Video Review:    Arthur: It's Only Rock 'n Roll Starring The Backstreet Boys

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Backstreet Boys in Arthur video and DVDThe Backstreet Boys are coming to Arthur's hometown, Elwood City in 4 weeks, 6 days, and 57 minutes. But who's counting? Muffy is! In fact, she's got quite a crush on Nick Carter. Francine, on the other hand, thinks the Backstreet Boys are "sell-outs", and she's bent on proving that if she had a rock band, she would never sell out. 

Arthur It's Only Rock n Roll is a brand new video that features animated versions of the Backstreet Boys--as bears and rabbits, complete with animal ears! It offers kids a taste of the music business, too. Francine forms a band--she holds auditions, and then rehearsals, and she lays down the law--her law, of course! "We don't care about fame or money or stuff like that," she asserts. Her band's unlikely lead singer is the usually painfully shy and retiring Fern, and the band, called U Stink, turns out to be an overnight sensation. It doesn't take long before all the fame goes to the band members' heads, and their opinionated leader quits, only to be replaced by a digital drum. 

Arthur and Buster tend to be on the sidelines in this video--the pair tries to put together their own band, rather unsuccessfully. There are some humorous fantasy sequences included, and our favorite is Muffy's fantasy of becoming manager of the Backstreet Boys. In it, Nick sings a song dedicated to her and her superior managing skills, with lyrics like "How would I manage without you?" and "The manager of my dreams". 

This fun video not only features animated versions of the Backstreet Boys sporting animal ears la Arthur, viewers also get treated to two exclusive songs performed by the "boys" themselves! Both the DVD and VHS editions include the bonus featurette, The Making of It's Only Rock n Roll, which features behind-the-scenes footage of the Backstreet Boys singing and voice-acting for the video. They do their own version of the Arthur theme song. Marc Brown, the author and illustrator of the Arthur book series, talks about the making of the video and gives children a peek at some of his artwork at the work-in-progress stage.

The bonus featurette is not only enjoyable, it is very informative for young viewers. 

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The 32-page book, Arthur It's Only Rock 'n Roll, published by Little, Brown and Company, is also available. For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Arthur, It's Only Rock 'n' Roll  

 

 

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Reviewed October 2002   Comments? Email us.
 

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