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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo-Choo Express
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The quality of the episodes shares the same strengths of the series in general. Bright, colorful computer generated graphics are used in conjunction with simple plots. Mickey and his friends are friendly, interesting characters that our little guys have enjoyed since their twos. There are a few bouncy songs, but adults probably won't find them cloying or otherwise Barney-esque.
The main feature obviously focuses on Mickey's train, which is a natural theme for toddlers. It seems to be a holiday-themed episode, given the presence of snow and cameos by two icons of the Christmas season. The main feature runs at twice the length of a typical episode. It is accompanied by an extra, unrelated episode featuring "Willy the Giant".
And speaking of big people, there is a new song from They Might Be Giants -- always a plus!
While the production values match the high quality of the rest of the series, this particular DVD entry is not as inspired as some of the others. Disney may describe this is a full length feature, but in reality it is two episodes strung together featuring Mickey's train. The "bonus" third episode has no connection to the main story, and could have been randomly selected from previously aired episodes.
As far as the value offered by this DVD, this does not measure up to previously-released discs from the series: Disney DVDs are not cheap, and this one does not offer as much bang for the buck.Read more ›
The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Choo Choo Express episode started with Professor Ludwig Von Drake coming to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse to talk to the gang about snow. The Professor loves snow but hates that it melts when it gets hot. So the Professor is going to go to Mistletoe Mountain to experiment and make snow that does not melt when it is hot so that everyone can play in the snow anytime they want. Before the Professor leaves though, he says he doesn't know how he will get all the snow back to the clubhouse; he needs a train. So out comes a picture of the Mickey Mouse Choo Choo Express train that Mickey and the gang need to search for so they can bring it out to Mistletoe Mountain to bring back the special snow to play in. Off the Professor goes to Mistletoe Mountain while Mickey and the gang get the Choo Choo Express train out of storage and ride in it on their way to get all that lovely non-melting snow.
The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Choo Choo Express is led by a locomotive with Mickey Mouse as the engineer. Then comes the train cars that are each in a different shape and color; pink circle, yellow triangle, blue rectangle, green square caboose, then red heart, pink hexagon, blue diamond and eventually a yellow star. As they chug along, the railroad tracks come out of the "mouth" on the train locomotive in different colored sections.Read more ›
The series is created in a similar style as "Blue's Clues" and "Dora the Explorer" in terms of the main character interacting with the viewer. "MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE" features Mickey Mouse as the main character communicating with his friends and then occasionally looking towards the viewer for help in a variety of adventures. Mickey uses a variety of tools and a compass inside the clubhouse to help them solve their problems and get from point A to point B. And then during the mission, Mickey offers various ideas of paths they can take and asks the viewer which path should he take.
For this DVD release of "Choo-Choo Express", the theme of this series features Professor Von Drake coming up with an idea to make snow that never melts. But he needs to go to Mistletoe Mountain and needs a Choo-Choo train to get there. So, Mickey and friends needs the viewers help to find out which parts would be needed to make a choo-choo train and how the train can make it through the snowy terrain.
VIDEO & AUDIO:
"MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE" features colorful CG animated episodes for the children. Nothing too detailed but simple and clean enough for the young children to enjoy. Presentation this time around is in Widescreen (1:78:1), previous DVD's were in full screen (1:33:1).
As for the audio, audio is presented in Dolby Digital Surround Sound plus French and Spanish language tracks. The main feature includes "Choo Choo Express" sung by They Might Be Giants.
Subtitles in English SDH are offered.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Our son loves it and asks for it by name. There are times that, as adults, his dad and I get annoyed with the simplistic nature of the show, but it's not written for us. Read morePublished 1 day ago by CoolChick
It is a cute educational dvd, however, the sound quality is really bad from time to time.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
We run this particular episode daily in our house. My son loves it and it has held up well!Published 5 days ago by bre carson