Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo-Choo Express
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Join Mickey, Toodles and the Gang for this magical full-length adventure you ll enjoy year-round! Ride the amazing Clubhouse Train to the top of the mountain, and help load the cars full of incredible, never-melting, Easy-Freezey snow! Share in the excitement when you arrive back at the Clubhouse to ski and make snow angels ...in summer! Hop back on board and race to each station to pick up guests in time for the coolest snow party ever! It s always the season for fun when you ride on Mickey s Choo-Choo Express!
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is an educational Disney Channel television series that's aimed at toddlers. The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse itself is the place where fun, adventure, and learning begin for Mickey Mouse and his friends Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, and Goofy, as well as preschool viewers around the world. When Professor Von Drake visits Mickey Mouse and the gang at the clubhouse, he brings some exciting news--he's just invented Easy Freezy Snow, a snow that never melts, even in the sun. The professor needs some help moving the snow down to the clubhouse from the top of Mistletoe Mountain to try it out in the sun, so Mickey and the gang grab some "mousketools" and head out to find the pieces of their choo-choo train, assemble it, then lay some track to make the trip up the mountain. Along the way, they learn about shapes and patterns and use logic to choose mousketools that will help them complete their journey. Playing in never-melting snow is fun, but it's even more fun with friends, so the gang heads out in the train again to pick up some other friends for a Big Easy Freezy Party. Their trip provides a lesson in time-telling, reading a schedule, counting, and shape identification. Best of all, it results in a fun party and a chance to do the Hot Dog dance. The episode also features a catchy new song sung by Mickey, his friends, and Grammy Award-winning alternative rock band They Might Be Giants. The bonus episode, "Mickey's Big Job," finds Mickey and the gang heading up into the clouds to take care of Willy the Giant's farm, where counting, sorting by size, and the resourceful use of some unusual tools make for a successful day. The same episode plays in an interactive game mode with two difficulty levels in which viewers are periodically quizzed about what they've just seen or what tool they think would be most helpful in a specific situation. Choo-Choo Express is a wintry episode that's fun entertainment for ages 2 to 6, no matter what the season. --Tami Horiuchi
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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. Some of the previous discs have offered four episodes from the series. At least one other disc also presented the "double episode plus one bonus episode" format, but presented a bonus episode that was a brand-new unaired episode, rather than one that regular viewers had probably seen already. The product gives a vibe of having been rushed to be put together for store shelves (virtual or otherwise) in time for Christmas.
Disney excels in marketing, and this episode seems a little more commercial than others. Specifically, the "Choo Choo Express" is also being sold as a toy train set.
All said, my kids probably could care less about anything I've listed as a Con. They enjoyed the episode, and as I mentioned, they have requested multiple replays. My advice: if you want to buy only one or two "Clubhouse" DVDs, check out other entries before this one. Rather, go to the "Big Splash" or "Storybook Surprises" for more episodes per disc (four episodes each) or the "Adventures in Wonderland" (very creative and a more cohesive story).
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