A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this engaging movie based on the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse TV series incorporates important pre-reading tools like colors, shapes, numbers, and identifying differences, making sure that preschoolers are learning a little something as they go. Kids will be drawn in by the bright colors and fun animation, and the positive messages about sportsmanship, empathy, and resourcefulness are sure to stick with them after the movie’s end.
What's the story?
In MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: ROAD RALLY, Mickey (voiced by Wayne Allwine) and his pals embark on a cross-country race that takes them over mountains, through deserts, and into jungles. Using bikes, roller skates, and everything in between, the friends must follow a map to specific locations to collect Mickey Markers on their way back to the Clubhouse, all the while being careful to avoid pitfalls like mountains of rubber duckies and broken bridges. Along the way, the Clubhouse pals learn that even in a race, there’s no better feeling than helping a friend.
Is it any good?
Mickey and his friends have more than just fun and games to share with preschoolers; this cheerful movie has plenty to offer in the way of smart content, too. Kids are asked to “help” the characters remember verbal instructions and pictures on a map, and many of the troubles they encounter encourage preschoolers to analyze a problem and think of a solution. What’s more, every twist and turn in the road reveals an opportunity to practice counting, shapes, colors, and other pre-reading skills.
The movie is also full of feel-good reminders to kids of the joy of noncompetitive sports and the happy rewards of being a good friend. Sportsmanship, resourcefulness, and patience are the stepping stones to Mickey’s pals’ success in this road rally, and young viewers will reap the benefits of tagging along for the ride.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about being a good sport. What does sportsmanship mean? Why is it important? Can you be a good sport when you lose? Is it hard?
How do Mickey and his friends deal with challenges? What challenges did they encounter during their road rally? Would you have handled them differently?
Does watching this movie make you want to watch other shows with the same characters? Which ones have you seen? Which characters are your favorites? Why?