House of Mouse
GenreComedy
Crossover
Based onMickey Mouse
by Walt Disney
Ub Iwerks
Developed by
  • Roberts Gannaway
  • Tony Craig
Directed by
  • Roberts Gannaway
  • Tony Craig
Presented byWayne Allwine
Voices of
Narrated byRod Roddy
Theme music composerBrian Setzer
ComposersMichael Tavera
Stephen James Taylor (Mickey Mouse Works cartoons)
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes52 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Roberts Gannaway
  • Tony Craig
ProducerMelinda Rediger
Running time21-22 minutes (cartoon shorts: 6-7 minutes)
(house segments: 7 minutes)
Production companyWalt Disney Television Animation
Original release
Network
ReleaseJanuary 13, 2001 (2001-01-13) –
October 24, 2003 (2003-10-24)
Related

Disney's House of Mouse (or simply House of Mouse) is an American animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation that originally aired on ABC and Toon Disney from January 13, 2001, to October 24, 2003, with 52 episodes and 22 newly produced cartoon shorts made for the series.[1] The show focuses on Mickey Mouse and his friends running a cartoon theater dinner club in the fictional setting of ToonTown, catering to many characters from Disney cartoons and animated movies while showcasing a variety of their cartoon shorts.[2][3] The series is named after a common nickname or epithet for the Walt Disney Company.

The animated series is a spin off of the series Mickey Mouse Works, and featured many of the series' shorts as well as selection of brand new shorts, and classic Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck shorts from the 1930s–50s.

During its time, the animated series held two nominations for awards, while select cast members won two awards for their performances as characters in House of Mouse. The series featured two direct-to-video films – Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse and Mickey's House of Villains – along with an all-night marathon of the House of Mouse, aired on Toon Disney in September 2002 under the title "Night of 1,000 Toons".

Premise

Mickey Mouse and his friends run the House of Mouse nightclub together.

The basic premise of the show focuses on Mickey Mouse and his friends operating a dinner theater club in downtown ToonTown.[4] Considered a popular venue by the residents, the club is frequented by a host of characters from Disney animated properties; a feature of the series is that every film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation prior to the start of the series (between and including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Atlantis: The Lost Empire, with the exception of the CGI Dinosaur) are featured in the series. Such characters mostly appear as paying guests of the club, and would often have speaking roles, although a number sometimes operate as performers for the club. The series also includes many relatively obscure and otherwise rarely used Disney characters, often with speaking parts for the first time – for example, Li'l Bad Wolf and April, May and June, who had appeared very often in Disney comic books but never before in an animated cartoon, made their animated debuts on House of Mouse. The show also featured some cameos by characters created for other television cartoons such as Pepper Ann and theme park attractions like The Haunted Mansion, but these appearances were few and far between.

Each episode focuses on a story involving Mickey and his associates facing an issue during an evening's operation of the club, and their efforts to overcome it – the most common plot for episodes involves the group dealing with a serious problem caused by Pete in his attempts to shut down the club and use it for his own gains. These stories, often involving farcical mishaps, tended to act as a wraparound for the cartoon shorts played in between scenes, the theme of the story contributing towards the story-lines of the cartoon shorts shown in the episode.[5] Cartoon shorts played in episodes focused on elements from classic theatrical cartoons of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, though most were reruns from Mickey Mouse Works, and featured a simple story. Some stories were set to a specific theme for a specific character, but with differing scenarios – for example, one set focused on Mickey seeking to rescue Minnie from Pete, against a different obstacle in each short, while another set focused on Pluto's efforts to get Mickey his paper while facing a different problem.

Episodes

Main article: List of House of Mouse episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
113January 13, 2001 (2001-01-13)April 14, 2001 (2001-04-14)ABC
213September 22, 2001 (2001-09-22)May 18, 2002 (2002-05-18)
326September 2, 2002 (2002-09-02)October 24, 2003 (2003-10-24)Toon Disney
Films2December 13, 2001 (2001-12-13)October 17, 2002 (2002-10-17)Direct-to-video

Voice cast

Production

Then vice president of Disney Television Animation at the time, Barry Blumberg, wanted to produce a series that worked as a better format for Mickey Mouse Works. Roberts "Bobs" Gannaway and Tony Craig aimed to have the series reintroduce Disney characters to a new generation who were only familiar with them via marketing and "homogenized theme-park figures". They wanted to avoid making Mickey Mouse "hip" or "edgy" and retain the characters' personalities as closely as possible. The series was notable in that it allowed the characters to be played with more loosely as Craig stated, "Everybody thought it was really funny to loosen up a bit and let the characters be who they were and have some fun, instead of being so stiff". The crew was not allowed to use any of the characters from Tarzan due to licensing issues. Gannaway and Craig also deliberately tried to avoid using characters from The Hunchback of Notre Dame due to them being "inherently dramatic",[22] nevertheless, Tantor, Quasimodo and a few other characters from The Hunchback of Notre Dame would make a couple of cameos in the series. There were other limits for this program as well, which forbids the use of Pixar characters due to Disney not owning content from Pixar prior to 2006[23] and King Louie following a legal dispute. This even omits characters created for the direct-to-video sequels due to promotional problems[24][25] as only allowing characters from the original source material.

The show was produced by Walt Disney Television, and originally aired from 2001 to 2003, running for 52 episodes. The show is one of many Disney cartoon series made in the widescreen HD format. Like with Mickey Mouse Works, the animation was outsourced to Toon City in the Philippines. Unlike that series, it was also outsourced to Walt Disney Animation Australia and Walt Disney Animation Japan.

The theme song is performed by Brian Setzer.

Broadcast

House of Mouse aired on One Saturday Morning on ABC. It reran from September 9, 2002 to February 4, 2006 on Disney Channel. The show ceased broadcast on U.S. television on February 6, 2009, after being aired for the last time on Toon Disney before becoming Disney XD.

Reception

Critical response

Noah Bell of Collider stated, "For Disney fans growing up in the 2000s, House of Mouse was like a dream brought to life. Taking place primarily in a dinner club owned by Mickey, the show featured characters from virtually every Disney film made at that point interacting on a scale never seen before or since. With people's love of crossovers only growing since the series ended, an updated House of Mouse could have a lot going for it."[26] Gabriel Stanford-Reisinger of FanSided asserted, "While it didn't last as long as others, it proved to be a fan-favorite."[27]

Rafael Sarmiento of Screen Rant ranked House of Mouse fourteenth in their "15 Best Kid's Cartoons Of The 2000s" list, writing, "House of Mouse is among the best cartoons of the 2000s for exemplifying just how fun the era was for Disney cartoons."[28] Max Spirenkov of Looper ranked House of Mouse twentieth in their "50 Best Kids Shows Of The 2000s" list, saying, "Longtime fans of Disney films will absolutely adore this series, as Mickey winds up being the host to just about every character you could ask for throughout Disney cinema history. If hosting one of the biggest crossovers in television wasn't enough, the comical nature of the show provides a new angle to many iconic characters from older films, especially in its portrayal of some of the most notable villains over the years."[29]

Accolades

Year Award Category Nominee(s) and recipient(s) Result Ref.
2001 Annie Awards Best Daytime Animated Television Production House of Mouse Nominated [30]
2002 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual in Animation Chris Roszak Won [31]
Golden Reel Awards Best Sound Editing in Television - Music, Episodic Animation Jason Oliver, Liz Lachman (for "Pit Crew" and "Golf Nut Donald") Nominated [32][33]
2003 Annie Awards Outstanding Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production Corey Burton Won [34]

See also

References

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 291. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 261–262. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. p. 141. ISBN 9781476672939.
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