Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Monster Musical

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Gently spooky tales focus on music and problem solving.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 115 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Simple problem-solving techniques, counting, definitions, introduction of classic monster characters, and various instruments are integral to these tales. All the Clubhouse stories encourage young audiences and are interactive, calling upon viewers to answer questions and contribute.

Positive Messages

Emphasizes teamwork, friendship, and helping others. Promotes thoughtful problem solving.

Positive Role Models & Representations

All the players cooperate, take responsibility for their actions, respect individual personalities, and are helpful. Even semi-bad guy Pete is actually a nice fellow, though a bit greedy.

Violence & Scariness

Mild suspense in a haunted mansion: mysterious noises (pounding, creaking, howling, some minimally scary music); thunder and lightning; a spooky science lab; ghosts (played by familiar characters), and spiderwebs. A few tumbles and brief cartoon action sequences: an island almost sinks; a giant peach chases Donald Duck; there's a sword fight; musical instruments fall.

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This film is issued as part of the vast Disney franchise of characters, games, toys, films, books, and associated products.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Monster Musical is a DVD from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse TV show, with one new, unaired episode and two that were broadcast in 2013 and 2014. Intended for preschoolers, the stories are simple and highly formatted and and encourage audience interaction. Kids familiar with the television series will enjoy the Clubhouse regular features: Toodles and the Mouseketools, "The Hot Dog Dance," the Clubhouse itself, and all the classic Disney characters. This DVD is a fine introduction for first-time viewers as well. The brand-new title story finds Professor Ludwig von "Drakenstein," "Count Mickula," and "Goofymonster" living in what may be a haunted castle. A dark and stormy night, some mildly spooky music, hidden doors, and the sounds of thunder, lightning, and pounding noises provide the gentle suspense. A few cartoon pratfalls find the characters landing in a tree and on a sinking island, which rattles and shakes. Only the very youngest or most sensitive little ones will find anything scary here. 

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What's the story?

In MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: MICKEY'S MONSTER MUSICAL, the title story finds Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto in spooky haunted mansion when their car breaks down on an isolated road. Many familiar Clubhouse folks show up in the mansion, playing different classic characters: Count Mickula (performed by Mickey), Professor von Drakenstein (played by Ludwig von Drake), Goofymonster (played by Goofy), and more. A bargain is struck between the Count and his guests. If Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto will help him find out the source of some very mysterious sounds, Professor von Drake will fix their car. Armed with their wits, their courage, and, of course, their trusty Mouseketools, our heroes encounter ghosts, hidden doors, and even a werewolf on their quest to get on the road again. In "Mickey's Pirate Adventure," the gang sets off on an adventure to help "Captain Goofbeard" (Goofy's grandpappy), whose home on Harmony Chord Island is about to sink because the many instruments that live on the island are out of tune. Only by finding a mysterious treasure will the island become harmonious again. Finally, in "Mickey's Farm Fun Fair," everybody is looking forward to a fun-filled day of games, contests, and blue ribbons at a country farm. But nothing ever goes as smoothly as hoped, and the Mouseketools must be summoned to make everyone a winner.

Is it any good?

This Mickey Mouse Clubhouse release -- with lots of music, enjoyable and simple stories, and beloved characters taking on comic identities throughout -- does not disappoint. The gang has problems to solve and people to help and often has to put up with some very quirky behavior from the players. It's all done with humor, respect, and the clear intention of giving young audiences new information and skills "to take home."  Neither the conflict nor the comic jeopardy is truly scary; Donald and Daisy floating through the air as ghosts and Werewolf Pete's friendly howls are gentle and humorous. This offering is a treat for preschool fans who love the repetition of Clubhouse rituals, and it's a solid introduction for Disney fans in the making.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Mickey Mouse Clubhouse stories have suspense without conflict between characters and without villains (Pete doesn't count because he's not really mean). What created the suspense in these tales?

  • Find out what "parody" means. In what ways is Mickey's Monster Musical a parody?

  • Kids love shows with popular continuing components (such as Toodles and the Mouseketools). What are your favorite Clubhouse features? Why?

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