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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Kaa was shown trying to hypnotize Minnie during It's Our House Now, but in the next scene, she hasn't succumbed to his powers. Does she have a will of iron?
    • Piglet and Bambi walking into the House of Mouse with the other villains suggests they have a dark side we don't know about.
    • In the Donald's Halloween Scare segment, were Mickey and Minnie in on the triplets' prank, or did they actually not recognize Donald? And if you wanna go further, was Goofy in on it?
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  • Awesome Music: Besides "It's Our House Now!", the score in the opening scene (heard in full in the credits) feels like vintage, almost creepy Halloween music.
  • Fan Fic Fuel: The film provides an opportunity for fans to write proper face-offs between the Disney heroes and villains in the House of Mouse.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Many on the Internet have looked up videos of the original House of Villains VHS' promo reel to find one of the first commercials for Kingdom Hearts.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The part in Hansel and Gretel when the witch chooses to kill and eat Mickey first while Minnie watches in despair is pretty upsetting after the death of Mickey's voice actor, Wayne Allwine, in 2009, leaving behind his widow Russi Taylor, who voices Minnie.
      • There's a darker turn when Russi Taylor herself would die in 2019.
    • Ajax the Killer Gorilla can come off as this to modern viewers, after Harambe the gorilla was put down in May 2016 when he poised a threat to a boy who fell in his enclosure. The end of the short also features Donald and Ajax weeping hysterically and dramatically, similar to the unprecedented maelstrom of memes mourning the dead ape for the rest of 2016.
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  • Memetic Badass: Minnie, for apparently having a will of iron (see Alternate Character Interpretation).
  • Memetic Mutation: A screencap of the Youtube comment: "Did anyone else see Piglet coming in with the villians? I always knew that shifty little bastard was up to something." has made rounds on image sharing sites.
  • Narm:
    • The opening sequence features the Disney villains, led by the Evil Queen in her Hag guise, marching on the House. The menace somewhat undercut by the likes of Piglet and Bambi appearing either side of her. But... see Memetic Mutation above.
  • Popularity Polynomial: Despite being an obvious quick cash-in with a half-made plot, Mickey's House of Villains has enjoyed a small wave of popularity in later years.
  • Signature Scene:
    • "It's Our House Now", helped by the fact it's the only really substantial original part of the movie.
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    • On a different note, you can almost always expect to see the promotional image of Jafar, Ursula, Cruella, and Captain Hook huddled together and sneering whenever you look for pictures of the Disney Villains, the picture of the assembled villains having become iconic.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The movie has several fans for its intriguing (if wasted) premise, it's cool atmosphere, and classic Halloween-themed shorts that are largely fun on their own.
  • Tearjerker
    • Mickey and Minnie's reactions once they're thrown out of the House, looking on in shock, while the music really hammers home that they lost hard is upsetting.
    • In the Hansel and Gretel segment, towards the end, the Witch has captured the fattened Mickey and Minnie and is preparing to eat them. It's only now that the two actually realize what she intends to do to them, and the witch picks Mickey to kill and cook first. When she approaches, the two mice embrace, but Mickey is pulled away, and Minnie can only cry in despair as he's taken from her.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Pete is worth mentioning since he's the Big Bad of the series and always scheming to take down the House, only for him to be Demoted to Extra in which a large force of villains actually do just that.
    • A few notable villains missing are Scar, Frollo, Shere Khan, the Horned King, and Yzma. In Scar's case, the episode and even the game on the DVD features Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed as the villains representing The Lion King instead, while Kaa represents The Jungle Book instead of Shere Khan. note  Even the excuse the first three are Knights Of Cerebus in their respective films seems null since most of them have played comedic roles in the show before, and Yzma is a fan-favorite due to the hilarious moments she had in her home movie so it's glaring that she's absent.
    • No villain besides Jafar even tries to go after Mickey before he whips out the lamp; in fact once the takeover actually occurs, the villains do nothing but spectate, even when someone like Chernabog would likely end it then and there.
    • The heroes of Disney don't play a role in the plot and are quickly locked in the kitchen.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The advertised plot of the villains taking over the House takes a back seat to the cartoon shorts contained within. Then at the end, Mickey and Jafar have an anticlimactic battle which results in all the other villains fleeing in terror simply because Mickey's figured out Jafar's weakness. And it took 3/4 of the movie to even get to the takeover. After about seven cartoons, we cut to the villains again and Jafar tells the other villains to simply wait for midnight. Then after another cartoon, we get the takeover.
    • With the heroes locked in the kitchen, we don't get a potential battle between Disney's greatest heroes and villains on a massive, epic scale.
    • During It's Our House Now, Kaa is briefly shown trying to hypnotize Minnie, but it cuts away from that particular scene before we see her succumbing to his powers. In fact, Kaa's hypnosis in general feels utterly wasted here.
  • Villain Decay: After taking over, the villains don't do anything particularly heinous. They just lock the Disney heroes in the kitchen, evict Mickey's staff from the building, and show two shorts that are scarier than the ones Mickey used. To add to this, all the villains run in fear once Mickey has the lamp despite the fact that the lamp would only really affect Jafar. Iago wasn't kidding when he called them a bunch of dull villains.
  • What an Idiot!: When Jafar knocked Yen Sid's hat off of Mickey's head during their duel, Goofy and Minnie talk like they're all doomed. What was stopping them from just throwing the hat back to him? Especially seeing as they do the same with the lamp not four seconds later.

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