I fall between the generations when it comes to Mickey Mouse. Born in 1973, I was too young for the glory days of the Mickey Mouse Club and much too old for the incredibly popular Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (the cartoon series that started in 2006). My experiences with Mickey Mouse as a child were therefore largely in book form, reading the stacks of Golden Books with Mickey Mouse stories, reading my Dad's stash of Mickey Mouse and Popeye comics, and so on.
Luckily, though, my daughters have been the delighted beneficiaries of the roaring success of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and I've got to know Mickey and his pals through their eyes.
I can remember my two elder girls, A and E (then around 3 and 15 months), sitting down on the couch together to try out this new show that Playhouse Disney channel (now Disney Junior) was promoting furiously. I was a bit sceptical, but as the credits rolled and the catchy theme song started, I narrowed my eyes at the faint familiarity of the music, and raced off to Google it. The theme song, as it transpires, is sung by They Might Be Giants, one of my favourite bands evah.
It was all uphill from there ;-)
My girls were very keen to check out the new full-length movie-lette (it's 50 mins or so), Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally, when we saw the opportunity on Digital Parents. It arrived in the mail yesterday, so, with much squeeing, the three of them settled down to watch it as dinner cooked.
So how was it?
I'll let them tell you!
A, aged 7 years 10 months: "I liked this film because it was funny and it was like every time Pete tried to press the button, it didn't work!"
E, aged 6: "It was good because on the extra episode after the movie, Pluto jumped out and got the kitty just before it fell into the pond. The actual movie was very funny and Toodles was really good in it."
A: "And we liked saying all the bits out loud with Mickey."
E: "And dancing to the music!"
C, aged 2 years 4 months: "The Mickey Mouse movie so I like it vewy much."
There you have it - a multi-age ringing endorsement ;-)
Now to the fun bit:
I have a copy of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally to give away to one blog reader. If you would like to be in the draw for this DVD, please leave your name in comments before 5pm on Sunday 3 July. I'll randomly select a winner and post the name on Monday 4 July. Please note: This giveaway is only open to Australian addressees (ie the DVD cannot be posted internationally).
Disclosure: I received a complimentary DVD review copy courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and Porter Novelli via Digital Parents. No financial payment was offered nor accepted for this post. All opinions expressed are purely my own.
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