Just why did this show never have any cameos by Disney TV Animation characters (excluding Pepper Ann in the first episode)? Did the staff have something against those characters? Was it the same kind of xenophobia exhibited by the guy who wrote Disney Dossiers (a book that also ignores the TV Animation characters)? Or was the show written by people who didn't have access to the episodes of the other cartoons?
Most likely for two reasons-1. They couldn't get the rights to use said characters (Yes, it is possible for one series to not allow characters from another series to appear despite being owned by the same company (For a good example, various DC supervillains were no longer allowed on Justice League due to said villains appearing on The Batman...both shows were owned by Warner Bros.)) and/or 2. They simply wanted to focus mainly on characters from classic Disney shorts and Disney animated films. And, even then, they only used a handful of characters despite the numerous Disney animated characters to choose from. Note how, for example, they use mainly Timon & Pumba for The Lion King characters but rarely use Simba (despite being the main character of the movie), Scar, Nala, Zazu, or the Hyena Trio (Ed, Shenzi, and Banzai). It could be likely that including every single Disney character would take too much time and cost too much money for the animators at Disney to handle.
Disney licensing has some thing against mixing television and movie characters together. It's why Kingdom Hearts is the way it is.** Having to go back and forth with changing the appearances of some certain, established characters from the feature films and featurettes, who'd later star in their own t.v. series (e.g. Chip & Dale, who'd later become a pair of the Rescue Rangers) to interact once again with characters who originated from the same series in one episode and then appearing as their initial selves in the next may have been too complicated. Confusing for some viewers as well (if those who are new to the modifications of past characters from the full-length films and shorts aren't as familiar with them as others are).
Since Jafar is clearly still stuck as a genie here, how come he didn't think of having one of the other villains wish him free of his lamp in Mickey's House of Villains?
Typical villain incompetence or over-confidence (to put it in a nicer way). A villain (in this case Jafar) believes that he has won against the hero (IE: Mickey Mouse) and that no one can stop him. Cue the hero saving the day, trapping (or possibly killing) the villain due to said villain overlooking some minor/major flaw in his plan that leads to his downfall.
Likewise, hindsight is 20/20...as the old saying goes.
What bothered me about House Of Villains was that they listed Tick-Tock (the Crocodile from Peter Pan) as one of the villains. Um, didn't the writers/producers/etc. of the show forget that Tick-Tock was a subversion of the Reptiles Are Abhorrent trope. He's pretty much Chaotic Neutral or True Neutral (He's not evil, just hungry... which still makes him dangerous, but not for any downright "evil" reasons) and is Captain Hook's (the real villain of the classic story) mortal enemy (Possibly even more so than Peter Pan himself).
I don't like that, in this show, Huey, Dewey and Louie were voiced by the same guy doing Donald's voice. Because of them sounding exactly like Donald, it tends to confuse me if I'm looking the other way while the boys are talking. Granted, that's how it was done back in the days of the Classic Disney Shorts, but by this time, Russi Taylor had done the trio's voices on DuckTales and was still doing them in the direct-to-video movies and video games, and her voice for them sounds clearly different from Donald's. So why did she not reprise their voices on this show? Heck, in the House segments, the boys even seem to have their Quack Pack designs, so why have them voiced by Quack Pack voice actors?
Why does The Other Wiki always, always refer to this show by its full title with the "Disney's" preface? Practically every cartoon show Disney has made has "Disney's" prefacing the title, but we never refer to, say, DuckTales as Disney's DuckTales in casual conversation. And even Disney seems to have this same conceit as well. What makes House of Mouse any different when it comes to being referenced in conversation or articles?
It's just how people say the title. I mean, a lot of people say Rocky Horror instead of The Rocky Horror Picture Show or Scooby-Doo instead of Scooby Doo, Where Are You? (Or any of the numerous spinoffs).
Why is there only one character from Tarzan (in this case, it's Tantor) in this show?
Because Tantor and the others from that movie were already appearing in the spin-off t.v. series, The Legend of Tarzan, which premiered the same year as House of Mouse. Presumably whose ever idea it was to limit the amount of characters from that film to appear on this show chose to do it this way, because of either having to commit and devote the Tarzan cast to that other Walt Disney Television Animation production only and intentionally or there might have been plans for the cast to appear in both shows, but somehow a feasible plan just couldn't be reached.
Ever notice that House of Mouse actually spoiled the ending of Atlantis: The Lost Empire? This is actually most noticable with Kida's appearance and outfit for this show.
Actually, they were trying to make her look more modest, this is supposed to be a kid's show, hence they made her wear a dress and a tiara.
There are actually several shorts created for this show, but were unfortunately cut shortly after being finished. The most famous one of these is the one about Pluto being left behind at Minnie's house while Mickey is on vacation, and thus prompting his conscience to threaten him into thinking that Minnie's out to get him. Why weren't any of those shorts aired in the first place? Is it because the aforementioned short's plot showed Pluto having a nightmare about Minnie burying him alive and later going to Hell?
Since there isn't a Fridge section for this piece of Fridge Logic and Fridge Horror, could you imagine how much of a Mind Screw it must be for all these people of different worlds, cultures, time periods, and moralities to get together under one roof? Theologically, we could have Chernabog (the devil from Fantasia) asking the Greek gods (from Hercules) which one of them is his mortal enemy, the Christian God. Environmentally, we have various predators (Simba and Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King) a mere dinner table away from their prey (Bambi from Bambi and Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio, respectively). When it comes to dining, we have Ariel (the eponymous Little Mermaid) watching as other people order fish. Finally, how does a fight not break out every night with so many heroes and villains in the same room, especially mortal enemies? Jafar, Maleficent, Queen Grimhilde and Ursula are all in the same place as Aladdin, Aurora, Snow White, and Ariel!
There's the whole Punch Clock Villain concept—the villains are only truly evil when they're in their respective films, as they are just "acting". But when they're "off the clock", they're more restrained and just relaxing. And when they actually do something bad off camera, it's usually out of "mischief" rather than "malice".
Is Mickey's odd appearance in "Timon and Pumbaa" a reference to old shorts, or is he just Off Model? There's just something not right about his mouth and unmoving eyes...
A commercial for the special Snowed In at the House of Mouse has Goofy worry about how they (Mickey, Donald and him) will get home to their friends and families. Don't all of their current family and close friends work there with them? Who are they missing?
At the end of House of Crime, Mike the microphone says the Phantom Blot has been creating havoc since 1947. What is the significance of this date? The newspaper serial that introduced the Blot was actually published in 1939, so were the writers just mistaken or is the date a reference to something else?