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31 Blogs of Christmas

December 1st, 2013 . by Tim Babb (TANcast's #1 Host/Editor Fan)

31 Blogs of Christmas
Day 1

After 3 “successful” months of blogging everyday, I’ve decided to keep it going for one more month! And what a great month…December! Bascially this month means you’re almost done with school for the semester, presents are coming your way, you get to see pretty lights and sing wonderful songs! It’s the best! All this month, I plan to take a look at various holiday related stuff and over-analyze it to the point of ridiculousness. (Because that’s what I do)

Today I’m looking at the House of Mouse Christmas special, “Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse.” The House of Mouse was a series that ran on the Disney Channel in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. It was basically a showcase for old Disney shorts as well as a platform to premiere new ones. The whole thing was couched as a variety show that Mickey and the gang were putting on in a club called, you guessed it, the House of Mouse. Inside, there were all sorts of characters from classic Disney films like Cinderella, Fantasia, even Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.

Then we come to the Christmas special. The premise is that they can’t leave because they’re snowed in (I bet you figured that out from the title, huh? That’s why you’re my favorite, you’re so smart) So they pass the time by telling stories…which is to say, showing Disney shorts including Mickey’s Christmas Carol. I am super glad this exists because that is how I own Mickey’s Christmas Carol on DVD. But there is a major plot flaw.


Oh oh! Watch out everybody! Tim’s going to ruin our childhood again!

As I said, the premise is that they are trapped inside. Normally that would be believable enough, but as if you’ll recall, they have quite a guest list inside that club. Including…

Yeah…that’s the Genie from Aladdin. You know, the guy with unlimited magical powers.

“But Tim, he doesn’t have unlimited powers anymore now that he’s free. Boo boo boo boo.”

You know what? You’re no longer my favorite. Besides, as the direct to video sequels to Aladdin showed, the Genie may not have the same power he used to, but he still has plenty of magic powers. Certainly he has enough to shovel a little snow. And you’d think he’d be the first one to want to get out of there. He’s from the middle east…Christmas can’t be too high on his favorite holidays list.

Plus Tinkerbell is there, she could sprinkle pixie dust on every one and they could fly home. Pete’s Dragon is there, he could just breathe fire and melt he snow. My only conclusion is that, for some reason, none of these characters actually WANTED to go home to see their families. I guess Christmas dinners are even awkward in Fantasyland. Who knew?

One Response to “31 Blogs of Christmas”

  1. Jon Says:

    You didn’t bring up the whole plot with Donald. It seemed perfectly understandable to me that he’d be grumpy at the fact he was snowed in *at his place of employment* over the holidays. Yet, everyone gives him crap about having “no Christmas spirit”. To make matters worse, the first movie Mickey pulls out to “cheer him up” is one where Donald’s nephews almost get him killed by breaking the ice Donald is skating on. Good choice, Mickey.

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