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Mickey Mouse Works

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Mickey Mouse Works
Mickey mouse works-show.jpg
Also known asDisney's Mickey Mouse Works
Mouse Works
Based onMickey Mouse
by Walt Disney
Ub Iwerks
Developed byRoberts Gannaway
Written byRoberts Gannaway
Rick Schneider-Calabash
Directed byRoberts Gannaway
Tony Craig
Rick Schneider-Calabash
Voices ofWayne Allwine
Tony Anselmo
Russi Taylor
Bill Farmer
Diane Michelle (season 1)
Tress MacNeille
Corey Burton
John Cleese
Jim Cummings
Jeff Bennett
Maurice LaMarche
April Winchell
Estelle Harris
John O'Hurley
Alan Young
Jason Marsden
Rob Paulsen
Narrated byJohn Cleese (Mouse Tales and Mickey's Mechanical House)
Corey Burton (Goofy and Goofy's Extreme Sports)
Music byStephen James Taylor
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes25 (96 segments)
Production companyWalt Disney Television Animation[a]
Original networkABC (Disney's One Saturday Morning)
Original releaseMay 1, 1999 (1999-05-01) –
December 16, 2000 (2000-12-16)
RelatedHouse of Mouse

Mickey Mouse Works (also known as Disney's Mickey Mouse Works or simply 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.[1] It is the first Disney television animated series to be produced in widescreen high definition.

Mickey Mouse Works is similar to a variety show, with skits starring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pluto and Ludwig Von Drake 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, Jose Carioca, 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 2001. The shorts from the series were later used in House of Mouse with the exception of two due to their offensive content.

The show returned to Disney Channel in Canada from December 1, 2015 to September 2, 2016 and came back from December 5 to 30, 2016. However, like 101 Dalmatians: The Series, only about half of the shorts aired, and most of the ones that did air were edited down (this was most likely due to scenes that were dubbed inappropriate for preschoolers). In Finland, the show was renamed Akun Tehdas ("Donald's Factory") due to how immensely popular cartoon icon Donald and his "Duckverse" comics was among Finns. Gags were entirely removed as well due to possible redundancy – though sounds were left in still. In France, the show was called Mickey Mania.

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Mickey Mouse Works was produced to recreate the golden age of Disney's animated shorts featuring Disney's most popular characters and Mickey Mouse's first revival series. 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, which are skits, varying in length from ninety seconds to twelve minutes. These shorts fell into three general types: 90-second gag cartoons, the 7 and a half-minute character cartoons, and 12-minute "Mouse Tales" based on famous stories.[2] 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")[3] is the main protagonist of the series, he gets himself entangled in many farcical situations due to his guilelessness, but is overall a calm character. He is seen in the intro going to the scene of the Mickey Mouse works logo saying "oh boy!" before brandishing a coin.
  • Minnie Mouse (voiced by Russi Taylor) is Mickey's love interest, like how Donald gets frustrated, Minnie is often peeved by Mickey's impulsiveness and Daisy's loud-mouth, though she is mature for her age. She is seen during the intro practicing some music for the Mickey Mouse Works cartoons.
  • Donald Duck (voiced by Tony Anselmo) is one of Mickey's friends, he is well known for his hot-temper, which often lashes out by impatience and self-righteousness. He's seen in the intro in the drawings holding a black bomb, especially for his cold opening accidents at the end.
  • Daisy Duck (voiced by Diane Michelle in season 1, Tress MacNeille in season 2) is Donald's girlfriend, though they both have quick-tempers, Daisy is shown to be aloof and more selfish and dull-witted in this show. She is seen in the intro where she is making sure that everything is clean.
  • Goofy (voiced by Bill Farmer) is one of Mickey's friends, he isn't the smartest character on the show, his idiocy usually irritates his friends. He is seen in the intro pressing a button before going up and drops the remote control and starts to fall as he almost caught balance.
  • Pluto (voiced by Bill Farmer) is Mickey's loyal dog who is often combative towards some animals. He is even seen in the intro which is a drawing that he is holding a newspaper.
  • Ludwig Von Drake (voiced by Corey Burton) is a scientist duck who is shown to be highly intelligent but insane. He is also seen pressing a button at the beginning of the intro.



When the show was replaced by House of Mouse in January 2001, most of the Mouse Works 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 was not re-run in House of Mouse due to its dark content. For unknown reasons, Pluto Gets the Paper: Vending Machine was not on House of Mouse either.

Four of the gag cartoons were released theatrically with various Disney films during 1998 and 1999 and released to theaters as commercials for the show. The cartoons included:


Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 May 1, 1999 (1999-05-01) October 30, 1999 (1999-10-30)
2 12 November 6, 1999 (1999-11-06) December 16, 2000 (2000-12-16)

Season 1 (1999)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"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 and Roberts GannawayKevin D. Campbell, Roberts Gannaway, Thomas Hart, and Elizabeth StonecipherMay 1, 1999 (1999-05-01)

  • "Mickey To The Rescue: Train Tracks" – Mickey arrives at Pete's hideout to find Minnie tied to railroad tracks with a train approaching!
  • "How To Be A Waiter" – 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.
  • "Maestro Minnie: William Tell Overture" – 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.)
  • "Donald's Failed Fourth" – 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.
  • "Roller Coaster Painters" – 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 after pulling the elephant's tail instead of the chord.
22"Goofy's Extreme Sports: Skating The Half Pipe" / "Mickey's New Car" / "Pluto's Penthouse Sweet" / "Donald's Shell Shots"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayKevin D. Campbell, Roberts Gannaway, Don Gillies, Thomas Hart, and Elizabeth StonecipherMay 8, 1999 (1999-05-08)

  • Goofy's Extreme Sports: Skating The Half Pipe" – 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 New Car" – 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.)
  • "Pluto's Penthouse Sweet" – 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!
  • "Donald's Shell Shots" – Portrait photographer Donald has to take a picture of Shelby, an adorable baby turtle who refuses to cooperate.
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald brings down a window blind saying "Starring Donald Duck," which rolls up taking Donald with it.
33"Donald's Dynamite: Bowling Alley" / "Mickey's Airplane Kit" / "Von Drake's House of Genius: Time Reverser" / "Turkey Catchers" / "Dance of the Goofys"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayKevin D. Campbell, Roberts Gannaway, Thomas Hart, and Elizabeth StonecipherMay 15, 1999 (1999-05-15)

  • "Donald's Dynamite: Bowling Alley" – 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's Airplane Kit" – 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.
  • "Von Drake's House of Genius: Time Reverser" – 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.
  • "Turkey Catchers" – 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?
  • "Dance of the Goofys" – 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.
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald sails through on an sailboat and unfurls the sail which reads "Starring Donald Duck." The sailboat then sinks.
44"Pluto Gets The Paper: Spaceship" / "Donald's Rocket Ruckus" / "Goofy's Extreme Sports: Paracycling" / "Organ Donors" / "Mickey's Mistake"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayKevin D. Campbell, Roberts Gannaway, Thomas Hart, and Elizabeth StonecipherMay 22, 1999 (1999-05-22)

  • "Pluto Gets The Paper: Spaceship" – Mickey sends Pluto out to fetch the newspaper, this time only to be taken aboard an alien spacecraft, where he is examined with tools and uses the transformation ray to make him to have two legs and turns him an alien, a mammoth, a pen with a piece of writing paper and a dinosaur which he grows gigantic and the transformation ray turns him back and brings the newspaper back to Mickey and he pats him but his ears turn into alien antenna. (Note – Shown in theaters with "My Favorite Martian" on February 12, 1999.)
  • "Donald's Rocket Ruckus" – Huey, Dewey, and Louie want to go on the best ride in the whole amusement park, The Rocket Ruckus – but Uncle Donald is the ride operator, and he alters the height-requirement sign so his nephews are too short to ride. When the angry boys finally succeed in getting past him, Donald spins the ride out of control and his nephews decide to take mischievous revenge.
  • "Goofy's Extreme Sports: Paracycling" – Goofy defies the laws of physics and common sense when he bicycles off a cliff and ungracefully parachutes to the ground. (Note – Shown in theaters with "Mighty Joe Young" on December 25, 1998.)
  • "Organ Donors" – Mickey, Donald, and Goofy deliver a used pipe organ to a deranged Toy Maker. They soon learn that he does not want a pipe organ – he wants their internal organs!
  • "Mickey's Mistake" – Mickey finds a wad of money and buys Minnie an expensive hair bow. Then he finds out the money belonged to the orphans and goes through many disguises in his efforts to get the hair bow back from Minnie so he can get the money back to the orphans.
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald brings through an elegant flashing electrical sign which says "Starring Donald Duck" and then turns into a time and temperature flasher. Donald exclaims "Aw Phooey!" as this happens while looking at the viewers.
55"Maestro Minnie: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6" / "How To Be A Spy" / "Donald's Valentine Dollar" / "Pluto's Kittens"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayKevin D. Campbell, Roberts Gannaway, Thomas Hart, and Elizabeth StonecipherMay 29, 1999 (1999-05-29)

  • "Maestro Minnie: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6" – Minnie's set on playing a classical piece... while the instruments are set on something with a slightly different tempo.
  • "How To Be A Spy" – When paranoid Goofy thinks the neighbors are up to something suspicious, he orders himself a mail-order spy kit and learns how to be a spy.
  • "Donald's Valentine Dollar" – It's Valentine's Day, but Donald can only afford a "$1.00" box of candy for Daisy's present. Unfortunately, his dollar bill blows away on a gust of wind and into a kite-flying park. Donald straps on a kite to make a set of wings and takes to the sky, battling other kites, stormy winds and his pesky, playful dollar-bill before he emerges victorious.
  • "Pluto's Kittens" – Pluto overcomes his dislike for felines and rescues three stray kittens from a rainstorm. Hiding them from Mickey, Pluto takes the blame for their antics, and gets thrown out of the house for breaking the rules. In the end, Mickey discovers the kittens and all is well. (Note – Shown on the 1999 Australian VHS of "The Aristocats".)
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald unfolds an umbrella which says "Starring Donald Duck" which then gets zapped by a lightning bolt.
66"Von Drake's House of Genius: Remote Controlled Laser Lawn Mower" / "Pluto Vs. The Watchdog" / "Donald's Dynamite: Opera Box" / "Around The World In Eighty Days"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayKevin D. Campbell, Roberts Gannaway, Thomas Hart, Elizabeth Stonecipher, and Ron WeinerJune 5, 1999 (1999-06-05)

  • "Von Drake's House of Genius: Remote Controlled Laser Lawn Mower" – When Ludwig Von Drake's latest invention rages out of control, Von Drake may be the one who ends up with a trim.
  • "Pluto Vs. The Watchdog" – Because of Pluto's ineptitude at watch-dogging, Mickey gets a new watchdog. Little does he realize the new dog is part of Pete's plot to rob Mickey's house. (Note – One of 7 shorts to be animated with traditional cel animation.)
  • "Donald's Dynamite: Opera Box" – Donald and Daisy are enjoying a relaxing night at the opera when Donald reaches into Daisy's purse and pulls out a bomb! Now he must defuse it without Daisy noticing. (Note – Shown in theaters before "Doug's 1st Movie" on March 26, 1999, however it was not present on the VHS release)
  • "Around The World In Eighty Days" – Based on Jules Verne's novel, in this adaptation Mickey Mouse must circumnavigate the globe in 80 days in order to receive his inheritance and save an orphanage.
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald plants flowers which bloom into letters that spell "Starring Donald Duck." They are eaten from underneath by a gopher who pops his head up to let out a loud "burp!"
77"Donald's Dynamite: Fishing" / "Purple Pluto" / "Von Drake's House of Genius: Money Increaser" / "Sandwich Makers" / "Pluto's Arrow Error"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayKevin D. Campbell, Roberts Gannaway, Thomas Hart, Elizabeth Stonecipher, and Jess WinfieldJune 12, 1999 (1999-06-12)

  • "Donald's Dynamite: Fishing" – Donald is enjoying a relaxing day of fishing when he reels in a bomb! He tries to throw it back, but a cunning frog is determined to stop him.
  • "Purple Pluto" – Minnie is getting Pluto ready for the big dog show when she accidentally uses hair dye instead of shampoo! What will Mickey do when he finds out his true-blue friend is now purple?
  • "Von Drake's House of Genius: Money Increaser" – Ludwig Von Drake believes his new invention – a Money Increaser Machine – will save people from poverty, but it ends up getting him thrown in jail for counterfeiting!
  • "Sandwich Makers" – Goofy is swept away with power when he becomes the captain of a submarine sandwich shop, but he soon learns that cooperation and friendship are essential for running a tight ship.
  • "Pluto's Arrow Error" – When Pluto is rejected by Dinah, he finds a quiver of magic cupid arrows and aims on using them to obtain her love. However, his plan backfires when the arrow accidentally bulls-eyes Butch.
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald builds a brick wall on which he paints the words, "Starring Donald Duck." As one might expect, the wall falls over on him.
88"Mickey To The Rescue: Staircase" / "Pluto Runs Away" / "Daisy Visits Minnie" / "How To Ride A Bicycle"Tony Craig Roberts GannawayKevin D. Campbell, Roberts Gannaway, Thomas Hart, and Elizabeth StonecipherJune 19, 1999 (1999-06-19)

  • "Mickey To The Rescue: Staircase" – Mickey must battle a contraption-filled staircase to rescue Minnie from Pete's hideout.
  • "Pluto Runs Away" – When Pluto digs up Mickey's yard to bury a bone, Mickey has to discipline him. Thinking he's being treated poorly, Pluto runs away, only to bump into Pete and learn what bad treatment is really like. (Note – One of 7 shorts to be animated with traditional cel animation.)
  • "Daisy Visits Minnie" – Minnie Mouse is looking forward to a quiet night at home, but the peace and quiet is soon interrupted when Daisy Duck invites herself over, not to mention a lion that escaped from the zoo.
  • "How To Ride A Bicycle" – Mr. Biker (a.k.a. Goofy) is seized with bicycle race fever... but unfortunately totals his bike. He goes through all the lessons of bike riding, ending once more in his race-fever craze and competing in a high-pressure BMX stadium race.
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald drives up in a truck with "Starring Donald Duck" painted on the side. The truck then drives away without him, and then returns to run over Donald.
99"Goofy's Extreme Sports: Rock Climbing" / "Hansel And Gretel" / "Donald On Ice" / "Mickey's Mechanical House"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayKevin D. Campbell, Roberts Gannaway, Thomas Hart, Elizabeth Stonecipher, and Jess WinfieldSeptember 11, 1999 (1999-09-11)

  • "Goofy's Extreme Sports: Rock Climbing" – Goofy grapples with equipment, balance and an annoying announcer as he scales to new peaks and plunges.
  • "Hansel And Gretel" – Mickey and Minnie play the roles of Hansel and Gretel in a musical retelling of the fairy tale.
  • "Donald On Ice" – Huey, Dewey and Louie are building a snowman for the big snowman contest, but Donald's skating mishaps destroy their first attempt, so they immediately retaliate.
  • "Mickey's Mechanical House" – Mickey, unsatisfied and annoyed by his old and noisy house, decides to buy a new home that runs itself. He later discovers, however, that this house is not much more comfortable, so he decides to move back at the end. This segment is narrated in rhyme.
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald flies by in an airplane with a banner that reads "Starring Donald Duck." After flying offscreen, the airplane blows up, leaving Donald flying the engine held together with a few left over parts of the plane.
1010"Pluto Gets The Paper: Street Cleaner" / "Donald's Dinner Date" / "Maestro Minnie: Brahms Lullabye" / "Hydro Squirter" / "Mickey's Piano Lesson"Tony Craig Roberts GannawayKevin D. Campbell, Roberts Gannaway, Thomas Hart, Elizabeth Stonecipher, and Jess WinfieldSeptember 18, 1999 (1999-09-18)

  • "Pluto Gets The Paper: Street Cleaner" – This time Pluto gets sucked up into the bowels of an oncoming street sweeper in his endless quest to fetch Mickey's newspaper. (Note – Shown on the 1999 VHS release of "One Hundred and One Dalmatians", released on March 9, 1999.)
  • "Donald's Dinner Date" – Donald must restrain his temper on a dinner date with Daisy, even though the incompetent Goofy is their waiter. (Note – One of 7 shorts to be animated with traditional cel animation.)
  • "Maestro Minnie: Brahms Lullabye" – When Minnie conducts an orchestra-come-to-life, she keeps dozing off during her favorite lullaby. Fortunately, the instruments take over and wake her up!
  • "Hydro Squirter" – When Von Drake has trouble with his shower, he makes some adjustments and accidentally turns it into a teleportation device. With each twist of the faucet, towel-clad Von Drake finds himself in another embarrassing situation.
  • "Mickey's Piano Lesson" – When Minnie signs herself and Mickey up to perform in a piano recital, Mickey decides the music is too easy for him to practice. But when he begins the performance, he realizes that without practice things never go as planned.
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald pulls down a blind that "Starring Donald Duck" which rolls up taking him with it.
1111"Mickey To The Rescue: Cages And Cannons" / "Mickey's Remedy" / "Goofy's Extreme Sports: Wakeboarding" / "A Midsummer Night's Dream"Tony Craig Roberts GannawayKevin D. Campbell, Roberts Gannaway, Thomas Hart, Elizabeth Stonecipher, and Jess WinfieldSeptember 25, 1999 (1999-09-25)

  • "Mickey To The Rescue: Cage And Cannons" – When Pete kidnaps Minnie and whisks her off to his funhouse-like hideout, Mickey must cross a cartoony bridge and dodge Pete's boxing-glove cannons to rescue her from a cage suspended high above the ground.
  • "Mickey's Remedy" – Donald decides to give Mickey a try in controlling his three nephews. But Mickey has more than a few surprises up his sleeve, including the threat of "Bolvainian Brain Fever." (Note – One of 7 shorts to be animated with traditional cel animation.)
  • "Goofy's Extreme Sports: Wakeboarding" – Goofy takes to the water to master the art of wakeboarding, but his attempts at difficult stunts leave him high and dry.
  • "A Midsummer Night's Dream" – Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy compete in Shakespeare's tale of mismatched lovers and a special love potion.
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald pulls up in a train engine with a car attached with a banner that reads "Starring Donald Duck." But, while cleaning a smudge off of the side of the car, the side falls off, flattening him.
1212"Pluto Gets The Paper: Bubble Gum" / "Mickey Tries To Cook" / "Donald And The Big Nut" / "Topsy Turvy Town"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayKevin D. Campbell, Roberts Gannaway, Thomas Hart, Elizabeth Stonecipher, and Jess WinfieldOctober 2, 1999 (1999-10-02)

  • "Pluto Gets The Paper: Bubble Gum" – Mickey sends Pluto out to fetch the newspaper, who has to fight with a discarded piece of bubble gum to retrieve it. (Note – Shown at the beginning of the 1999 VHS release of "The Rescuers" on January 5, 1999, and again on March 23, 1999. This was also shown on the premiere broadcast of "Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You" on February 13, 1999.)
  • "Mickey Tries To Cook" – When Mickey discovers Minnie has fallen for a guy who can cook, he tries to make a fancy dinner to win her back. (Note – One of 7 shorts to be animated with traditional cel animation.)
  • "Donald And The Big Nut" – Donald accidentally spills a super growth formula which results the growth of a giant nut which he wants to take to competition while Chip and Dale want to eat it. (Note – One of 7 shorts to be animated with traditional cel animation.)
  • "Topsy Turvy Town" – Stranded in Topsy Turvy Town, a place where everything is the opposite of normal, Mickey and Minnie accidentally break the town's strange laws and are sentenced to an unusual punishment. (Note – One of 7 shorts to be animated with traditional cel animation.)
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald blows up a balloon which reads "Starring Donald Duck" but he blows it up too far and it explodes.
1313"Von Drake's House of Genius: Teledinger" / "How To Haunt A House" / "Maestro Minnie: Flight of the Bumblebee" / "The Nutcracker"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayKevin D. Campbell, Roberts Gannaway, Thomas Hart, and Elizabeth StonecipherOctober 30, 1999 (1999-10-30)

  • "Von Drake's House of Genius: Teledinger" – Ludwig Von Drake's new invention has a certain ring to it – a Teledinger. Unfortunately, he discovers the invention is already in use and is commonly known as the telephone.
  • "How To Haunt A House" – In order to demonstrate how to haunt a house, the narrator arranges for Goofy to temporarily be "not living" and selects Donald Duck to be the one whom Goofy's ghost will haunt.
  • "Maestro Minnie: Flight of the Bumblebee" – Minnie must tame a buzzing bumblebee that is disrupting her symphony.
  • "The Nutcracker" – When Maria (Minnie) is captured by the Mouse King (Donald), her beloved nutcracker doll turns into a handsome Prince Mickey and rescues her from becoming the Mouse Queen. This familiar story is told by a comical narrator with big band versions of the familiar Tchaikovsky "Nutcracker" music.
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald drops down a huge block of granite which he carves into a monument which reads "Starring Donald Duck." The monument collapses around him, leaving a pile of rock which reads "Darn Old Duck."

Season 2 (1999–2000)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
141"Pluto Gets The Paper: Vending Machine" / "Donald's Grizzly Guest" / "Donald's Dynamite: Snowman" / "Mickey Foils The Phantom Blot"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayUnknownNovember 6, 1999 (1999-11-06)

  • "Pluto Gets The Paper: Vending Machine" – Instead of picking the paper up from the ground, Pluto has to balance a quarter and wrestle with a newspaper vending machine. (Note: This short, along with "Minnie Takes Care of Pluto", was one of the only two "Mouse Works" shorts that didn't show up again on "House of Mouse" for unknown reasons.)
  • "Donald's Grizzly Guest" – With the rainy season approaching, Humphrey the Bear, dissatisfied with his leaky cave, decides to make camp in Donald's spiffy trailer.
  • "Donald's Dynamite: Snowman" – Donald has a nice winter outing building a snowman until he discovers that his snowman's head is actually a bomb.
  • "Mickey Foils The Phantom Blot" – When Von Drake arrives at Mickey, Donald and Goofy's delivery service with a mysterious package that he wants delivered to himself, our heroes smell a mystery. The mystery deepens when the package is stolen by the Phantom Blot.
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald attempts the boat and sail again, but this time he is squashed by a whale and sent to the bottom of the sea.
152"Daisy's Road Trip" / "Goofy's Big Kitty" / "Relaxing With Von Drake"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayUnknownDecember 4, 1999 (1999-12-04)

  • "Daisy's Road Trip" – Mickey and Minnie are considering a quiet drive in the country to see the sunset by themselves, when Daisy happens by and decides to invite herself along.
  • "Goofy's Big Kitty" – Goofy bring home a new kitty at the same time that a mountain lion has escaped from the circus. Of course, you know that Goofy will mistake the lion for his kitty.
  • "Relaxing With Von Drake" – Ludwig Von Drake uses Donald as a guinea pig to demonstrate various methods of stress management.
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald unfolds an umbrella which reads "Starring Donald Duck." The umbrella promptly folds, swallowing him up.
163"How To Be A Baseball Fan" / "Locksmiths" / "Minnie Takes Care of Pluto"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayUnknownJanuary 22, 2000 (2000-01-22)

  • "How To Be A Baseball Fan" – Goofy takes time out from being a participant in sport to join the fans in the bleachers.
  • "Locksmiths" – Mickey, Donald and Goofy in business, this time as locksmiths who cannot even seem to get their own front door open.
  • "Minnie Takes Care of Pluto" – Mickey drops Pluto off at Minnie's house unexpectedly, so Pluto's conscience convinces him that Minnie is out to do him in. (Note: This short, along with "Pluto Gets the Paper: Vending Machine", was one of the only two "Mouse Works" shorts that didn't show up again on "House of Mouse" due to dark content.)
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald floats by in a hot air balloon reading "Starring Donald Duck" which suddenly punctures and deflates leaving Donald stranded in mid-air.
174"Donald's Dynamite: Magic Act" / "Survival of The Woodchucks" / "Mickey's Rival Returns" / "Mickey And The Seagull"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayUnknownFebruary 19, 2000 (2000-02-19)

  • "Donald's Dynamite: Magic Act" – Donald tries to perform a magic act on stage but is continually interrupted by a reappearing bomb.
  • "Survival of The Woodchucks" – In order to win Junior Woodchucks merit badges, Huey, Dewey and Louie have to negotiate a difficult survival course. But then they discover that Donald, their scoutleader, never finished the course himself.
  • "Mickey's Rival Returns" – Mickey tries for a relaxing day at the beach and maybe a date with Minnie afterwards, but his day is ruined by the return of Mortimer Mouse, an old rival for Minnie's affection.
  • "Mickey And The Seagull" – Each tugboat is the fleet is assigned a seagull from the flock. Even Mickey's, who gets a replacement when his regular one begins using a wheelchair following an accident.
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald brings down a steel plate which reads "Starring Donald Duck. He rivets this over the regular logo, but not well enough as the plate falls over, flattening him into his hard hat.
185"Goofy's Radio" / "Car Washers" / "Pluto's Seal Deal"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayUnknownMarch 11, 2000 (2000-03-11)

  • "Goofy's Radio" – Goofy decides to escape the pressures of big-city life and take a vacation at Brownstone Park. He takes his radio with him, which has a curious effect on Louie, the Mountain Lion.
  • "Car Washers" – The terrific trio go into business washing cars, and who should their first customer be but Pete. Unfortunately, they also have a fairly destructive washing machine.
  • "Pluto's Seal Deal" – Pluto is given the responsibility to guard a package that is being delivered for Mickey. But instead of the cappuccino machine he's expecting, he gets to take charge of Salty, the Seal.
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald attempts to bring down a series of stage curtains with his name, but is pelted with tomatoes and rotten vegetables before he can.
196"Mickey's Mixed Nuts" / "Goofy's Extreme Sports: Shark Feeding" / "Mickey's Mountain" / "computer.don"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayUnknownApril 15, 2000 (2000-04-15)

  • "Mickey's Mixed Nuts" – While Minnie is short of nuts, Chip and Dale have only golf balls. Mickey and the chipmunks head to the store competing for the last batch of nuts.
  • "Goofy's Extreme Sports: Shark Feeding" – Goofy dons scuba gear and an anti-shark cage to go underwater and feed the sharks.
  • "Mickey's Mountain" – The first person to the top of "unnamed mountain" gets to give it a name. Mickey wants to claim it in the name of Minnie, but has to race Pete to the top.
  • "computer.don" – A technologically behind-the-times Donald is coerced by Daisy into buying a computer, or be labeled a "dweeb."
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald rides by on a stagecoach which reads "Starring Donald Duck" on the side. The donkey, however, gets mad and kicks Donald and the coach offscreen.
207"Donald's Halloween Scare" / "Donald's Lighthouse" / "How to Take Care of Your Yard"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayUnknownMay 20, 2000 (2000-05-20)

  • "Donald's Halloween Scare" – Donald scares the candy out of Huey, Dewey and Louie's trick or treat bags, so naturally, they have to retaliate.
  • "Donald's Lighthouse" – Donald attempts to rid his lighthouse of a rather stubborn pelican.
  • "How to Take Care of Your Yard" – Goofy learns to take care of his yard, throughout the four seasons.
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald lays train track and brings in a train car which reads "Starring Donald Duck." But another set of tracks gets laid in front of it, and another train comes through which runs him down.
218"Pluto Gets The Paper: Mortimer" / "Minnie Visits Daisy" / "How To Wash Dishes" / "Domesticated Donald"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayUnknownJune 10, 2000 (2000-06-10)

  • "Pluto Gets The Paper: Mortimer" – Mortimer (Mickey's rival) shows up again to try to steal Mickey's paper when Pluto is sent out to retrieve it.
  • "Minnie Visits Daisy" – Minnie decides to visit Daisy and bring one of her "famous" apple pies, but cannot seem to get Daisy's attention when she comes knocking on the door.
  • "How To Wash Dishes" – Despite the title, this short features Goofy as a travel-hound while charging everything on his new charge card. Well, maybe the title is correct after all.
  • "Domesticated Donald" – Shelby the turtle returns as Donald is forced to serve as babysitter to the hyperactive youngster.
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald rolls out a magic disappearing box, shuts the curtains (which read "Duck Works"), but when he opens them, an upset Louie the Mountain Lion (as a tiger) has appeared.
229"Mickey's Mix-Up" / "Whitewater Donald" / "Mickey's Christmas Chaos"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayUnknownSeptember 16, 2000 (2000-09-16)

  • "Mickey's Mix-Up" – Mickey buys a new fax machine. His first few faxes are a nasty one to Mortimer and a sweet one to Minnie. But when he suspects that the faxes have gotten switched, he has to secretly try to get the nasty fax back from Minnie before she reads it.
  • "Whitewater Donald" – Donald tries to go fishing, taking Daisy along, who is under the impression that they are going on a romantic date.
  • "Mickey's Christmas Chaos" – Mickey gets into a Christmas decorating contest with next-door neighbor Mortimer.
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald rides by in a Goodyear type blimp with an electronic sign that reads "Duck Works." The sign begins to spark, shorts out and fries the blimp.
2310"Donald's Fish Fry" / "Presto Pluto" / "Mickey's Cabin"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayUnknownOctober 21, 2000 (2000-10-21)

  • "Donald's Fish Fry" – Humphrey the Bear is told to get a big fish to get him through the coming winter season, but mistakenly snags the one that Donald has on the end of his line.
  • "Presto Pluto" – Pluto is again in competition with Butch for Dinah's affections when he accidentally swallows a magic wand.
  • "Mickey's Cabin" – Mickey is snowbound with Pete and his cousin Zeke who have stolen an automated teller machine.
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald floats by in a hot air balloon which reads "Starring Donald Duck." The balloon releases out the bottom and blows him away.
2411"Pluto Gets The Paper: Vending Machine" / "Mickey's Answering Service" / "Pluto's Magic Paws" / "Mickey's Big Break"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayUnknownNovember 18, 2000 (2000-11-18)

  • "Pluto Gets The Paper: Vending Machine" – Instead of picking the paper up from the ground, Pluto has to balance a quarter and wrestle with a newspaper vending machine. (Note: This short, along with "Minnie Takes Care of Pluto", was one of the only two "Mouse Works" shorts that didn't show up again on "House of Mouse" for unknown reasons.)
  • "Mickey's Answering Service" – Mickey, Donald, and Goofy try business together one more time as the owners of a telephone answering service.
  • "Pluto's Magic Paws" – Mickey mistakenly picks up a pair of magic gloves from the dry cleaners instead of his regular gloves. When Pluto is left at home with them, disaster breaks out.
  • "Mickey's Big Break" – When Donald and Mickey break a picture of Minnie and Daisy by playing football in the house, they go to extreme lengths to try to replace it.
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald rolls in a huge cake that reads "Starring Donald Duck." But Clarabelle pops out of it, grabbing Donald and kissing him into a frenzy.
2512"Bird Brained Donald" / "How To Be A Gentleman" / "Donald's Pool"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayUnknownDecember 16, 2000 (2000-12-16)

  • "Bird Brained Donald" – Donald again attempts to get a picture of the elusive and maniacal Aracuan Bird.
  • "How To Be A Gentleman" – In order to join a ritzy country club, Goofy must learn to dress and behave like a proper gentleman.
  • "Donald's Pool" – Donald's relaxing day by the pool is crashed by Mrs. Turtle, who only wants to sunbathe, and Shelby who as usual, only wants to cause trouble. (Note: This is the only standard-length "Mouse Works" short to be shown in two different episodes of House of Mouse.)
  • Donald's cold opening accident: Donald spray paints the words "Starring Donald Duck" over the official logo, but is then arrested for vandalism.

Home media

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).[4] 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.[4]

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.


  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 387–389. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 263–264. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ Korkis, Jim. "A New Mouse Voice In Town by Wade Sampson". Mouseplanet. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  4. ^ a b "Mickey's Laugh Factory". Retrieved July 10, 2008.
  1. ^ Animation outsourced to Toon City Animation.

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