Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse logo.svg
GenreChildren's television series
Adventure
Comedy
Fantasy
Created byBobs Gannaway
Based onMickey Mouse
by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks
Developed byBobs Gannaway
Directed byRob LaDuca
Sherie Pollack
Howy Parkins
Victor Cook
Donovan Cook
Broni Likomanov
Phil Weinstein
Voices ofWayne Allwine (2006-09)
Bret Iwan (2009-16)
Tony Anselmo
Russi Taylor
Tress MacNeille
Bill Farmer
Will Ryan
April Winchell
Jim Cummings
Dee Bradley Baker
Frank Welker
Rob Paulsen
Corey Burton
Opening theme"Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Theme Song" sung by They Might Be Giants
Ending theme"Hot Dog!" sung by They Might Be Giants
Composer(s)Mike Himelstein
Michael Turner
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes125 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Bobs Gannaway (seasons 1-4)
Rob LaDuca (seasons 2-4)
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Disney Television Animation (as Walt Disney Television Animation from 2006 to 2012)
DistributorBuena Vista Television (2006–07)
Disney–ABC Domestic Television (2007–16)
Release
Original network
Picture formatHDTV 1080p/720p
SD: 480p
Produced in HD 16:9, cropped to 4:3 in most countries.
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseMay 5, 2006 (2006-05-05) –
November 6, 2016 (2016-11-06)
Chronology
Related showsThe Mickey Mouse Club
Mickey and the Roadster Racers
External links
Official website

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is an American interactive computer-animated children's television series which aired from May 5, 2006 to November 6, 2016. The series is Disney Television Animation's first computer-animated series aimed at preschoolers. Bobs Gannaway, the Disney veteran who created it, is also responsible for other preschool shows, such as Jake and the Never Land Pirates and for Disneytoon Studios films including Secret of the Wings, The Pirate Fairy and Planes: Fire & Rescue; the final episode aired on November 6, 2016.

Since its cancellation, it airs reruns on Disney Junior.

Premise[edit]

Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Daisy, and Donald interact with the viewer to stimulate problem solving during each episode's story. Disney says that each episode has the characters help children "solve a specific age-appropriate problem utilizing basic math skills, such as identifying shapes and counting through ten"; the series uses "Disney Junior's 'whole child' curriculum of cognitive, social and creative learning opportunities".[1]

Once the problem of the episode has been explained, Mickey invites viewers to join him at the Mousekadoer, a giant Mickey-head-shaped computer whose main function is to distribute the day's Mouseketools, a collection of objects needed to solve the day's problem, to Mickey. One of them is a "Mystery Mouskatool" represented by a question mark, in which, when the words "Mystery Mouskatool" are said, the question mark changes into the Mouseketool you get to use. Another one is a "Mouseka-Think-About-It Tool" represented by a silhouette of Mickey's head with rotating gears, in which characters must think of what to use before telling the Tool "Mouseka-Think-About-It-Tool, we pick the (object)". Once the tools have been shown to Mickey on the Mousekadoer screen, they are quickly downloaded to Toodles, a small, Mickey-head-shaped flying extension of the Mousekedoer. By calling "Oh, Toodles!" Mickey summons him to pop up from where he is hiding and fly up to the screen so the viewer can pick which tool Mickey needs for the current situation.[2][3]

The show features two original songs performed by American alternative rock band They Might Be Giants, including the opening theme song, in which a variant of a Mickey Mouse Club chant ("Meeska Mooska Mickey Mouse!") is used to summon the Clubhouse. They Might Be Giants also perform the song used at the end of every episode, "Hot Dog!", which echoes Mickey's first spoken words in the 1929 short The Karnival Kid.

This is the first time the major Disney characters have regularly appeared on television in computer-animated form; the characters debuted in CG form in 2003 at the Magic Kingdom theme park attraction Mickey's PhilharMagic, then in the 2004 home video Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Pilot2005 (2005)
127May 5, 2006 (2006-05-05)July 27, 2007 (2007-07-27)
240January 26, 2008 (2008-01-26)February 20, 2010 (2010-02-20)
332February 27, 2010 (2010-02-27)September 28, 2012 (2012-09-28)
426November 5, 2012 (2012-11-05)November 6, 2016 (2016-11-06)

Home media[edit]

Title Season(s) Episode count Release date Episodes
Mickey Saves Santa 1 3 November 14, 2006 Episode 03 ("Goofy's Bird"), 10 ("Mickey-Goes-Seek") and 20 ("Mickey Saves Santa")
Mickey's Great Clubhouse Hunt 1 2 March 20, 2007 24 ("Mickey's Great Clubhouse Hunt") and 27 ("Donald's Hiccups")
Mickey's Treat 1 4 August 28, 2007 18 ("Mickey's Treat"), 21 ("Goofy the Great"), 25 ("Doctor Daisy, M.D.") and A Little Einsteins Halloween
Mickey's Storybook Surprises 1, 2 4 February 24, 2009 Episode 07 ("Donald the Frog Prince"), 18 ("Minnie Red Riding Hood"), 19 ("Sleeping Minnie") and 50 ("Minnie's Mystery")
Mickey's Big Splash[4] 1, 2 4 October 5, 2009 Episode 06 ("Mickey Goes Fishing"), 43 ("Pluto's Bubble Bath"), 57 ("Pete's Beach Blanket Luau") and 58 ("Donald's Ducks")
Mickey's Adventures in Wonderland 2 2 December 1, 2009 64 ("Goofy Goes Goofy") and 65 ("Mickey's Adventures In Wonderland")
Choo-Choo Express[5] 2 2 December 9, 2009 41 ("Mickey's Big Job") and 60 ("Choo-Choo Express")
Minnie's Bow-Tique 2, 3 4 February 9, 2010 32 ("Minnie's Picnic"), 61 ("Minnie's Bee Story"), 75 ("Minnie's Pajama Party") and 83 ("Minnie's Bow-Tique")
Road Rally 3 2 September 7, 2010 76 ("Road Rally") and 82 ("Pluto Lends a Paw")
Numbers Round-Up 1–3 5 November 16, 2010 Episode 01 ("Daisy Bo-Peep"), 42 ("Mickey's Round-Up"), 67 ("Mickey's Big Surprise"), 70 ("Super Goof's Super Puzzle") and 87 ("Mickey's Show and Tell")
Minnie's Masquerade 1–3 5 February 8, 2011 Episode 02 ("A Surprise For Minnie"),Episode 47 ("Secret Spy Daisy"), 55 ("The Friendship Team"), 81 ("Minnie's Mouseke-Calendar") and 84 ("Minnie's Masquerade")
Mickey's Great Outdoors 1–3 5 May 24, 2011 14 ("Daisy in the Sky"), 38 ("Mickey and Minnie's Jungle Safari"), 39 ("Mickey's Camp Out"), 78 ("Daisy's Grasshopper") and 88 ("Mickey's Fishy Story")
Space Adventure 3 2 November 8, 2011 89 ("Space Adventure") and 94 ("Goofy's Thinking Cap")
I Heart Minnie 1–3 5 February 7, 2012 8 ("Minnie's Birthday"), Episode 11 ("Daisy's Dance"), 40 ("Daisy's Pet Project"), 53 ("Minnie's Rainbow") and 95 ("Minnie and Daisy's Flower Shower")
Mickey and Donald Have a Farm 1–4 5 December 11, 2012 23 ("Goofy's Petting Zoo"), 29 ("Goofy the Homemaker"), 52 ("Clarabelle's Clubhouse Mooo-sical"), 98 ("Donald Hatches an Egg") and 100 ("Mickey and Donald Have A Farm")
Minnie's the Wizard of Dizz 3, 4 4 February 5, 2013 91 ("Goofy's Gone"), 99 ("The Golden Boo Boo") and 104 ("Minnie's the Wizard of Dizz")
Quest for the Crystal Mickey 2–4 5 May 21, 2013 59 ("Goofy's Coconutty Monkey"), 71 ("Donald of the Desert"), 77 ("Donald the Genie"), 85 ("Goofy's Giant Adventure") and 101 ("Quest For the Crystal Mickey")
Super Adventure! 3, 4 4 December 3, 2013 79 ("Mickey's Mousekersize"), 80 ("Mickey's Little Parade"), 97 ("Aye, Aye, Captain Mickey") and 105 ("Super Adventure")
Around the Clubhouse World 1–4 5 February 11, 2014 5 ("Donald and the Beanstalk"), 9 ("Goofy On Mars"), 30 ("Mickey's Handy Helpers"), 74 ("Pluto's Dinosaur Romp") and 115 ("Around the Clubhouse World")

Production[edit]

Bill Farmer, the voice actor for Goofy and Pluto, stated in February 2014 that the recording of dialogue for new episodes has ceased, but that "it will be quite a while before the show runs out of new episodes for TV. We have been on the air consistently since 2006 and we started recording in 2004. So there is always a long lead-in time between recording and seeing it on TV. So don’t worry more is still to come, we just are not making any more."[6]

Reception[edit]

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse received mixed to positive reviews, Common Sense Media rated the show a 4 out of 5 stars, stating: "Parents need to know that Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a lively series designed to help preschoolers acquire problem-solving and early mathematics skills – and does so in a fun, exciting way. Although the show is very learning-focused, it's engaging without being intimidating."[7]

Spin-offs[edit]

Minnie's Bow-Toons[edit]

Minnie's Bow-Toons is a spinoff series which premiered in the fall of 2011 and concluded in 2016, it aired in the daytime Disney Junior programming block for younger audiences. It is based on the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode "Minnie's Bow-tique" and depicts Minnie's continuing adventures in business as proprietor of her own store which makes and sells bows for apparel and interior decoration, she interacts with many of the characters seen in the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse series.

Mickey and the Roadster Racers[edit]

A second spin-off, Mickey and the Roadster Racers, debuted in January 2017 after Mickey Mouse Clubhouse stopped showing episodes in November 2016.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse CD – Product Description". Disney Store". Archived from the original on May 20, 2009.
  2. ^ "Oh Toodles! Clubhouse Stories – Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – Playhouse Disney". Archived from the original on June 7, 2008. Retrieved June 7, 2008.
  3. ^ "Playhouse Disney's Mouskatool and Handy Manny Morning". Archived from the original on July 25, 2008. Retrieved June 7, 2008.
  4. ^ "Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Big Splash | Now On DVD | Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment". Archived from the original on May 5, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Mike Gencarelli. "Disney Legend, Bill Farmer talks about voicing Goofy and new Disney Junior series "The 7D"". Media Mikes. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  7. ^ "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse - TV Review".
  8. ^ Events, Fathom. "Celebrate 'Disney Junior at the Movies' and be Among First to See the New Series Mickey and the Roadster Racers, in Cinemas for One Day". Business Wire. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  9. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth. "Watch: 'Mickey and the Roadster Racers' to Debut on Disney Junior in 2017". Variety. Retrieved March 21, 2016.

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