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.
There are from personal opinion better (mainly) Goofy-centric episodes. Have a preference for the ones that place Goofy in very human and relatable situations, like with Max, and where one relates to Goofy better regardless of any faults he has. "Salute to Sports" is still a good episode, and like with every episode of 'House of Mouse' 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.
Even non-fans of sports will find themselves hugely entertained by "Salute to Sports" and may even learn a lot. Goofy is amusing and very likeable as always. The other characters have plenty of time to shine, especially Donald in a nice subplot, and it was interesting to see them in sports garb.
The two featured cartoons fit the theme very well, better so than in most episodes actually. 'Goofy Gymnastics' is a Goofy classic and one of his best cartoons. 'How to Be a Baseball Fan' is funny and educational, although with a couple of repetitive moments.
It is always nostalgic watching 'House of Mouse' and seeing characters from various Disney shows, cartoons and films. There are more memorable little character moments though, not as many standout moments as other episodes. Goofy's butchering of the national anthem is pretty hilarious and stands out.
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.
Overall, very enjoyable. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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