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Babulu Music!

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Babalu Music!

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
performer:
Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball
Producer:
Weird Al Yankovic
distributor:
Fox Home Video
genre:
Comedy, musical

We gave it a B-

The idea behind Babalu Music! is simple: to excerpt on one convenient videocassette the best musical numbers from I Love Lucy, with an emphasis on the Desi Arnaz Cuban stuff that provided some of the show’s most memorably surreal moments. For whatever reasons, though, compiler-producer ”Weird Al” Yankovic has decided to dilute the concept by including whitebread Tin Pan Alley standards (”Cheek to Cheek”) and sappy love songs (”We’re Having a Baby”). Speaking as a Lucy agnostic, I find most of this only fitfully entertaining (at least out of context), although it should be noted that the ”Babalu” number itself, with a tuxedoed Arnaz going hysterically over the top while whomping on a conga drum, is itself worth the price of the tape. Barely. B-

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