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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
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Meeska, Mooska, Mickey Mouse!
Genre: Children’s television series
Educational
Running Time: 22 minutes, 50 for specials
Country: United States
India (Animation production)
Release Date: May 5, 2006 - November 6, 2016
Network(s): Disney Channel
TV Tokyo (Japan)
Created by: Bobs Gannaway
Distributed by: Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Starring: Wayne Allwine (Seasons 1-3)
Bret Iwan (Season 4)
Tony Anselmo
Russi Taylor
Tress MacNeille
Bill Farmer
Will Ryan
April Winchell
Jim Cummings
Dee Bradley Baker
Frank Welker
Rob Paulsen
Corey Burton
Seasons: 4
Episodes: 126
Next show: The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is an American CGI animated preschool show created by Bobs Gannaway. It lasted from 2006 to 2016.

Plot

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, and Pluto star in the series, taking place at the Clubhouse where most of the events in the series occur. The group also has a small, Mickey-head-shaped, flying super computer named Toodles that acts as an extension of the Mousekedoer and helps the gang with the given problems and carries tools that they might need. Pete, Clarabelle Cow, Ludwig Von Drake, Chip and Dale, Willie the Giant, Butch, Figaro, Humphrey the Bear, Salty the Seal, and Mortimer Mouse have made guest appearances. The series focuses on interacting with the viewer to stimulate problem solving. According to Disney, each episode has the characters help children "solve a specific age-appropriate problem utilizing basic skills, such as identifying shapes and counting through ten." This is similar to shows such as Sesame Street, Pee-wee's Playhouse, Dora the Explorer, and Zoobilee Zoo. The series uses "Disney Junior's common 'whole child' curriculum of cognitive, social and creative learning opportunities."

Why It Is A Meeska, Mooska, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

  1. The Sensational Six (the main clique of the show) still have their relatable and diverse personalities. We have the optimistic leader Mickey, his girlfriend Minnie, the sassy Daisy, the short-tempered Donald, the bumbling Goofy, and the loyal yet easily jealous Pluto.
  2. In one episode, "Mickey's Color Adventure", when the clubhouse turns black-and-white, this references the classic Mickey Mouse cartoons originally filmed in black-and-white.
  3. The theme song, performed by They Might Be Giants, is super catchy.
  4. Amazing CGI animation in Seasons 2-4 that's fluid, top-notch and occasionally cinematic.
  5. Most of the soundtrack is great and a major highlight.
  6. Toodles' face is shown in some episodes, and he looks very cute with a face.
  7. The Hot Dog song that plays at the end of every episode is both catchy and nostalgic.
  8. It subverts some preschool show clichés by having a three-dimensional villain in the form of Pete. In fact, he's actually more of an anti-hero, since he makes friends with the Sensational Six from time to time.
  9. It doesn't try to cash in on the latest trends and treats the audience with a very high level of respect.
  10. As expected from an educational show, it does a pretty good job at teaching young children about shapes, colors, numbers, social skills, etc.
  11. Some parental bonuses, such as when Mortimer appeared in some episodes.
  12. Out of all 126 episodes, 11 of them (Mickey's Great Clubhouse Hunt, Choo-Choo Express, Mickey's Adventures in Wonderland, Road Rally, etc.) are feature length films, and while they aren't perfect, they are pretty good overall and very inventive.
  13. Fantastic voice acting, to the point where it seems like they are all having fun with their respective characters. Highlights include Wayne Allwine, Tony Anselmo, Russi Taylor, Bill Farmer, Tress MacNeille, Rob Paulsen and many others.
    • The show properly utilizes the talents of Wayne Allwine, as Allwine had recorded enough dialogue for season three before his 2009 death.
  14. Daisy Duck was massively redeemed in the show after being previously flanderized in Mickey Mouse Works, Disney's House of Mouse, and Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas and got her old personality back.
  15. After it ended, the show paved the way for better follow-ups in Mickey and the Roadster Racers/Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures and Mickey Mouse Funhouse, which are genuine improvements over Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Bad Qualities

  1. It isn't very faithful to the original Mickey Mouse, as it throws out its original premise in favor of a new one.
    • Unlike House of Mouse (which had a different premise but retained the Mickey Mouse film series' comedy, writing, animation, acting, and cameos), this series only has a few of those.
  2. The humor is a mixed bag, ranging from fairly amusing to somewhat questionable to downright corny.
  3. Many characters from the Mickey Mouse franchise are absent, aside from the main characters and some fan favorites like Pete and Clarabelle.
  4. Overly simple plots. The way they are structured can get repetitive to some viewers after a while.
  5. Most of the songs are just the characters rhythmically talking, which can't even be considered songs at all, except for the theme song and the Hot Dog song.
  6. Disney Channel went downhill shortly after the show premiered on Playhouse Disney in 2006, as it would drop all Mickey Mouse-related cartoons in favor of more teencoms and reruns of Phineas and Ferb until 2019.
  7. "Goofy Baby" wasn't a good episode, due to it using the "innocent character gets turned into a baby" cliché which happened to Goofy, and he eventually messed himself.
    • There's a scene in said episode where Goofy Baby gets his diaper changed. While this is a natural part of life, it's something that shouldn't be in the show due to the targeted audience being very young children.
  8. This show may have misled some people into thinking that Mickey Mouse is only for younger children, which is totally not true, especially considering he was created almost an entire century ago as of now.

Reception

The show received mixed-to-positive reviews. However, Common Sense Media gave the show 4 out of 5, stating "Fun and learning abound in this mouse's house." IMDb gave it a 5.7/10.

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Trivia

  • This is the longest running Disney show, running for 10 years straight, even beating out Wizards of Waverly Place, Kim Possible, and Phineas and Ferb.
  • The series was mocked in the Mickey Mouse episode "Eau de Minnie", in the scene where Minnie starts trying to find a dress to wear to give a good impression to Mickey, she finds the pink and white-spotted dress she uses in this series, only for her to say, "Too young", which is an obvious jab at the fact that Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is targeted towards toddlers and preschoolers.
  • The show premiered 40 years after the death of Walt Disney.

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