Have a lot of fondness for 'House of Mouse'. Love Disney and the concept was such an interesting and for Disney shows at the time a unique one. There are times where it could have done more with the concept, with showing more of some of the guests and not focusing all the featured cartoons on Mickey and the gang. It is however so much fun and how it makes an effort to retain the spirit of the classic old cartoons is to be lauded.
"House of Scrooge" is definitely up there with the best, and one of my favourite, 'House of Mouse' episodes. As has been said in my previous 'House of Mouse' episodes, really like that it and the rest of the show tries to and succeeds in making the personalities of Mickey and the rest of the gang true to those of their "golden age" ones when they first came out (1930s-1950s), especially Donald. Except that Mickey is far more interesting in personality in 'House of Mouse', feels like a lead character, is used well and isn't over-shadowed by the rest of the characters. Minnie is also more resourceful.
Scrooge was a perfect character to carry the story and "solve" the problem. His character is not wasted for a second, and although miserly and cantankerous he is very entertaining. Cannot imagine anybody else other than Alan Young voicing Scrooge, so that he was brought back and showed no signs of fatiguing was a delight.
'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is up there with the best of the show's featured cartoons. Lets just say that Shakespeare in animation has never been wilder, funnier or wittier, with inspired choices of Disney characters to fill the roles and with some deliciously unlikely pairings (Goofy as Puck was a highlight). John Cleese narrates thoughtfully. The "House of Genius" cartoon 'Money Increaser' is amusingly eccentric as one would expect from anything involving Ludwig Von Drake.
It is always nostalgic seeing so many characters from various Disney films, shows and cartoons in 'House of Mouse'. Even those that don't get much exposure or forgotten. Scrooge's cheaper replacements for the usual objects were a large part of the fun, like getting all the Disney characters sitting at one table at one point.
While not surprising in outcome, the story is lively and engaging, kept afloat by the character interaction, characters and the atmosphere. The writing is clever and very funny, even with the deliberately corny moment and pun which made me grin rather than groan.
Furthermore, the animation is very colourful, smooth in movement and with some meticulous detail. The cheap recycling footage for the audience reactions at the end of the featured cartoons does jar and annoy though. The music is suitably groovy and cleverly used, while the theme song is one of the catchiest of any Disney show in the past twenty years.
Voice acting is very good as always, Young stealing the show.
All in all, terrific episode and one of the show's best. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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