Almost every episode of Mickey Mouse Works began with a 90-second gag short following one of six different formulas, with a second short of the same length appearing before the second "regular-sized" short in some episodes. Daisy Duck was the only character that didn't have her own mini series. All of these gag shorts (and a few new ones) would later be re-aired as part of House of Mouse episodes after Mickey Mouse Works ended.

List of segments

Mickey to the Rescue


Mickey to the Rescue was based on the "damsel in distress" formula that predated Mickey's creation as seen in numerous classic short films. Each Mickey to the Rescue segment featured Minnie being held captive by Pete at his not-so-secret hideout, with Mickey breaking into said hideout and battling Pete's traps to rescue her.

The three segments all began with the same piece of animation in which Minnie cries for help from Pete's hideout, Pete tells her with an evil laugh, "Scream all you want, my dear, Mickey Mouse will never rescue you!" and Mickey vows to save her and then breaks down Pete's door (though that last part is not used in "Cage and Cannons"). Curiously, the stock animation used at the beginning of these three shorts has Minnie wearing her red outfit, but only "Staircase" has her wearing her red outfit for the entirety of the short (in the other two, she wears her blue outfit).

Picture Title Mickey Mouse Works episode House of Mouse episode Synopsis
1999mikeymanias10101 Train Tracks Episode 1
Episode 21
"Everybody Loves Mickey" Mickey arrives at Pete's hideout to find Minnie tied to railroad tracks with a train approaching and Pete at the controls!

Note: The House of Mouse presentation of this short edited the closing shot so that, when Minnie kisses Mickey's cheek at the end, she leaves a lipstick mark.

1999mikeymanias10801 Staircase Episode 8
Episode 14
"Goofy's Valentine Date" Mickey must battle a contraption-filled staircase to rescue Minnie from Pete's hideout.

  • Note: This segment was used for some of the Toon Disney bumpers from 2000 to 2002.
1999mikeymanias20301 Cage and Cannons Episode 11 "Timon and Pumbaa" 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.

Maestro Minnie


Maestro Minnie was a series of musical gags with no dialogue, casting Minnie Mouse as the conductor of an orchestra full of rebellious instruments. Each segment had Minnie conducting a famous orchestral piece of music, shortened to fit the running time of the gag.

Picture Title Mickey Mouse Works episode House of Mouse episode Synopsis
1999mikeymanias10103 William Tell Overture Episode 1 "Ladies' Night"

Minnie goes on a wild west chase to rein in a rampaging trumpet.

Note: This was first shown during the premiere broadcast of Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You.

1999mikeymanias10501 Hungarian Rhapsody #6 Episode 5
Episode 21
"Goofy for a Day" Minnie's set on playing a classical piece ... while the instruments are set on something with a slightly different tempo.
1999mikeymanias20203 Brahm's Lullabye Episode 10 "Mickey and the Culture Clash" 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!
1999mikeymanias20503 Flight of the Bumblebee Episode 13 "The Mouse Who Came to Dinner" Minnie must tame a buzzing bumblebee that is disrupting her symphony.
2001tousenboites10902 Circus Symphony N/A "Rent Day" Minnie must round up her instruments, who are performing like a group of circus animals.

Goofy's Extreme Sports

Goofy's Extreme Sports

Goofy's Extreme Sports was a spin-off of the Goofy cartoons where he demonstrates different kinds of sports. In this case, as the title implies, Goofy is performing different kinds of extreme sports (with narration by Corey Burton, replicating the narration of the earlier "how to" cartoons), with disastrous results.

Picture Title Mickey Mouse Works episode House of Mouse episode Synopsis
1999mikeymanias10201 Skating the Half Pipe Episode 2
Episode 17
"Music Day" 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 also shown in theaters with I'll Be Home For Christmas.

1998-dingolympic2-2 Paracycling Episode 4 "King Larry Swings In" Goofy defies the laws of physics and common sense when he bicycles off a cliff and ungracefully parachutes to the ground.

Note: This short was also shown in theaters with Mighty Joe Young.

1999mikeymanias20101 Rock Climbing Episode 9 "Chip 'n' Dale" Goofy grapples with equipment, balance, and an annoying announcer as he scales to new peaks and plunges.
1999mikeymanias20303 Wakeboarding Episode 11 "Not So Goofy" Goofy takes to the water to master the art of wakeboarding, but his attempts at difficult stunts leave him high and dry.
1999mikeymanias21102 Shark Feeding Episode 23 "Gone Goofy" Goofy dons scuba gear and an anti-shark cage to go underwater and feed the sharks.

Donald's Dynamite


Donald's Dynamite shorts open with Donald Duck in the middle of a pleasant, stress-free activity, only to have it interrupted by the appearance of a bomb. Each time, Donald tries to defuse or get rid of the bomb before it explodes, but to no avail. When the bomb explodes, it always results in something good happening to Donald, only to be nullified seconds later by something bad, after which Donald mutters, "Aw, nuts," in peevish defeat.

Picture Title Mickey Mouse Works episode House of Mouse episode Synopsis
1999mikeymanias10301 Bowling Episode 3 "House of Magic" 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.
1999mikeymanias10603 Opera Box Episode 6 "Pete's House of Villains" 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: This short was shown at the preview stations in Disney Stores and theatrically released with Doug's 1st Movie.

1999mikeymanias10701 Fishing Episode 7 "Mickey and Minnie's Big Vacation" 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.
1999mikeymanias20603 Snowman Episode 18 "Pete's Christmas Caper"
"Snow Day"
Donald has a nice winter outing building a snowman until he discovers that his snowman's head is actually a bomb.
1999-mikeymaniaS2-09-01 Magic Act Episode 20 "The Stolen Cartoons" Donald tries to perform a magic act on stage but is continually interrupted by a reappearing bomb.

Von Drake's House of Genius


Von Drake's House of Genius shorts are much like the regular Ludwig Von Drake shorts featured on the show, but much shorter. Each one has Von Drake introducing his new inventions, which then go awry.

Picture Title Mickey Mouse Works episode House of Mouse episode Synopsis
1999mikeymanias10303 Time Reverser Episode 3 "Pete's One-Man Show" Zany 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.
1999mikeymanias10601 Remote Controlled Laser Lawn Mower Episode 6 "Dining Goofy" When Ludwig Von Drake's latest invention rages out of control, Von Drake may be the one who ends up with a trim.
1999mikeymanias10703 Money Increaser Episode 7 "House of Scrooge" 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!
140938 Teledinger Episode 13 "House of Crime" Ludwig Von Drake's new invention has a certain ring to it - a Teledinger. Unfortunately, he discovers the invention is already in use ... and commonly known as the telephone.

Pluto Gets the Paper


Taking reference from the Mickey Mouse/Pluto cartoon "A Gentleman's Gentleman", Pluto Gets the Paper has Pluto tasked to fetch the newspaper by Mickey, and having to go through various obstacles in the process. Despite these interferences, Pluto completes the task well at the end. Like the Pluto cartoons, these shorts entirely rely on physical humor.

Picture Title Mickey Mouse Works episode House of Mouse episode Synopsis
1999mikeymanias10401 Spaceship Episode 4 "House Ghosts" Mickey sends Pluto out to fetch the newspaper, this time only to be taken aboard an alien spacecraft.

Note: This short was shown in theaters before My Favorite Martian.

1999mikeymanias20201 Street Cleaner Episode 10 "Pluto vs. Figaro" Pluto gets sucked up into the bowels of an oncoming street sweeper in his endless quest to fetch Mickey's newspaper.

Note: This short was included on the 1999 VHS release of One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

1999mikeymanias20401 Bubble Gum Episode 12 "Goofy's Menu Magic" Mickey sends Pluto out to fetch the newspaper, who has to fight with a discarded piece of bubble gum to retrieve it.

Note: The short was included on the 1999 VHS release of The Rescuers and was shown during the premiere broadcast of Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You.

1999mikeymanias20601 Vending Machine Episode 15
Episode 28
N/A Instead of picking the paper up from the ground, Pluto has to balance a quarter and wrestle with a newspaper vending machine.

Note: This is one of the two MouseWorks shorts that was never shown on House of Mouse, the other being "Minnie Takes Care of Pluto" due to unknown reasons for this short (presumably due to health concerns for the people doing some of the actions from this short) and the latter for controversial reasons. Thankfully for years later like the latter, it finally got found by fans on YouTube in 2019.

1999mikeymanias21301 Mortimer Episode 24 "Big Bad Wolf Daddy" Mortimer shows up to try to steal Mickey's paper when Pluto is sent out to retrieve it.
2001tousenboites10101 Wet Cement N/A "The Stolen Cartoons"

Pluto gets mired in wet cement while attempting to get the newspaper for Mickey.

  • Note: This is the first mini-short made specially for House of Mouse.

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