Toon Talk: Mickey's House of Villains
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Disney Film & Video Reviews by Kirby C. Holt
Mickey's House of Villains
Trick or Treat
Since Pegleg Pete first menaced Steamboat Willie, the bad guys and gals of the Disney Universe have possessed an intoxicating allure over audiences. From the Evil Queen's egomaniacal machinations to Captain Hook's one-handed under-handedness to Cruella de Vil's sartorial sinisterness, the denizens of Uncle Walts Rogues Gallery have often overshadowed the so-called heroes of many an animated film with their outlandish schemes and scene-stealing bravado.
The Disney villains developed a cult-like following beginning in the late 80s, when to hip for toons teens gravitated to the increasingly available merchandise featuring the villainous visages of the likes of Maleficent and Chernabog. And, with each new inductee (such as Ursula, Gaston, Jafar, Scar and Hades), their popularity grew, prompting even more specialized merchandise and more prominent roles in theme parks and other media.
So it is no surprise that the House of Mouse franchise would be used to capitalize on such a juicy premise such as the one presented in the newest direct-to-video offering, Mickeys House of Villains: a cadre of the best of Disneys worst teaming-up to take on the Main Mouse and take over his House of Mouse. Such a premise has been playing out for years at Disneyland and the Disney-MGM Studios every night with Fantasmic!, so why not bring it home?
Sad to say, but, like last years equally dismal Christmas outing (Mickeys Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse), this Halloween Night at the House of Mouse special is merely a repackaging of previous shorts, with a weakly-scripted and shoddily animated storyline trying vainly to connect it all together. The result is a mish-mash of animation quality, recycled footage, one-dimensional characterizations and little in the way of fresh entertainment value.