Trivia / Mighty Mouse

Mighty Mouse (Super Mouse)

  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Only four of the original 80 theatrical cartoons are on home video; the Public Domain "Wolf, Wolf!", and the shorts "He Dood It Again", "Gypsy Life" and "The Mysterious Package" as extras on the Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures DVD set. It also doubles as the only official DVD release that the Terry Toons cartoons have gotten.
  • What Could Have Been: A CGI movie of Mighty Mouse, produced jointly by Paramount and Nickelodeon (which would have produced a subsequent TV series) has been in limbo for a few years now.
    • "Instant Fat," a 1964 cartoon, was storyboarded but never made.

Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures

  • Creator Backlash:
    "I also drew much more emotive and exaggerated characters than anyone else at the time did, and many of my artists again misinterpreted this as meaning no-rules. So for every Bruce Timm Ken Boyer, Eddie Fitzgerald, Lynne Naylor and me there were 5 other cartoonists who looked at our stuff and decided anything-goes, as long as it's weird. I had unleashed a monster that I've rued to this day. Mighty Mouse was a mixed blessing to the cartoon business. It freed up cartoonists and brought back creativity, excitement and invention to cartoons. It also brought back story structure and characterization - in the best episodes. It reminded the whole business of what cartoons were for in the first place. It also was full of accidents, mistakes, sloppy execution and rushed work that I had no time (and not enough experience) to get under control."
  • Executive Meddling: Subverted, then played straight. Up until the "crushed flower controversy", CBS didn't care what Bakshi and co. produced each week.
    • Also of note: Season 2's "Bat With A Golden Tongue" was presumed to be a make-good for the "crushed flower" scene in that it entailed Mighty Mouse's efforts to break Bat-Bat of his joke-telling addiction. Bat-Bat's final line to the viewers was "Just say no to canned laughter." McDonald's took umbrage and threatened to pull its advertising if the line was not removednote . The day before the episode aired, the Bakshi studio replaced the line with a stock scream.
  • What Could Have Been: The sudden appearance of a cartoon Merv Griffin was cut out at the last moment from "Night Of The Bat-Bat." It would be used in the unedited edition of the scene in the series finale, "Mighty's Tone Poem."
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