Tuesday, December 8, 2009

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Review: Mickey's Choo-Choo Express (DVD)

It's no secret that we are fans of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse in our household. Plus with our toddler son asking Santa for the Mickey Mouse's Magic Choo Choo Train Set for Christmas, this DVD was just what we needed to get everyone excited about Christmas.

Mickey's Choo-Choo Express was released on DVD on December 1st. This DVD features a full-length 45min feature plus a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse interactive bonus episode titled "Mickey's Big Job". This bonus episode allows you the option of playing it in Fastplay mode or two different Adventure modes, in which your child can answer questions with the television remote. In addition to the familiar Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme song and the Hot Dog song, this DVD features a song from the ever-popular band They Might Be Giants.

What I thought about this Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVD as a parent:

1) I was happy to see that the featured presentation Mickey's Choo-Choo Express covered many educational concepts, including geometric shapes, deductive reasoning, primary colors, sequential patterns, and telling time.

2) It was nice to see our toddlers yelling out the answers to the questions posed by the characters in the movie. They were not afraid to guess at the right answer even if there was a chance they were wrong.

3) The children all seemed very excited that there was a second set of mouseketools called upon rather than just one like in the regular Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episodes.

4) The bonus episode "Mickey's Big Job" was extremely entertaining. It demonstrated to my children how to sort by size and also what a little teamwork and ingenuity can accomplish.


You can find Mickey's Choo-Choo Express at the Disney Store and at most other retailers of Disney DVDs.

Thank you to Click-Communications for providing a sample DVD for this review.