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[[caption-width-right:250:Here I come to save the day!]]

->''"Now I know why they call television a medium. Because nothing on it is rare or well done."''\\
--'''''Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures''''', from "Don't Touch That Dial"

A SuperHero anthropomorphic mouse saves the day, the world and his girlfriend, Pearl Pureheart. Originally one of the Creator/{{Terrytoons}} (yes, from the same fine company as WesternAnimation/HeckleAndJeckle) from TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation.

Remade by Creator/{{Filmation}} for television in the 1970's in a show starring Mighty Mouse and fellow Terrytoon characters Heckle and Jeckle in a show called The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle. This version lasted until the early 1980's and even spawned the movie ''Mighty Mouse and the Great Space Chase'' in 1982 (which was originally shown on the TV series in sixteen serialized chapters).

The series was remade again in the late 1980's for Creator/{{CBS}}' Saturday morning cartoon block by famed animator Creator/RalphBakshi. His ''Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures'' was a highly innovative, [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs insane]] series that pioneered the anarchic pop-culture obsessed, [[PeripheryDemographic young adult-attracting]] style of television cartoons which flourished in the 1990's. Many of those who worked, created or had major impact on those later shows originally found writing and animation jobs for ''Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures'' including Bakshi's long time friend and protogé Creator/JohnKricfalusi, [[{{DCAU}} Bruce Timm]], [[TinyToonAdventures Jim Reardon]] and [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} Tom Minton]]. Sadly, if remembered at all, it's usually for the controversy surrounding a scene in which Mighty Mouse sniffed some crushed flowers that looked a heck of a lot like cocaine. The creators contend to this day that it was unintentional, but considering how every episode seemed ever more dedicated to GettingCrapPastTheRadar, there really isn't a whole lot of plausible deniability.
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[[folder: Theatrical Cartoon Filmography]]

!1942

* The Mouse of Tomorrow
* Frankenstein's Cat

!1943

* He Dood It Again
* Pandora's Box
* Super Mouse Rides Again (AKA Mighty Mouse Rides Again)
* Down With Cats
* The Lion and the Mouse

!1944

* The Wreck of the Hesperus: First short where he is named Mighty Mouse.
* The Champion of Justice
* Mighty Mouse Meets Jekyll and Hyde Cat
* Eliza on the Ice
* Wolf! Wolf!
* The Green Line
* Mighty Mouse and the Two Barbers
* Sultan's Birthday
* Mighty Mouse at the Circus

!1945

* Mighty Mouse and the Pirates
* Port of Missing Mice
* Raiding the Raiders
* The Kilkenny Cats
* The Silver Streak
* Mighty Mouse and the Wolf
* Gypsy Life
* Mighty Mouse Meets Bad Bill Bunion
* Mighty Mouse in Krakatoa

!1946

* Svengali's Cat
* The Wicked Wolf
* My Old Kentucky Home
* Throwing the Bull
* The Johnstown Flood
* The Trojan Horse
* Winning the West
* The Electronic Mouse Trap
* The Jail Break
* The Crackpot King
* Mighty Mouse and the Hep Cat

!1947

* Crying Wolf
* The Dead End Cats
* Aladdin's Lamp
* The Sky is Falling
* Mighty Mouse Meets Deadeye Dick
* A Date for Dinner
* The First Snow
* A Fight to the Finish
* Swiss Cheese Family Robinson
* Lazy Little Beaver

!1948

* Mighty Mouse and the Magician
* The Feudin' Hillbillies
* The Witch's Cat
* Love's Labor Won
* Triple Trouble
* The Mysterious Stranger
* Magic Slipper

!1949

* Racket Buster
* A Cold Romance
* The Catnip Gang
* The Perils of Pearl Pureheart
* Stop, Look and Listen

!1950

* Anti-Cats
* Law and Order
* Beauty on the Beach
* Mother Goose's Birthday Party
* Comic Book Land: A Gandy Goose cartoon, but Mighty appears in the end.

!1951

* Sunny Italy
* Goons from the Moon
* Injun Trouble
* A Swiss Miss
* The Cat's Tale

!1952

* Prehistoric Perils
* Hansel and Gretel
* Happy Holland

!1953

* A Soapy Opera
* Hero for a Day
* Hot Rods
* When Mousehood Was In Flower

!1954

* Spare the Rod
* The Helpless Hippo
* Reformed Wolf

!1959

* Outer Space Visitor

!1961

* The Mysterious Package
* Cat Alarm

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!!Tropes demonstrated include:

* AnimalSuperheroes
* AnimatedAnthology: ''Mighty Mouse Playhouse'' is the TropeMaker.
* ArchEnemy: [[DastardlyWhiplash Oil Can Harry]]
* BigDamnHeroes: He even says so.
* BraggingThemeTune
* BrooklynRage: Oil Can Harry:
--> "Coises! Foiled again!"
* TheCameo: Mighty Mouse himself has a cameo in the Gandy Goose cartoon "Comic Book Land."
* CatsAreMean
* TheCape
* CaptainErsatz: The mouse donning the superhero suit in 1943's ''The Lion And The Mouse'' only bore the resemblance of Super Mouse of him in flight. Otherwise, this mouse had stubby legs, a paunch, and was pathetically inebriated.
* CardCarryingVillain: Oil Can Harry
* CatchPhrase: ''"Heeeere I come to save the day!"''
* ChronicHeroSyndrome
* ComicBookAdaptation: Timely Comics (which would later become Marvel), St. John's (using Terry artists), Dell, Gold Key and Marvel would all publish Mighty Mouse comics. Marvel's 10-issue series was derived loosely from the Bakshi show.
* DastardlyWhiplash: Oil Can Harry
** Lampshaded by Scrappy in the Ralph Bakshi episode ''Scrappy's Playhouse'', where, among the many classic cartoon clips that are shown, there's a black and white one of a traditional human version of the trope.
--> "Hey, didn't he used to be a cat?"
** That was the original Oil Can Harry, who appeared in the only two Fannie Zilch cartoons from the studio.
* FlyingBrick
* FromBeyondTheFourthWall: The cartoon "Goons From The Moon" has alien cats abducting all the mice in Terrytown. The radio reporter (a mouse caricature of Walter Winchell) comments "there's only one mouse who can save this situation!" Cut to an animator's table where the animator's hand draws Mighty Mouse in flight atop a missile. (The artist stops drawing briefly, causing Mighty Mouse to chime in "Hurry up! I've got a job to do!")
** The cartoon "The Cat's Tale" has a mouse-traumatized cat telling the hero's origin and his subsequent battle against a giant cat. The cowardly cat then tells us how he'd show Mighty Mouse a thing or two, only for the animator to draw Mighty Mouse floating right behind him. The cat runs off in fright.
* TheHighQueen: Pearl is queen of the interstellar federation in the space opera movie.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: The cartoon "Hero For A Day" has a doofus mouse trying to impress his girlfriend, who swoons over Mighty Mouse, by donning a costume suit of the hero. Some cats bully him and the mouse is knocked out cold. Just before the cats can pounce, Mighty Mouse himself shows up, beats the cats up and lets the little wannabe take credit for it.
* LargeHam: Mighty Mouse, himself. "Here I come to save the day!"
* MagicSkirt: Pearl has this at the opening of "Sunny Italy," which shows her [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/pearl_8767.jpg dangling upside down by one foot]] from the Leaning Tower of Pisa (at the whim of Oil Can Harry), and her microscopically short skirt flips over halfway, keeping her undies covered.
* {{Melodrama}}: The shorts with Oil Can Harry and the opera singing are an AffectionateParody of old school melodramas (a theatrical form which these days is [[DeadHorseTrope only remembered]] ''because'' of its many parodies)
* MixAndMatchCritter: The Cat-Bats from "Gypsy Life".
* MultipleChoicePast: Many shorts involved some sort of origin story, which varied widely. There was never any perceived need for a single established one until the 1980's TV series, where he was given a derivative version of {{Superman}}'s origin.
* OfficialCouple: Mighty Mouse and Pearl. In many of the comics, Mighty Mouse has a dark-haired girlfriend named Mitzi.
* {{Opera}}: Many of the original Terrytoons shorts had all their dialogue ''sung,'' opera-style.
* PantyShot: Seen in 1945's ''The Port Of Missing Mice'' and in the same year's ''Mighty Mouse and the Wolf''. Pearl had a couple, albeit she was wearing ankle-length pantaloons.
** A somewhat extended one in 1946's ''Svengali's Cat''; like with Pearl in the earlier episodes, the unnamed female mouse here is wearing ankle-length pantaloons.
* PassedOverInheritance: "The Champion of Justice" featured a spendthrift man whose wealthy aunt and uncle left their fortune to the mice who lived at their mansion and he didn't get anything. His reaction to the judge's ruling when he contested the will was a clear example of SoreLoser.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Mighty Mouse in his theatrical appearances.
* PowerUpFood: In Mighty Mouse's first apperance (when he was called [[{{Superman}} Super Mouse]]) he gained his powers after going into a [[StealthPun "Supermarket"]] and eating various Super-named foods. While he was shown eating super products to do this at least twice (in "The Mouse of Tomorrow" and "Frankenstein's Cat") it seemed to become permanent after that.
* StealthPun: Delivered by, of all characters, Pearl Pureheart:
-->'''Narrator:''' Pearl will never give up hope. We hear her say...
-->'''Pearl:''' I will never give up hope. He's my favorite [[BobHope radio comedian!]]
* RecycledInSpace: The [[{{Creator/Filmation}} 1970's version and movie.]]
* UsefulNotes/{{Romani}}: In the short "Gypsy Life".
* {{Slapstick}}
* SnapBack
* SmugSuper
* SpaceOpera
* UnwillingSuspension: Happened to Pearl in "Love's Labor Won" (hanging from a clothesline by her toes) "The Perils Of Pearl Pureheart" (dangling by one foot), "Sunny Italy" (ditto), "A Swiss Miss" (hanging by her waist), and "Happy Holland" (used as Harry's marionette)
* TheVoiceless: Prior to Mighty Mouse Playhouse and everything else after, he was this--that is, unless he was singing.
** He ''did'' talk after Playhouse. In the three TV-budget shorts from 1959 and 1961, he was voiced by Tom Morrison, who also voiced him in the titles and bumpers for the TV show. The only other time he talked as opposed to sing was in 1942's ''Frankenstein's Cat,' where he interrogates the title monster who has swallowed a helpless bird:
-->'''Super Mouse:''' What didja do with da boid? (''slaps monster in the face'') So ya won't talk, eh?
** He spoke normally in the 1970's Filmation series, and (albeit very [[LargeHam resonantly]]) in the 1980's Bakshi series.
* WilliamTelling: Done by Mighty Mouse in "Gypsy Life", apparently for no reason other than to [[RuleOfCool make a nice entrance.]]

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!!''Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures'' provides examples of:
* AffectionateParody: Bat-Bat and The League of Super-Rodents are affectionate parodies of DC and Marvel superheroes.
** Mighty Mouse himself was given na origin similar to {{Superman}}'s.
* BlatantLies: Why, it was how the show actually ''came to be''. However, that story is best left to the [[Quotes/MightyMouse Mighty Mouse quotes page]].
* TheCameo: From the Terrytoons studio, by episode:
** "Night On Bald Pate"--Tom Terrific
** "The Ice Goose Cometh"--Gandy Goose, Sourpuss, Hashimoto San, Deputy Dawg
** "Heroes And Zeroes"--The Mighty Heroes
** "Still Oily After All These Years"--Oil Can Harry, Gaston Le Crayon
** "Mighty's Wedlock Whimsy"--Gandy Goose, Sourpuss, James Hound, Deputy Dawg, Muskie, Vincent Van Gopher, Heckle and Jeckle
** "Mighty's Tone Poem"--Oil Can Harry
* ClipShow: Despite lasting 19 episodes, there are several shorts comprised of nothing but clips from old Terrytoons and earlier episodes of the show. This was due to budget reasons (the key animation was done in-house, which is very expensive for a low-budget series such as this)
* DreamWithinADream: The ending of "Anatomy of a Milquetoast" became one due to ExecutiveMeddling. Originally the episode was going to end on Scrappy turning into a crab, but CBS didn't like the idea of such ending. So they made ''that'' part of a dream, recycling the same animation of him waking up from just few seconds before (note that the episode fades out just before he removes the bed cover, revealing his changed body).
* DerangedAnimation: Yes, a heaping pile of it.
* DistaffCounterpart: Issue 4 of the Marvel comic (part one of a parody of ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', of all things) introduces Mighty Mousette. Of course, considering what happened to [[{{Supergirl}} her human inspiration]] in the original story, this didn't last long...
* EvilCounterpart: He also gets one of these, Mangy Mouse, in the same story.
* FromBeyondTheFourthWall: The Bakshi episode "Mighty's Wedlock Whimsy" (billed as a cautionary tale), Mighty Mouse is getting married to Pearl Pureheart. But he's getting cold feet just as he's about to take his vow, just stammering "I...I...I...", then it cuts to a pencil drawing of him on an animator's table. The animator cops out and can't go through with it. It ends with the cartoon characters at the wedding all laughing as everything is up in flames.
* HeelFaceTurn: In the possible future of "Bride of Mighty Mouse" the Cow isn't just reformed, he's treated like Family.
* TheHoneymooners: Mighty Mouse and the Cow spoof it in the dream sequence of "Mighty's Wedlock Whimsy." It's even animated in black and white.
* IgnoredExpert: Mighty Mouse's birth father when Might was given a {{Superman}}-like origin.
* InkSuitActor: Loose caricatures of Michael Jackson and William Shatner are seen in "A Star Is Milked." Ralph Bakshi's caricature turns up frequently throughout the series.
** In issue #10 of the Marvel comic, Pat Sajak, Johnny Carson, Ed [=McMahon=], David Letterman, Andrew "Dice" Clay, Jay Leno and Arsenio Hall are caricatured as funny animals.
* InterspeciesRomance: Big Murray (human man) and Polly Pineblossom (girl mouse).
* KlaatuBaradaNikto: Bat-Bat fractures the phrase in "Bat With A Golden Tongue".
* MythologyGag: In ''Mighty's Wedlock Whimsy,'' Mighty Mouse is being goaded into proposing marriage to Pearl, when James Hound (an obscure Terrytoons character from the mid 60s) appears as his conscience:
-->'''Mighty Mouse:''' Hey! How come ''my'' conscience is James Hound? Don't I rate a [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} cute cricket?]]
** In the episode "Witch Tricks," Scrappy sings the ''Mighty Mouse Playhouse'' theme.
** In issue #10 of the Marvel comic, Pearl Pureheart boycotts the rest of the issue because of Andrew "Mice" Clay's appearance. This refers to Nora Dunne refusing to appear on SaturdayNightLive at the time due to Andrew "Dice" Clay's appearance.
-->'''The Cow:''' Bad moooove! Your career's [[IncrediblyLamePun Nora Dunne]] now!
** In the Marvel comic's ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' parody "[[IncrediblyLamePun Mices]] on Infinite Earths," Mighty himself is saved by ''Supermouse'', the SilentProtagonist proto-version of him from the original "The Mouse of Tomorrow" Terrytoon!
*** In the same story, he also fights "the Anti-Minotaur" alongside TheMightyHeroes, superhero-parodies (albeit from the 60s) created by ''New Adventures'' director RalphBakshi.
* OffModel: There are many instances when Mighty Mouse is bigger than the size he's supposed to be.
** In "Mighty's Wedlock Whimsy," Pearl and Sourpuss are drawn the same height. As are Mighty Mouse and Gandy Goose.
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: Hilariously inverted. In ''Mighty's Wedlock Whimsy,'' a cautionary tale where Mighty Mouse proposes to Pearl, Deputy Dawg is conducting the wedding and starts it with "You have the right to remain silent...anything you say can be used against you..."
* StockFootage: The high-quality animation came at a cost. To keep down costs, some episodes are comprised entirely of old footage of 1950s Mighty Mouse cartoons with a new soundtrack. You can pretty much skip these on the DVD, unless you're a big fan of the poor covers of 1960s songs they play in the background.
* OutOfFocus: Scrappy in later episodes. In fact, one episode, "Anatomy of a Milquetoast" (his ''only'' season 2 appearance) is one giant lampshade of this..
* TakeThat: "Don't Touch That Dial" is a particularly biting satire of {{Hanna-Barbera}}, {{Anime}} (with a hint of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters''), the TheDarkAgeOfAnimation and television of the 1980's in general.
** Season 2 episode "Day of The Mice" has Mighty Mouse knocking a ginormous Pee-wee Herman on his back.
-->'''Mighty Mouse:''' I've waited a whole season to do this!
** "Anatomy of a Milquetoast" bites the hand that feeds it: using footage from season 1 with the dialogue altered, most notably from "It's Scrappy's Birthday," the hobo chums of Scrappy's hobo companion appear in their train boxcar. The hobo's new line is "Hey, look...the network boards are here!"
** "The Bride of Mighty Mouse" features a villainous parody of [[Literature/TheFountainhead Howard Roark.]]
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Mighty Mouse's eyelashes caused some uncomfortable ViewerGenderConfusion for some young viewers...
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* TwoShorts
* VerbalTic: THE ENTIRE, WAY! THAT THE COW TALKS! MIGHT AS WELL BE! [[LargeHam CONSIDERED THIS!]]
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