A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Hopes and dreams of one person may make a positive impact on the lives of others. Kids can explore career options within the animation industry.
Positive Role Models
Experienced professionals offer their expertise on the subject of Mickey Mouse history: Eric Goldberg, a veteran Disney animator; art historian and professor Carmenita Higginbotham, a lecturer on 20th-century American art; and Rebecca Cline, director of Walt Disney Archives, who is in charge of collecting and preserving Disney history.
BIPOC and White kids, teens, young, and older adults who are Disneyland visitors, animators, and Mickey Mouse merchandise fans and collectors.
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Violence & Scariness
References and images include bombings, bullying, death, explosives, guns, homelessness, Holocaust camps, protests, swastikas, and war.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romance between Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
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Mention of the word "helluva."
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Products & Purchases
Images include Mickey Mouse merchandise, apparel with logos and messages, computers, smartphones, and tattoos.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette and cigar smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mickey: The Story of a Mouse is a revealing documentary about the making and merchandising of the iconic cartoon character. References and images include bombings, bullying, death, guns, war, and smoking. There's a mention of the word "helluva." One of the film's important messages is how one person's hopes and dreams can make a positive impact on others. Themes also include perseverance, communication, and teamwork. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This film's revealing look into the mass appeal of the cartoon mouse is sure to captivate viewers. In Mickey: The Story of a Mouse, the documentary shares fascinating facts about the animated character based on the farm boy days of creator Walt Disney. Actors Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks once asked that their films be paired with Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts at movie theater premieres. One of the attractions to Mickey, notes Disney animator Eric Goldberg, is the way in which the mouse moves. "It's how he does things that make him compelling to watch," explains Goldberg. "He has a spirit to him dating all the way back to Steamboat Willie that is playful, inventive, resourceful, and fun."
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