Mickey's House of Villains

  • Review Date: October 2, 2006
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 70 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Celebrate Halloween with Disney's creepiest.
  • Review Date: October 2, 2006
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 70 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Mostly silly trick-or-treat pranks (dumping a bucket of water on unsuspecting characters, dressing in scary disguises for trick-or-treaters). More sinister behavior from villains. "Good" characters always win in the end.

Violence & scariness

Some characters in peril; two characters die offscreen and become ghosts, but a narrator assures viewers that it's only "temporary" for the story. Several characters perform villainous deeds -- from mischievous to malevolent. A witch casts a spell on Donald Duck, making him dance uncontrollably and bang into doors. A gaggle of ghosts haunts Mickey and friends and occasionally gets slapstick-physical with them. A scheming witch tries to cook Mickey and Minnie in a Hansel-and-Gretel-style cartoon. A robot character unscrews and removes his own eye.

Sexy stuff

Innocent hand-holding and hugging between Mickey and Minnie. Minnie kisses Mickey on the cheek.

Language

Tame: A frustrated Donald Duck says "heck."

Consumerism

Since this combines many Disney movie moments, it may remind you that you haven't seen some favorites in a while.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A witch seems drunk after she samples some of her own brew.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is primarily a collection of older Disney shorts, woven together with scenes from an all-new story. Although most of the frights are played for laughs, some scenes may be too scary for younger kids.

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What's the story?

Mickey and friends battle a pack of Disney's wickedest -- from 101 Dalmatians' Cruella De Vil to The Little Mermaid's Ursula -- in this Halloween-themed DVD. The bulk of MICKEY'S HOUSE OF VILLAINS is composed of several older short cartoons, juxtaposed with scenes from a new story that unfolds on Halloween night at Mickey's House of Mouse nightclub, where Disney villains have gathered for a scary cartoon fest hosted by Mickey. Most of the cartoons are innocent tales with friendly ghosts and comedic plots, such as "How to Haunt a House," in which a ghostly but clumsy Goofy tries in vain to scare Donald Duck. Other tales are a bit creepier. A wicked witch lures Mickey and Minnie with a feast of sweets, then tries to make them dinner -- a la Hansel and Gretel. Back at the House of Mouse, the villains plan to take over the club and give Mickey and pals the boot.

Is it any good?

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Kids and adults will enjoy seeing all of the Disney villains en masse. One of the bonus extras is the "Fright Delight Mix," a montage of scary scenes from Disney's animated movies which may be a bit much for some youngsters, as it's a fast-paced, nonstop, and intense journey through some of the scariest scenes in Disney animation, including the Headless Horseman's pursuit of Ichabod Crane and edge-of-the-seat moments from The Lion King and other movies.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about costume ideas inspired by the cartoons. If you celebrate Halloween, what are some of your family's fun traditions and activities? They can also talk about their favorite scary characters. Who's the scariest and why? Which scary Disney characters aren't in the movie?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 30, 2002
DVD release date:September 30, 2002
Cast:Russi Taylor, Tony Anselmo, Wayne Allwine
Director:Jamie Mitchell
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:70 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 13 years old Written byrobinrunner April 23, 2011
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3
QUALITY
 

One I always enjoyed as a little kid and even now

It's a fun and kid-appropriote way of honoring halloween. Since it's a kid special it has no bad content that parents have to worry about. There was always one short featured in this that always used to freak me out though. It's a really old cartoon where an old-fasioned Micky, Donald, and Goofy are trying to hunt ghosts in a haunted house, but the end of it always made me laugh so I liked it.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byIsaac T October 4, 2014
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3
QUALITY
 

Perfect!

A fun and kid-friendly Halloween movie suitable for almost anyone.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old April 2, 2010
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4
QUALITY
 

Cartoons too short

The cartoons are far short and scary for little kids. Even older kids too. Otherwise its okay.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models

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