If the thought of Oscar-nominated actor Ryan Gosling and multi-hyphenate crooner Justin Timberlake teaming up to sing and dance to old school R&B makes your fan girl heart tingle, I'll do you two better... because they've already done it! And the song is none other than the Boyz II Men classic, "Motownphilly!" Trust me, your week's not going to get any better than this.
You see, back in the early '90s, young Gosling and Timberlake were two of the new kids on Disney's "Mickey Mouse Club." (Also in their class: Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.) And the "Mickey Mouse Club," or "MMC" as it was also called, employed its clubhouse of young performers in activities like the performing of skits, the reading of fan mail, and, best of all, the performance of song-and-dance numbers set to covers of contemporary pop tunes.
Like many kids back then, I rushed home every day to watch the "MMC" on Disney just to spot my faves (Tony, JC, and Marc) and to catch the latest installment of serials within the show like "Emerald Cove," a Beach Party knockoff starring many of the show's teenage cast. But the highlights of every episode for me were the musical numbers, which were mostly prerecorded and danced to by rotating ensembles of cast members. Watching "MMC" episodes again this weekend with some like-minded friends, I rediscovered the joy of many of these numbers, including this mind-blowingly awesome version of "Motownphilly," starring Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, Marc Worden, Dale Godboldo, and Matt Morris. (Gosling and Timberlake are the two little guys in the group.)