The biggest pinks first contact with Hannah Montana was at four year old kinder. She has never been overly interested in television and at four her viewing habits didn't go beyond an occasional ABC kids session and of course Top Gear! (She has been sitting on her Daddy's lap watching Top Gear pretty much since birth - it's their Daddy/Daughter time she loves it.) Anyhoo her bestie at Kinder had a big sister who was obsessed with Ms Montana and as a result Hannah Montana Yogurt regularly made an appearance in Besties kinder lunch box.
Zoom forward a couple of months and it's my biggest pinks 5th birthday and she's having one of her now famous (well within the confines of our four walls) impromptu singing concerts with her friends. Ms Montana's name was soon brought up by two of the girls who also had older sisters and a little argument ensued about who was going to be/play Hannah Montana. The biggest pinks looked a little bemused by this and after watching the passion building in the argument for a few minutes put her hands on her hips and declare to them "why do you both want to be yogurt!" Why indeed?
Regardless of your opinion of Hannah Montana, the yogurt or the real thing, there is no doubt she has had an impact on a generation of young tweeny girls. Hannah Montana Forever (The Final Season) is, as it sounds, the final season of the show. It's being released to Disney DVD on the 8th of June, 2011 as a double disk (13 episodes) 'special edition' package. (Retailing at $49.95 and rated G.) Based on the theme of the 'girl next door' who is actually a mega rock star, it uses silly tween humour to explore issues like family, relationships, fitting in socially and exploring life as an early teen. Hannah struggles to deal with everyday life issues which are further complicated by her hidden life as a famous singer. In the final season, these struggles reach there pinnacle when she reveals her real identity to her fans and high school friends alike.
While the premise of many of the episodes could be used to open discussion with your children about a lot of worthy topics I can't say I'm a huge fan. I struggle a little with Ms Montana's general attitude and her occasional lack of respect. But I'm guessing most 8 - 12 year olds would probably disagree with me. Generally, I think if you're willing to take the time to sit, watch and talk through the presenting issues with your young people there is merit in Ms Montana. It is, without a doubt entertaining to those in the 8 -12 ish age range - they seem to be glued to the TV watching it!
The lovely people of Disney, Digital Parents and Porter Novelli have given The Truth About Mummy one copy of Hannah Montana Forever to giveaway. Yay - we love a giveaway here. Simply make sure you're following along either here or on our facebook page and leave a comment telling me what or who you'd be if you had a secret life none of your friends new about. Giveaway closes Wednesday 1st of June and the winner will be selected by the random number generator and announced here on the 2nd of June. (Please remember to leave me your email address if it's not on your blogger profile, so you can be notified.) Open to Australian residents only. Goodluck.
All opinions expressed in the review are my own and I have received no payment for this review. I was supplied with a free copy of Hannah Montana Forever - the final season.