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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure

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Simple educational concepts and Disney character fun.
  • Review Date: November 9, 2011
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 70 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Lessons in counting to 10 (forwards and backwards), colors, shapes, face recognition, and an elementary introduction to space (moon, Mercury, Saturn). In addition, commonplace objects (i.e. carrot, swim fins, bird cage) are identified and featured to enhance the child's vocabulary and conceptual understanding.

Positive messages

Friendship and the value of working together to accomplish a goal are stressed.

Positive role models

All of the characters model respectful, caring, and cooperative behavior. In the case of the villain, he very quickly learns that teaming up and sharing tasks is far more desirable than putting obstacles in the path of others who share your goal.

Violence & scariness

Nothing scary and only a few suspenseful moments: toys fall on Goofy, Mickey momentarily bumps and bounces on space rocks, two characters are stuck in a web, and Space Pirate Pete sends an army of milk cartons to block Mickey's rocket ship.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Tied into the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse television series, and the vast media empire of Disney.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

DVD release date:November 8, 2011
Cast:Russi Taylor, Tony Anselmo, Wayne Allwine
Directors:Donovan Cook, Howy Parkins
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:70 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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