Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie-rella
Release Date: Available Now on DVD.
A Review By: Shawn Savage
Our pals need to get Minnie a surprise present, so they keep her busy with plenty of chores to do at the Clubhouse. Tired from so much work, Minnie falls asleep and dreams that she is MINNIE-RELLA! Inspired by the fairy tale of Cinderella, the story of Minnie-rella sparkles with music and fun as we recognize our favorite Clubhouse characters in familiar roles.
Is there something wrong with me? Why, you might ask, am I not only reviewing a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVD, but a Cinderella-themed Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVD? Well, some of us do have toddlers. And, while I can’t personally appreciate the joy that one might get from such a thing, I can appreciate the enjoyment it brings my child. My kid is 3. Well, really he’ll turn 4 in August, and he has been obsessed with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse since he was months old. I assumed once he started getting older, that he would grow out of it. Don’t get me wrong, he still loves things that “big boys” love as well, such as Ninja Turtles and Batman: TAS, but he still loves his Mickey’s Clubhouse. When my friend Kevin here of Screen-Connections asked me if I would review this DVD release of a costume-themed Mickey Mouse Clubhouse special, I said absolutely. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, non-child-having person that you may or may not be, but Kid’s entertainment is expensive these days. I can’t turn down the opportunity to get something like this for free. So, away we go.
As you could have guessed by the title, Minnie-rella is a Cinderella-themed special episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. All of the basic plot elements exist, only with Mickey Mouse characters filling the roles of the classic Disney tale. Minnie, of course, being Cinderella, and Mickey the prince. This isn’t a quick 20 minute episode, though, you do get your money’s worth. This is a full, feature-length Mickey Mouse Clubhouse rendition of the classic Cinderella tale. And to top that, you also get several toon shorts in the form of bonus features. Top that off with a pop-up castle playset that comes inside the box(assembly required), and you’ve got yourself a nice little set for under $15.00. I can’t speak for your kid, but I know that my kid loved it. We watched it three times the day it came, if memory serves me well. The popup castle play set does require some adult assembly, and, you know, it’s made of cardboard, so if they’re too rough with it it won’t last very long, but we put it together, and played with it, and it turned out to be a nice little bonus that came along with the DVD set.
For what you get with this set, the current price on amazon of 14.95 is actually a really good deal. I’ve gotten similar DVDs from other studios, such as the Kung Fu Panda TV show special episodes, and they don’t come with nearly as much bang for the buck. Even if this set didn’t come with the cardboard castle play set, I think it would be worth the price for just the feature, and the short toons along as bonus. I think, if your kid either likes Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, or Likes Cinderella, that you can’t go wrong with picking this set up for them. How much you value 90+ minutes of complete silence, as a parent, is of course up to you. But, for my money, under 15 bucks sounds about right. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minne-rella, WITH the popup castle play set is now officially on DVD, and you can pick it up on amazon, or any major retailer.
Bonus Features on the DVD include:
Pluto’s Tale – In Pluto’s very first fairytale adventure, we help Prince Pluto rescue Princess Bella from the clutches of sneaky Wizard Pete.
Mickey and the Enchanted Egg – Mickey finds an egg which soon hatches into a Baby Dragon. Mickey and his friends have to return the Dragon back to her castle home and convince the powerful Wizard Pete that they didn’t steal the egg in the first place.
Daisy’s Pony Tale – When Professor Von Drake’s new invention, a Fritzer-Spritzer Spray Potion, accidentally gets spritzed on Daisy’s ponytail, it makes her hair grow super long! That’s not goody-good at all. Along with Mickey and Sire Goofs-a-Lot, Daisy travels on her pony to find twelve leaves of the magical plant, Rapunzel, in order to reverse the effects of the Professor’s potion and fix her ponytail.
Minnie Bow-Toons Shorts:
Piano Movers and Shakers
A Good Sign
Cucko-Loca’s Egg-celent Adventure
Weather or Not
Adventures in Piggy Sitting
Minnie’s Makeover Madness