Disclosure: I received a complimentary DVD review copy courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and Porter Novelli. No financial payment was offered nor accepted for this post. All opinions expressed are purely my own.
As I've written about before, my kids like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse a lot. When we were offered the chance to review a collection of episodes around the (loose) theme of Super Silly Adventures, we said, Sure, we're in!
As it turned out, my older kids had seen a couple of these episodes on TV, but they were very happy to catch them again. The toddler, for whom they were all new, was, and is, delighted with them. Her favourite is the episode where Goofy gets turned into a baby by dint of a time machine experiment gone horribly wrong (this is Mickey Mouse, not dystopian science fiction, so never fear, all ends well and everyone stays perky throughout their journey back to their proper timeline ;-)
The three things we most enjoy about Mickey Mouse Clubhouse are:
- The bright colours and eye-catching, simple graphics. My toddler in particular is drawn to bright, clear images at the moment, and enjoys Mickey Mouse visually for much the same reasons she enjoys Dora the Explorer.
- The predictable, straightforward, but (for this age group) very successful story structure of problem - questions - viewer involvement - solution. This structure isn't unique to MM, of course - I could name another half-dozen preschool shows without even trying that employ this formula to good effect - but it's common because it works in presenting entertaining material with a learning component to young children.
- The music. Gosh this show has good music - someone with a real talent for creating earworms was involved in putting together the score, I reckon. From the They Might Be Giants theme song to the chirpy, instantly identifiable background tunes that are all riffs on the theme, MM is bound together and driven forward with music.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Super Silly Adventures is out in shops from 14 September, but if you'd like to win a complimentary copy, just leave a comment below by 5pm AEST on Sunday 4 September. I'll randomly draw a winner on Monday 5 September and announce it here on Tuesday 6th. This giveaway is open to Australian addressees only.
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