Well, why not? "When I make a movie, I don't want to just make a movie," says Louis. "I want to make the movie revenues, the video revenues, I want to do a book, I want to do a soundtrack. That's why that was in there."
Music supervisor Brooks Arthur, who worked on The Karate Kid with Louis, commissioned original tracks from R&B singer Bobby Caldwell and popular songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson to soundtrack the big moments (while Alan Silvestri of Back to the Future fame provided the score).
Raffill and Louis were careful about product placement. You won't find gratuitous product shots in MAC and Me. Louis claims he wanted a scene set in a McDonald's only because, for kids of that age in that era, going to McDonald's was the ultimate treat. Raffill pushed to make it a musical moment to "imbue it with something richer." This was escapism, with Ronald McDonald as a Michael Jackson stand-in. "The key is I want to make a feel-good movie," Louis says, "you walk out and you're feeling good and you had fun."