“ Genre: Children's DVDs - Disney / Universal, suitable for all / Director: Rick Schneider, Roberts Gannaway, Tony Craig / Actors: Carlos Alazraqui, Wayne Allwine, Tony Anselmo, Jeff Bennett, Jodi Benson ... / DVD released 2003-11-17 at Disney / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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Mickey's Magical Christmas was released in 2003 and is a seasonal special featuring Mickey and several other Disney characters. It is available from Amazon at the cost of only £3 and has a U certificate. The packaging shows that the DVD is distinctly designed for the festive season: it has very Christmassy packaging with a red snowy border. The DVD, which is an hour long, shows Disney characters celebrating Christmas Eve at the House of Mouse, when they are stranded by a snowstorm. Mickey decides that they will have to have their own Christmas party, but Donald isn't really feeling the Christmas spirit. In a bid to get him involved in the festivities, the characters bring out different stories, which is simply an excuse to show a variety of Christmas cartoons from the Disney archives. The connecting animation isn't anything special. Small children may well enjoy it, but I don't think the animation is of the best quality and I have problems with the idea of bringing together different Disney characters such as the Mad Hatter, Timon and Pumbaa and Beauty and the Beast in the same room. However, this part is simply an excuse to show a variety of other cartoons, which in general are much better. The first cartoon shows Donald and his nephews learning to ice skate. This is a fairly modern cartoon and I don't think it is as good as Disney's classics, but it is a decent festive watch. Pluto's Christmas Tree - this 1952 cartoon is great fun, showing Mickey and Pluto going out to fetch their tree, which happens to be occupied by two lively chipmunks. I loved this one! The Nutcracker - I thought this was brilliant too, a retelling of the Nutcracker tale featuring Mickey and Minnie as the nutcracker and Maria, not to mention Donald as the evil Mouse King (complete with Mickey Mouse ears!). AND it's narrated by John Cleese - what's not to love?! Mickey's Christmas Carol - this 1983 short film features Scrooge McDuck (basically Donald with a Scottish accent) as Scrooge, Mickey Mouse as Bob Cratchit, and an assortment of other Disney characters. This was the reason I bought this DVD, as I loved this as a child and have been trying to get hold of it for years. The animation is fantastic and very atmospheric, and although it is funny, it is also rather frightening: I was terrified of the Ghost of Christmas Future as a child, and I still find it rather scary now! There aren't many extras on this DVD, just a couple of festive sing-along songs. I watched them once out of curiosity but probably won't bother again. I highly recommend this DVD. Children will probably enjoy the whole thing, while adults can enjoy the classic Christmas cartoons. The whole thing is short enough for the whole family to enjoy together without boredom. Highly recommended.
As a pre-christmas gift last year from friends who do not have children, upon first seeing this DVD I was sure my children would have prefered some of the more 'modern' animations available. However, my children aged 18 months, three and seven all love to watch this and have put it on again now in the run up to christmas. It is not the most dynamic in terms of animation, however it is traditional, features familiar characters, and gives you that tucked up warm and cozy christmas feeling. This DVD is a nice 'backing' viewing to christmas preparations such as present wrapping/putting the tree up in place of the christmas songs CD, and the fact that it is seasonal means that it will be brought out year after year and the children never seem to get bored of watching it. All in all a great staple to add to the DVD collection.
We, as in me and my family, follow the same protocol every year in regards to Christmas preparations, these always start with the obligatory Christmas films, hence this review! The dvd I will now review is - Mickey's magical Christmas - snowed in at the house of mouse" Now, this first came to my attention few years ago, my daughters first Christmas to be concise, this was at the time available on video, ideal as we couldn't afford a dvd player in those days. Since the upgrading of systems to dvd's and the eventual demise of our long suffering video player, we have had to do without some of our best Christmas films, well not anymore! After perusing through the ever expanding selection of dvd's available at our local Asda I was delighted to find a couple of the afore mentioned films now available on dvd, and all at a bargain price, £4.00 to be exact. This particular dvd is based around a Disney program that used to be shown on Sunday mornings called "House of mouse", these were short cartoons based around Mickey Mouse and his closest friends, this dvd is a longer and obviously more Christmassy version of the show. The particular story starts as the so called "House of mouse" show is just finishing. Mickey is just saying his goodbyes to all of his friends in the "house". When I say house it's more like a theatre with a stage, and of course Mickey is the star of the show, and when I say friends I actually mean every character that has graced the screens of a Disney show or cartoon and boy are there a few! Just as chucking out time arrives and the guests are starting to leave, they realise that they are snowed in (hence the title, clever!). When this revelation hit's the guests they do what it seems they always do, turn to Mickey for advice, and this is when the program really starts! The dvd is actually a rehash of older (and some never previously seen), cartoons, all of course Christmas themed. Each cartoon is seamlessly held together with little scenes from all the favourite characters, ie Minnie, Daisy duck, Donald, Chip N Dale etc.......... The culmination of the dvd is of course the film of Scrooge and all the characters experiencing the joy and fulfilment of the festive season, and I don't think I have included too many spoilers, this is Disney after all, what were you expecting death and disaster! This is a lovely film, warm and fuzzy and at times very humorous. At times and usually featured in the films, there are a few celebrity voice over's, the best known being John Cleese as the narrator in the sugar plum fairy clip. The running time for the dvd is 59 minutes, this is not too long for a young 'un to sit still for, and as there is so much going on in the film they never get bored and tend to find new things to see each time! There are a few extras on this disc these being - The sounds of Christmas, and two sing along songs, "Deck the halls and sleigh ride", these are effectively karaoke songs with the words appearing across the bottom of the screen. As I mentioned before the dvd only cost me £4.00 when it first came out last Christmas, now they may be giving it away! This is highly recommended, a fun and Christmassy film, suitable for the entire family, young or old! For more information visit - www.disney.co.uk Thanks for reading x