A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids will learn the value of sharing, overcoming any "embarrassment" they feel toward their parents, being "nice" rather than "naughty," and helping others.
The Christmas tales all demonstrate the importance of friendship and family during the holiday season.
Positive Role Models
Max discovers that his father isn't someone to be embarrassed by; Mickey learns to appreciate Pluto; Daisy and Minnie decide to put their friendship before a medal; and Huey, Dewey, and Louie help their Uncle Scrooge instead of just thinking of themselves.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish pratfalls and a push-and-shove competition while ice-skating.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Max brings home a girlfriend for the holidays. They make eyes at each other and eventually kiss.
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Products & Purchases
Disney merchandise is everywhere, and this movie reinforces kids' interest in buying it.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this DVD includes five short stories about Christmastime, all of which are fine for preschoolers and up. There's no violence or language (just some pushing and shoving during an ice-skating competition and a few pratfalls that don't injure anyone), but one of the vignettes does feature some mild flirting, hand-holding, and a near-kiss between Goofy's son Max and his girlfriend. All of the segments teach little lessons about showing generosity and kindness toward both loved ones and strangers during the holidays. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
These videos are just a passing holiday diversion, nothing memorable. Christmas-themed DVDs are so plentiful -- and profitable -- that it seems like every kid-friendly movie franchise, cartoon, and TV series creates one to release before each holiday season. This benign Disney entry in the Christmas genre seems like just another churned-out special. The computer-generated animation isn't up to Disney's usual standards, and the stories lack the kind of charm that you'd expect from the Mouse Factory. It's sweet (albeit a bit odd) to see Goofy's son realize that his silly father isn't purposely trying to embarrass him -- he just loves him to death. And those rascally brothers Huey, Dewey, and Louie are always funny.
If you watch this DVD, be sure to play the behind-the-scenes features, which include a fascinating look at how Daisy and Minnie's ice-skating routines were based on Olympic skater Michelle Kwan's movements. The thorough interview with Kwan and footage of her skating the choreographed scenes in the movie is a treat. And in interviews with the animators, they admit that in the Pluto sequence, the reindeer were originally drawn as a host of other animals "training" to become reindeer, which explains why they don't look like reindeer at all.
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