Australian Council on Children and the Media

Disney Jr. at the Movies: Mickey and the Roadster Racers

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This film is best suited to children between the ages of 3-7. It may lack interest for children over the age of 8.

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  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Disney Jr. at the Movies: Mickey and the Roadster Racers
  • a review of Disney Jr. at the Movies: Mickey and the Roadster Racers completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 23 May 2017.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 5 This film is suitable for this age group
Children aged 5 - 7 Suitable for this age group
Children 8+ May lack interest for this age group

About the movie

This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.

Name of movie: Disney Jr. at the Movies: Mickey and the Roadster Racers
Classification: G
Length 60 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

Disney Jr at the Movies: Mickey and the Roadster Racers is a collection of episodes rather than a feature film. The episodes take place in different locations and feature Mickey Mouse (voiced by Bret Iwan) and his friends Donald (voiced by Daniel Ross), Daisy (voiced by Tress MacNeille), Minnie (voiced by Russi Taylor) and Goofy (voiced by Bill Farmer) who all help each other overcome the challenges presented. In the first episode Pete (voiced by Jim Cummings) tries to take a special tyre. They must also deal with Pietro, Pete’s Italian counterpart, as he tries to sabotage Mickey and his friends to stop them and their fabulous, transforming, racecars from winning the Rigatoni Ribbon. In other episodes Minnie and Daisy are “Happy Helpers” trying to help various members of the community by pet-sitting and helping a new Italian friend by looking after his tour business for him while he recovers from a cold. In the middle of these episodes a story is told from the book of Once Upon a Time about a good dinosaur that gets lost, makes a friend and must find his way back home.

Themesinfo

Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.

None of concern

Use of violenceinfo

Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.

Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.

There is some violence in this movie including:

  • A bucket is tossed onto Daisy’s head as she is driving and she crashes into a flowerbed. Despite the car being half way buried into the ground both she and her car are unharmed.
  • Donald loses control and crashes his roadster. The crash is not shown but viewers hear the impact and then see Donald and his car in a fountain.
  • Pete ricochets Mickey’s car into a tree while trying to take a tyre from him.
  • Daisy and Minnie ricochet out of a tree while trying to rescue a kitten. They go into the clouds and then crash down into the park upsetting Goofy’s pie. They are both unharmed.
  • Pietro launches pizzas out of his car during a race and one hits Goofy in the face.
  • Pietro squirts olive oil all over the racetrack as he passes so that the other racers lose control of their cars.
  • A gigantic meatball chases the racers around the colosseum and towards the finish line before blasting apart on impact and creating a brief meatball rain.

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.

In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:

  • Some of the very youngest viewers may be concerned by a brief scene where a dinosaur is being attacked by a Pterodactyl and then chased by a few Tyrannosauruses. It quickly turns friendly as the dinosaurs decide to have tea together.

Aged five to eightinfo

Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.

  • There is nothing in this film that would frighten children over the age of 5.

Product placement

  • There are no products displayed in this movie but the Disney Channel is highly promoted with samples of other shows, music and mini feature films repeatedly advertised in between episodes.

Sexual references

  • There are no sexual references in this film.

Nudity and sexual activity

  • There is no sexual activity in this film.

Use of substances

  • There were no substances used in this film.

Coarse language

  • The term “loser” was used once.

In a nutshell

Mickey and the Roadster Racers is a compilation of episodes featuring Mickey and his friends with their transforming roadsters as they help each other overcome obstacles both on and off the racetrack.

The main messages from this movie are that good friends are worth their weight in gold and that if you work together and treat others kindly things will work out in the end.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • Forgiveness, understanding, persistence and helpfulness.

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children the importance of road safety and that accidents and crashing cars can have destructive consequences, something that was not shown in the film.

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