House of Mouse
Disney
GenreComedy
Crossover
Based onCharacters
by Walt Disney Animation Studios
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
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Release
Original network
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJanuary 13, 2001 (2001-01-13) –
October 24, 2003 (2003-10-24)
Chronology
Followed byHave a Laugh!
RelatedMickey Mouse Works

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 for three seasons on ABC and Toon Disney from January 13, 2001, to its finale on 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 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 popular short-lived Disney series Mickey Mouse Works, and featured many Mouse Works shorts as well as selection of brand new shorts; classic Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck shorts from the 1930s–50s were also occasionally seen, particularly towards the end of the series' run when the finite backlog of Mouse Works shorts had almost been exhausted.

The show was generally well-received and became a big hit for Disney. 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.
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. Considered a popular venue by the residents, the club is frequented by a host of characters from Disney animated properties; a notable 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, along with several Disney animated television shows. Such characters mostly appear as paying guests of the club, with a few voiced in episodes depending on the scripts provided to voice actors, although a number sometimes operate as performers for the club. The animated series is also notable for including many relatively obscure and otherwise rarely used Disney characters, often with speaking parts for the very 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, finally made their animated debuts on House of Mouse. The show also featured some cameos by characters created for other television cartoons and theme park attractions, 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.[4] 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

Characters

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",[5] nevertheless, Tantor and Quasimodo would make a couple of cameos in the series.

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.

House of Mouse aired on One Saturday Morning on ABC. It reran from September 3, 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.

The theme song is performed by Brian Setzer.

Awards and nominations

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2001 House of Mouse Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Daytime Animated Television Production Nominated
2002 Chris Roszak (background artist) at American Broadcasting Company (ABC) Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual in Animation Won
2002 Jason Oliver (music editor) and Liz Lachman (scoring editor) for episodes "Pit Crew" and "Golf Nut Donald". Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television - Music, Episodic Animation Nominated
2003 Corey Burton as the voice of "Ludwig Von Drake". Annie Award for Outstanding Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production Won

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.
  4. ^ Ken Tucker (January 26, 2001). "Bob The Builder; Disney's House Of Mouse; Jackie Chan Adventures; Static Shock; X-Men: Evolution". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  5. ^ Malloray, Michael (February 7, 2001). "Mickey Mouse, the Next Generation". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 7, 2021.