Sunday, November 28, 2010


Another Disney innovation joined the list of interactive products on November 16, 2010 with the release of its new Mickey Mote. The Mickey Mote is a Mickey Mouse shaped remote, sized perfectly for little preschoolers' hands. The Mickey Mote is interactive and is to be used with a variety of Disney educational DVD’s which most children already know and love. I received the  Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Number Roundup and Handy Manny: Big Construction Job DVD’s, along with the Mickey Mote and you would have thought it was Christmas as excited as the little ones became.

The Mickey Mote and separately purchased DVDs are designed to create an interactive experience for preschoolers between the ages of 3 and 5. While watching the DVD’s children are asked educational questions, relevant to the topic, which may include numbers, letter, comprehension, etc. Children are asked to answer the questions using the buttons on their Mickey Mote.
The must have list to use this product:
·       DVD Player
·       The Disney Educational DVD (purchased separately)
·       Two “AAA” Batteries

The compatible DVD begins with the video portion and then moves on to asking questions which involve the use of the Mickey Mote. This is referred to as the Discovery mode feature of each DVD.  Discovery mode of each DVD has two levels of play – easier and more challenging – so your children with advance with the use of each DVD.

The following DVD’s may be viewed using the Mickey Mote or on their own:
The Mickey Mote programing options are included with the DVD and make take a little while to set-up, but are fairly easy. There is an onscreen tutorial on each DVD as well. It’s just like having to program your regular remotes for your Television or DVD player.  The Mickey Mote is just the same, but made to be more engaging for the little ones. Parents will program the remote control and kids will use the remote as the movies play to answer questions and interact with what they are seeing on the screen.

Our Review:
The little ones had fun answering the questions and remained engaged while using the Mickey Mote. It’s great that the children can use this remote rather than the DVD or TV remote while what they are watching.  If they were using the TV or DVD remote it would be possible for them to change the channel or stop the DVD, but not when using the Mickey Mote.  Something to note, The Mickey Mote isn’t used during the usual DVD episode. You must select the bonus material to have access to the interactive portion of the DVD.  Level 1 of play was engaging for the 3 year old, but for the 4 (almost 5), he soon lost interest as he knew most of the answers and just wanted to watch the video. Disney has found another way to engage and educate the children in a fun and easy to use product.

The two discs we received to review were:
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Number Roundup features more than 100 minutes of content with five exciting, numbers-themed adventures.  Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is the #1 program on Playhouse Disney as well as the #1 series with children between the ages of two and five years.  Bonus features include a never-before-seen (until 1/1/11) bonus episode as well as the Discovery Mode feature.
Suggested Retail Price:  1 Disc DVD + Mickey Mote = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada
1 Disc DVD = $26.99 U.S./$29.99 Canada
Run time:  Approximately 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio:  Family Friendly Widescreen (1.78:1) – enhanced for 16×9 Televisions
Sound:  Dolby Digital Sound
Languages:  English, Spanish, French
HANDY MANNY: BIG CONSTRUCTION JOB DVD
Handy Manny: Big Construction Job is a fun-filled, full-length adventure that takes Manny out of Sheet Rock Hills and to a new construction project out of town!  Introducing new tools, new songs and a never-before-seen episode, Handy Manny stars Wilmer Valderrama (TV’s “That 70s Show”) as the voice of Manny.  It is a top 5 television series with preschoolers 2-5, and is an Emmy-nominated show, set in a multicultural, multi-generational community and follows a curriculum that models problem solving and the importance of community.
Suggested Retail Price:  1 Disc DVD + Mickey Mote = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada
1 Disc DVD = $26.99 U.S./$29.99 Canada
Run Time:  Approximately 69 minutes
Aspect Ratio:  Family Friendly Widescreen (1.78:1) – enhanced for 16×9 Televisions
Sound:  Dolby Digital Sound
Languages:  English, Spanish, French

****I was provided a copy of the product mentioned above for review purposes.  No other form of compensation was received.  The opinions expressed are mine and have not been influenced.



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