->''"Now I wanna remind everyone of the House of Mouse rules: No smoking, no [[EvilPlan villainous schemes]], and [[CarnivoreConfusion no guests eating other guests.]]"''
-->--'''MickeyMouse'''

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In 1998, the stars of the ClassicDisneyShorts returned to starring in regular cartoon shorts. But rather than being made to play right before selected movies in theaters (although a few of them actually premiered there anyway), these new cartoons were going to be shown alongside other Disney cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn''. MickeyMouse and the gang's new show, titled '''''Mickey [=MouseWorks=]''''', made its debut on Creator/{{ABC}}'s One Saturday Morning programming block on May 1, 1999. It followed a ThreeShorts format, with each five-minute short starring one of Mickey's gang, and even mixing characters who rarely, if ever, interacted in the older cartoons (i.e. Mickey taking care of DonaldDuck's nephews or Mickey trying to impress MinnieMouse when he thinks she's leaving him for ''[[Disney/SaludosAmigos José Carioca]]''). Sometimes, the characters starred in newly-made installments of the ''SillySymphonies'', in which the stories were set entirely to music and without dialogue. OncePerEpisode, there would also be one or two 90-second gag shorts with the following umbrella titles:
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* '''Mickey to the Rescue''': Mickey breaks into [[BigBad Pete's]] not-at-all-secret hideout to rescue Minnie from the traps within.
* '''Maestro Minnie''': Minnie conducts shortened musical pieces with a rather rebellious orchestra.
* '''Goofy's Extreme Sports''': Goofy performs extreme sports. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It's exactly what the title says]].
* '''Donald's Dynamite''': Someone apparently has it out for DonaldDuck, because he keeps finding lit bombs in the middle of his activities.
* '''Von Drake's House of Genius''': Ludwig Von Drake shows off his latest invention, which then backfires in some way. HilarityEnsues.
* '''Pluto Gets the Paper''': {{Pluto| The Pup}} has humorous incidents while trying to fetch Mickey's newspaper.

In addition, ''[=MouseWorks=]'' also occasionally ran shorts that ran twice the usual length, dubbed ''Mouse Tales'', in which the characters performed classic stories they hadn't already done adaptations for.

Reception to ''Mickey [=MouseWorks=]'' was generally mixed among the fans of the characters. There were folks who believed the show was indeed a worthy SpiritualSuccessor to the theatrical shorts it was based on, but there were others who complained that maybe Mickey and friends' new adventures were trying too hard to [[FollowTheLeader be like]] [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes the competition]], and that the good things that came up were just [[RecycledScript rehashed from the original shorts]]. It is generally agreed, though, that the series' finest episode was the double-length short "Mickey Foils the Phantom Blot", a loose adaptation of a FloydGottfredson storyline from the [[ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse Mickey Mouse comic strip]].

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Regardless of what everyone thought of ''[=MouseWorks=]'', it received a major {{Retool}}ing in the middle of its third season. On January 13, 2001, ''Mickey [=MouseWorks=]'' was replaced with a new series titled '''''Disney's House of Mouse''''', and this time, the cartoon shorts were being presented with a framing device.

The concept of ''House of Mouse'' was that Mickey and his friends were now running an eponymous nightclub, whose entertainment consisted of special musical guests and showing the cartoon shorts produced for ''[=MouseWorks=]'' (some of which had not aired previously) to an audience of Disney characters. The guests consisted almost entirely of characters from all of the DisneyAnimatedCanon films up to 2001's ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' (and none of the Creator/{{Pixar}} films, for obvious reasons), and sometimes characters from the ''Silly Symphonies'' shorts (mostly "Disney/ThreeLittlePigs", though). The series ''did'' feature cameo appearances by characters from other Disney TV cartoons (WesternAnimation/PepperAnn and her mom are seen ''outside'' the House in the first episode), the comic books (ScroogeMcDuck bought the House in one episode), [[DisneyThemeParks theme park attractions]] ([[Film/TheHauntedMansion the Hitchhiking Ghosts]], also in the first episode), and even live-action movies (Herbie from ''Film/TheLoveBug'', Benny the Cab from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' and the lightcycles from ''Film/{{Tron}}'' in "Max's New Car"), but these were few and far between. Curiously, unlike the later ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'', ''House of Mouse'' also did not do any {{Crossover}}s with other currently-running Disney cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' and ''WesternAnimation/LloydInSpace''.

A recurring plot thread to ''House of Mouse'' was the threat of the nasty landlord, Pete. He intends to close and tear the House down (what he intends to construct in its place is never mentioned), but [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption this is a goal he cannot obtain]] because his contract states that he cannot tear the House down so long as Mickey and the gang have an audience to perform for. Thus, in almost every episode he's in, Pete hatches some EvilScheme to drive the audience away, ranging from sabotaging the entertainment to contaminating the air conditioning with [[Disney/TheLionKing Pumbaa's]] fart-gas.

52 episodes of ''House of Mouse'' were produced, but only half of them were aired on One Saturday Morning before it was revamped and replaced with Creator/{{ABC}} Kids in September 2002. As a result, ''House of Mouse'' was taken off of Creator/{{ABC}} and moved to the DisneyChannel and ToonDisney, where the remaining 26 episodes aired alongside the previously aired ones as well. During the show's run, a few ''[=MouseWorks=]'' shorts were packaged with some of the classic shorts onto video compilations, but had their title cards cut out and replaced with newly-made framing animation, and were advertised as two direct-to-video movies - ''Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse'' and ''Mickey's House of Villains''.
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!!The ''House'' segments provide examples of:
* AccidentalMisnaming: After learning that Donald is one of Disney/TheThreeCaballeros, Daisy can't say "caballero" correctly.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Minnie, Daisy, and Clarabelle in "Ladies Night".
* AnAesop: This is made the subject of the song performed in "Thanks to Minnie".
* AnimationBump: While all the episodes are well animated, some are animated somewhat more intricately than the others - particularly in the fluidity of the characters' motions and more detailed coloring (most noticeable in Mickey's scenes on stage, where the light from the spotlight is much better incorporated in his coloring in some episodes than others). Good examples of these are "Pete's House Of Villains," and "Timon and Pumbaa."
* AnimatedActors: Implied; the characters don't exactly act the same way in the House of Mouse as they do in their films, especially the villains. (The worst thing Jafar does is turn Donald into a ''literal'' LargeHam). For the shorts, it's zig-zagged: some are presented as things the characters acted in, others are presented as things that actually happened.
** Invoked in one episode, where all the cartoons are stolen. The next cartoon is presented as one Mickey and Goofy went and made on the spot.
* AprilFoolsPlot: The plot of the episode "Donald's Pumbaa Prank".
* AsideGlance: And lots of 'em.
* BearsAreBadNews: Baloo towards Goofy in "Not So Goofy" and "Goofy's Menu Magic".
* BerserkButton: You better pray that there isn't a door in Big Bad Wolf Daddy's sights.
* BigBad: Pete for the series, who constantly tries to get the house shut down. Jafar takes up the role for ''House of Villains''.
* BigEater: Gus Goose, the chef. He has a tendency to eat food before it can get to the customers.
* BumblingDad: Goofy to Max, ''House of Mouse'' only.
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: Super Goof.
* TheBusCameBack: For several classic characters who had vanished from Disney productions, such as Prof. Ludwig von Drake and Humphrey the Bear.
** Also multiple appearances of Brer Rabbit, fox and bear from SongOfTheSouth which hasn't been aired or released for at least 20 years and probably never will be again.
* ButtMonkey: Poor Donald!
** Especially when one of Mike's Mickey-openers after the title sequence is "And now, better than Donald Duck in every way!"
** Also, a RunningGag is that [[Disney/TheAristocats O'Malley and the Alley Cats]] band ''never'' gets to perform.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Mickey states that one of the rules is "No guests eating other guests". Pumbaa then makes Timon spit out Jiminy Cricket.
* CastingGag: Mike, the sentient microphone announcer for the show, was voiced by the late Rod Roddy, who was well known as an announcer, specifically on ThePriceIsRight.
* CatchPhrase: Black-and-white character Dennis the Duck's catchphrase is "Have a sandwich!" In-universe it's famous enough that Daisy asked him to write it in her autograph book.
* TheCatCameBack: Those bombs in the "Donald's Dynamite" quickies just won't leave Donald alone.
* CatsAreMean: Pete as the landlord.
* ChainOfDeals: Subverted in "Rent Day" -- Mickey wants a book to give to [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle]], in return for the Beast's [[MacGuffin enchanted rose]] for Disney/{{Aladdin}} to give to Jasmine, in return for a carpet ride home for Disney/{{Cinderella}}, in return for a pumpkin for the [[Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad Headless Horseman]] to use as a head, in return for a sword for [[Disney/TheSwordInTheStone Arthur]], in return for Merlin's 50 bucks so Mickey can pay off the rent, but [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Yen Sid]] refuses.
* TheChewToy: Goofy.
* ChristmasEpisode: "Pete's Christmas Caper" and "Clarabelle's Christmas List", plus the aforementioned Christmas "movie".
* ClarkKenting: Just like in the comic books that the episode was based on, no one figures out that Super Goof is Goofy.
** Mickey eventually figures it out. Clarabelle thinks she worked out who he was, but wrongly guesses he's Dumbo based solely on the fact that they both fly and eat peanuts.
-->'''Goofy:''' Aw, come on! I may be goofy, but [[InsultToRocks even I'm not that stupid]]!
* ComeBackMyPet: In "Pluto vs. The Watchdog", Mickey, thinking Pluto is too idiotic to be a watchdog, buys a new dog named Muncy. However, the watchdog is really working with Pete so he can rob Mickey. Pluto saves the day at the end.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: If Goofy isn't being [[TheKlutz a klutz]], he's probably doing this.
* ContinuityPorn: Literally everywhere, in reference to the DisneyAnimatedCanon.
* CoolOldLady: Both Disney/{{Mulan}}'s grandma and Wilhelmina Packard.
* CouchGag: Before the show's opening starts, Mike the Microphone usually says something that may relate to the episode about to be shown. For example, he said "It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Disney's House of Mouse!" before the episode that featured Super Goof.
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: Goofy singing Donald's theme song changes the lyrics from ironic to moronic.
* CrankyLandlord: Pete goes as far as to screw Mickey into the ground personally. While there are episodic problems, this is the show's main premise.
* CrossoverPunchline: With ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' of all shows!
** "Don't touch the villain, dear."
* CuteKitten: Disney/{{Oliver| And Company}}.
** And Figaro
** CuttingCorners: ScroogeMcDuck does this when he buys the club.
* DeadpanSnarker: The magic mirror, but ''everyone'' gains a sharp tongue in this show.
** Also, the opening conversation of "Dining Goofy".
-->'''Mickey:''' Today's show is about technology.(his cell phone starts to make electronic beeping noises)\\
'''Wilhelmina Packard:''' [[http://images.wikia.com/disney/images/0/0c/Wilhelmina_Packard_house_of_mouse.jpg (while in front of a WWII radio)]] [[SarcasmMode And this isn't hi tech, honey?.]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Mickey, Goofy, and Donald attempt to disguise themselves as the [[PaperThinDisguise Quack Street Boys]]. This includes webbed feet and duckbills for all three.
* DeusExMachina: How Jafar is defeated in ''House of Villains''.
* [[DoesHeHaveABrother Does He Have A Sister?]]: Lumiere asks this of Daisy when she says she's dating Donald, whom she describes as "the third candelabra" (her mispronunciation of "caballero").
* DidYouJustScamCthulhu: Jafar agrees to help repair the House of Mouse building when Mickey offers him Agrabah as a reward. What he ''didn't'' tell him was that it would be an Agrabah ''snow globe''.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Invoked by Mickey in "Clarabelle's Big Secret" when he tries to keep Clarabelle from revealing the secret she has to tell everyone by showing her Horace Horsecollar striking a manly pose while wearing just an undershirt and briefs.
* DontTryThisAtHome: Mix magic stew with Pixie dust.
* TheEeyore: He's in there. He even does stand-up!
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses
* EvilTwin: Robo-Mickey and his robo-friends.
* {{Expy}}: Dennis the Duck is basically an avian version of OswaldTheLuckyRabbit.
* FacePalm: Donald gives one when when Scrooge reveals he's bought the House of Mouse.
* FanDisservice: Pete in a tutu. Ewww. Lampshaded by Mickey, even.
-->'''Mickey:''' Bigger than life and ''twice'' as ugl--uh, [[LastSecondWordSwap "talented"]], here's Pete!
* FeudEpisode: Timon and Pumbaa in the episode where they were the special guests.
* FiveBadBand: Jafar and the other Characters/DisneyVillains form one in ''Mickey's House of Villains''.
** BigBad - Jafar
** TheDragon - Captain Hook
** EvilGenius - Hades
** TheBrute - Ursula
** DarkChick - Cruella de Vil
* {{Flanderization}}: Quite a bit for several of the movie characters (the most obvious one being Gaston, who's basically turned into a living RunningGag), mostly thanks to the many {{Shout Out}}s to their original movies.
* FrightDeathtrap
* FurryConfusion
* FurryReminder: Two gags involve Mickey acquiring more mouse-like traits such as drinking out of giant water bottle and being asked if he needs a run on his exercise wheel. Another involves Donald wading through a flooded House of Mouse, quacking indiscriminately and tripping face first into the water as if he were a wild duck looking for food.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: From [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs guess where]] [[Disney/AliceInWonderland and where else]].
* GoKartingWithBowser: Both the heroes and villains from the various Disney movies wine and dine at the House of Mouse. Hades even single-handedly prevents it from going under at one point by staying during a heatwave, ensuring they have an audience.
** Jafar also gets a chance to save it. When Daisy [[HowDoIShotWeb fails epically at magic]] and makes it disappear, Jafar shows up (he was late, which is why Daisy tried to do magic in the first place to replace his act) and sings a cover of [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo]].
* GoodGuyBar
* GossipEvolution: A compliment to Minnie uttered by Mickey, which he says he can be quoted on, turns into an insult to Minnie after this trope is through with it.
* TheGrinch: Donald acts like one of these in the Christmas 'movie'.
* HeldGaze: In the episode Max's Embarrassing Date, Max and Roxanne stare into each other's eyes before they AlmostKiss, wherein Minnie interrupts them.
* HeyYou: Mushu in ''Dining Goofy''.
* TheHighQueen: From ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.
** There's actually a main reason why she had to be shown in her queen dress at the end of the film: her princess outfit is actually too "adult" to be shown in a child-friendly show by Disney. Too bad Creator/CreeSummer's not there to voice her.
* TheHilarityOfHats: A whole song about them, sung by [[Disney/AliceInWonderland the Mad Hatter]] of course.
* HostileShowTakeover: The entire premise of ''House of Villains''.
** Pete has a HostileShowTakeover at one point as well, and in another episode Scrooge [=McDuck=] buys the club and nearly drives everyone away by being so stingy.
* HumanlikeHandAnatomy: Averted with MickeyMouse, MinnieMouse, {{Goofy}}, and any {{Dogface}} that shows up because the former two are {{Funny Animal}}s with feet shaped like human feet and the latter two have that along with a completely humanoid body shape.
* HurricaneOfPuns: ''Where do we start?!''
** Hades comments on it in one episode. His attitude on the subject clearly hasn't changed since he and Jafar teamed up.
** Most of the dishes on the menu.
-->'''Max:''' You know; Baby-[[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Hunchback]]-ribs, [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Winnie the Poit]], [[Disney/TheLionKing Lion King]]-cutlets with Zazu-cchini.
* HypocriticalHumor: Max has a hard time driving a car and narrowly avoids crashing into another car, whose occupant screams "Watch it, you maniac!" The other driver? [[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians Cruella de Vil]].
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: Almost every Disney cartoon show has had "Disney's" prefacing the title, but ''House of Mouse'' is ''always'' referred to as '''''Disney's''' House of Mouse'' on Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}.
* InteractiveNarrator: In the Goofy cartoons and in ''The Nutcracker''.
* IntercontinuityCrossover
* IWouldSayIfICouldSay: Hades.
* JailBake: One cartoon has Mickey ask Goofy to do this after Mickey is locked in jail. The guard notices; and he and Goofy end up having a long discussion on how this wouldn't really work and what tools should have been used, ending with the guard concluding that the easiest way to escape would be to knock him out. The guard then proceeds to do so to himself.
* {{Jerkass}}: Pete, of course.
** Several of the guests and/or episode centric characters, particularly the ones related to Donald Duck (Baby Shelby, Humphrey, the Aracuan TookALevelInJerkass for this show, etc). Pain and Panic have an episode to themselves that specifically plays up how jerkish they are.
** Most of the villains, though they're generally willing to be amiable. Sometimes. Just make sure you don't tick them off.
* LampshadeHanging: In the episode where TimonAndPumbaa are the special guests, Simba (the star of [[Disney/TheLionKing the movie they debuted in]]) complains that "[[SpotlightStealingSquad those guys always get all the attention]]".
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: King Larry, King Louie's twin brother, is used as Louis Prima's estate is entitled to royalties should King Louie make an animated appearance anywhere.
* LegionOfDoom: Jafar banding the villains together in ''House of Villains''.
* LimitedWardrobe: The characters dress the same almost every single night (except in the Halloween episodes, of course).
* LookBehindYou: "Oh! Look! [[MickeyMouseClub Annette Funicello!]]"
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Subverted by Clarabelle in the Super Goof episode.
* MeatOVision: When dinner is late, the guests start seeing their dining companions as roast chickens, save for the chicken character who appears like a bug when seen by Timon and Pumbaa.
* MediumAwareness: All the cartoon characters ''know'' they're cartoons. {{Lampshaded}} by everything everywhere.
* MusicalNod: A surprisingly large amount of them hidden in the background music - a great example: in the episode "Ladies Night" Minnie is the host instead of Mickey. When she comes out, the band plays an instrumental of "Minnie's Yoo-Hoo" that is easy to miss under the dialogue and sound effects. Plus, nearly every musical number in the show is a redone version of an older Disney song.
* MyHairCameOutGreen: In one short, Minnie Mouse accidentally dyes Pluto's fur purple after mistaking a bottle of purple dye for shampoo. She then tries to find ways to get the purple dye off, including painting the dog with a can of "Pluto-colored Paint" (which is the same shade of orange as Pluto's fur).
* MythologyGag: Many jokes with the guests are references to their respective movies. There are also several jokes that reference the past works of Mickey and the rest of the staff, and there are a ton of gags hidden in the music.
** Seriously. Just try and count the number of Steamboat Willie jokes throughout the series. Or the number of sailor suit gags about Donald. Or the times Pete is either related to piracy or called "Peg-Leg."
** In ''Pete's House of Villains'' Ariel holds up a sign that reads: "Someone stole my voice again".
* NegativeContinuity: Guests at the ''House of Mouse'' aren't restricted to one specific form. [[Disney/TheLionKing Simba]] regularly flip-flops between his cub and adult forms, and [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]] makes appearances in both human and mermaid form. Plus all the many villain guests that died in their movies.
** And Jafar can drive the Cave of Wonders, in spite of the original Cave of Wonders neither moving nor ''letting Jafar in''.
** Plus, for any ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' characters, they all appear as their enchanted selves -- for example, the Beast is still a beast and Lumiere and Cogsworth are still a candelabra and a clock, respectively.
*** In the first episode after Minnie said "The crowd is turning ugly.", Beast '''in his human form''' turns back into a beast.
** In one episode, Figaro is shown as Minnie's pet in the same show where his usual owner Geppetto is a regular.
* NeverMyFault: When Daisy finds out that Donald paid Mickey to put her act on stage, she quits because that's not how she wants to get her break; Donald responds to this by blaming Mickey for getting her mad at him.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailers for ''Mickey's House of Villains'' would lead you to believe the film revolves around Mickey battling the Disney Villains over the House of Mouse. The "film" is 90% shorts and the remaining 10% is spent regarding the villains' plot, which is mostly a VillainSong and a brief duel at the end.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: TheBigBadWolf as "Big Bad Wolf Daddy", who performed along with the Disney/ThreeLittlePigs in a 1940s-style house band.
* NotActuallyTheUltimateQuestion: Used as a RunningGag with Horace Horsecollar.
* OffModel: PepperAnn and her mom are both slightly off model in their cameo.
* OhCrapSmile: Mickey gives one in "The Stolen Cartoons" when the Queen of Hearts glares at him for lifting her skirt while looking for Pete.
* OnlySaneMan: Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
* OverlyLongName: Panchito of Disney/TheThreeCaballeros sings a song about how he got his previously unmentioned full name of Panchito Romero Miguel Junipero Francisco Quintero González.
* ParentalBonus: Many agree that [[DeadpanSnarker Hades]] gets the wittiest and most mature dialogue.
** The Chip 'n Dale Dancers.
* ParentalHypocrisy: Occurs in "Max's New Car", when Goofy refuses to give his son Max a car because he is not responsible, but is revealed to have been a rather reckless driver himself when he was younger once Max shows footage from the short WesternAnimation/MotorMania.
* ParodyCommercial: Almost every episode ended with Mic performing one of these, announcing the fake product which had sponsored that particular episode. For example, there was "Disney Magic", a spritz which was guaranteed to make even the grouchiest person smile; the product was then demonstrated, transforming Grumpy the dwarf into Happy the dwarf.
* PunchClockVillain: Most of the Disney baddies appear to be these, at least in this show. When they're at the club, they're off the clock and -- for the most part -- are just relaxing.
** And even when they ''do'' do something bad, it doesn't even compare to the atrocities they committed in their respective films (for example, Jafar in the ''Mickey's House of Villains'' film merely uniting the other villains to take over the House of Mouse when in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', he tried to have the title character drowned.
* PuppyDogEyes: Max uses these in order to finally get a car from Goofy.
* ReadTheFinePrint: It is repeatedly stated that as long as Mickey and company put on a show, they get to keep the club.
* RealPersonCameo: At one point, during a song by Ludwig Von Drake about the guests in the club, Roy E. Disney gets mentioned and even appears as an animated character.
* RealityWarper: Many characters can do this on a single gag basis as long it's funny, but none surpass the Aracuan for sheer physics and causality breakage.
* RebusBubble: Mickey does this to figure out that Mortimer has played him for a sap.
* RecycledPremise: The show liked to use the plot of having one of Donald's trickster nemeses visit the club and run around causing mischief while nobody but Donald notices. [[CassandraTruth While he tries to tell everybody what's going on and stop it]] [[HumiliationConga he inevitably ends up getting injured and humiliated,]] [[ButtMonkey in addition to being blamed for the trouble himself.]] Three of the episodes have this plot (using Humphrey Bear, Chip and Dale and the Aracuan), while a fourth have the plot with one of Donald's nemeses but with Mickey in Donald's place (the Baby Shelby episode), though Donald ends up being the butt of the joke in the end.
** "Gone Goofy," "Not-So Goofy" and "Dining Goofy" all have the basic premise of Goofy being too... well... goofy, and the rest of the staff deciding something needs to be done about his clumsiness, only for their plan to succeed too well and for them to want Goofy back (or in Donald's case, to tolerate him a bit more) by the end. Likewise, both "Clarabelle's Christmas List" and "Clarabelle's Big Secret" use the plot of Clarabelle having a secret gossip bombshell that she plans to unveil at the end of the show, which causes the rest of the cast - paranoid about being embarrassed - to go nuts trying to her from revealing it.
* RunningGag: Thomas O'Malley and the Alley Cats from ''Disney/TheAristocats'' are constantly invited to perform at the House, but something always happens that results in their act being cancelled.
** Also "nobody (does X) like Gaston."
** Something happening to cause all the guests to leave in a rush, trampling Donald as he tries to stop them.
** Aladdin stealing other peoples' bread. One episode combines this with the previous gag by having the audience rush to the exit, with Aladdin at the rear carrying armfuls of bread from the kitchen.
** One that comes from a short in Mouseworks and continues into House Of Mouse: people, particularly machines, calling Donald "Duwald" thanks to (intentionally or accidentally) misunderstanding his speech - much to his chagrin.
** Mr. Toad's insane driving, which often takes him crashing through the front doors and careening through the club. In one episode he gets in a high speed chase and ''arrested.''
* SceneryCensor: Goofy wrote the lyrics for a song he's singing on cards attached to various part of his body. He removes the clothes that hides these cards (including his GoofyPrintUnderwear) until the cards are the only thing hiding his dignity.
** [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Chernabog]] is once seen sitting at a table inside the club, and he's just as nude as in his segment in the film. The table blocks the view, though.
* ScrewYourself: Averted when Prof. Von Drake makes an OppositeSexClone of himself as an example of his perfect mate who is "exactly like (him)".
* ScrewySquirrel: The Aracuan.
** And Dennis the Duck. "Have a sandwich!"
* SelfDeprecation: Mickey intros a cartoon by saying, "Now here's a really great cartoon!" [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} This causes his nose to suddenly grow.]]
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Mickey uses this in order to appear more sophisticated.
* ShoutOut: To many of Disney's animated films, obviously.
** And a few to other media as well. For example, in a few cartoons Mickey yells [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} "Great Caesar's Ghost!"]] when surprised.
** One of Pluto's shorts has him watching TV shows with the titles ''WesternAnimation/{{Darkwing D|uck}}og'' and ''[[{{Doug}} Brand Spanking New Dog]]''.
** Of all the films that were referenced in that show, ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'' was referenced the most (33+ characters in all), while ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' was referenced the least (only one character, Tantor the elephant appeared).
** One of the music numbers has the townspeople from "Beauty And The Beast" in a band as the "Angry Villager People" in a lengthy VillagePeople ShoutOut.
** Huey, Dewey, and Louie played as the house band, with PunnyNames like [[Music/BackstreetBoys The Quackstreet Boys]], [[Music/{{Kraftwerk}} Quackwerk]], [[Music/KidRock Kid Duck]] and [[Music/TheSmashingPumpkins The Splashing Pumpkins]].
** Almost all segments involving Shelby and Mrs. Turtle resemble {{Brum}}.
* ShowWithinAShow: Main Street Gossip.
* [[SmallNameBigEgo Small Names, Big Egos]]: Mortimer Mouse and Gaston.
* SpannerInTheWorks: One plot of Pete's was to sabotage the thermostat so that it was unbearably hot, driving the customers out. As Pete goes to gloat and demand the house over, he and Mickey find one last customer: Hades.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To TheMuppetShow, in terms of framing device and style of humor.
* StockFootage: Crowd applause shots are constantly reused as are a number of shots where Horace is told to "hit it".
* StockYuck.{{Anchovies}}: In the episode where Goofy had to teach Max how to be a waiter, he sings "Hold the anchovies!" about an order for [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]].
* SuddenlyVoiced: Chernabog.
* SuicideAsComedy: Dennis the Duck, depressed that Donald dislikes him, attempts to [[IncrediblyLamePun rub himself out with an eraser]]. Donald finds him and re-draws him over and over as Dennis continues to erase himself.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: King Larry, the so-called twin brother of King Louie from ''Disney/TheJungleBook''.
* TalkingWithSigns: In "Ladies Night", a smashed electronic device manages to flash "OUCH!" before it breaks.
* TakeThat: Two early episodes feature appearances by the Censor Monkeys, an obvious jab at the censorship that the ClassicDisneyShorts (and [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes other]] [[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry theatrically-released]] [[Creator/TexAvery cartoons]]) endured when shown on television.
* {{Thememobile}}: Several characters who didn't have a vehicle in their movie are given a thematic car in House of Mouse. When Jafar isn't utterly breaking canon by the aforementioned driving-the-Cave-of-Wonders, he has a snake car.
* TookALevelInBadass: Mickey in House Of Villains. When his usual cheerful diplomatic nature is laughed off by the roster of villains, the mouse finds his old ''Fantasia'' wizard hat, and starts throwing fireballs in a TennisBoss match against Jafar.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Uncle Scrooge, compared to his more benevolent previous animated depiction in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''. In general, his depiction here seems to borrow more from his meaner, more antagonistic depiction in his early comic appearances (or his comically exaggerated depiction in Italian comics), to the point that the show's adaptation of ''Around the World in 80 Days'' uses him as a full-blown villain.
* TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX: The Duck Formerly Known As Donald. The whole incident inspired Mickey to close out the episode as "The Mouse Currently Known As Mickey".
** In another episode, Pete performs on stage and is referred to as "The Villain Formerly Known As [[MythologyGag Peg-Leg Pete."]]
* UnholyMatrimony: There's a Hades/Maleficent episode. Hades wants to impress Maleficent and Mickey gives him advice that only makes the situation worse. But when Hades gets mad at Mickey and stops being nice, Maleficent likes him and the two of them leave together. It ends with Mickey giving the (rather {{broken|Aesop}}) message "Even if you're a bad-tempered lord of the underworld, you should always be yourself!"
** The same episode has a great SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}, when Hades emerges from Mickey's dressing room dressed as Mickey, which comes down to a Mickey Mouse hat, a pair of big shoes, big while gloves, and Mickey's red pants. And ''nothing else!'' [[SchmuckBait Here.]] [[http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i135/octavius_rodens/horror.jpg Take a look]].
** Maleficent seems to be a bit of a Disney Villain DudeMagnet in the series; in "Max's Embarrassing Date", she can be seen on a date with Jafar (which doesn't go too well), and in "House of Villains" she flirts with ''[[{{Satan}} Chernabog]]'', who claims to "love her work".
* TheUnintelligible: Both Gus Goose and Clara Cluck only communicate via honking and clucking sounds respectively.
* UnusualEuphemism: Mickey uses these a lot for swearing. Sometimes exclaiming "[[SongOfTheSouth Zip-a-dee-doo-dah!]]" or "Ah, [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} Jiminy Cricket!]]" when he's frustrated.
* VillainBasedFranchise: Because of the disastrous box office failure of ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'', the Horned King and his henchmen are the only characters from that film to actually appear in this show.
* VillainSong: [[http://youtu.be/ZHO6K6KcV4s Boom da Boom, Boom Boom da Boom]]
** Jafar gets his own one, too, and it must be seen to be believed. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUAFGwTwJR0 5:01 onwards]]
** The ''House of Villains'' Halloween Special has one for ''all'' the Disney villains: [[http://youtu.be/IZ1xw0Mfubg It's our house now!]]
* TheVillainSucksSong: "Mortimer, Mortimer, Mortimer Mouse" in House Of Mouse — was originally a song penned by Mortimer to sing his own praises, but Daisy, Clarabelle and Minnie reworked the lyrics because as they were, the audience was not buying it.
* VisualPun: Happens quite a lot. For example, "The crowd is turning ugly!" (cue cut to Prince Adam turning back into a beast) and two line sketches saying that Mickey is lucky to be "overdrawn" because "We're not done yet!"
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: ''Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed In at The House Of Mouse'' ends with everyone ''still'' snowed in at the House Of Mouse, but at least Donald has "Christmas spirit" now.
* WhoWritesThisCrap: A self-indulgent song about Mortimer Mouse in "Ladies Night".
--> '''Daisy:''' Oh, brother. Who wrote ''these'' lyrics? \\
'''Clarabelle:''' [[DeadpanSnarker I'll give you three guesses]].
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: The unhappy customers in "Dining Goofy".
** Also, the stew attack in "Goofy's Menu Magic".
* WitchWithACapitalB: Daisy tries to move some villains to different seats and Hades says "Witch" in this tone. It doubles as InsultFriendlyFire since he's sitting with Jafar, Ursula, and the queen from Snow White.
* WorldOfPun: Aside from being anthropomorphic, the technology in the house seems to run entirely on this. One time, the battery for the main power went dead, until being startled awake by the Minnie and co ''charging'' it. Another time, Pete's evil plan revolved around taking money the thermostat owed him until it was ''broke.'' Here's another example:
--> '''Geppetto''': I didn't get a wink of sleep last night.\\
'''Pinocchio''': I slept like a log!
* YouMeddlingKids: Pete quotes the ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' villains when Donald foils one of his plots to shut down the House.
* YouSayTomato: The song "Me the Mouse and I'm the Duck".
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!!The ''Mouseworks'' shorts provide examples of:
* AffectionateParody: The short "Dance of the Goofys" parodies a segment from ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''.
* [[AcmeProducts Ajax Products]]
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: In "Mickey's Rival Returns", Mickey is flung into the sky where you can see a few states which are labeled... completely wrong. For example, Nevada has New York written on it and New Mexico is labeled as Florida.
* ArtShift: Donald briefly turns into a [=CGI=] when getting sucked into his computer in "computer.don".
* AuthorGuestSpot: The nasty fax Mickey intended to send to Mortimer ends up going to [[spoiler: Roy Disney.]]
* BabysittingEpisode: DonaldDuck has to take care of a bratty baby turtle named Shelby in a series of shorts.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: Happens to Donald (and in one ''House'' storyline, Mickey) when he has to babysit Shelby the Turtle. Then we have the Mickey, Donald and Goofy cartoon "Babysitters"...
* BaitAndSwitch: "How to Be a Waiter" is a perfect example of this trope. The cartoon starts out by showing the lowdown of being a waiter, but it becomes too much for Goofy, and so he shoots for a better career as a movie star, which is pretty much what the cartoon remains about. Ironically, the movie Goofy stars in [[BookEnds casts him as... a waiter!]]
** "How to Wash Dishes" does pretty much the same thing, right up to the BookEnds ending, except replace "waiter" with "dishwasher" and replace "being a movie star" with "Goofy going on vacation".
* BlackComedyBurst: The Halloween themed shorts. Both Goofy's and Donalds are very dark but are PlayedForLaughs and full of slapstick.
* BlatantLies: Usually spoken by Mickey to get himself out of trouble. [[BadLiar Never works]].
* CardboardPrison: In the short where Mortimer frames Mickey for theft, he easily escapes from prison because [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy the prison guard stupidly demonstrates the easiest way for a person to bust out (which is to knock him out and take the keys).]]
* CanisLatinicus: Goofy, in a biking cartoon, is introduced as "Goofilious Bike-Pedalous".
* CantGetAwayWithNothing: Often, especially when it comes to Donald - as usual, the fates punish him for every transgression, overblown or otherwise. A good singular example involves Mickey, however - he finds an envelope on the ground and instead of trying to find the owner he buys a bow for Minnie. Immediately after he finds out that the money was for orphans in order to keep them from being kicked out on the street. Ouch. Hijinks ensue.
* CloserToEarth: Played straight with Minnie, played with with Daisy - both Donald and Daisy can play the more grounded in their relationship DependingOnTheWriter, as Donald is impulsive and temperamental while Daisy is childish and often oblivious to others.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: All of the characters have specific characterizations for their cartoons, which are consistent in show but somewhat different from what they've had previously. For example...
** Mickey becomes much more of a StraightMan, as apposed to being TheEveryman with StraightMan elements - in particular he gains quite a bit of DeadpanSnarker traits.
** Daisy's personality here is as being that self-centered and annoyingly childish/inconsiderate, but highly oblivious about it.
** The Aracuan TookALevelInJerkass, becoming much more of a devious ScrewySquirrel than just a goofy pranksters as previous.
** Donald's ButtMonkey traits are played up, way up.
* CouchGag: Donald constantly tries to finish the ''Mickey [=MouseWorks=]'' title sequence with a display reading "[[SpotlightStealingTitle Starring Donald Duck]]", which always backfires in some way.
* CutawayGag: In "Mickey's Airplane Kit," and a whole series of them in "Daisy's Big Sale."
* DownerEnding:
** "Minnie Visits Daisy": Minnie ''finally'' manages to deliver her apple pie to Daisy [[spoiler:but not before getting sent to prison for driving her car through and wrecking Daisy's house.]]
** "How to Wash Dishes": Goofy overcharges the credit card the narrator gave him at the beginning of the short for his vacation, resulting him being forced to pay off his bill by [[BookEnd washing dishes at the restaurant he got overcharged at in the same position he was in at the beginning of the cartoon]].
* EpisodeTitleCard: The main ensemble gets faceplates, followed by "A (character's name) cartoon", as in the classic era. Daisy and Minnie each get one for the first time. There's a separate one for episodes shared by the ThreeAmigos: Mickey, Donald, and Goofy. All of them have corresponding Leitmotifs.
* EverybodyKnewAlready: Phantom Blot's Hidden Hideout. It's at the White Pages!
* ExactWords: In one Pluto Gets the Paper short, Mortimer tricks Pluto to entering a taxi and tells the driver to take Pluto "to the other side of town and step on it." The taxi moves... just a few feet away and then Pluto gets out. Mortimer soon realizes why; he sent Pluto to "The Other Side of Town" street and "Step on It" lane!
* FanDisservice: Clara Cluck posing provocatively and wearing revealing outfits in "Donald's Double Date".
* ForInconveniencePressOne: "Answering Service" has Mickey, Donald, and Goofy dealing with the entire phone company being one of these.
* GallowsHumor: Surprisingly, an example is found in "Organ Donors" where Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are hired to bring an organ to a demented toymaker that wants Mickey's heart to bring his doll bride to life.
--> '''Mickey''': He didn't want to donate an organ! He wanted me to donate my organs!
--> '''Goofy''': And you're not even done with them.
* GilliganCut: Donald says no to the idea of dressing up like Daisy in "Mickey's Big Break". One clockwise screen wipe later...
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Goofy tends to lose his pants quite a bit, and underneath it's always white boxers with red hearts.
* HereWeGoAgain: After Pluto finally gets the bulldog to stop being in love with him, "Pluto's Arrow Error" ends with Pluto accidentally using one of the Cupid's arrows he found to make an elephant fall in love with him,
* ILied: The narrator to a Nutcracker special goads Donald into playing the role of the mouse king by saying that he'll win in the end. When he doesn't, the narrator claims to have "made a mistake."
* {{Jerkass}}: Donald, sometimes. Daisy, particularly in shorts starring Minnie.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Everybody who had a cartoon starring them had a "title card" song that doubled as a leitmotif. That's Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Donald/Mickey/Goofy as a team, Minnie and Daisy. Each motif appeared in most cartoons in which they appeared, even if they were not actually starring in them. Other characters also had motifs as well, such as Mortimer and Huey, Dewey and Louie. The title card motifs eventually carried over into HouseOfMouse.
* MadScientist: The customer in the short "Organ Donors".
* MickeyMousing: Of course.
* MusicalNod: The general theme to Mouseworks (which recurred in many of the shorts) is actually a rearrangement of the classic Disney song "Minnie's Yoo Hoo," making this one of the few songs used in Mouseworks itself that was a nod to a previous one.
* NeverSayDie: Averted when Goofy asks a bunch of shadowy gangsters, "Please don't kill us."
* NoFourthWall: Goofy in most of his shorts.
* NoodleIncident:
** In the cartoon "Pluto's Seal Deal", Mickey mentions to Pluto to not have another incident with him saying at the end "No firetrucks and no news crew."
** This is also used in "Daisy's Big Sale" when Minnie reminds Daisy that every time she helps her with her wild schemes, it always ends badly. We then see flashbacks of Minnie and Daisy being in full-body casts, getting arrested, and falling into wet cement, with no explanation given as to how those events happened to the girls.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Minnie and Daisy come home to see both Mickey and Donald cross dressing while Goofy (with his pants down) takes their photo in "Mickey's Big Break".
* OpeningShoutOut: Goofy happens across "Goofy's Goof Works" while channel surfing.
* RecycledPremise: A good number of shorts fall under the premise of "Mickey, Donald and Goofy are X. HilarityEnsues", where X is a job such as being painters or car washers or whatnot, complete with almost identical opening scenes. Lampshaded when the jobs get ridiculous ("Organ Donors", anyone?), and subverted when their job goes OffTheRails.
** Also, there's a fair amount of "How To X" starring Goofy, which were in turn recycled from even earlier goofy cartoons. And "Donald's Dynamite", where DonaldDuck is threatened by {{Cartoon Bomb}}s appearing out of nowhere at inopportune moments.
*** And "Pluto Gets The Paper", where Pluto always gets into some crazy adventure while trying to retrieve the newspaper for Mickey.
* ShaggyDogStory: Mickey and Donald go to the trouble of photographing themselves in drag to replace a picture of Minnie and Daisy they accidentally broke in "Mickey's Big Break", but the short ends with Daisy tossing the picture aside and claiming that she and Minnie hated that old picture.
* ShapedLikeItself:
** How Mickey often answers the phone in the business-themed shorts. "Roller Coaster Painters, we paint roller coasters!"
** The short "Mickey's Mountain" begins with the narrator describing the mountain as being an unnamed mountain known as the Unnamed Mountain.
* ShoutOut:
** "How to be Groovy, Cool, and Fly" at one point has Goofy dressed as Film/AustinPowers and saying "Goofy, baby!"
** Goofy does impressions of Sean Connery and John Wayne in "How to be a Waiter".
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: with Minnie - though she doesn't tend to in Mickey's shorts she runs into a fair amount of slapstick in her own cartoons. Daisy, however, is almost never the butt of a joke - though that itself is part the joke as her character in the shorts tends to be "[[PoisonousFriend obliviously annoying kook who gets her friends into trouble]] [[KarmaHoudini while totally avoiding consequences.]]"
* SoundEffectBleep: Goofy shouting at an umpire uses his air horn to censor out (supposedly) foul language.
* SplitScreenPhoneCall: In "Mickey's Big Break", Mickey pushes the split screen off while Goofy shouts in surprise at being shoved off.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Mickey, Donald and Goofy cartoons often boil down to Mickey getting the focus while Donald and Goofy are the sidekicks. Mickey Foils the Phantom Blot a good example as Mickey is really the only one who moves the plot along. This could be seen as a subversion from the ClassicDisneyShorts, were the mouse was almost absent in favor of Donald and Goofy's antics.
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: Mickey tries to call Minnie, but the recording says that all the lines are busy. Mickey gets upset, but the recording not only tells him to not yell, but to not smash the phone.
* TotemPoleTrench: Huey, Duey and Louie want to get on a ride in a theme park that Donald is guarding and says they're too small for. In one scene Donald sees a very tall woman wobbling about and approaching the ride. Donald stops the "woman" and rips off her dress to find [[SubvertedTrope she's just a really tall now naked unbalanced woman]]. Donald then gets punched in the face.
* UnmovingPlaid: When the Phantom Blot became the Phantom Rainbow.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Daisy uses this in the short "Daisy's Road Trip" after finding a coin in Mickey and Minnie's car seats.
* VisualPun: In "Organ Donors", the toy maker explains to Mickey that he needs an organ (aka innards) after he explains this, Mickey exclaims that he has a screw loose. Then we see that the machine has a screw loose, which is then screwed tight.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: In "Mickey's Big Break", Mickey and Donald use the fact that they're only a few TertiarySexualCharacteristics away from being Minnie and Daisy's twins in order to replace a picture that they ruined. Donald doesn't get it right the first time, though, because his first attempt at looking like Daisy has hair ''and [[NonMammalMammaries breasts larger than Daisy's!]]'' Mickey doesn't fare as well either, having a floppy ribbon bow and the wrong kind of shoes. Their second attempts hit much closer to home.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: The Mickey, Donald & Goofy cartoons always feature the trio performing different jobs.
* WorldOfPun: Almost every episode used puns, especially in the cartoon shorts but often in the main story as well. Like Mickey saying he had to stop at the bank because he was "overdrawn" and two sketches saying "He's lucky! We're not done yet!"
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