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The first television programme that my three year old daughter paid any attention to was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on the Disney Junior channel, I think it had something to do with the bright colours initially. She loved/loves this programme so much, that I even made her a Clubhouse themed birthday cake for her 2nd birthday (It was an absolute nighmare to build and we managed to do the cake ceremony in the nick of time, just as it was about to collapse with the weight). When I was trying to cut down on my outgoings, I had thought about getting rid of the Disney Channels, as it was an expense I could cut back on. I decided it would be cheaper in the long run if I bought Lily some DVD's, so that she could still get her Clubhouse fix.
===Mickey Mouse Clubhouse===
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is an animated series for younger viewers shown on Disney Junior. Through the programme Mickey Mouse and his friends go on an adventure, but before they go they need to get some tools that they might need along the way, from a machine called the Mousekadooer. The Mousekadoor gives this little flying machine called Toodles the tools and when Mickey and his gang need to use a tool, they shout "Oh Toodles!". The show is very educational, often teaching about counting, and shapes among many other things.
The cover of the DVD has all the gang on the Choo Choo Express. On the back cover it states that there are two bonus episodes and also that it includes the song "Choo Choo Express" by They Might Be Giants (For any fans out there).
===Mickey's Clubhouse Choo Choo===
All Mickey's friends come over, including Professor Von Drake (a crazy scientist, I think he is related to Donald Duck), he wants to use the Clubhouse Choo Choo train to pick up all the "Easy-Freezy Snow" (Snow that doesn't melt) from the top of the mountain. Along the way we learn about shapes, sorting things in order, colours, sounds and various other things. The DVD is longer than the average Mickey Mouse Clubhouse programme, but not too long that your child will get bored with it, because there is so much going on that your child can interact with, puzzle solving etc. The show ends with the obligatory "Hot Dog Dance"...."Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog!" followed by a reprisal of the choo choo song.
There are two special bonus episodes on this DVD, the first one is a bonus Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode, and the second one is an episode from another Disney Junior programme called Handy Manny. For anyone not familiar with Handy Manny, he is a South American handy man, who does jobs for people with the help of his trusty talking tools.
===Mickey's Big Job===
Willy the Giant has gone to visit his mum and wants Mickey to look after his farm while he is gone for the day. They have to take the Clubhouse balloon to get up to the farm in the clouds. In this episode we learn about sizes and shape sorting amongst other things and of course it ends with the "hot dog dance". There is an option to use your remote control during this episode to answer some of the questions, but it isn't mandatory, you can watch this episode without playing along.
=== Handy Manny - A Night with Abuelito===
I think this was put on this DVD as a little marketing ploy, your child watches this and wants to watch more, child badgers parent into buying a Handy Manny DVD. There's a snow storm on its way and Abuelito has a window that won't close...oh dear that definitely is a job for Handy Manny. As what usually happens in this programme, Handy Manny usually gets roped into doing something else, and this time the gang end up snowed in at Abuelito's place.
Certificate - U
Running Time - 46 Minutes Approx
Languages - English, Italian, German, Spanish, Turkish
Subtitles - English, Italian, German, Spanish, Turkish
I paid about £9.99 for this DVD from amazon.co.uk, but for the purposes of writing this review I checked out the up to date price and it has gone down to £5.16 including free delivery, which is a real bargain.
This did the job perfectly, Lily loves this and now that she has quite a big selection, she enjoys picking which DVD to watch. She watches this at least once a week now, it used to be more, but that was before she had as much choice as she has now. Also with the extra bonus material, especially the Handy Manny episode, your child is getting so much more value for your money from this DVD. Lily loves Handy Manny too, although she hasn't got a Handy Manny DVD, so this is perfect for her. The DVD is really good in the way that it is kind of interactive, one of the characters asks a question and pauses while your child has time to answer, I quite often hear Lily shouting at the television (in a good way though). While the train is going along the track, Mickey and his friends sing a really catchy tune, that you can't help but sing along to when you hear it. Overall this is the perfect buy and I reckon the amount of times it has been watched more than makes up the price paid for it.