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 offshoot of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse TV series features the same well-loved team of characters (Donald Duck, Pluto, Daisy, Minnie, etc) along with preschool-level educational concepts like counting and identifying objects. Kids are encouraged to participate while watching by answering questions posed by Mickey and having time to respond. There is mild conflict and only a little suspense: toys fall on Goofy; Mickey lands on some space rocks; Tootles and friend get stuck in a web. Space Pirate Pete who tries to beat Mickey and his friends to the treasure on The Mystery Planet is never really threatening or scary.
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What's the story?
In SPACE ADVENTURE, Professor Ludwig Von Drake sends Mickey and his friends to outer space on a treasure hunt. Following the professor's map, Mickey flies his rocket ship and his team to the moon, Mercury, and Saturn, finding clues along the way which will get them to The Mystery Planet. It's there that the treasure is buried. But Space Pirate Pete is after the treasure, too; he's intent on stealing the map and stopping Mickey and friends. Also included in this DVD is an episode from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, GOOFY'S THINKING CAP, which reminds Goofy that he can be just as smart as his friends.
Is it any good?
Simplicity is the hallmark of Space Adventure; the short movie engages the very young viewer in easy to follow steps towards accomplishing a clear goal. Along the way, children are asked to count, to identify household objects, and to recognize colors and shapes.
That very simplicity, however, probably won't appeal to older kids, and parents may not be charmed. There's none of the sophistication, cleverness, or up-to-date humor of some of the other preschool franchises that make family viewing fun (i.e. Sesame Street, Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, the Muppets). Still, it's familiar, moderately educational, and filled with characters and Mickey Mouse Club concepts that little kids enjoy.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the treasure chest that Mickey and friends find on The Mystery Planet. Did it surprise you that it wasn't filled with gold and jewels? What do you treasure in your life?
What did Goofy learn about himself when Professor Von Drake forgot to put the batteries in the Thinking Cap?
Why did Space Pirate Pete change his mind about wanting to get to the treasure before the others? Do you think Mickey was willing to share the treasure with him?
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