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♫ We're all rockin' at the House of Mouse! ♫
"Now I wanna remind everyone of the House of Mouse rules: No smoking, no villainous schemes, and no guests eating other guests."

In 1999, the stars of the Classic Disney Shorts 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 did premiere there anyway beforehand), these new cartoons were going to be shown alongside other Disney cartoons like Recess and Pepper Ann. Mickey Mouse (starring in his first cartoon series produced by Disney Television Animation) and the gang's new show, titled Mickey Mouse Works, made its debut on ABC's One Saturday Morning programming block on May 1, 1999. It followed a Three Shorts 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 Donald Duck's nephews or Mickey trying to impress Minnie Mouse when he thinks she's leaving him for José Carioca). Sometimes, the characters starred in newly-made installments of the Silly Symphonies, in which the stories were set entirely to music and without dialogue. Once per Episode, there would also be one or two 90-second gag shorts with the following umbrella titles:

  • Mickey to the Rescue: Mickey breaks into Pete's none-too-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. It's exactly what the title says.
  • Donald's Dynamite: Someone apparently has it out for Donald, because he keeps finding lit bombs in the middle of his activities that just won't leave him alone.
  • Von Drake's House of Genius: Professor Ludwig Von Drake shows off his latest invention, which then always backfires in some way. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Pluto Gets the Paper: Pluto has humorous incidents while trying to fetch Mickey's newspaper.

In addition, Mouse Works 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 Mouse Works was generally mixed among the fans of the characters. There were folks who believed the show was indeed a worthy Spiritual Successor 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 be like the competition, and that the good things that came up were just 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 Floyd Gottfredson storyline from the Mickey Mouse comic strip.

Regardless of what everyone thought of Mouse Works, it received a major Retooling in the middle of its third season (right around the time One Saturday Morning itself received a retool). On January 13, 2001, Mickey Mouse Works 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 Mouse Works (some of which had not aired previously), and occasionally classic Disney shorts from the Golden Age of Animation to an audience of Disney characters. The guests consisted almost entirely of characters from all of the Disney Animated Canon films up to 2001's Atlantis: The Lost Empire,note  and sometimes characters from the Silly Symphonies shorts (mostly "The Three Little Pigs", though). The series did feature cameo appearances by characters from other Disney TV cartoons (Pepper Ann and her mom are seen outside the House in the first episode), the comic books (Scrooge McDuck bought the House in one episode), theme park attractions (the Hitchhiking Ghosts, also in the first episode), and even live-action movies (Herbie from The Love Bug, Benny the Cab from Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the lightcycles from TRON in "Max's New Car", which also featured Susie the Little Blue Coupe), but these were few and far between. Curiously, unlike the later Lilo & Stitch: The Series,note  House of Mouse also did not do any Crossovers with other currently-running Disney cartoons like Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (although Donald wears a Buzz Lightyear outfit in one episode, resembling the design of his suit from the show) and Lloyd in Space, aside from the aforementioned Pepper Ann cameo.

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 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 Evil Scheme to drive the audience away, ranging from sabotaging the entertainment to contaminating the air conditioning with 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 replaced with ABC Kids in September 2002. As a result, House of Mouse was taken off of ABC and moved to the Disney Channel and Toon Disney, where the remaining 26 episodes aired alongside the previously aired ones as well. During the show's run, a few Mouse Works 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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  • Accidental Misnaming:
    • After learning that Donald is one of The Three Caballeros, Daisy can't say "caballero" correctly.
    • Also the House of Duck misnamings from the pilot.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • The intro shows Little John and Baloo sharing a laugh. Both were voiced by the same actor in their films and even used the same animation at certain parts.
    • Mike, who is voiced by Rod Roddy, introduced Mickey in one episode by telling him to "Come on down!".
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Pete seems to have developed this attitude regarding his and Mickey's interactions. After watching a cartoon of himself and Mickey racing up a mountain that involved him constantly getting hurt (including being repeatedly mauled by a polar bear), he is seen laughing at it and calling it "delightfully entertaining".
  • Adaptational Heroism: Among the guests of the House Of Mouse are a lot of Disney Villains from different franchises and films. They are shown to get along well with the other guests and without villainous ambitions, the only exceptions being Cranky Landlord Pete who occasionally tries to sabotage the show in order to kick Mickey and friends out (which still is less villainous than most portrayals of Pete in various media) and Phantom Blot in the episode House Of Crime as well as the Home Video Special Mickey's House of Villains in which all the classical Disney villains team-up to take over the club.
  • Adaptation Personality Change:
    • Daisy is a lot less intelligent than she was in earlier cartoons. She's gone from level-headed foil of Donald to brain-dead egotistical fangirl.
    • Uncle Scrooge is more a jerk compared to his more benevolent previous animated depiction in DuckTales (1987). 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.
    • Hades unlike his source material, is a lot more easygoing, relaxed, and friendly than most of the Disney Villains. This is a lot closer to how he was in the myths.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Minnie, Daisy, and Clarabelle in "Ladies' Night" all host the club together while Mickey, Donald and Goofy are out on a bowling night. Daisy's nieces April, May and June even take over for Donald's nephews' performance.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: In “Max’s Embarrassing Date”, Max is worried that Goofy will embarrass him during his date with Roxanne and enlists the House of Mouse staff to keep Goofy from embarrassing Max. Unfortunately for Max, his dad’s friends embarrass him far more than Goofy ever would have including trying to make their dinner more “romantic”, taking a picture of Max and Roxanne, and showing off a baby picture of Max.
  • An Aesop: This is made the subject of the song performed in "Thanks to Minnie".
  • Anchovies Are Abhorrent: In the episode where Goofy had to teach Max how to be a waiter, he sings "Hold the anchovies!" about an order for Ariel.
  • And I'm the Queen of Sheba: In "Donald and the Aracuan Bird", Mickey replies to Donald claiming that he's in a cage because the Aracuan Bird tricked him by saying "Right! And I'm Mickey Mouse! (Beat)) Hey, wait! I'm Mickey Mouse!"
  • Animate Inanimate Object: The House of Mouse has a talking thermostat, DVD player, battery, and, of course, Mike, the talking microphone.
  • Animation Bump: 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."
  • Animated Actors:
    • 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 Large Ham). 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.
  • April Fools' Plot: "Donald's Pumbaa Prank" takes place on April Fool's Day and has Pete attempt to trick Donald into helping him use Pumbaa's flatulence to clear out the House of Mouse by promising to help him get back at Mickey's pranks.
  • Arrowgram: In "Thanks to Minnie", a Gossip Evolution montage features Robin Hood sending a message with his bow and arrow.
  • Aside Glance: And lots of 'em.
  • Badass Crew: "Pete's House of Villains" among other episodes proves that the House's staff - Mickey (the host), Donald (the maitre'd), Goofy (head waiter), Minnie (behind-the-scenes runner), Daisy (clerk), Horace (tech), Clarabelle (entertainment), and Gus (the chef) - is this when they're in their prime.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Baloo towards Goofy in "Not So Goofy" and "Goofy's Menu Magic".
  • Berserk Button: You better pray that there isn't a door in Big Bad Wolf Daddy's sights.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Ariel in the episode "Jiminy Cricket" after she takes back the shell with her voice in it from Ursula in silent anger.
  • Big Bad: Pete, who always tries to get the house shut down.
  • Big Eater: Gus Goose, the chef. He has a tendency to eat food before it can get to the customers.
  • Blamed for Being Railroaded: Poor Donald gets this bad; the rest of the cast show him no sympathy when he broke into the prop room to steal a lamp for Jafar and get revenge on Mickey. Donald was actually hypnotized into the whole scheme, even saying he wanted revenge in the first place.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: In Max's New Car, Max yells out his father's holler while riding in the car from the "Mickey's New Car" segment.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Super Goof.
  • Buddy Snaps First: In the short "Donald's Dinner Date", Daisy gives Donald the ultimatum that it'll be over between them if he loses his temper on their next date, which becomes difficult for him when Goofy turns out to be their waiter. But while the Goof's antics get on Donald's nerves at first, it's ultimately Daisy who blows her top by the end, while Donald ends up having a pleasant meal... at least until he gets the bill.
  • Bumbling Dad: Goofy to Max, House of Mouse only.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • For several classic characters who had vanished from Disney productions, such as Prof. Ludwig von Drake and Humphrey the Bear.
    • Also multiple appearances of Br'er Rabbit, Fox and Bear from Song of the South, which hasn't been aired or released for at least 20 years and probably never will be again.
    • The series also marks the first animated appearance of Daisy's nieces April, May and June (in a cameo as the house band in "Ladies' Night"), who originally appeared in Carl Barks' comics.
    • Roxanne, Max's love interest from A Goofy Movie, finally returns in "Max's Embarrassing Date" after being absent in its sequel.
    • The Horned King in his small cameos. After the disastrous box office results of The Black Cauldron, Disney pretty much all but erased that movie's existence from the general public's mind, refusing to even release the VHS of the film at the proper time and postponing it ten years later. Even nowadays it's hard to see Disney promote this film in video games, the parks, merch and such. The fact that the King appears at all is a miracle onto itself.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Poor Donald! Especially when one of Mike's Mickey-openers after the title sequence is "And now, better than Donald Duck in every way!"
    • A Running Gag is that O'Malley and the Alley Cats band never gets to perform.
  • Carnivore Confusion: Mickey states that one of the rules is "No guests eating other guests". Pumbaa then makes Timon spit out Jiminy Cricket.
  • Casting Gag:
    • Mike, the sentient microphone announcer for the show, was voiced by the late Rod Roddy, who was well known as an announcer, specifically on The Price Is Right (and Press Your Luck, too, as well as the short-lived series Whew! and Battlestars plus the sitcom Soap).
    • In the opening titles, Baloo and Little John are always seen talking, a reference to how both shared a voice actor in Phil Harris. Little John is actually an Expy of Baloo meant to cash in on the latter's popularity.
  • 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.
    • Much of the Disney characters' cameos essentially boil down to repeating their catchphrases / memorable lines from songs and such from their respective movies. Referenced in "Pete's One Man Show," where the staff replaces the empty audience with cut outs of well-known characters and make them seem alive by reciting their catchphrases (with Goofy, playing Dumbo, instead saying, "Be our guest.")
  • Cats Are Mean: Pete as the landlord.
  • Chain of Deals: Subverted in "Rent Day" — Mickey wants a book to give to Belle, in return for the Beast's enchanted rose for Aladdin to give to Jasmine, in return for a carpet ride home for Cinderella, in return for a pumpkin for the Headless Horseman to use as a head, in return for a sword for Arthur, in return for Merlin's 50 bucks so Mickey can pay off the rent, but Yen Sid refuses.
  • Check, Please!: In "Big Bad Wolf Daddy", Mickey announces a performance by the titular character (who's actually The Big Bad Wolf from four of the Silly Symphonies cartoons, but wearing a yellow suit and performing a musical act), prompting Little Red Riding Hood (who previously co-starred in the second of the Wolf's Silly Symphonies cartoons) to nervously call the trope name.
    • It's also part of the lyrics of "Soup or Salad, Fries or Biscuits" because the Beast is angry and Goofy wants to get him out quickly.
  • The Chew Toy: Goofy.
  • Christmas Episode:
    • "Clarabelle's Christmas List", where Clarabelle claims to have Santa's list and everyone becomes tempted to sneak a peek at it.
    • "Pete's Christmas Carol", where Pete volunteers to play Santa just so he can take everyone's presents.
  • Clark Kenting:
    • Just like in the comic books that the episode was based on, no one except for Mickey figures out that Super Goof is Goofy. 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 even I'm not that stupid!
  • Clip Show: The House segments are nothing more than framing devices for recycled Mickey MouseWorks shorts. An example of Tropes are not Bad, though, because the House segments are entertaining in their own way and sometimes have important plots, classic Disney cartoons are occasionally shown as well as MouseWorks shorts, and a good number of the MouseWorks shorts used never aired before on Mickey MouseWorks.
  • Comically Missing the Point: If Goofy isn't being a klutz, he's probably doing this.
  • Comically Small Demand: In one episode Donald volunteers to steal "the lamp" for Jafar. After Donald's ordeal in the prop room to get Aladdin's lamp, Jafar tells him that that isn't the right one and what he really wanted was the lamp in Mickey's dressing room (with the clock gizmo and the fringe along the shade). Which Mickey is happy to hand over.
  • Compilation Movie: The direct-to-video movies Mickey's House of Villains and Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse both consisted mainly of recycled footage from the show's Halloween Episodes and Christmas Episodes.
  • Continuity Nod: In "Snow Day", Goofy attempts to show his son Max how to snowboard until his son tells him that he already knows how, which makes sense. After all, he once wanted a snowboard for Christmas.
  • Continuity Porn: Literally everywhere, in reference to the Disney Animated Canon.
  • Cool Old Guy: This series has lots of them, with Merlin and Maurice as two examples.
  • Cool Old Lady: Both Mulan's grandma and Wilhelmina Packard.
  • Couch Gag: 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.
  • The Cover Changes the Meaning: Goofy singing Donald's theme song changes the lyrics from ironic to moronic.
  • Covered in Kisses: This presumably happened to Donald Duck by Clarabelle Cow and Clara Cluck in the intervals of the episode "Everybody Loves Mickey", where after playing the final short, Donald appears with lipstick kisses on him as Clarabelle Cow and Clara Cluck praise him for being a romantic. It also happens to most of the main cast by Pluto in the episode "Pluto Save's the Day" as part of the cure to wake the cast from sleeping apples Pete had given them in the guise of Snow White.
  • Cranky Landlord: Pete goes as far as to screw Mickey into the ground personally. While there are episodic problems, this is the show's main premise.
  • Crossover Punchline: With Pepper Ann of all shows!
    Mrs. Pearson: Don't touch the villain, dear.
  • Cute Kitten:
  • Cutting Corners: Scrooge McDuck buys the club and performs all kinds of cost-cutting ways to save and make money, including having the lights become coin-operated, greatly decreasing the food supply and seating all the guests at one table. Later, Mickey tries to give him a taste of his own medicine by having the cartoons shown a tiny television and cutting off the electricity, but it backfires when Scrooge commends him for it.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • 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: (while in front of a WWII radio) And this isn't hi tech, honey?.
  • Decoy Hiding Place: In addition to disguising himself as Jafar, Goofy, Mickey, and even Donald, The Aracuan Bird used Tantor's trunk and The Mad Hatter's hat as a hiding place in the episode "Donald and the Aracuan Bird".
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Mickey, Goofy, and Donald attempt to disguise themselves as the Quack Street Boys. This includes Donald putting on the same fake webbed feet and duckbills as Mickey and Goofy.
  • Deus ex Machina: Aladdin showing up last-minute with Genie's lamp in the climax of Mickey's House of Villains, which Mickey uses to imprison Jafar and return the House back to normal.
  • 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").
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: 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.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: 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.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: When Hades is the only guest in the house keeping it from being closed for good, Mickey hires Chernabog to perform "Night on Bald Mountain" for him. When it works and entertains Hades, Pete attacks with a bulldozer to shovel Chernabog away. However, this incurs the wrath of Chernabog’s spirits from the underworld, who begin chasing Pete down to make him join them.
  • Don't Try This at Home: Prepare fondue in the Black Cauldron. Otherwise the undead soldiers will show up.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Quite a bit.
    • The first episode has Pepper Ann, while the later 51 episodes don't have any TVA characters.
    • The first episode has the cartoons created in a similar way to live action, other episodes don't reference it.
    • An early reoccurring character was the Censor monkeys, however, S&P didn't take too kindly to it, so they never re-appeared after Episode 3.
    • In Season 1, Pete was the only one trying to shut down the club, but in Season 2, Mortimer replaces Pete and in Season 3, Mortimer and Pete team up.
    • Early episodes have more new content within the cartoons, later episodes use recycled content from Mickey Mouse Works and the original theatrical shorts.
  • The Eeyore: He's in there. He even does stand-up!
  • Every Man Has His Price: Spoken almost word for word by Scrooge McDuck in "House of Scrooge" after he tells Mickey that he bought the House of Mouse and Mickey protests that Pete is the owner.
    Scrooge: Everyone has their price.
    (Pete drives up in a golf cart, dressed like a pimp and hauling around a huge sack of cash with a dollar sign on it)
    Pete: And my price is a big fat bag of cash!
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In "Pete's Christmas Caper", Pete, of all people, helps out Minnie when Mortimer keeps trying to force her to kiss him under the mistletoe by kissing Mortimer himself. Mortimer flees in disgust and Minnie thanks Pete for his help with a high five.
  • Everybody Has Standards: The episode "Halloween With Hades" reveals that even Mushu can't help but feel bad for Hades when he gets rejected by Maleficent the first time by saying "Ouch talk about being shot down in flames."
  • Evil Lawyer Joke: When threatened with legal trouble, Hades says "Just a reminder, I've got all the lawyers." (Though while Hades himself is a villain, the Greek Underworld is not depicted as Hell in the original film.)
  • Evil Twin: Robo-Mickey and his robo-friends created by Ludwig von Drake in "House of Genius", who opt to take over the House of Mouse by replacing their organic counterparts.
  • Expy: Dennis the Duck is basically an avian version of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
  • Face Palm: Donald gives one when when Scrooge reveals he's bought the House of Mouse.
  • Fan Disservice: Pete in a tutu. Ewww. Lampshaded by Mickey, even.
    Mickey: Bigger than life and twice as ugl—uh, "talented", here's Pete!
  • Feud Episode: Timon and Pumbaa in the episode where they were the special guests.
  • Firing Day: In "Gone Goofy", the club goes over-budget and requires one person to be fired, and it has to be someone who is lazy and unproductive. Goofy naturally fits the mold, but the others, barring Donald, don't have the heart to fire their friend. As Donald tries to give Goofy a (literal) pink slip, Mickey decides to fire himself and make Goofy the new host.
  • Flanderization: Quite a bit for several of the movie characters (the most obvious one being Gaston, who's basically turned into a living Running Gag and is more than likely the source of the "No one ___ like Gaston!" meme), mostly thanks to the many Shout Outs to their original movies.
  • Food Slap: Dennis the Duck's signature move is to yell "Have a sandwich!" and hit someone in the face with a Dagwood Sandwich.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The intro has lots of them, but the one that stands out the most is Rita's cameo.
  • Full-Body Disguise: The Aracuan Bird is fond of this trope. When disguised, he goes from being The Voiceless to perfectly imitating the voice of whoever he's impersonating. He disguises as Jafar, Pluto, Donald, Goofy, and even Mickey Mouse at the end.
  • Furry Confusion: Both anthropomorphic and non-anthropomorphic animals are treated as guests.
  • Furry Reminder: 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.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: From guess where and where else.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser:
    • 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.
    • The first Halloween episode focuses on none other than Hades.
    • Jafar also gets a chance to save it. When Daisy 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 Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.
    • The villains are overall much milder and nicer than in their established movies. Understandable considering the series implies they're all actors living in a Roger Rabbit-esque Toontown, but it's impressive to observe considering the immense crimes they do in their movies (murder, regicide, kidnapping, manipulation), while here the most they make is snarks or mild pranks.
  • Good-Guy Bar: A good deal of the titular establishment's guests are Disney heroes, but there are also just as many villains being served there.
  • Gossip Evolution: In "Thanks to Minnie", 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.
  • The Grinch: Donald acts like one of these in the Christmas 'movie'.
  • Guilt-Induced Nightmare: In the segment "Donald's Goofy World", Donald loses his temper at Goofy and yells at him to leave, saying he never wants to see him again. After he's knocked unconscious thanks to a door hitting him on the head, he dreams that Goofy is everywhere and he eventually turns into Goofy himself. When he wakes up, he starts to take his anger out on Goofy, only to apologize and admit he's happy there's only one Goofy.
  • Halloween Episode:
    • "Halloween with Hades", where Hades tries to court Maleficent.
    • "House Ghosts", where Pete tries to use the ghosts of the Haunted Mansion to scare everyone out of the club so he can shut the place down.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: In "House of Scrooge", Mickey Mouse is forced to use his face logo from his 1930's cartoons to cover himself when Scrooge takes away his clothes on the grounds that they are too expensive for him to wear.
    • In "Salute to Sports" Goofy continues with his RunningGag of trying to sing the National Anthem except he is singing America the Beautiful however he has notecards to help him remember the lyrics all over his body. So while performing a song in front of a paying audience Goofy strips naked with only one of his larger cards covering him.
  • Held Gaze: In the episode "Max's Embarrassing Date", Max and Roxanne stare into each other's eyes before they Almost Kiss, wherein Minnie interrupts them.
  • Here We Go Again!: "Goofy for a Day" has Max take over Goofy's job as waiter over the assumption that his dad's job is easy, only to give up after discovering the hard way that taking customers' orders and delivering them to the right people isn't as simple as he assumed. The end of the episode has Goofy offer to handle Max's job as parking valet for similar reasons to his son not seeing what's so hard about being a waiter.
  • Hey, You!: Mushu in Dining Goofy.
  • Hidden Depths: It's all jokes, of course, but we can get some idea of what other aspect the characters are outside of their movie arcs.
    • Big Bad Wolf is friends with Chernabog and seems to support his friend getting together with Maleficent in House of Villains.
    • The Horned King is the only character to guest star from the Black Cauldron, and the little we see of him seems to imply he has a more courteous and well-mannered side to him aside from his terrifying aspects.
  • The Hilarity of Hats: A whole song about them, sung by the Mad Hatter of course.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Mortimer as always to many of the other female guests including Laverne from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, and Madam Mim from The Sword in The Stone to name three examples.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: Pete has one at one point, and in another episode Scrooge McDuck buys the club and nearly drives everyone away by being so stingy.
  • Humanlike Hand Anatomy: Averted with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and any Dogface that shows up because the former two are Funny Animals with feet shaped like human feet and the latter two have that along with a completely humanoid body shape. Donald, Daisy and the rest ducks play it straight by having lower bodies that are less anthropomorphic than their upper bodies.
  • Hurricane of Puns: 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-Hunchback-ribs, Winnie the Poit, Lion King-cutlets with Zazu-cchini.
  • Hypocritical Humor: 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? Cruella de Vil.
  • Implausible Deniability: Pete does this in the first episode when he denies being responsible for stealing the cartoons and tying up Horace Horsecollar. He says that the rope used to tie Horace up isn't his when it clearly says that it belongs to him, he fits his hands over the fingerprints while claiming that they aren't his fingerprints, and he says that he doesn't know Horace Horsecollar right before saying "Hi, Horace" after Horace says hello to him.
  • In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It: 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 Wikipedia.
  • Incompetent Guard Animal: In the short "Pluto vs. the Watchdog", Mickey tries to test Pluto's watchdog abilities by pretending to be a burglar, but he's only interested in playing with him, prompting him to buy another dog. Little does he know that the new dog is actually working with Pete to help rob the house, but Pluto ends up foiling both of them.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Goofy comes up with "Jafar was gonna get back at Mickey for calling Donald a ham if Donald got him the lamp, but Mickey got him the lamp, so shouldn't Jafar get back at Donald?" (And what Disney villain would turn down the chance to torment the Butt-Monkey?)
    • The Mad Hatter shows he's, well, mad during the musical number "Soup or Salad, Fries or Biscuits" by ordering pizza with "no crust, no sauce and no cheese."
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: The show has Mickey and friends as well as numerous characters from the Disney Animated Canon and the Silly Symphonies shorts all under the same roof, plus Pepper Ann & her mother outside the club in the first episode.
  • Ironic Echo Cut: Done twice when Jafar is scheduled to perform at the House of Mouse.
    Mickey: Gee, I hope they're not lost.
    (Cut to Jafar and Iago standing in the middle of the desert)
    Iago: We are SO lost.
    Jafar: Calm yourself, Iago. Mickey won't replace us.
    (Cut back to the House of Mouse)
    Mickey: Now who can replace them?
  • It's All About Me:
    • Donald is secretly jealous of Mickey's game and has made numerous attempts to turn the spotlight on him (despite being the co-owner of the House of Mouse), he even attempted to change the logo into House of Duck, but he soon accepts that Mickey is the owner.
    • Every time Daisy gets a musical number, it's a parody of a famous Disney song rewritten to be about her own delusions of self-importance.
  • I Would Say If I Could Say: Hades remarks in "Halloween with Hades" that Maleficent's name would warm his soul if he had one.
  • 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 Took a Level in Jerkass 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.
    • Mortimer Mouse is also rather mean. The lengths he'll go to make a fool out of Mickey and steal his girlfriend Minnie border on Hate Sink.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In one episode where the club goes over budget and needs to fire someone, Donald decides it should be Goofy. Mickey tells him they won't fire their friend, but Donald is right Goofy does fit the criteria Minnie laid out for selecting a candidate.
    Minnie: It'll have to be someone who doesn't get their work done, makes mistakes, asks for time off, and breaks things.
    Goofy: (entering the room) Daisy, I didn't finish setting the tables. Donald, I accidentally locked the front door and now no one can get in. Minnie, is it okay if I take every other week off? And Mickey, I broke your TV.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Despite helping Mickey fixing Timon and Pumbaa's friendship, Donald still wants to change the House of Mouse to "House of Duck".
  • Karma Houdini: Chip and Dale do not get any repercussions for stealing the nuts given to the guests since they are never found out and Mickey and Goofy wrongfully accuse Donald of being the thief and Donald’s only let off the hook because they assume he was only stealing the peanuts to fill up the club to celebrate Chip and Dale’s appearance in the house.
  • Lampshade Hanging: In the episode where Timon and Pumbaa are the special guests, Simba (the star of the movie they debuted in) complains that "those guys always get all the attention".
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: King Louie was replaced by his twin brother King Larry because Louis Prima's estate was entitled to royalties should King Louie make an animated appearance anywhere at the time. As of 2011, King Louie making appearances in Disney's works is no longer an issue.
  • Let's See YOU Do Better!:
    • Having had enough of Pete's criticism, Mickey and the entire staff quit and get Pete to try to run the house for a night. Pete changes the name to "Pete's House of Villains", employs some of the Disney Villains, and things are off to an auspicious start, but gradually things fall apart and Pete begs for Mickey to take the House back.
    • In another episode Max keeps talking down to Goofy the head waiter for having the easiest and least important job compared to Mickey and Donald. He learns the hard way that from Goofy's POV House of Mouse is a Crème de la crème restaurant with some of the most dangerous villains as regulars.
  • Limited Wardrobe: The characters dress the same almost every single night (except in the Halloween episodes, of course).
  • "Lion King" Lift: In "King Larry Swings In", while preparing for the arrival of King Louie's twin brother, Mickey reminds Donald that he's had bad luck with royalty in the past; cut to a Flashback recreating Simba's presentation, with Donald holding the baby Simba... only to drop him.
  • List Song: Professor Von Drake performs one in "House of Genius," listing off many of the Disney characters in attendance (plus Roy E. Disney).
    • The Mad Hatter's song about hats is another example. Though him being the Mad Hatter, it totally derails into implausible hats like "Hats that are made up of giant broccoli!"
  • Look Behind You: "Oh! Look! Annette Funicello!"
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Subverted by Clarabelle in the Super Goof episode.
  • Meat-O-Vision: When dinner is late in "Goofy's Menu Magic", the guests start seeing their dining companions as roast chickens, save for Clara Cluck who appears like a bug when seen by Timon and Pumbaa. Dumbo also pictures Timothy Mouse as a peanut.
  • Medium Awareness: All the cartoon characters know they're cartoons. Lampshaded by everything everywhere.
  • Metaphoric Metamorphosis: Donald literally being turned into a ham after overdramatically reacting to Mickey calling him one.
  • Mocky Mouse: In a rare example of the trope where the expy is actually in a Disney work, Dennis Duck blatantly takes some cues from Mickey Mouse and is mainly based on his trickster personality from his earlier shorts.
  • Modest Royalty: Aurora seems to prefer wearing her peasant dress from her "Briar Rose" identity over her fancy gown from her princess identity since she's seen with the former on in almost all of her appearances at the House.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: An example of this in "Donald's Lamp Trade"—the lamp in Mickey's dressing room is completely mundane, yet Jafar wants it enough to force Donald to try stealing it...not that he told Donald what he meant by "the lamp."
  • Musical Nod: 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.
    • "The Spectrum Song" plays as Mickey confronts Professor Von Drake in "Ask Von Drake."
  • Mugged for Disguise:
    • "Unplugged Club" has Pete drag Goofy off-screen and take his clothes to disguise himself as a waiter.
    • "Humphrey in the House" has Humphrey the Bear take Merryweather's clothes to disguise himself in another of his attempts to pilfer the club's food.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • 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.
    • 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".
    • In Goofy's Menu Magic, Goofy's Dippy Dawg incarnation briefly appears (albeit with pants), as Goofy's father.
    • While not on stage, Huey, Dewey, and Louie can occasionally be seen casually cameoing the outfits they wore in Quack Pack - but with the colors shifted around: Huey wears Louie's clothes, Louie wear's Dewey's and Dewey wears Huey's.
    • Mickey's flashbacks to the favor he promised Goofy in "Hickory Dickory Mickey" have Mickey and Goofy drawn in their appearances from the early 1930's shorts, with the scenes being in black and white as well.
  • Negative Continuity:
    • Guests at the House of Mouse aren't restricted to one specific form. Simba regularly flip-flops between his cub and adult forms, and Ariel makes appearances in both human and mermaid form. Plus all the many guests that died in their movies such as Mufasa and most of the villains.
    • 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 Beauty and the Beast 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.
  • Never My Fault: 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.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Big Bad Wolf as "Big Bad Wolf Daddy", who performed along with The Three Little Pigs in a 1940s-style house band.
  • Nobody's That Dumb: In "Super Goof", after eating some contaminated peanuts, Goofy becomes a superhero named "Super Goof". When Clarabelle thinks she figures out who Super Goof is after finding a contaminated peanut shell, she thinks it's Dumbo despite Goofy's superhero costume is just him wearing a red jumpsuit and a blue cape with nothing obscuring his face. Goofy was not amused by this.
    Goofy: Oh, come on. I may be goofy but even I'm not that stupid.
  • Not Actually the Ultimate Question: Used as a Running Gag with Horace Horsecollar, mainly with the question "What's wrong?" (The rainforests are being cut down, nobody votes anymore, and the Internet's too dang slow!)
  • Not Me This Time: Pete isn't always responsible for the central problem of the episode. During "Rent Day" he demands they pay him rent (which is within his rights) and the only reason it becomes an ongoing problem is that Mickey carelessly spent the $50 Minnie gave him to pay Pete on cheese instead. Minnie's resigned comments indicate this is pretty typical of him too.
  • No, You: "No, it is you who will be fired" is said by both Jafar to Pete and Lumiere to Mortimer, before literally setting them on fire.
  • Obviously Evil: Jiminy Cricket lampshades this tendency in Disney villains when he gives his big speech to the audience.
    Jiminy Cricket: Avoid anyone with a fiendish cackle, sinister smile, or diabolical glare. Not necessarily in that order.
  • Off-Model:
    • Pepper Ann and her mom are both slightly off-model in their cameo.
    • Ariel in the intro lacks the lipstick that she normally has, looking rather strange as a result.
  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile: Mickey gives one in "The Stolen Cartoons" when the Queen of Hearts glares at him for lifting her skirt while looking for Pete.
  • One-Shot Character: Percival C. McLeach and Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke who both make one appearance total in the episodes "House of Crime" and "Donald Wants To Fly" respectively.
  • Only Sane Man: Minnie, who is Mickey's voice of reason whenever he gets panicked and needs to be calmed down. (Such as the very first episode.)
  • Overly Long Name: Panchito of The Three Caballeros sings a song about how he got his previously unmentioned full name of Panchito Romero Miguel Junipero Francisco Quintero González.
  • Papa Wolf: In "Goofy for a Day," Max attempting to wait on Hades has him sic Pain and Panic on him to take him to the Underworld. Goofy immediately runs in to save his son before warning him about Hades.
  • Parental Bonus: At the end of Max’s Embarrassing Date, Roxanne says “I’ve got one thing to say to you about tonight,” and then proceeds to whisper in Max’s ear, causing him to look absolutely shocked. While Max later claims that she just said that it was the best date she’d ever had and couldn’t wait to come back, the previous scene was clearly meant to invoke a more salacious conclusion in the minds of the older members of the audience.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: 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 Motor Mania.
  • Parody Commercial: 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. It wouldn't work on any villains or lawyers however.
  • Power Outage Plot: In the episode, "Unplugged Club", Pete attempts to sabotage the titular club by cutting the power so Mickey will be unable to put on a show and pay the club's bills. When Pete removes the battery that powers the club and it runs dead, Minnie improvises by using Zeus' lightning rod as their new power source. Pete later sabotages that plan by tricking Zeus into thinking the titans stole his chariot and taking his lightning rod with him, but Minnie comes to the rescue again by charging the battery (by having her and her friends run at it to scare it awake).
  • Punch-Clock Villain: 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 Aladdin, he tried to have the title character drowned and enslaved Jasmine).
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Max uses these in order to finally get a car from Goofy.
  • The Quiet One: Often the same handful of guest characters have prominent speaking roles in the show (likely due to accessibility of their voice actors). Out of the Winnie the Pooh cast, only Eeyore gets in many zingers, the others usually in silent cameos. The Bambi cast (rather fittingly) seldom speak either, to the point Bambi himself only has one line in the entire series.
  • Read the Fine Print: It is repeatedly stated that as long as Mickey and company put on a show, they get to keep the club.
  • Real Person Cameo: 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.
    • Another episode shows Hades starring in a commercial with Mr. T (As Himself too!).
  • Reality Warper: 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.
  • Rebus Bubble: Mickey does this to figure out that Mortimer has played him for a sap in "Mickey and the Culture Clash".
  • Recurring Extra: Oliver, Dodger, and other Disney characters who have background cameos usually in response to some mishap happening such as Goofy causing the tables to tip over in the episode "Max's Embarrassing Date" (an episode of which Oliver and Dodger have background cameos in), and the Big Bad Wolf bringing down the house in the episode "Big Bad Wolf Daddy" (the guests stand there shocked at first before cheering at the Big Bad Wolf's performance)
  • Recycled Premise:
    • 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. While he tries to tell everybody what's going on and stop it he inevitably ends up getting injured and humiliated, 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 still 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 stop her from revealing it.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Dennis the Duck from the episode of the same name—he's regarded in-universe as a famous 1920s cartoon character, with Mickey even calling him "legendary" at the end of the episode and treating him as an extra special guest overall, but he was actually created specifically for the episode with no prior basis as something of an Affectionate Parody of the old black and white rubber hose characters. Some fans have speculated that he's meant to be a stand-in for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit but there's no confirmation of this.
  • Removable Shell: Baby Shelby and Mama Turtle have these.
  • Rump Roast: After Mortimer takes advantage of being Mistaken for Special Guest, the real critic, Lumiere, decides to punish him with a Rump Roast.
  • Running Gag:
    • Thomas O'Malley and the Alley Cats from The Aristocats are constantly invited to perform at the House, but something always happens that results in their act being canceled.
    • 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 people's 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. Doubles as a Mythology Gag, given what happened to him in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
    • The opening sequence's "____________, it's Disney's House of Mouse!"
  • Savethe Villain: House of Crime
  • Scenery Censor:
    • In "Salute to Sports", 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 Goofy Print Underwear) until the cards are the only thing hiding his dignity.
    • 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.
  • Screw Yourself: Averted when Prof. Von Drake makes an Opposite-Sex Clone of himself as an example of his perfect mate who is "exactly like (him)" in the Valentine's Day episode. They end up getting into a fight because Ludwig gets annoyed with his female clone always finishing his sentences.
  • Self-Deprecation: In "Jiminy Cricket", Mickey intros a cartoon by saying, "Now here's a really great cartoon!" This causes his nose to suddenly grow.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Mickey uses this in order to appear more sophisticated in "Mickey and the Culture Clash".
  • Shout-Out: To many of Disney's animated films, obviously, and essentially the entire Disney canon up to that point.
  • Show Within a Show: Main Street Gossip.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Mortimer Mouse and Gaston.
  • Spanner in the Works: 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 demands the house over, he and Mickey find one last customer: Hades. And when Pete tries flooding Hades out, Ariel shows up instead.
  • Spiritual Successor: To The Muppet Show, in terms of framing device and style of humor.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Despite the hundreds of Disney characters present, if the plot doesn't revolve around Pete's latest scheme, it's usually got Timon and Pumbaa, Hades, or Jiminy Cricket upfront. Likely due to their Ensemble Dark Horse status.
  • Stalling the Sip: In "Pluto Saves the Day", this happens when Pete, disguised as Snow White, tries to trick Goofy into eating a poisoned apple.
    Pete: (in falsetto) Oh, Goofy! I have a delicious apple for you!
    Goofy: No thanks. Ma said never to take fruit from a stranger.
    Pete: But I'm Snow White.
    Goofy: Yeah? Well, who's that? (points to the real Snow White)
    Pete: Uh, well, uh, you know... An apple a day keeps the doc away.
    Goofy: But I like Doc.
    Pete: (normal voice) Just eat this apple!
    Goofy: Okay, Snow. Bet'cha Prince Charming never saw this side of ya before the kiss.
    (Pete shoves the apple in Goofy's mouth)
  • Stock Audio Clip: With the obvious exception of the two episodes that focus around him ("Suddenly Hades" and "Halloween with Hades"), any lines Hades has in an episode are always recycled from episodes of Hercules the Series.
  • Stock Footage: Crowd applause shots are constantly reused as are a number of shots where Horace is told to "hit it," plus the various scenes of Huey, Duey, and Louie's musical act.
  • Suicide as Comedy: Dennis the Duck, depressed that Donald dislikes him, attempts to rub himself out with an eraser. Donald finds him and re-draws him over and over as Dennis continues to erase himself.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: When Hades tries to court Maleficent, Mickey advises him to try to be nice and more like him to impress her. It doesn't work, but Hades' subsequent rage impresses Maleficent. Mickey delivers An Aesop about being yourself, and Minnie coyly suggests he planned it all along. Mickey hesitates, and invokes this trope.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: King Larry, the so-called twin brother of King Louie from The Jungle Book (1967).
  • Talking with Signs: In "Ladies Night", a smashed electronic device manages to flash "OUCH!" before it breaks.
  • Take That!:
    • Two early episodes feature appearances by the Censor Monkeys, an obvious jab at the censorship that the Classic Disney Shorts (and other theatrically-released cartoons) endured when shown on television.
    • The ad for "Disney's Magic in a Bottle," which can cheer up anyone except "Disney villains and lawyers."
    • The episode where Mortimer pretends to be a critic and makes ridiculous demands just to freebies seems to be one at toxic fandoms and hatedoms that have extreme expectations for a show or movie.
  • 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.
  • Threat Backfire: In the episode "Suddenly Hades" this happens with Pete when his plan to make the club so warm all the guests leave succeeds but also fails at the same time. He doesn't count on Hades remaining and saying he loves the heat.
  • Toilet Humour:
    • One Running Gag is Pumbaa's flatulence.
    • A downplayed example happens in "Daisy's Debut", where Mickey's half of "I'm the Mouse and I'm the Duck" has him mispronounce "pout" as "poot".
  • Took a Level in Badass: 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 Tennis Boss match against Jafar.
  • Toon Town: "Downtown Main Street" is implied to be an unseen corner of Disneyland, and Mickey and the gang's hometown in the Mouseworks shorts is Disneyland's Toontown.
  • Totem Pole Trench: "House Ghosts" has a scene where the Seven Dwarves stand on top of each other to impersonate Paul Bunyan.
  • The Determinator: Donald's pursuit of the Aracuan Bird in the episode "Donald and The Araucan Bird" revolves around this trope and Donald's failed attempts to catch the bird. Their chase even has the two end up in the control room where Horace Horsecollar runs the cartoon player and The Aracuan Bird pulls out a mallet and flattens Donald into a disk and inserts him into the cartoon player. By the time the cartoon is over, the Aracuan Bird puts a bucket over Horace's head and Donald and the Aracuan Bird resume their chase as Horace is left confused as to what just happened.
  • The Trope Formerly Known as X:
    • Donald temporarily goes as The Duck Formerly Known As Donald in "The Three Caballeros". 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 Peg-Leg Pete."
  • The Voiceless: Percival C.McLeach and Mr.Snoops who following the passing of their voice actors George C.Scott and Joe Flynn in 1999 and 1974 respectively, are given no lines of dialogue out of respect for their late voice actors.
  • Unholy Matrimony:
    • 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) message "Even if you're a bad-tempered lord of the underworld, you should always be yourself!"
    • Maleficent seems to be a bit of a Disney Villain Dude Magnet 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 Chernabog, who claims to "love her work".
  • The Unintelligible: Both Gus Goose and Clara Cluck only communicate via honking and clucking sounds respectively.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Mickey uses these a lot for swearing. Sometimes exclaiming "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah!" or "Ah, Jiminy Cricket!" when he's frustrated.
  • Verbal Backspace: In "Timon and Pumba," Mickey accidentally signs off saying, "That's all folks!" before correcting himself.
  • Villain-Based Franchise: Because of the disastrous box office failure of The Black Cauldron, the Horned King and his henchmen are the only characters from that film to actually appear in this show.
    • Sleeping Beauty is also a case of this, because Aurora and the Good Fairies only make non-speaking appearances, while Maleficent stars in an episode.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Pete becomes a victim of this trope in the episode "Pluto Saves The Day" courtesy of Dodger, Tito, DeSoto, and the other Disney dogs from before that performed in the Pet Shop Dogs quartet chasing him out of the club. He also falls victim to this trope in the episode "Suddenly Hades" when Chernabog's minions foil Pete's attempts to use a bulldozer to sabotage Chernabog's Bald Mountain act.
  • Villain Song:
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: Mortimer's song in Ladies Night, which was written by himself, praises himself. When Minnie, Daisy and Clarabelle sing it and the reception is negative, they change the lyrics so that they insult Mortimer. Everyone, even the villains, loves the new version.
  • Visual Pun: Happens quite a lot. For example, "The crowd is turning ugly!" (cue cut to Belle’s Prince turning back into the Beast) and two line sketches saying that Mickey is lucky to be "overdrawn" because "We're not done yet!"
  • We Want Our Idiot Back!: Goofy becomes subject to this in "Not So Goofy," when José Carioca teaches him how not to be clumsy. At first people are glad he is able to wait tables without issue, but when he loses his trademark goofiness in the process, the others begin to regret being so hard on him.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: 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.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: A self-indulgent song about Mortimer Mouse in "Ladies Night".
    Daisy: Oh, brother. Who wrote these lyrics?
    Clarabelle: I'll give you three guesses.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • The unhappy customers in "Dining Goofy".
    • The stew attack in "Goofy's Menu Magic".
  • Witch with a Capital "B": Daisy tries to move some villains to different seats and Hades says "Witch" in this tone. It doubles as Insult Friendly Fire since he's sitting with Jafar, Ursula, and the queen from Snow White.
  • World of Pun: 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!
  • You Meddling Kids: Pete quotes the Scooby-Doo villains when Donald foils one of his plots to shut down the House.
  • You Monster!: In "Halloween with Hades", Panic yells "You monsters" after seeing that Mickey has made Hades dress like him and act nicer.
  • You Say Tomato: The song "I'm the Mouse and I'm the Duck" from "Daisy's Debut".

     Mouse Works shorts 
  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: The animatronic parrot on the pinball machine in "Pinball Mickey" is clearly a three-dimensional computer model masked with cel shading.
  • Accidental Pervert: There are two cases. Mickey falls into this trope in "Future Mania" after Ludwig Von Drake hooks him up to his future-viewing machine. When he tries to contact Minnie on a viewing monitor, he ends up seeing her in a towel. His attempts to keep Minnie from getting angry only serve to dig himself deeper. Donald falls into this trope in "Donald's Rocket Ruckus" when he mistakes a woman (a very tall duck) for Huey, Dewey and Louie in disguise and rips off her dress.
  • Accidentally Real Fake Address: In a Pluto Gets the Paper mini-short, Mortimer Mouse, who is running from Pluto after stealing Mickey's paper, jumps inside a cab and tells the driver "The other side of town, and step on it!". The cab only goes less than a block before stopping at the corner of The Other Side Of Town St. and Step On It Blvd.
  • Acquaintance Denial: In the short "Mickey's April Fools", Mickey tries to prove his identity to a will executor after faking his death, and he brings in Donald to prove that he is, indeed, Mickey Mouse. After Donald has an Imagine Spot about living Mickey's glamorous life, he grins deviously and says, "Never seen him before!"
  • Affectionate Parody: The short "Dance of the Goofys" parodies a segment from Fantasia.
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  • Afterlife Angst: In the short "How to Haunt a House", Goofy becomes a ghost (but only temporarily) and complains "I'm not ready to be dearly departed!".
  • All Just a Dream: The Donald Duck short "Donald's Goofy World" and the Pluto short "Minnie Takes Care of Pluto" both end this way. Donald is revealed to have only dreamed everyone turned into Goofy in the former cartoon while the latter short revealed that Pluto was only dreaming that he went to Hell.
    • Also, A Midsummer Night's Dream was shown to have ended this way, in which Mickey had this dream of him and Minnie getting married, which seems to upset her for some reason.
  • The Alleged House: The short "Mickey's Mechanical House" has Mickey Mouse putting up with things like clattering pipes and a creaky roof in his house, prompting him to move into a technologically-advanced abode.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: In "Around the World in 80 Days," when Mickey tells Goofy "We're going around the world in eighty days!" Goofy just stands there and continues to sweep; when Mickey tells him to get a move on he asks "What's the hurry? We're not leaving for eighty days."
  • Animation Bump:
    • Certain shorts, such as "Mickey's New Car" and "Roller Coaster Painters," have much more fluid animation than the majority of shorts.
    • A somewhat backward example: seven shorts from the first season were colored traditionally on cels, while the rest of the shorts are colored digitally.
  • April Fools' Plot: "Mickey's April Fools" takes place on April Fool's Day and has Mickey prank Minnie by faking her out after making it look like he was going to propose to her as well as prank Mortimer by tricking him into thinking he run him over. After Mickey hears of an inheritance of one million bucks, his earlier prank on Mortimer backfires when he has to prove that he's not dead. The executor turns out to be Mortimer in disguise, who proceeds to tie Mickey to a pole by his shorts and lies about being Mickey to take his inheritance of one million bucks, which it turns out was a bunch of male deer rather than dollars. The other executor reveals herself to be Minnie in disguise, but she leaves Mickey where he is as payback for pranking her into thinking they'd finally marry.
  • Artistic License – Geography: 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.
  • Art Shift: Donald briefly turns into a CGI when getting sucked into his computer in "computer.don".
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: In "Turkey Catchers", Donald disguises himself as an attractive female bird to lure the turkey into a trap.
  • Author Guest Spot: In "Mickey's Mix-Up," the nasty fax Mickey intended to send to Mortimer ends up going to Roy E. Disney.
  • Babysitter's Nightmare: A recurring antagonist for Donald Duck is Baby Shelby the Turtle, who he is forced to babysit by Shelby's mother. Donald then quickly is put in a living hell courtesy of Shelby being a relentless daredevil. Most of the shorts end with Shelby's mother asking Donald to look over Shelby again and Donald suffering a nervous breakdown. Then we have the Mickey, Donald and Goofy cartoon "Babysitters"...
  • Babysitting Episode: The Baby Shelby shorts, as shown above.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • "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 casts him as... a waiter!
    • "How to Wash Dishes" does pretty much the same thing, right up to the Book Ends ending, except replace "waiter" with "dishwasher" and replace "being a movie star" with "Goofy going on vacation".
    • In "Topsy-Turvy Town", it looks like as if the executioner is about to chop Mickey and Minnie's heads off as part of their punishment for breaking the titular town's rules, but then it turns out he was only cutting some lemons for two glasses of ice cold drinks and said "punishment" is a luxurious beach vacation spot. Mickey and Minnie are both perfectly fine with this.
  • Beach Episode: The cartoon "Mickey's Rival Returns" is set entirely at a beach, and as the title implies, features the return of Mickey's rival, Mortimer Mouse. The plot revolves around Mickey challenging Mortimer to a game of volleyball to win Minnie's affection, and even though he won, Mortimer tricks Minnie into thinking Mickey only won because she is his "trophy". Although Mickey does triumph at the end when he sends Mortimer flying after he tries to give Minnie a kiss during their luau date.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Minnie finally delivers her pie to Daisy in "Minnie Visits Daisy", but she ends up in jail because she resorted to breaking and entering. On the bright side, the short ends with Minnie throwing the pie into Daisy's face in a rare instance of Daisy getting her comeuppance for obliviously putting her friend through hell.
  • Black Comedy Burst: The Halloween themed shorts. Both Goofy's and Donald's are very dark but are Played for Laughs and full of slapstick.
  • Blatant Lies: Usually spoken by Mickey to get himself out of trouble. Never works.
  • Body Horror: Played for laughs in "Donald's Goofy World". Donald's dream - in which everyone and everything has turned into Goofy - culminates in Donald turning into Goofy himself.
    Goofy: (on Donald's television) Now YOU'RE Goofy too!
  • Breakout Character: Applies as the first time Minnie and Daisy have been the leads of their own cartoons, even finally getting their own classic era styled faceplates.
  • Butt-Monkey: Donald, as per usual, gets stuck with all the bad luck, even in the show's intro.
    • Even characters like Minnie, Goofy and Pluto can be hit with this as well.
  • Canis Latinicus: Goofy, in a biking cartoon, is introduced as "Goofilious Bike-Pedalous".
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin':
    • 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 from Minnie herself to give to orphans in order to keep them from being kicked out on the street. Ouch. Hijinks ensue as Mickey tries to get the bow back so he can resell it and reclaim the money.
  • Captivity Harmonica: In "Big House Mickey", there is a brief scene of Mickey playing the harmonica while in jail.
  • Cardboard Prison: In "Big House Mickey", Mickey easily escapes from prison because the prison guard stupidly demonstrates the easiest way for a person to bust out (which is to knock him out and take the keys).
  • Cartoon Bomb: The entire plot of "Donald's Dynamite" shorts is his being plagued by Cartoon Bombs when he's in the middle of doing something.
  • Cast as a Mask: Per usual, Donald's nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie were voiced by Russi Taylor, but in "Donald's Halloween Scare", they disguise themselves as Chief O'Hara, who is voiced by Corey Burton. When their disguise is revealed, Louie still wears the Chief O'Hara mask and says "Come back, you maniac" in Chief O'Hara's voice.
  • The Cat Came Back: The bombs in those "Donald's Dynamite" quickies just won't leave Donald alone. At least, not until they explode.
  • Chained to a Railway: The subject of one "Mickey to the Rescue" quickie, in which Mickey saves Minnie from being tied down in the path of an oncoming train, driven by Pete. Unfortunately, Mickey is not very good with untying knots, so both Mickey and Minnie wind up tied together. Fortunately, however, Mickey manages to hit a conveniently-placed switch, sending Pete's train down another track.
    Pete: I knew I shouldn't have put in that second set of tracks!
    • Mickey and Minnie, still tied up, manage to get off the tracks. Then the train comes back in the opposite direction, cutting the ropes and freeing the mice.
  • Christmas Episode:
    • "Mickey's Christmas Chaos" (retitled "Mickey's Christmas Crisis" when repurposed on House of Mouse), where Mickey competes with Mortimer over who's better at decorating their house for Christmas.
    • "The Nutcracker", an adaptation of The Nutcracker with Mickey and friends as the characters.
  • Closer to Earth: Played straight with Minnie, played with with Daisy - both Donald and Daisy can play the more grounded in their relationship Depending on the Writer, as Donald is impulsive and temperamental while Daisy is childish and often oblivious to others.
  • Characterization Marches On: 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...
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: "Donald's Dinner Date" has Daisy threatening to dump Donald unless he makes it through the entire date without getting angry. And wouldn't you know it, their waiter turns out to be Goofy. Donald's patience is tested throughout the short, but in the end, it's Daisy that gets angry. Donald manages to remain calm... well, until he gets the bill.
  • Come Back, My Pet!: 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.
    Mickey: (about Pluto) What! A! Watchdog!
  • Composite Character: In their adaptation of The Nutcracker, Drosselmeyer replaces Fritz as the one who breaks the nutcracker.
  • Correspondence Course: In "How to Be a Spy," Goofy is actually seen listening to (and misunderstanding...) the instructions about how to be a spy on a tape recorder.
  • Couch Gag: Donald constantly tries to finish the Mickey Mouse Works title sequence with a display reading "Starring Donald Duck", which always backfires in some way.
  • Covered in Kisses: A cute white poodle with blue eyes named Tiki does this to Pluto in the short "Pluto's Penthouse Sweet". Pluto likes Tiki but realizes that if he wants to stay with her, he'll have to marry her and leave his owner Mickey Mouse. So he tries to escape from her endless barrage of kisses. At one point he hides in a grandfather clock. It turns out that Tiki was in the clock waiting for him. There is a struggle and once he leaves most of his body is covered with lipstick marks. Tiki is not shown to wear lipstick and all of the other times she kisses Pluto she leaves no such marks. So she either put on some lipstick when she got Pluto alone in the grandfather clock or this was all just for comedic effect (the latter is more likely).
  • Crisis Catch And Carry: In the short "Donald's Halloween Scare", Donald does a Wild Take in which his ghost flies out of him and runs away. Donald is too scared to move, so his ghost grabs him.
  • Cutaway Gag: In "Mickey's Airplane Kit," and a whole series of them in "Daisy's Big Sale."
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Mickey, Donald and Goofy work as Pete's pit crew in the short "Pit Crew". When Pete gets impatient on the three coming over to fix his racecar up, he threatens to pinch their heads off.
  • Death Is Cheap: The narrator lampshades this in "How to Haunt a House", where he assures Donald and Goofy after they die and become ghosts that they will only remain dead until the cartoon is over.
  • Depending on the Writer: Daisy is either the Straight Man to her boyfriend Donald as she usually is or is a complete idiot who never understands that her actions make things inconvenient for her friends.
  • Disney Acid Sequence:
    • Mickey's dream sequence in "Hickory Dickory Mickey".
    • "Bird-Brained Donald" features one as well.
    • "Mickey's Piano Lesson" also has a bizarre dream sequence of Mickey having to deal with sentient music notes and a giant piano monster. All set to the tone of "Moonlight Sonata", no less.
  • Double Standard Rape: Female on Male: Hinted at in the end of "Future Mania". After Ludwig Von Drake is put into his own future viewer by Donald, Goofy, and Mickey, who are all furious with how bad their visions of the future turned out, Ludwig is initially okay with being in a vision of the future because he gets to spend time with a duck gynoid. Said gynoid then starts to become unnecessarily clingy.
  • Downer Ending: "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 washing dishes at the restaurant he got overcharged at in the same position he was in at the beginning of the cartoon.
  • Drunk with Power: Goofy, of all people, in "Sandwich Makers", in which he is put in charge of a sandwich shop with Mickey and Donald as workers. Goofy eventually takes his "How To Be In Charge" book seriously and grows mad with power as 'captain', calling his friends yeomen and throwing them in "the brig" (storage closet).
    Goofy: "Chapter Three: Who Needs Friends When You've Got Power?!" (thunder crashes)
  • Episode Title Card: 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 ¡Three Amigos!: Mickey, Donald, and Goofy. All of them have corresponding leitmotifs.
  • Escalating War: In "Rollercoaster Painters", Mickey and Donald become so obsessed with winning a lifetime pass to an amusement park that they each try to outdo one another in how much of the park's roller coaster they can paint. One thing leads to another, and they wind up getting into a paint war on the coaster, with Mickey pitching buckets of the red paint he was using at Donald, and Donald pelting Mickey with water balloons full of the blue paint Donald was using. In the end, neither of them win — the winner, instead, is Goofy, who simply did his painting duties in a slow-and-steady way.
  • Everybody Knew Already: Phantom Blot's Hidden Hideout. It's at the White Pages!
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Or Portuguese, in the case of "Mickey Tries to Cook". Here, the reason Mickey tries to cook is that Minnie is tired of the ham, tomato and cheese sandwiches with cheese that are all Mickey knows how to make, and he sees her at the grocery store with Jose Carioca who offers her an exotic-sounding dish. At the end of the cartoon, it turns out that Jose also made a ham, tomato and cheese sandwich with cheese, and just told the name in Portuguese.
  • Exact Words: 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!
  • Exposition Already Covered: In Season 3 "The Nutcracker", when Ludwig Von Drake is about to give Minnie a nutcracker doll, the narrator interrupts him and spoils the surprise for Minnie, which annoys Ludwig.
    Narrator: This year, Godpapa Drosselmeyer made a special gift for young Maria.
    Ludwig: Alright, little one, now this took me-
    Narrator: It has taken him all year to built.
    Ludwig: Right, all year. (back to Minnie) It's a beautiful-
    Narrator: A beautiful nutcracker.
    Ludwig: Oh! You're not a narrator, you're just a great, big, surprise spoiler!
    Narrator: Ignore me and just give her the doll!
    Ludwig: Fine, fine. (back to Minnie) Alright, here's the no longer surprise nutcracker, take it already.
  • Eyes Are Unbreakable: In "How to Camp", the two aliens Goofy encounters end up turning to ash with their eyes remaining intact.
  • The Face of the Sun: Even the SUN turns into Goofy in "Donald's Goofy World", much to Donald's horror.
    Sun Goofy: Hi, Donald! It's a beautiful day!
  • Faking the Dead: Mickey's prank on Mortimer in "Mickey's April Fools" involves tricking his rival into thinking he's run him over, which later backfires on Mickey when he tries to collect his inheritance of one million bucks and has to prove that he's not dead.
  • Fan Disservice: Clara Cluck posing provocatively and wearing revealing outfits in "Donald's Double Date".
  • For Inconvenience, Press "1": "Answering Service" has Mickey, Donald, and Goofy dealing with the entire phone company being one of these.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: After trying and failing the narrator's lessons on how become "a gentleman", Goofy angrily takes a large club and whacks at both the camera and apparently the narrator. The cartoon ends with the camera's point-of-view lying on its side from the ground, the lens cracked, and the narrator speaking in a woozy voice.
  • Freudian Excuse: "Mickey and the Color Caper" has the Phantom Blot steal all the colors and turn himself into the Phantom Rainbow because he was apparently forced to wear his black cloak his whole life by his parents.
  • Fright Deathtrap: At the end of "How to Haunt a House", Goofy's ghost scares Donald into running out of the house, where he ends up hit by a car, becoming a ghost himself.
  • Fun with Homophones: A plot point of "Mickey's April Fools" is Mickey learning that he's inherited one million bucks. When Mortimer attempts to take Mickey's inheritance by lying that he is Mickey Mouse, it turns out that the bucks are male deer rather than dollar bills.
  • Gallows Humor: 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.
  • Gender Equals Breed: Pluto has an Imagine Spot in "Pluto's Penthouse Sweet" where he and the dog he fell in love with have puppies. The boys look like Pluto and the girls look like their mother.
  • Gilligan Cut: Donald says no to the idea of dressing up like Daisy in "Mickey's Big Break". One clockwise screen wipe later...
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Goofy tends to lose his pants quite a bit, and underneath it's always white boxers with red hearts.
  • Halloween Episode:
    • "Donald's Halloween Scare", where Donald scares his nephews out of their Halloween candy and the triplets conspire to get even with their uncle by pretending to be zombies.
    • "How to Haunt a House" is a semi-scary episode where the premise is Goofy dying and becoming a ghost so that the narrator can instruct him how to haunt the living.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: Goofy covers his shame with his hands in "Goofy's Extreme Sports: Feeding Sharks" for a small moment after stripping naked.
  • Happily Married: Mickey and Minnie at the end of "Around the World in 80 Days". This happens to them again as well as to Donald and Daisy at the end of the adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream. In all cases, the married couples are clearly happy to be together.
    • In the latter case, however, it turns out that Mickey was having a dream, and a scary one at that, according to him.
  • Hate Sink: Mortimer Mouse due to being a Jerkass to Mickey and always trying to steal Minnie from him by making him look bad.
  • Here We Go Again!: After Pluto finally gets Butch 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.
  • How We Got Here: "Topsy Turvy Town" begins with Mickey and Minnie in a cell as a being in a shroud informs them that it's time for their punishment. The short then goes on to explain how Mickey and Minnie got into this situation.
  • Hurricane of Puns: In the Mickey, Donald & Goofy Cartoons, Goofy sometimes makes these, combined with Long List.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In "Donald's Double Date", Daisy asks Donald to build her a big brick fence because...
    Daisy: My nosy neighbor, Clara Cluck, always catches me when I look in her windows.
  • I Lied: 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."
  • Insomnia Episode: "Hickory Dickory Mickey" centers around Mickey being kept awake by Goofy's alarm clock's constant tick-tocking after agreeing to take him to the airport at 6 AM.
  • Interactive Narrator: In the Goofy shorts and in "The Nutcracker".
  • Interrupted Bath: "Daisy's Big Sale" has Daisy phone Minnie and demand her to come over to help her sell bows while Minnie is in the middle of a shower, resulting in Minnie having to drive over while wearing a bathrobe and a showering cap.
  • It's All About Me: A recurring gag in the end of the intro, Donald tried to change the Mickey Mouse Works logo into Starring Donald Duck, often ending badly for him.
  • Jail Bake: Mickey asks Goofy to do this in "Big House Mickey" when he is jailed after Mortimer frames him for theft. Goofy does a terrible job of hiding the file and the guard catches him red handed. The guard then goes on a rant about how a file wouldn't actually work, ending with the guard concluding that the easiest way to escape would be to knock him out and take his keys. Mickey asks him to demonstrate and the guard proceeds to do so to himself.
  • Jerkass:
    • Donald, sometimes, especially to his nephews. Daisy, particularly in shorts starring Minnie.
    • Mortimer Mouse is also a rather unpleasant fellow. Pretty much every short featuring him has him being a complete ass to Mickey and attempting to seduce Minnie.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Donald may be short-tempered and mean towards his friends and nephews, but he does show that he cares about them plenty of times.
    • While she often gives everyone else hell, Daisy is shown to actually care about Donald when she appears in his shorts and some of Minnie's shorts featuring Daisy end with Daisy sincerely apologizing to Minnie for giving her problems.
  • Karma Houdini: The crazy toy maker from "Organ Donors" does not get any comeuppance for trying to remove Mickey's heart and use it to bring his doll to life. Mickey, Donald, and Goofy just run away from him screaming, leaving him still at large with a chance to steal someone else's organs.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Goofy pulls this on himself when he finds a windmill-shaped key while running down his keychain in "Locksmiths":
    Goofy: Don Key-hote! Oh, now that's a stretch. Gettin' rid of that one! (throws the key away)
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Happens to Ludwig von Drake in the short "Future Mania". He has Mickey, Donald, and Goofy hooked up to a machine called the Future Viewer, which is intended to show the three how their lives will be better in the future. His experiment backfires because the improvements in technology actually make their lives worse, with Mickey's vision of the future even ending with Minnie beating him up and breaking up with him. At the end of the short, Mickey and friends get fed up with their torment and hook Ludwig to the machine. Ludwig at first enjoys his experience until his personal duck gynoid becomes clingy and his new car starts to go too fast.
  • Leitmotif: Everybody who had a cartoon starring them had a "title card" song that doubled as a leitmotif. That's Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Mickey/Donald/Goofy as a team, Minnie, Daisy and Pluto. 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 House of Mouse.
  • Literal Money Metaphor: In "Mickey's April Fools", Mickey wins a sweepstakes that affords him "one million bucks". However, the lawyer (secretly Mortimer Mouse in disguise) is unconvinced that Mickey is who he says he is because he was declared dead (as a part of an April Fool's prank on Mortimer himself). Mortimer then tries convincing the real lawyer that he is Mickey so that he can get the prize. The lawyer gives him his bucks — a herd of a million stampeding deer. After this knocks him unconscious, the lawyer reveals himself to be Minnie.
  • Love Letter Lunacy: Mickey accidentally sends a love note to Mortimer through his new fax machine, making him think he sent the angry note intended for Mortimer to Minnie. He gets into all kinds of shenanigans trying to retrieve the "angry note" before Minnie reads it, only to find out that Minnie's fax was from Daisy, and Roy Disney got the angry note.
  • Mad Scientist: The customer in the short "Organ Donors".
    • The young boy in "Dance of the Goofys" has Mad Scientist ambitions when he captures the Goofy Fairy King for science experiments.
  • Mickey Mousing: Of course. Notable scenes include the beginning of "Mickey's Piano Lesson", "Minnie Visits Daisy", as well as the cooking montage from "Mickey Tries to Cook" and the lunch rush in "Sandwich Makers".
  • Misophonia Gag: The premiere episode featured the sketch "Hickory Dickory Mickey", in which an alarm clock keeps Mickey Mouse up at night with an annoying ticking noise.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: The premise of "Minnie Takes Care of Pluto" is that Pluto is convinced by his shoulder devil that Minnie intends to kill him. This is not helped when Pluto believes that Minnie is trying to poison him when she attempts to feed him and later assumes she intends to bury him alive when she starts digging a hole for a plant.
  • Musical Nod: The general theme to Mouse Works (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 Mouse Works itself that was a nod to a previous one.
  • My Hair Came Out Green: 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).
  • Mythology Gag: In "How to Ride a Bike", the narrator refers to Goofy as Mr. Biker, which is similar to how the short Motor Mania had the narrator refer to Goofy's characters as Mr. Walker and Mr. Wheeler.
    • "Mickey's April Fool's" is chock full of 'em, such as Mickey trying to prove his identity by transforming into his likeness from "Steamboat Willie," "The Band Concert," "The Brave Little Tailor" and even the Mickey Mouse Disco album.
    • One "Pluto Gets The Paper" sketch has Pluto trying to yank the newspaper off of a bubble gum wad, similarly to a sequence in Playful Pluto where he famously gets flypaper stuck onto him.
    • "Mickey's Big Break" has Mickey and Donald dress up as Minnie and Daisy, and with Clarabelle and Goofy commenting on how "Daisy" is starting to sound like Donald. In fact, that's how Daisy sounded like in her official debut in Mr. Duck Steps Out.
    • Each short also opens with a modernized reimagining of the "character head" title card sequences from the classic theatrical shorts (i.e. instead of a still shot of Mickey's smiling head on a sunburst fading to the text "A Walt Disney MICKEY MOUSE", Mickey's smiling head and the sunburst zoom in really close and back up a bit (ala the WB shield in the Looney Tunes cartoon Lumberjack Rabbit) and then zoom out to make way for the animated text "A MICKEY MOUSE Cartoon.") It's even been done with Daisy Duck, Ludwig Von Drake, and one with Mickey, Donald and Goofy's heads all together, which were not done in the classic shorts (particularly since Ludwig was created for Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color TV show, and classic shorts featuring Mickey, Donald and Goofy generally just had the Mickey Mouse opening titles.)
  • Never Say "Die": Averted when Goofy asks a bunch of shadowy gangsters, "Please don't kill us."
    • Played straight, humorously so, in "How to Haunt a House", in which, in order to demonstrate the titular process, Goofy is arranged to be temporarily "not living" so he can become a ghost.
    • In "Mickey's Remedy", Mickey reminds Huey, Dewey and Louie that if they don't change their ways, they'll end up going to "The Bad Place". Similarly, in "Hickory Dickory Mickey", he delivers the alarm clock to "Hades" before spawning back at the bedside table with hints of fire.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: The Mickey, Donald & Goofy cartoons always feature the trio performing different jobs.
  • No Fourth Wall: Goofy in most of his shorts.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • 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.
    • Both shorts featuring the Phantom Blot imply that he already encountered Mickey and his friends before. "Mickey and the Color Caper" has Mickey immediately realizing that the Phantom Blot is the one making the colors disappear, while "Mickey Foils the Phantom Blot" has the Blot state that Mickey and his friends have met him again for the last time.
  • Not What It Looks Like: 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".
  • On One Condition: In "Around the World in 80 Days", Mickey is challenged to go around the world not as a bet with friends, as in the novel, but as the One Condition allowing him to inherit money—otherwise the inheritance goes to Scrooge.
  • Opinion-Changing Dream: "Donald's Goofy World" has Donald becoming fed up with Goofy's, well, goofiness and announces that he never wants to see Goofy's face again. He then proceeds to get knocked out by his door (which he'd hired Goofy to fix) and has a hilariously strange dream where everyone and everything has turned into Goofy. He tries to watch TV, he gets nothing but shows about Goofy. He goes outside, all of his neighbors are Goofy. He runs into the forest, all of the animals (plus a flower that he picks) are Goofy. Even Mickey, Pluto, Daisy, and Donald's nephews have turned into Goofy. Eventually, Donald escapes back to his house, only to suddenly turn into Goofy himself. Then he wakes up, realizes that it was all just a dream, and blames Goofy... then finally realizes that maybe he was a little harsh on Goofy and apologizes, saying that at least there's only one of him.
  • Opening Shout-Out: At one point in "Donald's Goofy World", Donald happens across "Goofy's Goof Works" while channel surfing.
  • Overly-Long Gag: Mickey, Donald, and Goofy drinking water by taking long sips in "Housesitters".
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Mortimer frames Mickey for breaking into his house and stealing his property in the short "Big House Mickey". At the trial, Mortimer manages to incriminate Mickey by showing a videotape of himself disguised as Mickey and pretending to rob his house. This fools the judge even though Mortimer is much taller than Mickey and has a very different facial structure.
  • Potty Emergency: A part of the plot of "Housesitters", where Pete, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are hired to housesit for two hillbilly families who are feuding over an outhouse. Mickey, Donald, and Goofy do not get into conflict with Pete until all four of them have to go to the outhouse at the same time; Mickey, Donald, and Goofy having to pee after drinking a lot of water and Pete apparently ready to read a newspaper while doing his business.
  • Prison Episode: "Big House Mickey" is about Mickey ending up behind bars because Mortimer frames him for committing theft so he could beat him to a dinner date with Minnie.
  • Recycled Premise:
    • A good number of shorts fall under the premise of "Mickey, Donald and Goofy are X. Hilarity Ensues", 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 Off the Rails.
    • Also, there's a fair amount of "How To X" starring Goofy, which were in turn recycled from even earlier Goofy cartoons.
    • The 90-second shorts fall into this, depending on what title it's under.
    • "Mickey's Airplane Kit" is pretty much Plane Crazy but with revamped circumstances and a more solidly-characterized Mickey Mouse.
    • "Donald's Dinner Date" is very much the same plot as the classic Donald Duck cartoon "Cured Duck", where Daisy won't go out with Donald until he gets his temper under control, only to end with Daisy losing her temper.
  • Remember the New Guy?: The Phantom Blot only appeared in two shorts, but both of his appearances implied that he had already been menacing Mickey and his friends for quite some time. Fans unaccustomed to the comic series were likely baffled as to who he even was.
  • Rhyming Episode: The entirety of the short "Mickey's Mechanical House" is all done in rhyme; 'ala Dr. Seuss.
  • Saved by the Church Bell: In the Mouse Tales version of Around the World in Eighty Days, it seems that Mickey, Minnie and Goofy had failed the challenge and arrived back in England a whole day late. But then they hear church bells outside, and Mickey wonders why they'd be ringing on a Monday... before realizing that, because they crossed the International Date Line, they actually arrived a day earlier than they thought.
  • Saved by a Terrible Performance: Invoked in "Mickey and the Goat Man". After Mickey, Minnie, and Mortimer are captured by a Goat Man who claims to keep the things he likes, Mortimer give the Goat Man the offer to let them go if he and Mickey give him a performance that he loves. However Minnie tells Mickey to purposefully be extremely lousy which he does. The Goat Man loves Mortimer's performance but hates Mickey's. However he lets Mickey and Minnie go while telling Mortimer once again that he keeps the things he likes.
  • Scaling the Summit: "Mickey's Mountain" has Mickey and Pete racing on Unnamed Mountain to rename it (Mickey wants to name it after Minnie, while Pete want to name it after himself). At the end, it turns out that Minnie made it first, having taken a ski lift. Mickey still names the mountain after her anyway, much to her approval.
  • Sex Bot: The short "Future Mania" alludes to this. After Mickey accidentally sees Minnie in a towel, Minnie accuses him of leaving her for a mousedroid, which Ludwig von Drake then reveals to be a shapely mouse gynoid. When Mickey, Donald, and Goofy get fed up with Ludwig's future viewing machine for making their lives a wreck, Ludwig comments on how much fun he will have after he ends up with a duck version of the mouse gynoid.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story:
    • 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.
    • "Hickory Dickory Mickey" has Goofy asking Mickey to drive him to the airport at 6 AM. Mickey tries to get out of it by claiming that his digital clock is broken, but Goofy lets him borrow his alarm clock. Said alarm clock's constant tick-tocking drives Mickey insane all night. In the end, when Mickey gets up at 6 AM to drive Goofy to the airport, he discovers that the airport that Goofy is going to is right next door to his house. Mickey happily obliges by kicking Goofy out of his car after all the fuss he's been through.
    • "Mickey Tries to Cook" has Minnie becoming tired of Mickey always making the same thing - ham, tomato and cheese sandwiches with cheese. The next day, Mickey spots Minnie at the grocery store talking to Jose Carioca and thinks that she's going to leave him for Jose, so he tries to learn how to cook something else. Of course, Minnie's not leaving him for Jose - as it turns out, Jose just offered to cook Mickey and Minnie a romantic meal. And what does Jose make for them? Why, he makes ham, tomato and cheese sandwiches with cheese, of course! Mickey is fine with this.
  • Shaped Like Itself:
    • 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.
  • Shout-Out:
    • "How to be Groovy, Cool, and Fly" at one point has Goofy dressed as Austin Powers and saying "Goofy, baby!"
    • Goofy does impressions of Sean Connery and John Wayne in "How to be a Waiter".
    • Humphrey the Bear scares the other bears out of Ranger Woodlore's hot tub in "Hot Tub Humphrey" by dressing like Elmer Fudd.
    • Parts of the score in the short "Pinball Mickey" (including the title card) are based on The Who's "Pinball Wizard."
  • Shrunk in the Wash: The episode Car Washers, which ends with Mickey telling Pete that his car shrunk in the wash. Pete is incredulous of this, but then he ends up forced through the car wash and becomes tiny, yelling at Mickey, Donald, and Goofy in a high-pitched voice.
  • Skewed Priorities: In "Double Date Don," Clara Cluck tries to get Donald's romantic attention by throwing herself into the ocean tied to some of his bricks. He dives in and rescues her, but his attention is focused on the fact that his bricks are safe.
  • Sleeps with Both Eyes Open: In the short "How to Haunt a House", Donald Duck achieves this by reading a book on sleeping with your eyes open.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: Goofy shouting at an umpire uses his air horn to censor out his own (supposedly) foul language in "How to be a Baseball Fan".
  • Split-Screen Phone Call: In "Mickey's Big Break", Mickey pushes the split screen off while Goofy shouts in surprise at being shoved off.
  • Spoonerism: When trying to introduce himself to the Queen of England in "How to Be a Gentleman", Goofy can't get the phrase "My dear queen, I'm delighted to make your acquaintance" right and comes up with things like "My queer dean, I'm delighted to acquaint your maintenance."
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The 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" is a good example as Mickey is really the only one who moves the plot along. This could be seen as a subversion from the Classic Disney Shorts, where the mouse was almost absent in favor of Donald and Goofy's antics.
  • Tally Marks on the Prison Wall: "Goofy's Big Kitty" starts with Louie the Mountain Lion deciding to escape the circus. Before making his escape, he is seen using his claws to mark tallies in his cage.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: 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.
  • The Television Talks Back: Donald's dream in "Donald's Goofy World" (in which everyone and everything is turning into Goofy) culminates in Goofy, who's on Donald's TV set, cheerfully suggesting that he give being Goofy a try. Donald refuses, and then this happens...
Goofy: But you get to wear my clothes!
(Donald realizes that he's suddenly wearing Goofy's clothes)
Donald: Huh?!
Goofy: And you get to look just like me!
(Donald runs over to the mirror, then proceeds to turn into Goofy himself)
Goofy!Donald: A-hyuck? (covers his mouth)
Goofy: Now YOU'RE Goofy too!
  • Token Human: "Dance of the Goofys" features a young boy with Mad Scientist ambitions who captures the Goofy Fairy King to use as a science experiment.
    • Also, Ranger Woodlore.
  • Totem Pole Trench:
    • 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 "Donald's Rocket Ruckus". 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 she's just a really tall now naked unbalanced woman. Donald then gets punched in the face.
    • Played straight (and combined with Latex Perfection) in "Donald's Halloween Scare", where Donald Duck is confronted by Chief O'Hara, who turns out to really be Huey, Dewey and Louie disguised while standing on top of each other and Louie wearing a rubber mask.
  • Unmoving Plaid: When the Phantom Blot became the Phantom Rainbow, the rainbow pattern stays in place and doesn't change to match the Blot's movements.
  • Urine Trouble: Hinted at in "Minnie Takes Care of Pluto", when Pluto's punishment in Hell is to be trapped inside a fire hydrant. A Doberman begins sniffing at the hydrant and the scene pans out to show hundreds of other Dobermans waiting in line.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Daisy does this in the short "Daisy's Road Trip", stuffing a coin down her blouse after finding it in Mickey and Minnie's car seats.
  • Visual Pun:
    • 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.
    • In "Donald's Pool", Donald yells at Horace Horsecollar for horsing around, informs Pluto that no doggy paddling is allowed, and yells at some chickens that no chicken fights are allowed.
    • One of the recipes Mickey tries in "Mickey Tries to Cook" is putting everything into a casserole. After putting together all the food he used before, he then adds a kitchen sink.
  • Waiting Skeleton: "How to be a Baseball Fan" has a scene where Goofy has to climb to his seat. On his way, he passes a skeleton in one of the seats holding a pennant.
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: Happens in "Pluto's Penthouse Sweet", when Pluto finally gets alone with the dog he fell in love with, but realizes that Mickey would be miserable without him. Things get worse when the dog refuses to let Pluto leave.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: In "Mickey's Big Break", Mickey and Donald use the fact that they're only a few Tertiary Sexual Characteristics 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 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.
  • Who's on First?: The aforementioned "The Other Side of Town" and "Step On It" streets. Additionally, there's one in "How to Be Smart", a Goofy cartoon, where he's followed the instructions and made it onto a quiz show, but doesn't know the answer to a hard question about a game-winning baseball play and exclaims "Heavens to Betsy!" The two players' names turned out to be Heavens and Betsy, giving Goofy credit for the answer.
  • The Worst Seat in the House: In the cartoon short, "How to Be a Baseball Fan", Goofy goes to a baseball game only to find that his seats are in the nosebleed section and he goes through an Overly-Long Gag of climbing the stairs and seeing signs that tell him he's still quite a way away from his seat. Then when he gets there, he still can't see because of the hot-dog vendor, a big guy in front of him, and other fans Waving Signs Around.
  • Your Television Hates You:
    • In "Donald's Goofy World", Donald (after finding nothing but articles about Goofy in the Goofy Gazette) tries to get his mind off Goofy with a little television. He promptly gets nothing but shows about Goofy - specifically, he finds Goofy the Vampire Slayer, Goofield ("What's the deal with Donald's house? It looks like a boat, but it's not a boat!"), I Love Goofy, and Goofy's Goof Works.
    • "Hickory Dickory Mickey" has Mickey trying to drown out the tick-tocking of a clock he borrowed from Goofy with some television. He gets "The Tick-Tock Channel". Before this, he tries the radio, and ends up getting "The All-Tick Station" and "The All-Tock Station".

Alternative Title(s): Mickey Mouse Works


"Right, and I'm Mickey Mouse!"

Parodied; after the Aracuan Bird tricks Donald into being locked in a cage, he explains the situation to Mickey, who disregards his claims and jokingly says that he's Mickey Mouse, to which he corrects himself just a second later.

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