Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Choo Choo Express

  • Review Date: October 24, 2009
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2009

Common Sense Media says

Disney gang mixes adventure and learning for preschoolers.
  • Review Date: October 24, 2009
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2009

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Preschoolers are challenged to identify colors and shapes, complete patterns, solve simple math problems, and follow step-by-step directions. The special also incorporates more advanced topics like telling time and associating sounds and matching them with the objects that make them.

Positive messages

The special promotes teamwork and cooperation -- the characters often face dilemmas that they must work together to solve. It also celebrates the sense of accomplishment that comes from completing a task.

Positive role models

The friends are always willing to pitch in and help out a friend in need. When squabbles arise, they address and solve them right away. While Mickey is clearly the gang’s leader, all of the friends pool their resources to meet the group’s goals.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Kids who are into Mickey Mouse Clubhouse have plenty of tie-in merchandise to covet. ...

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this lively holiday special starring the characters from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse will appeal to preschoolers’ imaginations and encourage them to use skills like shape and color identification, patterns, and sequential thinking. Those familiar with the popular TV series will find this special a seamless addition, while preschoolers meeting Mickey and friends for the first time are sure to like what they see. The characters call on kids’ help to solve a variety of problems along the way, so kids can join in on the sense of accomplishment the gang feels upon completing their tasks for the day.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Mickey (voiced by Wayne Allwine), Goofy (Bill Farmer), Donald (Tony Anselmo), and the rest of the Clubhouse gang reunite for a snowbound adventure in MICKEY MOUSE CLUB HOUSE CHOO CHOO EXPRESS. Even though winter’s nowhere in sight, Professor Von Drake (Corey Burton) is craving snowy white stuff, so he heads off to make some Easy-Freezey, never-melting snow for his friends to play in. It’s up to Mickey and friends to assemble the pieces to the Clubhouse Choo Choo Train to haul the snow home from atop the mountain before making the rounds to pick up more pals to join in the fun.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

It’s hard to go wrong when you mix classic characters with eye-catching, colorful CGI and strong educational content for preschoolers. Put Disney in charge of the operation, and the result is a (predictably) impressive package that pleases both parents and kids. Young kids will be particularly drawn to the boisterous, fun-loving characters, who speak directly to them and ask for their help in solving the puzzles that emerge along the journey.

In terms of educational value, the special earns bonus points for giving preschoolers multiple occasions to practice basic skills like colors, shapes, and patterns, as well as challenging them to take on more advanced ones like addition, auditory identification, and telling time. The best part is that this content is woven so tightly into the story that kids won’t even realize they’re learning as they go.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can discuss the problems the characters encounter throughout the story. How do the friends work together to solve problems? Does one character stand out as a leader? Why is it important to cooperate when you’re working with others?

  • Kids: What other shows or movies have you seen with these same Disney characters? How is the animation style here different from those? Do you like this style?

  • Parents: Help reinforce the skills your preschoolers learned by asking them to draw the train and recreate the pattern of its tracks. Kids: What other shapes and colors would you add as more cars to the train? What objects can you find that use patterns?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 25, 2009
DVD release date:December 1, 2009
Cast:Bill Farmer, Russi Taylor, Wayne Allwine
Director:Donovan Cook
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:47 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent of a 2 year old Written byjessicaya2000 November 16, 2010
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2
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Perfect for toddlers.

Love it!! We're always sing the Choo Choo song!

What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old Written bysaftynetj May 14, 2010
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2
QUALITY
 

bad

bad

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
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Kid, 10 years old Written byrjdude1000000 May 25, 2011
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

mickey mouse

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Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism

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