Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse logo.svg
GenreChildren's television series
Educational
Created byBobs Gannaway
Walt Disney (characters)
Based onMickey Mouse
by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks
Developed byBobs Gannaway
Voices ofWayne Allwine (2006–2012)
Bret Iwan (2012–2016)
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
ComposersMike Himelstein
Michael Turner
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes125 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersBobs Gannaway (seasons 1 and 3)
Rob LaDuca (seasons 2 and 4)
Running time30 minutes
Production companyDisney Television Animation[a]
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television[b]
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
Followed byMickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures
Related showsMinnie's Bow-Toons
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.[1] The series is Disney Television Animation's first computer-animated series aimed at preschoolers. The series was created by Disney veteran Bobs Gannaway, who 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. 125 episodes were produced.[2]

Premise[edit]

Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Pluto interact with the viewer to stimulate problem solving during each episode's story.[3]

Once the problem of the episode has been explained, Mickey invites viewers to join him at the Mousekedoer, 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 Mouseketool" represented by a question mark, in which, when the words "Mystery Mouseketool" are said, the question mark changes into the Mouseketool the viewer gets to use. Another one is a "Mouseke-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 "Mouseke-Think-About-It-Tool, we pick the (object)". Once the tools have been shown to Mickey on the Mousekedoer 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.[4][5] Rhymes are used throughout the show. For example, in "Mickey's silly problem", when the "Silly switch" turned on, Mickey for some reason, spoke in rhymes for half of the episode.

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.[6]

This is the first time that the major Disney characters have regularly appeared on television in computer-animated form. The characters previously appeared in CG form in 2003 at the Magic Kingdom theme park attraction Mickey's PhilharMagic, and then appeared in the 2004 direct-to-video special Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
PilotNovember 15, 2005 (2005-11-15)N/A
127May 5, 2006 (2006-05-05)July 27, 2007 (2007-07-27)Playhouse Disney
240January 26, 2008 (2008-01-26)February 20, 2010 (2010-02-20)
332February 27, 2010 (2010-02-27)September 28, 2012 (2012-09-28)Playhouse Disney
Disney Junior
426November 5, 2012 (2012-11-05)November 6, 2016 (2016-11-06)Disney Junior

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

Production[edit]

Mickey Mouse was originally voiced by Wayne Allwine with Bret Iwan taking over the role following Allwine's death on May 18, 2009 (however, the final episode to feature Allwine as Mickey premiered posthumously on September 28, 2012). 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 would 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."[7]

Broadcast and release[edit]

Since the show's cancellation, reruns air on Disney Junior. The show was also released on Disney+ on its launch date of November 12, 2019. The series aired in Hebrew on Hop! Channel in Israel, and in Spanish on the “Disney Junior en Univision” sub-block on Univision’s Planeta U programming block for kids, both alongside Handy Manny. [8] The Univision airings of both Mickey Mouse Clubhouse & Handy Manny lasted from May 31, 2014 to May 26, 2018.

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-Go-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, 2008 Episode 07 ("Donald the Frog Prince"), 18 ("Minnie Red Riding Hood"), 19 ("Sleeping Minnie"), and 50 ("Minnie's Mystery")
Mickey's Adventures in Wonderland 1, 2 5 October 1, 2009 Episode 14 ("Daisy in the Sky"), 04 ("Donald's Big Balloon Race"), 15 ("Pluto's Puppy-Sitting Adventure") 13, ("Mickey's Treasure Hunt"), and 65 ("Mickey's Adventures In Wonderland")
Mickey's Big Splash[9] 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")
Choo-Choo Express[10] 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 1-3 5 September 7, 2010 76 ("Road Rally"), 5 ("Donald and the Beanstalk"), 9 ("Goofy On Mars"), 8 ("Minnie's Birthday") and 12 ("Pluto's Ball")
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 90, ("The Go-Getters"), 38 ("Mickey and Minnie's Jungle Safari"), 39 ("Mickey's Camp Out"), 78 ("Daisy's Grasshopper") and 88 ("Mickey's Fishy Story")
Space Adventure 1-3 5 November 8, 2011 89 ("Space Adventure"), 48 ("Pluto to the Rescue"), 57 ("Pete's Beach Blanket Luau"), 22 ("Mickey's Color Adventure"), and 3 ("Goofy's Bird")
I Heart Minnie 1–3 5 February 7, 2012 43 ("Pluto's Bubble Bath"), Episode 28 ("Fancy Dancin' Goofy"), 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 3 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"), 18 ("Minnie Red Riding Hood"), 97 ("Aye, Aye, Captain Mickey") and 105 ("Super Adventure")
Around the Clubhouse World 1–4 5 February 11, 2014 64 ("Goofy Goes Goofy"), 29 ("Goofy the Homemaker"), 30 ("Mickey's Handy Helpers"), 74 ("Pluto's Dinosaur Romp") and 115 ("Around the Clubhouse World")
Disney Junior Holiday 1 1 October 23, 2018 20 ("Mickey Saves Santa")

Reception[edit]

Critical 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."[3]

David Perlmutter in The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows says that the show "was yet another case of vintage cartoon characters embarrassing themselves for the enjoyment of preschoolers in a heavily dumbed-down format. While it demonstrated the wide appeal of the Disney brand, it also indicated that this brand could be compromised as any other could through association with an inferior product."[1]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result Ref.
2010 Annie Awards Best Animated Television Production for Children Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Nominated [11]
2011 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series Nominated [12][13]
Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Bill Farmer Nominated [12][13]
Outstanding Music Direction and Composition Mike Himelstein

Michael Turner

Nominated [12][13]
2012 Annie Awards Best Animated Television Production - Preschool Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Nominated [14]
2013 iKids Awards Best Web/App Series Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
  • For the episode "Road Rally Appisode"
Won [15]
2013 Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Children's/Educational Bret Iwan, Tony Anselmo, Bill Farmer, Russi Taylor, Tress MacNeille, Jim Cummings, Corey Burton, April, Winchell, Dee Bradley Baker, Will Ryan Won [16]
2014 Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Children's/Educational Nominated [17]
Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Children's/Educational Russi Taylor Nominated [17]
April Winchell Nominated [17]
Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Children's/Educational Bill Farmer Nominated [17]
Tony Anselmo Nominated [17]
2015 Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Dick Van Dyke
  • For the voice of Captain Goof Beard
Nominated [18][19]

Spin-off[edit]

Minnie's Bow-Toons[edit]

Minnie's Bow-Toons is a spin-off 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 with her friend Daisy. She interacts with many of the characters seen in the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse series.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Known as Walt Disney Television Animation from 2006-2012. Animation outsourced to DQ Entertainment and Toon City.
  2. ^ Known as Buena Vista Television for the first season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 387–389. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. p. 192. ISBN 9781476672939.
  3. ^ a b "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse - TV Review".
  4. ^ "Oh Toodles! Clubhouse Stories – Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – Playhouse Disney". Archived from the original on June 7, 2008. Retrieved June 7, 2008.
  5. ^ "Playhouse Disney's Mouskatool and Handy Manny Morning". Archived from the original on July 25, 2008. Retrieved June 7, 2008.
  6. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (August 16, 2019). "Disney Junior's Mickey Mouse Series Gets New Title, Updated "Hot Dog!" Theme Song for Season 3 (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  7. ^ Mike Gencarelli. "Disney Legend, Bill Farmer talks about voicing Goofy and new Disney Junior series "The 7D"". Media Mikes. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  8. ^ "Univision Network Adds Disney Junior Hit Series "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" & "Handy Manny" to its "Planeta U" Saturday Morning Children's Block". Univision. June 3, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Annie Awards (2010)". IMDb. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  12. ^ a b c "'General Hospital' Is No. 1 in Daytime Emmy Award Nominations With 21 | Hollywood Reporter". www.hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  13. ^ a b c "THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES ANNOUNCES THE 38th ANNUAL DAYTIME ENTERTAINMENT EMMY® AWARD NOMINATIONS, WAYNE BRADY TO HOST THE LIVE TELECAST | The Emmy Awards - The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences". Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  14. ^ "Annie Awards (2012)". IMDb. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  15. ^ "Winner of inaugural iKids Awards announced". Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  16. ^ "2013 BTVA Voice Acting Awards". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  17. ^ a b c d e "2014 BTVA Voice Acting Awards". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  18. ^ "The 42nd Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF). emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. March 31, 2015. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  19. ^ "Daytime Emmy Awards (2015)". IMDb. Retrieved October 21, 2020.

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