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Series / The Mouse Factory

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The Mouse Factory is a sydicated program produced by Walt Disney Productions and created by Disney veteran Ward Kimball. Each show had a special guest host interacting with costumed characters from the Disney Theme Parks and introducing cartoons (or excerpts from feature films) themed around a different subject.

The show aired from 1972 to 1974 in syndication and lasted two seasons. The show was rerun on Disney Channel in the 1980s and 1990s.

The Trope Factory:

  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Episodes often have short "Did You Know?" segments pertaining to the episode's subject.
  • Broken Record: In "Music", guests Skiles and Henderson stumble into a "Mickey Mouse Museum" and find statues of Disney characters who move and talk when the keys on their backs are turned.
    "Ha-ha, hi everybody! Ha-ha, hi everybody!"
  • Credits Gag: The guest stars are credited as "Mickey's Friend".
  • Furry Confusion: During the opening clock-punching sequence of "Noah's Ark", guest Bill Dana checks off the Disney animals two-by-two. He checks two mice (Mickey & Minnie), two ducks (Donald & Daisy), two chipmunks (Chip 'n' Dale) and two...goofies? Said goofies were Goofy and a character that can be described only as Goofy in drag (it's just a one-off gag).
  • Once an Episode:
    • After the credits of each episode, the guest star appears to say "The End" in a rather humorous fashion.
    • Each episode also begins with several Disney characters and guest star punching the clocks, followed by a rapid-fire montage of clips from the episode to the tune of "Whistle While You Work".
  • Self-Deprecation: The animated closing sequence for the first season features Mickey Mouse driving a biplane, which gets eaten by a King Kong Expy.
  • The Stinger: See Once an Episode above.
  • Stock Footage