Genre: Children's educational/Fantasy
Age range: Preschoolers
Runtime: Approx. 50 minutes
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Adventures in Wonderland - Overview
It's Daisy's birthday, and Donald has gotten her an extra special present -- a cuckoo clock with a beautiful cuckoo bird who makes a wonderful sound every hour. But when the cuckoo bird flies away before the big party, Mickey and Donald have to go after the bird. They follow Cuckoo down a long slide and into an odd land like nothing they've seen before.
The strange new land has many familiar faces, though. Tweedle Chip and Tweedle Dale look awfully familiar. Mini is also there tending her rose garden. The Goofy Hatter invites Donald and Mickey for some chocolate milk, and Big Pete the Cat makes Mickey and Donald answer riddles before he'll point them in the right direction.
As Mickey and Donald progress on their Wonderland journey, they ask viewing kids for help to solve the riddles and overcome obstacles along their way. Kids will learn about shapes, colors, counting, clocks and more. The bonus features on the DVD also include two age-based versions of the movie in which kids can use the remote control to actively answer educational questions throughout the show.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Adventures in Wonderland - Guide Review
When Mickey Mouse Clubhouse first began on the Disney Channel, the episodes featuring timeless characters were fun, adorable and educational. Some of the double-length movies and specials since then have been disappointing, however, seeming contrived and disjointed -- like the producers were just trying to fill time. But Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Adventures in Wonderland has redeemed them.
The story is easy to follow, cohesive, and actually interesting for preschoolers from start to finish. There are even a couple of funny parts for parents (my husband and I got a good chuckle out of Mickey's sage "Take a break Donald."). The educational curriculum also targets young preschoolers perfectly, covering a wide breadth of early skills from simple shapes to telling time. Young children will be intrigued by the story and love playing along as they help Mickey and Donald solve problems and riddles along the way.
The only thing I wonder about is, is it really necessary for Donald to exclaim, "Huh? What the?!" when he sees the slide? It's not that I think "What the?" is terrible, it's just a personal thing. I don't want my kids walking around saying "What the?!" Truthfully, they probably aren't paying close enough attention to notice, but it stood out like a sore thumb to me. I hold TV shows for preschoolers to an extremely high standard, so I have to point it out. Overall, though, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Adventures in Wonderland is pure greatness for preschoolers.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Adventures in Wonderland - Expand Upon the Curriculum
- Help kids understand that clocks tell time by pointing out what time it is throughout the day. Let kids know about how time helps us keep up our schedules and routines. For example, remind them what time bedtime is, and have them help you watch the clock to see when they get in bed, eat lunch, attend school or do other activities.
- Help young children begin to develop creative writing skills by writing a story together. You can use the "Wonderland" theme as a starting point. You can tell kids that you have discovered a mysterious hole in the backyard, and have them make up a crazy story about what they might find if they went through it. Write the story down for them and let them illustrate the pages.