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 trio of holiday stories features many Disney favorites. The tales stress positive messages about love, caring, the spirit of giving, and the magic of the season. Parents should note that in the second story Max's neighbor tells him that there's no such thing as Santa. The tale's ultimate message is that Santa is real because we believe in him, but the story could introduce a seed of doubt about Santa's existence.
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What's the story?
In the first story, Huey, Dewey, and Louie's wish that it could be Christmas every day is granted. But it gets pretty old pretty fast when the same thing happens every day. How can they break the spell? In the second story Max's neighbor tells him there's no such thing as Santa, and his dad Goofy will do anything to show Max about the true meaning of Christmas. In the third story, Mickey and Minnie both are working hard to save enough to buy each other a special present. But when the money doesn't come through, what are they willing to sacrifice for the other?
Is it any good?
MICKEY'S ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS falls squarely in the middle of the many holiday choices out there. Disney fans will enjoy watching their favorite characters: fly-off-the-handle Donald, goofy Goofy, and heart-of-gold Mickey all are true to form. If your holiday viewing time is limited, you may prefer a classic such as Rudolph, Frosty, or A Charlie Brown Christmas. If you do have some time to kill on a snow day, you could do a lot worse than these gentle stories that emphasize love, caring, and the spirit of giving.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes Christmas special. What do you like best about the holiday?
Huey, Dewey, and Louie try to make Christmas fun again by "livening things up." What happened instead? Why didn't their pranks help them enjoy Christmas more?
What is the holiday spirit? How can we keep that feeling alive all year long?
- On DVD or streaming: December 7, 1999
- Cast: Kelsey Grammer, Wayne Allwine, Russi Taylor
- Directors: Jun Falkenstein, Alex Mann, Bradley Raymond, Toby Shelton, Bill Speers
- Studios: Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Pictures
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Holidays
- Run time: 70 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: October 28, 2020
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