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  • Acceptable Targets: He's got a few...
    • Furries.
    • ISIS. The Unscrupulous Mouse has a Map of Islamic State as his dimwitted henchman.
    • Republicans, and Conservatives in general.
    • "Am I Feeling Love?" from The Thief and the Cobbler is a frequent punching bag.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Does these a lot.
    • Disney himself was a Mad Artist who trafficked heavily in the occult, obtaining immortality in the process. Not Heat Vision though, that's apparently just something that animators can do.
    • Mulan is a walking avatar of Death itself.
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    • The rat from Lady and the Tramp was named Larry, and was just checking on the baby out of concern for its well being. He survived his run-in with Tramp, received botched reconstructive surgery, went mad, and renamed himself Ratigan.
    • The Blue Fairy from Pinocchio had an affair with a human, resulting in the birth of Cinderella. Now older, she claimed to be Cinderella's Fairy Godmother so she could help her without revealing their connection.
    • The "Princess of Glowerhaven" that Prince Eric failed to hit it off with was the Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This incident resulted in her becoming self-conscious about her appearance.
    • The actual Brazilian state of Bahia is in reality a realm of madness and chaos, in which the devil himself (a Crimson Cockerel named Panchito Pistoles) can be encountered. And Jose Cariocca is a warlock in his service.
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    • Hera is the true evil mastermind in Hercules, in keeping with her mythological counterpart.
    • After marrying into royalty, Cinderella sicced the kingdom's guards on Lady Tremaine for domestic slavery and possibly the murder of Cinderella's father, causing her to go on the run. She fled to France (leaving her daughters as patsies) and lived off her fortune, becoming Lady Adelaide before being identified and apprehended by Lieutenant Columbo.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Mouse has discussed this a few times, most prominently in the Princess Mononoke review.
  • Broken Base:
    • Over whether his constant running gags such as "Bahia" and "Lazy bastard kookaburras" improve the reviews or detract from them.
    • His jabs at Republicans. Some think they’re funny and well deserved, while others find them preachy and insulting. Doesn’t help that there has been a increase of them since the 2016 election. Nor does the fact that the author isn't American.
  • Critical Dissonance: He's stepped out of line with both big-name critics and the masses quite a few times on the quality of various films and characters. When his opinions start looking too radical, the Angry Mob tends to get called in. To wit:
    • He found most of Fantasia uninteresting, as he prefers things with more narrative.
    • He slammed the Disney adaptation of Peter Pan pretty hard, mainly in regards to the fact that it turned Captain Hook into an Adaptational Wimp.
    • He found Beauty and the Beast, while technically impressive, to be overly-lavish and soulless. Likewise he much prefers Ariel to Belle as a heroine, feeling Belle is almost too perfect, while he finds Ariel flawed yet still fun.
    • He found Chicken Little to actually be quite enjoyable (and not even in a Guilty Pleasure kind of way), prompting the Angry Mob to prepare a mousetrap for him.
    • He finds Cinderella to be bland and unchallenging - lacking the artistic flair or daring tone of the movies that came before it. He also strongly disliked the mice, finding them to be annoying rather than cute.
    • Tiana as a Disney Princess was well-received by most critics. Mouse on the other hand found her a dull and holds that one of the movie's biggest flaws is how little she has to do with the villain's plan.
    • Outside of Disney, he dislikes Felidae because of its inconsistent animation, recycling character model, and poor writing - pointing out that Francis solves the mystery due to Bat Deduction rather than any actual detective work, and that it went for shock value over quality.
    • He calls Saving Mr. Banks "a hacky mid-brow piece of Oscar bait", and the worst Disney movie he ever saw — he doesn't even give it a grade at the end of his review.
    • He grades Doctor Strange (2016) lower than every preceding Marvel Studios movie, for essentially retreading Iron Man's plot beats in a less charming manner.
    • He loves The Road to El Dorado, to the extent that he uses its 48% Rotten Tomatoes score as a sign of RT declining in credibility.
    • He calls Ant-Man and the Wasp a new low for Marvel Studios, with not enough substance or empathy connecting its size-shifting, ant-ridden setpieces.
    • He calls X-Men: First Class a mixed bag, saddling talented actors with a script that cobbles unfinished ideas to occasionally problematic results.
    • He loathes Ralph Breaks the Internet, because of its self-congratulations, its failed attempts at topical humor, and its contradictions with Wreck-It Ralph.
      My friends, I regret to tell you that everybody’s wrong. Rotten Tomatoes is wrong, the movie-going public that flocked to see it were wrong and the Academy were wrong for nominating it for Best Animated Feature. Thankfully, at least, it didn’t win because if Into the Spider-Verse had lost to this pile of crap that would have been my super-villain origin.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Played for Laughs with the rat from Lady and the Tramp, whom Mouse christened "Larry" and cast as the Hero of Another Story. Larry's "tragic" death is occasionally referenced in later reviews.
  • Even Better Sequel:
  • Fair for Its Day: He's come to the defense of quite a few cringeworthy scenes and characters, like the crows from Dumbo. Also while he hated Pocahontas he at least said it was good that Hollywood attempted a better depiction of Native Americans than in the past.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Mouse admits that Tony Stark's and Pepper Potts' romantic scenes in The Avengers (2012) feel hard for him to watch after Captain America: Civil War revealed that a few years later, Pepper would break up with Tony.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Mouse's rant about Disney pulling the Bedknobs and Broomsticks US theatrical cut out of print, in favor of the 25th Anniversary Edition Recut, includes a comment that accurately predicts the Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack shortening the movie again, and relegating the added footage to the bonus features:
      In the DVD era these would have perhaps have made interesting deleted scenes but incorporating them into the movie proper hurts the overall film hugely.
    • The Tangled review criticizes "When Will My Life Begin" for sounding too much like, "...the theme music for a Disney Channel sitcom called That’s So Rapunzel! In 2017, Disney Channel would premiere both a Tangled TV show and a That's So Raven sequel series.
    • His special review of Steven Universe mentions his personal theory that Pearl was the personal servant of Pink Diamond before being freed from her role by Rose Quartz. A year and a half later, the show premiered A Single Pale Rose... let's just say, he's not wrong.
    • Mouse spent years mocking Thanos as an apparently lazy, blank slate of a villain. After watching Avengers: Infinity War, he deemed Thanos one of the most threatening villains in the MCU.
    • In his review of Fantasia he said he found "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" to be creepy rather than whimsical. In 2018 Disney released a film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms where the Sugar Plum Fairy turns out to be the villain!
    • The Sleeping Beauty review portrays the Evil Queen and Maleficent as being friendly rivals. He had no idea that Once Upon a Time portrayed them this way either.
    • The new section in his MCU reviews post-Infinity War centers around what characters in the featured movie might be Skrulls in disguise, painting them with the same malevolent shapeshifting conqueror brush affiliated with the comic portrayal. Come Captain Marvel (2019), the MCU Skrulls are shown to be much nobler than both Mouse and the comics' interpretation.
  • Hype Backlash: Had this reaction to finding out that The Rescuers had been voted as one of the top Disney films of all time.
  • Inferred Holocaust: The conclusion he draws by the end of Beauty and the Beast. There is no way every servant/piece of furniture in Beast's castle survived.
  • It's the Same, So It Sucks: An in-universe example being Mouse's primary issue with Doctor Strange (2016); he feels the same story beats and character arcs were done in a more appealing fashion eight years prior.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Mouse argues that The Wasp's Heroic Sacrifice in Ant-Man doesn't get count as getting Stuffed into the Fridge, since it doesn't sound plausible for Marvel to permanently kill off the more interesting member of Ant-Man's and Wasp's duo. He even shares a picture of a woman's silhouette appearing in the Quantum Realm.
  • Memetic Badass: He turns Mulan into one, frequently assigning her quotes from famous movie Action Girls like the Bride from Kill Bill.
  • Memetic Mutation: Alice face palming in the courtroom scene of Alice in Wonderland is often used whenever something racist or offensive shows up in a Disney movie.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Lampshaded whenever Mouse accompanies a scary picture with this caption:
    Ah, there's that good old timey Disney terror.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Mouse comments that the wolves from Frozen look more cuddly than scary, because of their "soft, perfectly rendered fur".
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • In order to fit Hercules into Classical Mythology better, Mouse theorized that Hera was actually behind everything to go wrong in the movie.
    • Also noticed that in Iron Man 2, Rhodes (who had his actor replaced) had become lot more likable, and Pepper had become much less so. He decides that the soul of Rhodey 1 was possessing Pepper, to destroy his replacement and become the One True Rhodey.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Played for Laughs when he reviewed The Aristocats; Mouse initially sympathizes with Edgar more, but flip-flops between "Team Fleabags" and "Team Edgar" several times before writing the entire movie off and founding "Team End the Damn Movie Already".
  • Subbing vs. Dubbing: Mouse holds that live-action films should always be watched in their original language, but will be more flexible with animation (since both sets of actors are just speaking in a recording booth).
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel:
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Mouse calls Mushu the villain of Mulan II, but admits doubting that the writers meant to turn him evil.
  • Values Dissonance: Disney's particularly problematic characters will usually be introduced thus:
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: Employed in the Cinderella review, among others.


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