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Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse

Movie review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Movie Poster Image
Lots of Disney faves stuck in a bland hodgepodge of shorts.
  • NR
  • 2009
  • 61 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value
Positive Messages

Various shorts have different messages, some more prominent than others. Of course the short with Scrooge shows the importance of generosity.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mickey is a good friend, trying to get Donald into the Christmas spirit (however he rewards Donald's negative behavior with a showering of gifts). Scrooge has a turn-around, from being a very grumpy miser to becoming an incredibly generous man about town.

Violence & Scariness

Some punching and rough-and-tumble behavior from the duck cousins. Mickey throttles Pluto, calling him a "dumb mutt." There is some sword fighting between Mickey's nutcracker character and Donald Duck's Mouse King character, where Mickey brandishes a sharp sword. No gore, but it's still threatening.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

All of the Disney characters are present in the House of Mouse, and kids are sure to recognize Ariel, Aladdin, Winnie the Pooh, Belle, the Beast, etc., who of course, adorn everything in stores from bedspreads to lunchboxes. Lots and lots of presents under the Christmas trees depicted in every scenario.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that though this feature is hailed as a full-length movie, it is actually a collection of shorts, some of which can be found on the Mickey's Christmas Carol DVD. The pace is almost manic, bringing to mind a sugar rush, and some sword fight scenes in the "Nutcracker" short are a little intense for the youngest viewers. Plus the ghost of Christmas Future in the "Christmas Carol" segment might  be scary for little ones. As parents may have guessed by the title, the only winter holiday mentioned here is Christmas, but without any religious elements; under every Christmas tree is a heaping mound of presents.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3 year old Written byABRN July 3, 2012

Disney on warp speed

I agree with Common Sense's review. The old shorts are good (Mickey's Christmas Carol, Pluto's Christmas), but the rest of it is definitely manic... Continue reading
Adult Written byLowe's man December 20, 2016

for anyone who likes reunions

I can understand why it might be overstimulating for preschoolers, as it is a bit manic, which is why I'm putting the green light at 5. Beyond that, thoug... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old June 30, 2011

on ages 3 or over

good for 3 year olds older kids would find it a bit bad
Kid, 9 years old November 17, 2017

Heart warming tale

This collection of stories is amazing. The final video brought tears to my eyes. There is some cartoonish violance. There is one video with an evil snowman, tha... Continue reading

What's the story?

Every Disney animated character that any kid has seen in the last 30 years is present at Mickey Mouse's Christmas bash. As everyone prepares to leave, news that the House of Mouse is snowed in for the night circulates. So Mickey decides to present some stories to entertain his guests, who, at times, join in with songs and jokes between the sketches.

Is it any good?

With all of that star power, this movie should have been much better. Instead, it feels like a traffic jam of Disney characters. Beauty and Simba share air time with the Seven Dwarves and Tigger. In fact, the whole production feels rather hectic and thrown together. Showing this movie to your kids at night would be a mistake: it's far too stimulating. Besides, most of the shorts shown here can be found on other DVDs, where they are presented more carefully.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about all the presents shown. Are presents really important? Do you get sad when a sibling or a friend gets more presents than you do? Why or why not? Parents might find these tips helpful for discussion.

  • Donald is not in the Christmas spirit at all, which is why Mickey does everything he can think of to cheer him up. What finally cheers Donald up? What cheers you up when you are grouchy? What gets you into the holiday spirit?

  • Mickey and his pals talk a lot about Christmas, without the religious element. How does your family celebrate the season, if you celebrate Christmas? What other holidays are celebrated this time of year? What are your favorite holiday traditions?

Movie details

For kids who love the holidays

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