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The "Skeletons" are characters that first appeared in one of the classic Silly Symphonies, specifically the first entry in that series, The Skeleton Dance, which was released in 1929. The skeletons are obviously undead walking "creepers" and have been long associated with the macabre side of Disney, though they are not actually malevolent in most of their appearances, resembling harmless outgoing pranksters.

Appearances

The Skeleton Dance

The Skeletons are the main protagonists of the short. The first one rises from behind a grave and scares away two cats and arranging itself into the classic skull and crossbones formation, before leaping into the center of the graveyard and being joined by three more. They proceed to dance and frolic in the graveyard, in general good-hearted dances and musical games, though they are somewhat reckless and unintentionally harmful in their behavior (A skeleton threw his skull at an owl in retaliation from being scared from its hooting and knocked off its feathers, they hurt a cat when attempting to use his whiskers like a violin, and one of them takes the femurs of another then using him as a xylophone until he collapses). When the rooster cries, the Skeletons panic (probably because, as in common ghost lore, they cannot stand sunlight) and merge into a single several-limbed creature that hides in a large tomb.

The Haunted House

When Mickey Mouse enters a haunted house, he is repeatedly scared by the Skeletons (who are more numerous than in their debut). He eventually comes across their leader, a hooded skeleton with a missing tooth (sometimes thought to be the Grim Reaper, though he isn't identified as such). Surprisingly, as he is cornered, Mickey is simply told to play the piano for them, and all the Skeletons begin dancing and frolicking in the haunted halls, much like in The Skeleton Dance. Mickey, still scared, tries to escape the house, pursued by several Skeletons (and coming across more of them).

The Mad Doctor

The Mad Doctor's large castle is haunted by several Skeletons. Most of them are hiding in the furniture, including in the lift, cupboard, inside a stone pillar and inside the steps of a staircase (which are apparently really coffins). They attack Mickey, though whether they inhabit the Caslte and have decided to get rid of trespasser, or are doing so on the Mad Doctor's orders, is left unclear. A skeleton spider (an obvious nonsensicality, seeing how spiders are invertebrates, which could however be explained by the Spider being a creation of the Doctor's) also appears and attempts to eat Mickey.

House of Mouse

The skeletons make cameo appearances in several episodes, including "Dennis the Duck", "House Ghosts" and "Halloween With Hades". In Dennis the Duck, they are among the black-and-white cartoon stars invited to the House for a special celebration along with Dennis himself. In House Ghosts, they applauded after the 1st cartoon (the skeleton on the rightmost side spun his right arm with his left), and later help the ghosts of the Haunted Mansion and the Lonesome Ghosts scare Pete during a "Grim Grinning Ghosts" song number.

Mickey Mouse

Two skeletons make a cameo appearance in the episode "Carried Away" standing on the dock watching Mickey and Minnie's boat pass by.

The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse

The skeletons make numerous cameos appearances in the episodes "School of Fish", "The Big Good Wolf", and "Houseghosts."

Video game appearances

Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse

The skeletons are frequent enemies in the "Mad Doctor" level, mirroring their inhabiting the Doctor's castle in the cartoon.

Epic Mickey

Some Skeletons are seen in the projector reel transition level based on the "The Mad Doctor" cartoon. Hidden-unseen skeletons eerily lift up the stairs that can make Mickey fall down and another towards the end will throw a piece of brick at you and will cause you to lose some health. Some others appear in the second and third transition levels themed to "The Haunted House".

In Lonesome Manor, Mickey confronts minions of the Mad Doctor who resemble Bashers but, instead of being those of pirates, their toon parts look like the skeletons. Since the skeletons were already the Mad Doctor's minions in his debut cartoon, it's possible he turned them into Bashers just like he did the pirates of Tortooga.

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

The skeletons appear in the two transition levels themed to the 1929 short that they debuted in. The original cartoon also appears on the game disc as an extra.

Trivia

  • The hooded skeleton in The Haunted House was the only one of them to ever speak.

Gallery

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Characters
The Sensational Six: Mickey MouseMinnie MouseDonald DuckDaisy DuckGoofyPluto

Secondary characters: Chip and DalePeteClarabelle CowHorace HorsecollarHuey, Dewey, and LouieScrooge McDuckLudwig Von Drake
Characters from Walt Disney Animation Studios: Oswald the Lucky RabbitOrtensiaJ. P. WhiskersHomer the CatBunny ChildrenClara CluckThe Mad DoctorMortimer MouseThe Three Little PigsBig Bad WolfLittle Red Riding HoodYen SidMagic BroomsJosé CariocaPanchito PistolesHumphrey the BearMax GoofJ. Audubon WoodloreFigaroBootle BeetleButch the BulldogFifi the PekeDinah the DachshundAracuan BirdSalty the SealLouie the Mountain LionRajaBearSpike the BeeLonesome GhostsWillie the GiantWeaselsPeter PigMammy Two ShoesWitch HazelDonna DuckWilbur the GrasshopperP.J.Pluto's Kid BrotherPluto's Quin-pupletsPluto JuniorClariceKat NippDolores the ElephantBobo the ElephantGopherBent-Tail the CoyoteBent-Tail JuniorMilton the CatPluto's AngelPluto's Devil
Characters from comic stories: Phantom BlotMorty and Ferdie FieldmouseChief O'HaraMillie and Melody MouseGyro GearlooseGus GooseBeagle BoysDaisy's parentsGrandma DuckGladstone GanderMagica De SpellFlintheart GlomgoldJohn D. RockerduckHortense McDuckQuackmore DuckSylvester ShysterTrudy Van TubbFelicity FieldmouseApril, May, and JuneDella DuckMoby DuckHortense
Characters from Disney Television Animation: Launchpad McQuackWebby VanderquackMa BeagleBentina BeakleyDuckworthGizmoDuckBubba the Cave DuckGadget HackwrenchMonterey JackZipperFat CatDarkwing DuckGosalyn MallardPeg PetePistol PeteRoxanneBobby ZimmeruskiSylvia MarpoleBradley Uppercrust IIITankBaby ShelbyThe TroubadourToodlesCuckoo-LocaBilly BeagleXandraBaron Von Sheldgoose
Characters from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts: Duffy the Disney BearShellieMay the Disney BearGelatoniStellaLouCookieAnn'Olu MelTippyBlueLinaBellMr. Easter BunnyMrs. Easter Bunny

Key artists
Producers and directors: Walt Disney • Burt Gillett • Wilfred JacksonDavid HandDick HuemerJack HannahJack KingJack KinneyClyde GeronimiCharles A. NicholsBill JusticeTad StonesRoy E. DisneyBobs GannawayPaul Rudish

Designers and animators: Ub IwerksNorman FergusonLes ClarkArt BabbittDick LundyFrank ThomasOllie JohnstonFred MooreFred SpencerFloyd GottfredsonHamilton LuskeTed OsborneAl TaliaferroCarl BarksWard KimballWolfgang ReithermanDon RosaAndreas DejaMark HennMichael Peraza Jr. • Robert Griggs • Eric Goldberg
Composers: Carl Stalling • Frank ChurchillOliver WallacePaul SmithAlbert Hay MalotteJimmie Dodd • Stephen James Taylor • Mark Watters • Christopher Willis
Voice actors: Walt DisneyMarcellite GarnerPinto ColvigBilly BletcherClarence NashJimmy MacDonaldBill ThompsonPaul FreesWayne AllwineTony AnselmoRussi TaylorAlan YoungWill RyanBill FarmerCorey BurtonTress MacNeilleJim CummingsBret IwanKaitlyn Robrock


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House of MouseMickey's Magical ChristmasMickey's House of Villains
Characters
Main Characters: Mickey MouseMinnie MouseDonald DuckDaisy DuckGoofyPlutoPeteMax GoofHuey, Dewey, and LouieClarabelle CowHorace HorsecollarGus GooseMortimer MouseLudwig Von DrakeMicrophone MikeChip and Dale

Recurring Guests: TimonPumbaaJafarIagoHadesMushuCri-KeeArielPrince EricKing TritonFlounderSebastianPeter PanJiminy CricketPinocchioBelleBeastLumiereGastonDumboTimothy Q. MouseMad HatterMowgliShere KhanThe Three Little Pigs Cruella De VilChernabogMufasaSimbaGrumpyMagic MirrorAladdinJasmineCinderellaMaleficentPain and PanicUrsulaBaby Shelby

Episodes
Season One: "The Stolen Cartoons" • "Big Bad Wolf Daddy" • "The Three Caballeros" • "Goofy's Valentine Date" • "Unplugged Club" • "Timon and Pumbaa" • "Gone Goofy" • "Jiminy Cricket" • "Rent Day" • "Donald's Lamp Trade" • "Donald's Pumbaa Prank" • "Thanks to Minnie" • "Pluto Saves the Day"

Season Two: "Daisy's Debut" • "Goofy for a Day" • "Clarabelle's Big Secret" • "The Mouse Who Came to Dinner" • "Max's New Car" • "Not So Goofy" • "Everybody Loves Mickey" • "Max's Embarrassing Date" • "Where's Minnie?" • "Super Goof" • "King Larry Swings In" • "Ladies' Night" • "Dennis the Duck"
Season Three: "Suddenly Hades" • "Pete's One-Man Show" • "House of Crime" • "Mickey and Minnie's Big Vacation" • "Donald and the Aracuan Bird" • "Goofy's Menu Magic" • "Music Day" • "House of Scrooge" • "Donald Wants to Fly" • "Dining Goofy" • "Chip 'n' Dale" • "Humphrey in the House" • "Ask Von Drake" • "Salute to Sports" • "Pluto vs. Figaro" • "House of Magic" • "Mickey vs. Shelby" • "House of Turkey" • "Pete's Christmas Caper" • "Clarabelle's Christmas List" •"Snow Day" • "Pete's House of Villains" • "Halloween With Hades" • "House Ghosts" • "House of Genius" • "Mickey and the Culture Clash"

Songs
Rockin' at the House of MouseMortimer MouseSoup or Salad, Fries or Biscuits, Extra Olives, DonutsBibbidi-Bobbidi-BooBig Bad Wolf DaddyA Parrot's Life for MeLet's Slay the BeastThe Ludwig Von Drake SongIt's Our House Now!The Best Christmas of AllGrim Grinning GhostsHumphrey HopEverybody Wants to Be a WoofI Wanna Be Like M-O-YouPink Elephants on ParadeMy Name is PanchitoBoom-Da-BoomWe Are the Three CaballerosMe the Mouse (and I'm the Duck) (Reprise) • Daisy CrockettThe Daisy Duckie RoomMinnie Mouse (in the House)
Locations
House of Mouse (night club)Toontown
Objects
Maleficent's StaffPoisoned AppleSorcerer HatJafar's Snake Staff


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Fireworks: Wonderful World of Animation

Characters
Main: Mickey MouseMinnie MouseDonald DuckDaisy DuckGoofyPluto

Supporting: YetiMickey's ScooterHorace HorsecollarGubblesCatBaby PandaClara CluckJudgesPeteLudwig Von DrakeScrooge McDuckClarabelle CowGrandma GoofyMickey's ScooterMinnie's ScooterJosé CariocaPanchito PistolesChip 'n' DaleSleepyDocBashfulHappyGrumpyDopeySneezyForest AnimalsHuey, Dewey, and LouieFlamingo Maitre'dOrphansGrandmother of the OrphansGiant SquidChernabog and his minionsBeagle BoysSpike the BeeEricaMartian RobotMorty and Ferdie FieldmouseMortimer MouseMr. JohnsonPluto's AngelPluto's DevilWeaselsHouse of TomorrowButch the BulldogMerlin

Cameos: Prince CharmingCinderellaCasey JuniorWalt DisneyOswald the Lucky RabbitWillie the WhaleLadyTrampPeter PigPaddy Pig • Unnamed Dog • BelleBeastGyro GearlooseKing LouieFlunkeyBandar-logBuzzy, Flaps, Ziggy, and DizzySnow WhiteGeppettoPinocchioThe Three Little PigsTeenagersBig Bad WolfThe Evil QueenPhantom BlotThe Headless HorsemanDirty BillHumphrey the BearMary PoppinsThumperBambiJafarRajaMartian MastermindDumboThe CrowsThree Little WolvesElmer ElephantMax HareToby TortoiseBambi's mother

Episodes
Mickey Mouse

Season 1: "No Service" • "Yodelberg" • "Croissant de Triomphe" • "New York Weenie" • "Tokyo Go" • "Stayin' Cool" • "Gasp!" • "Panda-monium" • "Bad Ear Day" • "Ghoul Friend" • "Dog Show" • "O Sole Minnie" • "Potatoland" • "Sleepwalkin'" • "Flipperboobootosis" • "Tapped Out" • "Third Wheel" • "The Adorable Couple"
Season 2: "Cable Car Chaos" • "Fire Escape" • "Eau de Minnie" • "O Futebol Clássico" • "Down the Hatch" • "Goofy's Grandma" • "Captain Donald" • "Mumbai Madness" • "The Boiler Room" • "Space Walkies" • "Mickey Monkey" • "Clogged" • "Goofy's First Love" • "Doggone Biscuits" • "Workin' Stiff" • "Al Rojo Vivo" • "Bottle Shocked" • "A Flower for Minnie" • "Bronco Busted"
Season 3: "Coned!" • "One Man Band" • "Wish Upon a Coin" • "Movie Time" • "Shifting Gears" • "Black and White" • "­­¡Feliz Cumpleaños!" • "Wonders of the Deep" • "Road Hogs" • "No" • "Roughin' It" • "Dancevidaniya" • "Couple Sweaters" • "Turkish Delights" • "Sock Burglar" • "Ku'u Lei Melody" • "Entombed" • "No Reservations" • "Split Decision" • "Good Sports"
Season 4: "Swimmin' Hole" • "Canned" • "Touchdown and Out" • "Locked in Love" • "Bee Inspired" • "Shipped Out" • "Three-Legged Race" • "Nature's Wonderland" • "The Birthday Song" • "The Perfect Dream" • "Feed the Birds" • "Carnaval" • "Year of the Dog" • "The Fancy Gentleman" • "New Shoes" • "Springtime" • "Dumb Luck" • "Flushed!" • "Roll 'em"
Season 5: "Amore Motore" • "A Pete Scorned" • "House Painters" • "Surprise!" • "Hats Enough" • "Safari, So Good" • "For Whom the Booth Tolls" • "Outta Time" • "My Little Garden" • "You, Me and Fifi" • "Outback at Ya!" • "Our Homespun Melody" • "Over the Moon" • "Easy Street" • "Two Can't Play" • "Our Floating Dreams" • "Gone to Pieces" • "Carried Away"
Specials: "Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special" • "The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular"

The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse
Season 1: "Cheese Wranglers" • "House of Tomorrow" • "Hard to Swallow" • "School of Fish" • "Keep on Rollin'" • "The Big Good Wolf" • "The Brave Little Squire" • "An Ordinary Date" • "Supermarket Scramble" • "Just the Four of Us" • "Houseghosts" • "The Enchanting Hut" • "Duet for Two" • "Birdwatching" • "Bellboys" • "I Heart Mickey" • "Untold Treasure" • "Disappearing Act" • "Once Upon an Apple" • "Game Night"

Locations
Snack ShackCafe MinniePatisserie Daisy

Places in the World: Paris, FranceNew York City, New YorkTokyo, JapanBeijing, ChinaVenice, ItalyIdahoSan Francisco, CaliforniaBrazilIndiaPamplona, SpainMonacoLondon, EnglandMexicoMoscow, RussiaTurkeyHawaiiEgyptKorea
Allusions to Disneyland: Matterhorn BobsledsIt's a Small WorldMain Street Electrical ParadeKing Arthur CarrouselThe Haunted MansionGreat Moments with Mr. LincolnSpace MountainRocket to the MoonMine Train Through Nature's Wonderland

Songs
Jing-A-Ling-A-Ling • I'm Alive • Swimming Hole • Our Homespun Melody • Carried AwayNothing Can Stop Us Now
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