The continuing success of ABBA, decades after the band's breakup, has brought repeated calls for a reunion that have gone unanswered until now -- sort of. Perhaps aware that, even without planning to record or tour again, they had some responsibility to continue to promote their catalog, the members of ABBA -- Benny Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, and Björn Ulvaeus -- agreed to the creation of the six-and-a-half-minute comic film The Last Video, in which they are portrayed by puppets created by the Jim Henson studio. In the film, the puppets and their manager (played by opera singer and actor Loa Falkman) turn up in the office of a record company executive (played by British actor Rik Mayall, known for the TV series The Young Ones) and perform for him while various people come and go. The puppets mime to "Take a Chance on Me," "Dancing Queen," "Waterloo," and "The Winner Takes It All," and among those appearing in silent cameos are all four ABBA members and, oddly enough, Cher! Dialogue is drawn from ABBA lyrics. Of course, at the end, the record executive turns them down. The DVD is filled out with the original music videos of the four songs featured in the film, a "behind the scenes" feature that runs slightly longer than the film itself, and a photo gallery. ABBA fans clamoring for a reunion are not likely to be satisfied, but they may find the puppets amusing and the glimpses of the former band members 20-years-on intriguing.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann