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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Santa is real because we believe in him. Christmas isn't about things like toys and presents; it's about sharing with family and friends. Love is what makes Christmas special, but you can make the feeling last all year long.
Positive Role Models
Mickey and Minnie work hard to save money so they can buy presents. Mickey helps stop a family from spending more than they can afford. Goofy helps his neighbors who don't have much by bringing them a big Christmas dinner. Max willingly helps shovel snow and tries to give his dad a happy Christmas when Goofy feels sad. Donald sometimes loses his temper but loves his nephews and wants them to appreciate what's special about Christmas.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon-y pratfalls and slapstick caused on accident. No one is hurt.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Daisy and Donald try to kiss under the mistletoe several times and do kiss once on the lips. Mickey kisses Minnie on the forehead.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Crazy Pete smokes a cigar, others cough, and he eventually sets his pants and his entire Christmas tree lot on fire.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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