Mickey Mouse Works
Mickey Mouse Works (also known as Disney's Mickey Mouse Works) is an American animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation featuring Mickey Mouse and his friends in a series of animated shorts. It is the first Disney television animated series to be broadcast on ABC’s Saturday morning block, Disney’s One Saturday Morning.
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pluto and Ludwig Von Drake all star in their own segments while Horace Horsecollar, Clarabelle Cow, Huey, Dewey and Louie, Chip 'n Dale, Scrooge McDuck, Pete, Humphrey the Bear, J. Audubon Woodlore, Dinah the Dachshund, Butch the Bulldog, Mortimer Mouse and Clara Cluck appear as supporting characters. Musical themes for each character were composed by Stephen James Taylor with a live 12-piece band and extensive use of the fretless guitar to which the music of the series was nominated for an Annie Award in both 1999 and 2000. The shorts from the series were later used in Disney's House of Mouse.
Mickey Mouse Works was produced to recreate the golden age of Disney's animated shorts featuring Disney’s most popular characters. By using basic colors and the original sound effects, effort was put forth to capture the look and feel of "classic" Disney.
Each half-hour episode consisted of a variety of cartoons, varying in length from ninety seconds to twelve minutes. These shorts fell into three general types: the brief gag cartoons, the longer character-based cartoons and the more classically based "Mouse Tales" (usually the show's longest segment). The character-based segments also included "Silly Symphonies", carrying on the tradition of that series of theatrical shorts.
The gag shorts, which lasted 90 seconds each, were shown with the following umbrella titles:
- Mickey to the Rescue: Mickey tries to rescue Minnie from Pete's trap-laden hideout.
- Maestro Minnie: Minnie conducts an orchestra of anthropomorphic rebellious musical instruments.
- Goofy's Extreme Sports: Goofy shows off extreme sports in the words of his off-screen narrator.
- Donald's Dynamite: Donald's activity is interrupted by the appearance of a well-placed bomb.
- Von Drake's House of Genius: Ludwig Von Drake shows off an invention of his which goes haywire.
- Pluto Gets the Paper: Pluto goes through a bit of problems trying to fetch the newspaper for Mickey.
With no established schedule or routine, Mickey Mouse Works was designed to look like one spontaneous flow. Adding to that feeling were the show's opening credits which ended differently each week, the only constant being an elaborate interruption from a spotlight-stealing Donald Duck.
While most skits involved individual characters, some have Mickey, Donald and Goofy running a special service group. Most Goofy skits have him doing a "how-to" segment always accompanied by a narrator. Most Donald segments were about him trying to accomplish a certain task which never works out right, frustrating him.
- Mickey Mouse (voiced by Wayne Allwine, Quinton Flynn in "Minnie Takes Care of Pluto")
- Minnie Mouse (voiced by Russi Taylor)
- Donald Duck (voiced by Tony Anselmo)
- Daisy Duck (voiced by Tress MacNeille)
- Goofy (voiced by Bill Farmer)
- Pluto (voiced by Bill Farmer)
- Ludwig Von Drake (voiced by Corey Burton)
- The Phantom Blot (voiced by John O'Hurley)
- Pete (voiced by Jim Cummings)
- Mortimer Mouse (voiced by Maurice LaMarche)
- Chip 'n' Dale (voiced by Tress MacNeille and Corey Burton)
- Louie the Mountain Lion (voiced by Frank Welker)
- Dinah the Dachshund (voiced by Frank Welker)
- Salty the Seal (voiced by Frank Welker)
- Figaro (voiced by Frank Welker)
- Butch the Bulldog (voiced by Frank Welker)
- Aracuan Bird (voiced by Frank Welker)
- Humphrey the Bear (voiced by Jim Cummings)
- Huey, Dewey, and Louie (voiced by Russi Taylor)
- Horace Horsecollar (voiced by Bill Farmer)
- Clarabelle Cow (voiced by April Winchell)
- Chief O'Hara (introduced) (voiced by Corey Burton)
- Scrooge McDuck (voiced by Alan Young)
- J. Audubon Woodlore (voiced by Corey Burton)
- Clara Cluck (voiced by Russi Taylor)
- José Carioca (voiced by Rob Paulsen)
- Mr. Jollyland (voiced by Jeff Bennett)
- Baby Shelby (introduced) (voiced by Jeff Bennett)
- Mrs. Turtle (introduced) (voiced by Estelle Harris)
When the show was replaced by Disney's House of Mouse in January 2001, most of the MouseWork segments were repeated there but the original Mickey Mouse Works format has never been seen again. However, when the shorts were shown right before and after Toon Disney's Big Movie Show on weekdays, they were shown with the Mickey Mouse Works closing credits. Minnie Takes Care of Pluto and Pluto Gets the Paper: Vending Machine were the only two MouseWorks shorts that were not re-ran in House of Mouse due to their dark content.
Three of the gag cartoons were released theatrically with various Disney films during 1999 and released to theaters as commercials for the show. The cartoons included:
- Goofy's Extreme Sports: Skating the Half Pipe with I'll Be Home for Christmas
- Goofy's Extreme Sports: Paracycling with Mighty Joe Young
- Pluto Gets the Paper: Spaceship with My Favorite Martian
- Donald's Dynamite: Opera Box with Doug's 1st Movie
Some shorts are available in Europe on DVD under the title Mickey's Laugh Factory. While some shorts have the Mickey Mouse Works title card background, others have the House of Mouse version (the Mouse Works version has various mechanics in the background including a Mickey shaped one and one with the Mouse Works text inside it, but the House of Mouse version has various moving swirls) Cartoons include Hickory Dickory Mickey, Mickey Tries to Cook, Organ Donors, Mickey's Airplane Kit, Street Cleaner, Mickey's New Car, Bubble Gum, Mickey's Big Break and Mickey's Mix-Up.
In Disney's Learning Adventures: Mickey's Seeing the World, there were two cartoons featured: Around the World in Eighty Days and Mickey's Mechanical House (both as two stories).
On November 11, 2008, the eighth wave of Walt Disney Treasures was released. One of the sets released in this wave, The Chronological Donald, Volume Four, features a handful of Donald-centric shorts from both Mickey Mouse Works and House of Mouse as bonuses, including Bird Brained Donald, Donald and the Big Nut, Donald's Charmed Date, Donald's Dinner Date, Donald's Failed Fourth, Donald's Rocket Ruckus, Donald's Shell Shots, Donald's Valentine Dollar, Music Store Donald and Survival of the Woodchucks.
|First Aired||Last Aired|
|1||13||May 1, 1999||October 30, 1999|
|2||12||November 7, 1999||December 16, 2000|
Season 1 (1999)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original Airdate|
|1||"Mickey To The Rescue: Train Tracks|
How To Be A Waiter
Maestro Minnie: William Tell Overture
Donald's Failed Fourth
Roller Coaster Painters"
|Tony Craig, Roberts Gannaway||Kevin D. Campbell, Roberts Gannaway, Thomas Hart, Elizabeth Stonecipher||May 1, 1999|
Mickey arrives at Pete's hideout to find Minnie tied to railroad tracks with a train approaching!
Goofy's career as a waiter is frustrating - he's always getting ordered around by customers. When things become too much, he decides to shoot for a better career and become a film star. However, what goes around comes around when his first acting role ends up being that of a waiter.
Minnie, as the leader of an orchestra, goes on a wild west chase to rein in a rampaging trumpet. (Note: This short was first shown during the premiere broadcast of Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You on ABC on February 13, 1999.)
It's the Fourth of July and Donald Duck has found the perfect picnic spot to watch fireworks under the stars with Daisy. He battles the blanket, wrestles the lawn chairs, and combats the picnic basket until, finally, the site is set. But when Daisy arrives, she discovers that Donald has miscalculated and they cannot even see the fireworks. Donald is disappointed to discover he has messed things up, again, but Daisy thinks the view is very romantic - a beautiful full moon.
Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are hired to paint a roller-coaster, and there's an added incentive: whoever paints the most wins a lifetime pass to Jolly-Land Amusement Park. The competition between Mickey and Donald escalates to a wild paint war, but Goofy ends up winning the pass with his sure-and-steady pace.Donald's cold opening accident: Donald attempts to ride through on an elephant with a sign reading "Starring Donald Duck." The elephant sits on him.
|2||"Goofy's Extreme Sports: Skating The Half Pipe|
Mickey's New Car
Pluto's Penthouse Sweet
Donald's Shell Shots"
|Tony Craig, Roberts Gannaway||Kevin D. Campbell, Roberts Gannaway, Don Gillies, Thomas Hart, Elizabeth Stonecipher||May 8, 1999|
Goofy demonstrates the beautiful, yet dangerous, sport of stunt rollerblading, but once he gets rolling, he has trouble putting on the brakes. (Note: This short was first shown in theaters before I'll Be Home for Christmas on November 13, 1998.)
Mickey's old car is a clunker, so in order to get to a date with Minnie on time, he trades it in on a fancy new one with all the accessories. The new car then sends him on a wild ride when the accessories start to take over. (Note: This short was first aired during the premiere broadcast of Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You on ABC on February 13, 1999.)
When Mickey and Donald head out on a double-date with Minnie and Daisy, Pluto is left behind feeling lonely. Then he spies Tiki, a beautiful Maltese Terrier, and pursues her to her sky-high skyscraper. However, once inside her penthouse suite, Pluto finds the tables turned, with Tiki in hot pursuit of him!
Portrait photographer Donald has to take a picture of Shelby, an adorable baby turtle who refuses to cooperate.
|3||"Donald's Dynamite: Bowling Alley|
Mickey's Airplane Kit
Von Drake's House of Genius: Time Reverser
Dance of the Goofys"
|Tony Craig, Roberts Gannaway||Kevin D. Campbell, Roberts Gannaway, Thomas Hart, Elizabeth Stonecipher||May 15, 1999|
Donald is enjoying a relaxing day at the bowling alley until his ball turns out to be a bomb! When he tries to defuse it, the pins really begin to fly.
Mickey orders a do-it-yourself airplane kit as a special surprise for a date with Minnie. Rushed for time, he ignores the instructions and pays a bitter price when the plane falls apart during their date.
Ludwig Von Drake introduces his new invention - a time machine! But when he depends on his greatest creation to get him out of trouble, Von Drake's time quickly runs out.
Mickey, Donald and Goofy open a turkey catching business and their first customer is a pompous pilgrim. The three friends come up with the perfect plan, but when they finally catch their game, will they let their new-found friend become the main course?
As they do every night, the Goofy Fairies come out to close all the flowers. When the goofiest Goofy Fairy causes his boss to be captured by a young boy with mad scientist ambitions, he must overcome his goofy shortcomings and come to the rescue before his boss becomes a science project.
Season 2 (1999–2000)