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.
Admittedly "House of Turkey" is not one of my favourite 'House of Mouse' episodes. It's certainly not one of my least favourites either, in a show where there is a lot to like about all of the episodes even when some are better than others. It is very good and entertaining even if it didn't blow me away. 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.
Loved how it embraced and celebrated the thanksgiving theme and did so to funny and interesting effect. The turkey is a nice guest character. One of the few complaints for me of the episode is that Daisy is a bit annoying.
Both featured cartoons are well done, though there are better ones in the show. 'Turkey Catchers' has the sparkling partnership of Mickey, Goofy and Donald and their antics giving it a lot of life, as well as a relieving twist at the end. 'Mickey's Mixed Nuts' shows Mickey working well with Chip and Dale, cute, funny and mischievous as ever.
It is always nostalgic to see all the various Disney characters from various cartoons, films and shows and it is a big part of the fun too. Everything with the turkey is great fun, likewise with how the gang are made up and have always loved the Disney character-inspired products being advertised at the end of every episode. The episode is notable too for it containing John Fiedler's last TV/voice role.
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 (here the whole overdrawn part applies particularly).
Furthermore, the animation is very colourful, smooth in movement and with some meticulous detail. The recycled audience reactions seen at the end of the cartoons throughout the show always looks cheap, not an exception here. 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, Wayne Allwine is the most well known and longest serving voice actor for Mickey Mouse for good reason. Jeff Bennett again shows an adeptness at upper class English accents.
Overall, well done and enjoyable. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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