Release Date: November 8, 2011
Running Time: 70 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 (anamorphic)
Audio: English, French, and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, French, Spanish
Special Features: Bonus Episode “Goofy’s Thinking Cap,” Discovery Mode (interactive viewing mode).
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, and Pluto use a special treasure map to take an adventure into space, where they encounter Chip and Dale as well as Space Pirate Pete.
This Disney Channel show presents Mickey and the gang into 3D CGI animation, with a format geared towards very young children. While it is unlike the classic Mickey toons, it is perfectly made for children under seven years of age. The plots are simple and easy for young minds to follow. The songs are cute and the colors are bright. Viewers can even interact with the DVD (via the Discovery Mode), which keeps them engaged.
Of course, normal logic does not apply here, and I found it odd that there is, apparently, an alien look-a-like for Mickey and the other characters. Still, little kids will laugh and sing along to the character’s antics. When Stinky Pete shows up, he is more of a goofball than a bad guy, and he quickly learns the importance of being nice.
It may not be a classic cartoon, but the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse does a good job of producing a show that entertains and educates children. Parents will not be completely bored, as it is always fun to see these classic characters again. Even the art direction is colorful and inventive. Personally, I want a clubhouse shaped like Mickey Mouse’s body too. Make it happen, Disney.
VIDEO AND AUDIO
The CGI animation transfers very well to standard DVD. Colors are bright and the image shows good clarity. The standard DVD does show some limitations on detail, especially around edges and during some motion, but for a children’s DVD, it is more than adequate. The audio is only Dolby Digital 2.0, and sounds pretty good considering the lack of additional channels. Frankly, I don’t need to hear Mickey’s voice in anything bigger than two channels.
An additional un-aired episode (“Goofy’s Thinking Cap”) is included, which is great. There is also a “Discovery Mode” for the space adventure episode, which allows young viewers to use their “Mickey Motes” (basically a Disney-themed remote) to make choices via the DVD’s branching technology. It is an interesting little feature which gives kids a short educational lesson. That’s about it for extras, besides a bunch of sneak previews. Our review copy of the DVD also included a digital copy of the cartoon, which will likely come in handy for parents on the go.There’s even glow-in-the-dark Mickey Mouse space stickers in every DVD. Groovy.
THE BOTTOM LINE: BUY IT OR REDBOX IT?
Overall Grade: B+
While I would like to see more episodes included on each DVD, you do get a lot of content for the price here. The cartoons are very entertaining for young children, and they will even learn a little something along the way. If your kids love Mickey, this DVD is a must buy, capable of giving your munchkins a fun time even with multiple viewings.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure is now available on DVD from Walt Disney Home Entertainment.