A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The joy of Christmas comes from spending time with those you care about.
Positive Role Models
Minnie takes on a leadership role, helping her friends find their way back to each other.
The characters are animals with human characteristics. Though the main characters are familiar, the background characters have differing human-like body shapes and sizes and various human-like hair textures and styles, representative of different backgrounds.
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Violence & Scariness
Mild roughness, like dramatic falling scenes, but no one is hurt.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are some instances of affection between Mickey and Minnie, who are well-known long-term partners.
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Products & Purchases
Besides being part of the Disney empire, the show emphasizes holiday gift-buying. In the end, characters are first disappointed when it appears that their gifts were lost, but are happy and relieved when they do get to exchange gifts, blurring the overall message.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mickey and Minnie Wish Upon A Christmas is a music-filled holiday special about what's truly important during the holiday season. Mickey, Minnie and their friends are on another fast-paced adventure, and this time, the stakes are high: they must make it home in time to enjoy Christmas together. Original songs are fun to bop along to and silly jokes will even get grown-ups to chuckle here and there. Despite the show's message about the importance of friends and family, consumerism is evident. Parents should intentionally point out the positive lesson, emphasizing admirable behaviors when present. Mild violence, like characters dramatically falling is similar to that in Mickey and the Roadster Racers or Mickey Mouse Funhouse. It's arguable whether or not consequences exist for characters' bad decisions and lack of impulse control, but these ambiguities are overshadowed by the positive messages and holiday spirit.
Is It Any Good?
Mickey Mouse and his friends star in yet another adventurous holiday special. Mickey and Minnie Wish Upon A Christmas is an easy watch for the whole family. Original songs are lively and modern. Vibrant colors make the show upbeat and visually appealing. Like some other Mickey Mouse shows and specials, the plot is fast-paced and somewhat overloaded, which can be difficult for younger viewers to keep up with. Additionally, the attempt at negating the consumerism of the holidays falls a bit flat at the end when it seems to still be celebrated. Overall, kids can have a good time watching some of their favorite characters gear up for the holidays in a predictable format, and parents can appreciate the positive messages.
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