Sunday, August 29, 2010

DVD review: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally

Since we received our newest DVD, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Road Rally, I think my kids have said the phrase "Mommy, mouse car race, please!" about 5 times every day.  This DVD is definitely a hit in my house!  Here's some information about my kids' new favorite DVD:
Miska, Mooska, Mickey Mouse! Rev-up those engines and get set to join Mickey and his pals on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Road Rally, the exciting, brand-new, full-length adventure from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment that is set to debut on both DVD and TV (Disney Channel 7:00 p.m. ET/PT) on September 7, 2010

The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Road Rally DVD will be available at retail for the suggested retail price of $26.99 in the US and $29.99 in Canada and feature two new exciting bonus features - Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Pluto Lends a Paw (a never-before-seen bonus episode) and Discovery Mode Interactive Play Feature (a new interactive bonus feature that engages kids to watch and play alongside their favorite Disney characters).

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Road Rally takes preschoolers and their parents for a dazzling voyage through sandy deserts, snow-covered mountains and lush tropical jungles when the Clubhouse gang (Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Pluto, Minnie, Chip and Dale, Daisy, etc.) set out to participate in the first annual Road Rally. The goal of the Rally is to follow a prescribed route comprised of four stops, and seek the specially hidden “Mickey Markers” along the course.  Once all the clues are uncovered and all the “Mickey Markers” are found, they finally make a mad dash back to the Clubhouse in a race to the finish.

With pit stops, break downs and mess-ups along the way, the Road Rally is not an easy ride. Mickey and his pals encounter all sorts of obstacles, including a mountain of rubber duckies, a sand covered road, and a broken down bridge.  No matter what the hold up or who gets to the finish line first, the gang’s first priority is to find time to help each other and enjoy the spirit of competition.
My kids had never seen an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse before we received this DVD, but now they're huge fans.  Amusingly, we've had a stuffed Mickey Mouse doll for years, and Ethan never knew what it was until this week. Now he keeps looking at the stuffed Mickey and up at the DVD and gets so excited that his toy is also on the TV screen!  Even Vivian, who isn't a big fan of sitting through TV shows, sits and watches this most of this one.

I like this show not only because it's cute, but because there are questions posed to the audience throughout, which encourages your child to really pay attention to detail.  And, if you have a DVD player with a remote control, you can use the Discovery Mode to answer even more age-appropriate questions about what you're watching.  Run time for Road Rally is approximately 70 minutes- perfect for getting dinner cooked and maybe even a few extra minutes of peace for Mommy.

So, if there's someone in your family who loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, head to the store on September 7 or tune in to the Disney Channel that same day to watch this fun new episode!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this DVD to review for myself, with my kids.  I was not compensated in any other way, and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.