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Western Animation: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
"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.

This show provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Princess Pete in "Sir Goofs-a-Lot".
  • All-CGI Cartoon
  • Alliterative Name: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Clarabelle Cow. Several objects, such as the handy helpers, wind up with this naming convention as well.
  • Art Evolution: The character models and animations are much cleaner in post-2007 episodes than they were in the show's first couple of years.
  • Artistic License - Physics: Several times.
    • 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 nearby stars 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, as shown in "Donald's Big Balloon Race".
    • 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.
    • Physics go completely out the window when, in "Space Captain Donald", Minnie manages to bounce Pluto's ball all the way to the moon. And Donald does this vice-versa later in the episode.
  • Audience Shift: From previous Mickey projects, and how.
  • Balloonacy: "Daisy in the Sky" has Daisy, Minnie and Pluto carried off by a handful of balloons. Lampshaded by Ludwig declaring "She's broken Newton's law!"
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": In Martian Mickey's world, a hot dog is known as a "yumblatz".
  • Characterization Marches On: In one of the earliest episodes in which Mickey goes fishing, Pete acts like a huge Jerkass for no reason or provocation. Most episodes now have him as more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and one of Mickey's friends whenever he's not playing the Designated Villain.
  • 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 orange, and Goofy's sporting a green hat.
    • Their space outfits are the aforementioned colors.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The Mousekedoer seems to always have the right tools for whatever twists and turns the episode's plot will take later on.
  • Cross Referenced Titles: "Goofy Baby" and "Goofy Babysitter", with opposite premises. Both with babies.
  • Cute Kitten: Figaro's most recent appearances are in this show.
  • Dance Party Ending: Every episode ends with the main characters doing the Hot Dog dance to a song with inspired lyrics such as "We've got ears, it's time for cheers."
  • Distaff Counterpart: "Space Adventure" introduces a Girl Toodles working for Pirate Pete.
  • 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.
  • Efficient Displacement: Clarabelle as a superhero crashes through Mickey's door in an episode.
  • Everybody Do the Endless Loop: The Hot Dog dance.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Coco the Coconutty Monkey
  • Expositron 9000: The Mousekadoer computer.
  • The Faceless: Toodles, for the first three seasons.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: Inverted with Bella and Figaro. Of course, there is also Pluto, who is a Male Mutt.
  • Five-Man Band
  • Fountain of Youth: "Goofy Baby" sees Goofy accidentally turned into a baby; and in "Goofy Babysitter" all the main characters (EXCEPT Goofy) are turned into babies.
  • Furry Confusion: In the episode, "Donald's Ducks," Donald is shown with normal ducks.
    • To add insult to injury, he is flying an airplane rather than flying like a normal duck alongside the other ducks.
    • Also, Ludwig Von Drake is shown flying using an inflatable jumpsuit rather than like a normal duck.
  • Furry Denial: In another Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode, Donald is shown swimming like a dog or human as opposed to like a duck.
  • Furry Reminder: For a plethora of characters.
    • Pete is acknowledged to be a cat.
      • In two episodes, Daisy and Minnie toss a ball of yarn to Pete and he gets distracted by it both times.
    • In another episode, Willie calls Mickey, Donald, and Goofy a mouse, a duck, and a dog respectively.
    • Clarabelle's constant "MOO" puns.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Pete (historically an evil character in the classic cartoons) sometimes plays the adversary, and sometimes he's just one of the gang.
  • Insistent Terminology: In "Doctor Daisy, MD (Medical Duck)" it's constantly mentioned that she's a pretend doctor trying to earn her pretend doctor sticker by pretending to treat her pretend patients.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Donald Duck, for some people.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Donald and Pete.
  • Just for Pun: The "Sheep" episode, where Goofy cleans out his shoe, only for three horns to fall out of it. It's a shoehorn.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Happens quite a bit on the show with stuff like Goofy not saying "Mousketools" correctly or Donald getting hit by a random object.
  • Lighter and Softer: In most of his incarnations, Pete is an outright villain or at the very least, a major Jerkass. Here, though, he's a genuinely nice guy, if a bit arrogant.
  • Magical Incantation: "To make the clubhouse appear, we get to say the magic words: Meeska! Mooska! Mickey Mouse!"
  • Mickey Mouse Can Breathe in Space: Done in "Donald's Big Balloon Race" and "Pluto's Bubble Bath". Batman was SO 1939...
  • Mickey Mousing: You can hear a slide whistle crescendo whenever the audience is asked to stand up.
  • Mythology Gag: The "Hot Dog" dance is a reference to Mickey's first spoken words in the 1929 cartoon "The Karnival Kid".
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Figaro's and Mr. Pettibone's designs are not exactly that nonstandard, but they look stiff and awkward compared to the other character's designs.
  • Panty Shot: Whenever one sees Minnie from the back, her skirt is positioned so that one can clearly see her underwear underneath.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Pete sometimes wears these.
  • Precious Puppies: Bella, Clarabelle's puppy.
  • 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.
  • Space Whale Aesop: Share with your friends, or you'll get carried off into the air by all the balloons you took. Even though Daisy spent the whole episode going "Wheeeeeeeeee!"
  • Spin-Off: Minnie's Bow-Toons; Mickey's Mousekercise
  • Stock Footage: The opening scenes, the Mousekadoer song, and the Hot Dog Dance. The first two stick out like a sore thumb in newer episodes, where the audio for those segments was redone but the animation wasn't tweaked to fit the new audio, resulting in some serious lip-syncing issues in places.
  • Stock Scream: The show frequently makes use of the Goofy Holler... for obvious reasons.
  • Thanking the Viewer: "Aww, thanks for stopping by!"
  • They Might Be Giants: The opening theme song, as well as "Hot Dog" are performed by them.
  • íThree Amigos!: Mickey is often paired up with Minnie and either Goofy or Daisy.
  • Token Human: Willie the Giant.
  • 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.

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