DVD Review: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie-rella

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New on DVD from Disney is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie-rella, a brand new 30-minute animated episode that finds Minnie Mouse in a variation on the classic Cinderella fairy tale. For the uninitiated (which is probably anyone who isn’t around little kids at all), Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a computer-animated show that has aired on Disney Junior (formerly Playhouse Disney) since 2006. It’s strictly for the very youngest TV viewers, for whom it is intended to help with basic cognitive skills while entertaining. Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, and the rest of the beloved classic Disney characters are depicted in the simplest way imaginable. It’s a colorful, musical treat for kids just getting their first introduction to the Disney Universe.

Minnie-rella will air on Disney Junior and the Disney Channel on February 14, but those who want to add it to their collection can grab the DVD beginning February 11. The 30-minute episode itself is the ninth episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse season four, and the first new episode since November 2013. Minnie falls asleep and is visited in a dream by Clarabelle Cow, who outfits her as a princess, turns one of Goofy’s tomatoes into a carriage, and sends the bewildered mouse off to dance with Mickey at a fancy ball. There’s lots of music and singing along the way to enliven Minnie’s special day. The proceedings are all carefully aimed at toddlers, with competent but unfussy CG animation.

Minnierella display (380x353).jpgBefore anyone cries foul about a DVD dedicated to a 30-minute presentation, there’s plenty of additional material filling out the disc (making it a solid value). Three additional 24-minute Clubhouse episodes are included: “Pluto’s Tale” (episode 21 from season three), “Mickey and the Enchanted Egg” (episode 20 from season two), and “Daisy’s Pony Tale” (episode three from season four). There’s a play-all function that allows for continues viewing of the four episodes, which total 102 minutes. On top of that, there’s also a generous selection of ten “Minnie’s Bow-Toons.” This was a spin-off of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, featuring Minnie and her bow store, presented in bite-sized, three-minute mini-episodes.

These are the ten “Bow-Toons” included:

  • Piano Movers and Shakers
  • A Good Sign
  • Locked Out
  • Feelin Crabby
  • Cucko-Loca’s Egg-celent Adventure
  • Funny Bunny
  • Weather or Not
  • Mechanical Mayhem
  •  Adventures in Piggy Sitting
  •  Minnie’s Makeover Madness
One final bonus included as part of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie-rella” is a cardboard pop-up “castle playset” that’s packaged as a shrunk-wrapped insert in the DVD case. This is quite a nice added value for the youngsters whom this title is aimed at. They’ll likely enjoy assembling it. As for the video content, it’s all framed at a screen-filling 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The audio is Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo. For more information about Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, visit the official Disney Junior website.

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