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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
In "The Nifty Nineties," a vaudeville comedy team ends each joke by clobbering one another. Mortimer Mouse gives Mickey an electric shock in "Mickey's Rival."
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Products & Purchases
This is part of the great Disney franchise and children may want products associated with the characters.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The mayor of a village smokes a pipe in "In Dutch." Mickey and Minnie see a slide show in "The Nifty Nineties" that tells the tale of an alcoholic father whose home life falls apart due to his constant drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that these shorts from the 1930s and 1940s present sweeter, simpler cartoons than the violent cartoons of today. There is little to be concerned about here. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto discover the perils of romance in this enjoyable compilation of three Disney shorts from the 1930s and 1940s. "Mickey's Rival" is prime Mickey Mouse from his peak years in the '30s. Not only does Mortimer Mouse humiliate Mickey at every turn (he fools him with a trick glove, gives him an electric shock, and pulls the buttons off his shorts) but his sleek convertible adds insult to injury by harassing Mickey's humble jalopy. The car vs. car subplot is a lot of fun, and the cartoon climaxes with an exciting sequence in which Mickey and his car must save Minnie from an angry bull.
The other two cartoons are both very enjoyable, but they demonstrate a problem that occasionally cropped up in Disney's cartoon output of the 1940s. Sometimes the animators got so carried away with the artfulness of their animation that they forgot to be funny. Kids will still like watching the famous cartoon characters, but may not laugh quite as much. This is particularly true of "The Nifty Nineties," which features gorgeous animation of Mickey, Minnie, and various supporting characters, but contains very little actual gag content. Still the cartoons create a very nice atmosphere. Parents who are uncomfortable with the more confrontational antics of Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, or even Donald Duck, will find the action here a little calmer. Disney fans of all ages should be delighted.
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