"Mouseka-hey, mouseka-hi, mouseka-ho! Mouseka-ready, mouseka-set, here we go!"
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse started airing in 2006, and is the most recent full-length TV show produced by Disney to star its iconic character, Mickey Mouse. The show's format is targeted at pre-school children, and teaches basic skills such as counting, memory and cartoon physics. Other recurring characters are Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto. Almost as frequently, episodes feature Clarabelle Cow, Pete the Cat and Professor Ludwig von Drake.The premise of each episode centers on some kind of problem that Mickey has to solve, or event he needs to prepare for. To accomplish these fairly mundane goals, he has a semi-intelligent flying robot called Toodles, who can be summoned from anywhere to produce one of four Mousekatools. He frequently "talks"to the viewers to enlist their help as well, or to demand they count something with him.In addition to the regular episodes of the show that fill a 30-minute block of programming, a few hour-long episodes have been produced and released on DVD. One example is Mickey's Adventures in Wonderland, which is (oddly enough) about Mickey and Donald trying to find a runaway cuckoo bird... it just happens to take place in Wonderland.
In "Pluto's Bubble Bath", Mickey and Pluto get trapped inside bubbles and helplessly float away as a result, defying gravity.
In the same episode, the bubbles enter low orbit and Mickey frets because nearbystars might pop the bubbles. They are rescued by their friends in a propellor plane, which is also capable of flying in low orbit.
Not that Mickey had anything to worry about. His friends in the plane can breathe in space, and Mickey himself is shown to do so in another episode.
Hot air balloons have been shown to fly this high as well.
Mickey and Donald walk on clouds in a Jack and the Beanstalk-themed episode, and Willie the Giant goes on to become a recurring character, resulting in more impossible cloudwalking.
The Chew Toy: Donald Duck is usually the one to get hit by a random object such as cake frosting. He sometimes lampshades this by saying "Why does this always happen to me?"
Color-Coded Characters: In almost every episode, Mickey's in the red shorts, Minnie's dressed in pink, Daisy's in purple, Donald's got the blue threads, Pluto's yellow, and Goofy's sporting an orange shirt.
Do-Anything Robot: Toodles has many contraptions built in - for getting around and doing various things - when he's not serving as an iPod for Mouseketools... and never mind the fact that some of those tools springing from Toodles may be as huge as a space rocket.
Edutainment Show: And for anyone over the age of seven it can be a bit painful to sit through.
Rhymes on a Dime: In one episode, when the clubhouse's "silly switch" gets jammed, causing everyone and everything to act all silly, Mickey is affected in that he can only speak in rhyme, practically against his will. This is even lampshaded:
Mickey: I didn't know I could rhyme, but now I do it all the time!
Running Gag: Goofy's inability to pronounce the word "Mouseketools".
Say My Name/Incredibly Lame Pun: Several objects in the show have the word "mouse" glued onto their names, usually by way of the baleful syllable "ka". The most prominent example, "Mousekatools" is a play on words of "Mouseketeer", the title given to the real life kids who appeared on The Mickey Mouse Club. "Mouseketeer" is, of course, itself a play on "Musketeer".
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In "Mickey's Camp Out", Donald has this kind of attitude when, after trying to set up a tent with Goofy, he decides to walk out on Mickey and company and camp alone.
Solve the Soup Cans: The way that the Mousekatools are used can be pretty bizarre. In one episode, Mickey has to put gumballs in a gas pump before he can fill up his car. In another, he has to put numbered blocks in the right order to unlock his front door.
Tuxedo and Martini: Daisy Duck moonlights as a secret agent in a few episodes, which usually results in parody of the James Bond style of spies.
Viewers Are Morons: Quite frequently. The worst example being in "Goofy Baby", when Goofy gets turned back into normal and Mickey asks the audience "Who is that? [Beat] That's right, it's Goofy!" As if the kids watching wouldn't recognize Goofy!
White Gloves: EVERYWHERE. Mickey might as well be the trope namer.