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"You've had your fun, you've made your play, but every rodent has his day!"

"Raise your mugs you thieves and thugs
Join the rabble-rousing crowd
It's our house now!"
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Mickey's House of Villains is a 2002 Direct-to-Video Compliation movie based on Disney's House of Mouse. It collects several short films that make up the vast majority of the film. The films included are:

  • "Trick or Treat" (1952)
  • "Mickey's Mechanical House" (Mickey MouseWorks, 1999)
  • "Lonesome Ghosts" (1937)
  • "How To Haunt A House" (Mickey MouseWorks, 1999)
  • "Dance of the Goofys" (Mickey MouseWorks, 1999)
  • "Donald Duck and the Gorilla" (1944)
  • "Donald's Halloween Scare" (Mickey MouseWorks, 1999)
  • "Hansel and Gretel" (Mickey MouseWorks, 1999)

The overarching story is that it's Halloween at the House of Mouse, and the Disney villains have tired of Mickey Mouse's run of the place. Jafar forms a Legion of Doom that help him overthrow Mickey and take over the House at midnight. Mickey and his staff now have to battle Jafar for control of the House.

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Mickey's House of Villains contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Advertised Extra: The DVD and VHS cover features Kaa and the Queen of Hearts along with the main villains, even though they don't do much of anything in the actual movie. Likewise the blurb on the back of both the DVD and VHS mention Maleficent among the villains who take over the House of Mouse, even though she's just a background cameo character.
  • Balloon Belly: In "Donald's Halloween Scare", Donald is noticeably fatter after eating the candy he scared out of the nephews. In "Hansel and Gretel", Mickey and Minnie are visibly stuffed after being fed by the witch.
  • Big Bad: Jafar is the leader of the villains and the main antagonist.
  • Big Damn Movie: Downplayed, as the "movie" is just a compilation of shorts with new framing animation, but the stakes are a bit higher in this story than usual House of Mouse episodes, as the Disney villains taking over the House by force is a bit more epic than the usual mundane issues of running the club.
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  • Bullying a Dragon: Every single time Donald tries to scare someone with his costumes counts - especially when he tries Beast. During "Trick Or Treat", his tangling with Witch Hazel also counts.
  • Clip Show: As it's mostly comprised of not only old shorts, but even pre-existing material from the show itself (like Mickey's opening monologue).
  • Dance Line: The villains form one during "It's Our House Now", though Stromboli can't hold onto anyone since the villain in front off him is Lucifer the cat.
  • Darker and Edgier: "Donald's Halloween Scare" and "Hansel and Gretel" are cartoons with somewhat grimmer tones than the ones shown by Mickey prior to being usurped by Jafar.
  • Demoted to Extra: Pete, the Big Bad of the series, is reduced to a few minor cameos during the "It's Our House Now" number despite trying to get the House shut down in every one of his appearances during the series.
  • Deus ex Machina: Aladdin appears out of nowhere to give Mickey the lamp needed to defeat Jafar.
  • Dirty Coward: The villains immediately turn tail when Mickey whips out the lamp.
  • Fattening the Victim: Mickey and Minnie are fattened up with a ton of sweets by the witch in "Hansel and Gretel".
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Mickey's advice about the Elephant Graveyard party going on.
    Mickey: It's B.Y.O.B. - bring your own bones!
  • Halloween Special: It's a double-length episode of House of Mouse focused on Halloween when it comes down to it.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: The villains succeed in taking the club from Mickey's team by force.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Most of Mickey's opening monologue.
  • Legion of Doom: Besides Jafar's inner circle of Iago, Ursula, Cruella, Hades, and Hook, Chernabog, Big Bad Wolf, the Queen of Hearts and her card army, and Kaa are also active participants in the takeover.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The Evil Queen (in her hag form) is the first villain to enter the House at the beginning of the film - a nod to the fact that she was the first major Disney villain (not counting Pete, who mainly appeared in the shorts).
    • Whilst trying to scare Donald as a ghost, Goofy at one point appears as his Jacob Marley character from Mickey's Christmas Carol, complete with the piggy bank and chest chained up to him.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The trailers would lead you to believe the film revolves around Mickey battling the Disney Villains over the House of Mouse. The "film" is 90% shorts and the remaining 10% is spent regarding the villains' plot, which is mostly a Villain Song and a brief duel at the end.
  • Rule of Three: The first time Mickey tries to retake the House, he, Donald and Goofy are thrown out by Hades, Ursula, and Chernabog. The second time, Minnie is evicted by Captain Hook. The third time's the charm as Mickey personally challenges Jafar to a duel.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The villains quickly head for the hills once they realize Mickey has beaten Jafar.
  • Ship Tease: Maleficent and Chernabog spend most of the post-takeover night together with the former in her dragon form.
  • Shout-Out: The scene where the villains all slowly look up to the approaching Mickey is one to "The Rite of Spring" when the dinosaurs observed the arrival of the Tyrannosaurus rex.
  • Stock Footage: A lot of the framing scenes are made up of stock footage.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: When Mickey, Donald and Goofy threaten to take the House back by force, Jafar calls Hades, Ursula, and Chernabog. Enough said.
  • Tempting Fate: Donald declares he's not afraid of ghosts. Guess who Goofy chooses to haunt?
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Big Bad Wolf spends most of "It's Our House Now" with Chernabog and is seen cheering him on when Chernabog begins courting Maleficent.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Mickey. 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.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: One of the main pieces of promotional artwork for the film (see it's entry on Netflix) gives away the ending of the film with Mickey trapping Jafar in the lamp while the other villains flee.
  • Villain Song: "It's Our House Now!", sung by the majority of the Disney Animated Canon's villains up to 2002.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Pun not intended since it's the House of Mouse; but Clarabelle, Gus, and Horace are absent from the movie, though they were seemingly captured by the villains since they don't appear post-takeover and the Big Bad Wolf is running the film projection booth.
  • The Worf Effect: The collective heroes of Disney are quickly locked in the kitchen by the villains.

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