Elizabeth will continue in that role … We were always in this 50-50."

O’Shea said that the response from the listeners has been overwhelming in its support. And he knows how special that is. O’Shea has always appreciated the one-on-one connection, no matter what platform that was on.

"Whenever you are invited into people…

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