A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series teaches preschoolers problem-solving and early mathematics skills.
The show encourages social interaction by having characters address viewers directly, ask them questions, and invite them to participate in saying special phrases or cheers. Solving problems requires teamwork between Mickey, his friends, and the kids watching at home.
Positive Role Models
Mickey and his friends model teamwork, positive interactions, and encouragement.
Male characters lead the action. Though Daisy and Minnie are in the opening role call and end-of-show song, they only show up in the rest of the episode if they have a problem for Mickey, Donald, and Goofy to solve. They don't usually contribute to the solutions, which disempowers girls and women. The characters are voiced by all White actors.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mickey and Minnie, along with Donald and Daisy, are dating and sometimes hug or kiss, such as in a Valentine's Day episode. One episode needs Daisy to kiss Donald in order to reverse a frog potion.
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Products & Purchases
Part of the vast Disney commercial empire.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is designed to help preschoolers acquire problem-solving and early mathematics skills. Though the show is very learning-focused, it engages viewers through direct interaction with Mickey as they use tools (telescope, keys, bucket, etc.) to solve problems. But the show doesn't empower girls or women; male characters like Mickey Mouse (voiced first by Wayne Allwine, then Bret Iwan after Allwine's death) and Donald Duck (Tony Anselmo) solve problems, while their girlfriends Minnie Mouse (Russi Taylor) and Daisy Duck (Tress MacNeille) only bring the boys problems to solve. The boys use teamwork to save the day and offer plenty of encouragement to the kids watching.
Is It Any Good?
The series uses a can't-miss recipe: Take Disney's most beloved characters and have them talk directly to viewers and engage them in activities. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse mixes vibrant colors and music with a fanciful shape-shifting clubhouse, a problem to solve, elements of time-tested fairy tales, and gadgets. It's a blend that's sure to hook kids.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse keeps viewers' brains engaged almost continually -- there's always something to count, find, identify, or compare. Mickey asks questions, acknowledges viewers' answers, cheers them on, and gives kudos for a job well done. While the 3D animation might look primitive to today's viewers, it's similar enough in style to other, more recent preschool hits like CoComelon. Mickey and his pals make each journey engaging enough that preschoolers will forget they're actually working their brain.
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