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 is primarily a collection of older Disney shorts, woven together with scenes from an all-new story. Although most of the frights are played for laughs, some scenes may be too scary for younger kids.
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What's the story?
Mickey and friends battle a pack of Disney's wickedest -- from 101 Dalmatians' Cruella De Vil to The Little Mermaid's Ursula -- in this Halloween-themed DVD. The bulk of MICKEY'S HOUSE OF VILLAINS is composed of several older short cartoons, juxtaposed with scenes from a new story that unfolds on Halloween night at Mickey's House of Mouse nightclub, where Disney villains have gathered for a scary cartoon fest hosted by Mickey. Most of the cartoons are innocent tales with friendly ghosts and comedic plots, such as "How to Haunt a House," in which a ghostly but clumsy Goofy tries in vain to scare Donald Duck. Other tales are a bit creepier. A wicked witch lures Mickey and Minnie with a feast of sweets, then tries to make them dinner -- a la Hansel and Gretel. Back at the House of Mouse, the villains plan to take over the club and give Mickey and pals the boot.
Is it any good?
Kids and adults will enjoy seeing all of the Disney villains en masse. One of the bonus extras is the "Fright Delight Mix," a montage of scary scenes from Disney's animated movies which may be a bit much for some youngsters, as it's a fast-paced, nonstop, and intense journey through some of the scariest scenes in Disney animation, including the Headless Horseman's pursuit of Ichabod Crane and edge-of-the-seat moments from The Lion King and other movies.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about costume ideas inspired by the cartoons. If you celebrate Halloween, what are some of your family's fun traditions and activities? They can also talk about their favorite scary characters. Who's the scariest and why? Which scary Disney characters aren't in the movie?
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